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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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Lots of bats!

It’s interesting to see all of the bats emerge at dusk. There is a bit of a bad smell from all of... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2018
Gabrielle F
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It Was Fun

Wrong time of the year, it was still fun to walk around there, we will be back again when the... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
N2432JFkarenl
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Williston, 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 5 February 2018 via mobile

It’s interesting to see all of the bats emerge at dusk. There is a bit of a bad smell from all of the bat guano.More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Hi Gabrielle F, Thank you for commenting. Yes, the guano smell is strong, and depending on which way the wind is blowing, is more noticeable at some times than others. We hope you have the opportunity to visit again soon, perhaps on a day with...More

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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Wrong time of the year, it was still fun to walk around there, we will be back again when the weather get's warmer.

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

We have been taking our kids, grand-children and guests there for years. It's a lot more exciting in the warmer months just around dusk. Make sure you wear a hat and enjoy the show!More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Hi 76vetteguy, Thanks for taking the time to provide your comments. Because we receive many questions during the winter months about the evening emergence, this is a good time to let everyone know the temperature typically needs to be at least 65 degrees or higher...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

1/13/18 & 1/14/18. Both twilight eves temps in 50s. Bats did not come out, too cold. I think they stayed inside and watched the NFL playoffs.🤣 I would have loved to see this event and only reason why I gave 2 stars. Go at twilight...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

This is a somewhat late review. Visited this site on 16 Dec, but was passing thru at the wrong time of the day. Needless to say, not any bats flying around on a somewhat chilly Saturday morning. However, I have been to the Bat Houses...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Even though it was a cold evening, my wife and I really enjoyed seeing the many bats flying around! This is the first time we have seen something like this and we will definitely return when it’s warmer.

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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing experience suitable for all ages! At dusk thousands of bats leave the bat houses in a spectacular display in the sky that lasts about 15/20 mins! Be prepared for the smell though! If in Gainesville I would highly recommend this activity!

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Bring your whole family and get to the bat houses at least 15 minutes before DUSK!! You will not be sorry!!! This is an awesome spectacle! Have to SEE it!! Words can't describe the fun of being there when the bats come pouring out of...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at University of Florida Bat House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Hi beebop2017, Thanks for your comments. Only because we've been receiving a lot of questions about it during this time of year, I wanted to mention the bats will emerge during the winter months as long as the temperature is at least 65 degrees. I'm...More

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Make sure you arrive just before sunset. All of a sudden you will hear the bats getting very active and then they will soar out of their houses! This wonderful experience is a must-do when you're in Gainesville. Best part is- It is free entertainment!

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

The UF Bat House is actually an amazing place, but it is easier to visit on a bike. Parking can sometimes be a challenge. You have to get there before dusk and wait. As the daylight is being stolen by the night, the bats come...More

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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
12 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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