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University of Florida Bat House

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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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Unique experience

This is a unique experience you won't find in many places except from dank dark cave somewhere! Go... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Karl W
Batty Bat

I like bats. I do not know much but I have gone to see the bats under the Austin bridge and those... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gainesville, 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 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a unique experience you won't find in many places except from dank dark cave somewhere! Go if you get the chance. Beware...they urinate as they come out, so something to cover your head is advised.

Thank Karl W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I like bats. I do not know much but I have gone to see the bats under the Austin bridge and those at Carlsbad Cavern. These are neat at dusk when they take off in a stream. I recommend it.

Thank A H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is really amazing to see all the bats fly out together, as if on a timer. Never experienced a natural event that is so mesmerizing, and there are always plenty of people to share the experience with, of all ages!

Thank MandyCulp10
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I Just love this tour! It's interesting, amazing and children enjoy seeing the bats! It's definelly a must see in the city!

Thank Cristianne A
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We had no idea what the people were gathering for. Must have been a hundred folks, all of a sudden thousands of bats came swarming out from under the bat houses. Wow, that was dang AWESOME! Put this on your bucket list here in Gainesville....More

Thank Dangafl
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Great place to go to....walk around the UF campus and check out all the sites and all the sporting facilities. Then you can walk on down to the Bat House! The best time to watch the bats is around 6:30 pm. To 7:30 pm. That's...More

Thank Chris A
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I have taken most of my visitors to Gainesville to the bat houses at dusk. It is amazing to see so many bats flying out to go eat mosquitoes (or so we are told). Best advice, wear a hat lest you risk bat piss on...More

Thank Laura L
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

My mom and I were visiting Gainesville and had heard about the bat houses. We were pleased there was nearby parking. When dusk started to set, the bats started to trickle out. Then swarms of bats flew overhead. It was best caught on video! We...More

Thank acphifer
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Hi acphifer, Thanks for sharing your comments. We're glad you enjoyed the experience. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

I swear maybe I'm just blind but everyone could see the bats but me! It was still nice out there! Little smelly but a fun time

Thank Sean B
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We planned a picnic style dinner to watch the bats especially since many recommended that we get there about an hour early. The kids had a great time, it was a learning environment for all of us with the information posted and getting to watch...More

Thank Jeremy L
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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