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Address: Airport Road, 1 mile nw of U.S. 1 at MM 17, Sugarloaf, FL 33042
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Interesting part of Keys History

There is not much to see here, except for the empty bat tower. It was built for mosquito control of the Lowere Keys - the thought being that the bats would eat the mosquitoes. But... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Allison C
Catskill, United States
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

My son loves bats and we did FaceTime with him. Huge next on top and although we didn't see any bats at the time we went it was worth the stop to see a structure you normally don't see. Only a minute from the beaten path.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Yes, ok you probably need to see it and it is an interesting structure. But if I didn't know the history of it from my tour guide, I wouldn't have had a clue as to the significance or anything about it. The tower was built for bats so they could eat the mosquitoes that live in the keys. However, the... More 

Thank jbrenz
South Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

It was many and many a year ago [in a kingdom by the sea…] there lived a man on Lower Sugarloaf Key who decided he wanted to build a fishing retreat for people (sounds good in theory, right?). He, indeed, built it. But, when the people came, they were devoured by the trillions of mosquitoes that inhabited the Florida Keys.... More 

Thank tczig
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

Doest take long & neat to know that bats like these houses in other area but not in the Keys. Great osprey nest

1 Thank Jules C
Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

After reading the story behind that bat tower in our Lonely Planet we went to check it out. Well, as expected there is a bat tower. It's in bad shape and there is no additional information to be found. They could at least make a small information board.

1 Thank muhkuh77
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

What you see is what you get. Even in bat weather, it is what it is. A tower with a small history behind it...

Thank Joshua V
Catskill, United States
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

There is not much to see here, except for the empty bat tower. It was built for mosquito control of the Lowere Keys - the thought being that the bats would eat the mosquitoes. But when the bats were imported and put in the tower, the all flew away. So much for that. It's a cool part of Keys History.... More 

1 Thank Allison C
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

If you think about this logically, maybe putting up a bat tower is a way to control the area's mosquito and insect population, but you don't find too many bats here. It is located one mile northwest of U.S. 1 at mile marker 17 on Bat Tower Rd. it was built in 1929 by Richter Perky, which is why it... More 

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Indialantic, Florida
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Oddball attractions are often the most interesting, and this is a perfect example. Read up on this place before you go, as there are no signs, historical markers, or any other information. If you go without reading up on it, you will still be fascinated by the structure, as it is unique. If you do research the history, it will... More 

Thank gschaafs66
Powder Springs, GA
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

This it's a great idea..wish there were bats in it. This is old and damaged and is gathering trash and a place for people to carve their names in the wood as stupid destructive people do. The idea was interesting but i my opinion it should be either torn down or rebuilt though it is being currently used as a... More 

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