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University of Florida Bat House

#4 of 64 things to do in Gainesville Features Animals
Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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You have to visit! Close-up encounters of thousands of Bats as they leave their houses for the night

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ozark, Alabama
A lot of bats

Lots of bats make an interesting dusk sky. Worth it for the people watching and jolly atmosphere... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Anne S
Richmond, Virginia
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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 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to visit! Close-up encounters of thousands of Bats as they leave their houses for the night

Thank biddysere
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of bats make an interesting dusk sky. Worth it for the people watching and jolly atmosphere waiting for sunset.

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting place to "meet up" with bats. My son just loved this place. Nice attraction in Gainesville.

Thank ona_mon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What for the very first brave bat to exsit for the evening feast over the lake (beautiful sunset behind the chapel). But when he does, he is sure to bed snapped up mid air by the hawk. Stamped of bats ensue (just keep your mouth...More

Thank czuzh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great evening activity! We got there about a half an hour before sunset and hung out until the main attractions decided to stop hanging out. The bats are slow to emerge, but once they begin it is like being in the middle...More

Thank irishuga4h
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You arrive here about sunset & wait 15 minutes. All of the bats swarm out. For best viewing, stand on the gravel path near the last house. Parking is very close & free at night.

Thank TravelingfromPace
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bazillian bats at dusk fly out of the bat houses nightly. Wow. Okay, that's about it. If you've never gone, a must see. Lovely area across the street from Lake Alice on UF campus. But, if you've seen it once, you're probably good unless bringing...More

Thank H3487AQmarya
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

It was first time to see this huge numbers of bats in the same time. They said there are hundreds​of thousands of them. It was great experience.

Thank Saud M
Reviewed 10 June 2017

We brought dinner and ate on the picnic tables nearby while we waited for the bats to emerge. It was fun seeing thousands of bats searching for their dinner of insects!

1  Thank SuzieQT2
Reviewed 9 June 2017

If you go to Gainesville, you have to make some time to participate in this UF tradition and witness thousand upon thousands of small bats leaving their habitat at dusk. This is an impressive sighting.

Thank oscari995
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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.
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.
4 February 2016|
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Response from Claudia P | Reviewed this property |
Parking lot on property