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University of Florida Bat House

#5 of 62 things to do in Gainesville Features Animals
Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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This is an enjoyable visit at dusk and most any evening, it kind of becomes an event. Thousands of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Claudia P
Gainesville, Florida
The sky went black with bats

You need to be there just before dusk. First one or two bats come out then more and more until they... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Seattle, Washington
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Museum Road, Near Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL 32611
+1 352-273-2054
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an enjoyable visit at dusk and most any evening, it kind of becomes an event. Thousands of bats come out at dusk, starting with just a few but more and more. They are smaller than I expected them to be but sheer numbers...More

Thank Claudia P
Reviewed 5 days ago

You need to be there just before dusk. First one or two bats come out then more and more until they are streaming out in a huge black cloud. Each of the three bat houses seems to go in a different direction so you are...More

Thank Cataplasm
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is a Lake Alice across the road full of gators and turtles as well . But the best time to come here is when the sun goes down early . I had a great time but had to wait till almost 9 pm to...More

Thank corollaclub98
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fair warning - You may want to bring a handkerchief to cover your nose and mouth as the bats do let off a pretty crazy odor when they come out however dont let this stop you from checking out this amazing event. We came in...More

Thank ejoyner83
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When told about it I was not overly interested , but having witnessed it the event I can only describe it as a unique event that I have not witnessed before and was very pleased that I went to witness it. Be aware that it...More

Thank colin g
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome wave of flapping madness! Just after sunset you will be witness to thousands of bats heading out to hunt down mosquitoes​! Can't miss it

Thank Christine B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for the first time over graduation weekend, spring 2017, and a large crowd was there. Sunset was to be at 8:05pm so we parked in the lot to the west at 7:45pm and got bench seats. Waited and waited... finally at 8:30pm, when we...More

Thank JFGainesville
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

He planned this trip! I thought it would be spooky but it was really cool! The little kids loved it! Very interesting! Would go again!

Thank fullnelson75
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Aside from the seven little bats that the hungry hawk ate before the mass of them left the houses, this experience was awesome! We missed going there the last time we were in town & made it a point to go this time. It was...More

Thank traveler202020
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The bat house on the UF campus is definitely one of the coolest things in Gainesville, but, like all things nature-related, it requires patience. If you get there on the right night, the bats will slowly start to emerge around sunset, first one-by-one, then a...More

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Beth C
What is the best time of year to come
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.
Where to park??
4 February 2016|
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Response from Petergun1962 | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking lot adjacent to the field where the bat house is located, the lot is used for campus maintenance vehicles. not in use when the bats come out