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University of Florida Bat House

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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
+1 352-273-2054
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The bat house is a bit of an attraction at dusk on pleasant evening. The bats swarm out to catch... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jincognito
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Gainesville
Awesome Bat House

This is awesome that UF built this for the bats. Trying to figure out how to do this at my own... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Suzanne W
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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The University of Florida Bat Barn and Bat House are the world's largest occupied bat houses, with an estimated population of more than 350,000. The structures are located on the north side of Museum Road between Village Drive and Radio Road across from Lake Alice on the UF campus. Parking is available in a lot just west of the bat houses near Radio Road. A sidewalk leads from the parking lot to the observation area. A UF parking decal is required Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Parking is free after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and on weekends and state holidays. The bats normally emerge during a 15- to 20-minute period after sunset, before total darkness on calm, warm evenings when temperatures are above 65 F. Bats may swoop near those observing the emergence to eat insects attracted to the carbon dioxide in human breath, however they will not attack or harm people when left alone. High winds, heavy rain or cold temperatures will keep the bats in the house for the evening. On warm winter evenings, the bats may come out for a drink of water at the lake and exercise; however they can eat only when bugs are flying.
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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32607
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The bat house is a bit of an attraction at dusk on pleasant evening. The bats swarm out to catch their bugs. Any other time, it is just a bat house.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

This is awesome that UF built this for the bats. Trying to figure out how to do this at my own home. They're fabulous mammals and contribute greatly to our environment! Kudos U of F!

1  Thank Suzanne W
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

My wife and I were taken to see the bat houses as a surprise, not being aware that bat houses were popular. We watched in amazement as, when dusk approached, swarms of bats flew out an d enveloped the area. Some people put up umbrellas...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

I saw more bats than I expected! The better view is closer to the last house on the right. Parking is very limited. The area around the conservatory is beautiful, and Alice Lake is worth a visit as well.

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Unlike some venues performances, these performers won't wait around for everyone to be seated. Get there at least 15 minutes before dusk and watch the people - and the bats. It's quite a show.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Bats exit the houses at dusk going straight towards Lake Alice insects. They fly right over the spectators like a black cloud. Take an umbrella to protect your head from guano debris falling from the sky. The park near the bat house has beautiful azeleas...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

A must see when you are in Gainesville. Evert evening at sundown, without fail, thousands of bats come flying out of the Bat houses(2). First just a few, then hundreds. Is a sight to see.More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Hello G8114EInancys, Thanks for your comments. Just to clarify for some who may not be aware, we do have cold spells during the winter months. The temperature needs to be about 65 degrees or higher at sundown for the bats to emerge. Kind regards, Paul...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Even though I have been in Gainsville many times, this was my first visit to Bat House and it was pretty cool. If you have time, you must go see those bats right after sunset. And to my surprise, there were plenty people were there...More

1  Thank YaseminDL
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Hello YaseminDL, Thank you for sharing and we're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. For those who may not be aware, the bats normally emerge 10-20 minutes after sunset depending on the weather. We hope you have an opportunity to visit again. Kind regards,...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Happened to be in Gainesville for a conference, so we decided to visit the Bat House before dinner one evening. Not being a bat fancier, I was still interested in seeing this nature show. It was incredible! Fortunately we had a warmish evening so we...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Hi drmakh and thank you for commenting. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

I pass the bat houses every time I go to work. When it gets to be too cold, maybe 50 degree or under, they usually do not come out. When it’s warm enough, the bats come out every night around dusk. There’s benches to sit...More

2  Thank Magnetic M
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Ziggybob8810
29 September 2017|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hello, Yes, the bats emerge year-round as long as there isn't a really bad storm and the temperature is at least around 65 degrees. There are typically fewer bats during the winter months. Keep in mind they feed on... More
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TravelingfromPace
11 June 2017|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
The bat houses are outside on the UF campus, and pets on leashes are permitted. The viewing area is right on Museum Road, so having pets on a leash is definitely a good idea.
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Beth C
21 May 2016|
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Response from edneufl | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know they come out every evening, right at dusk, so come a little early and wait around, they may have a different sense of dusk than yourself.
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