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Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower

Airport Road, 1 mile nw of U.S. 1 at MM 17, Sugarloaf, FL 33042
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Airport Road, 1 mile nw of U.S. 1 at MM 17, Sugarloaf, FL 33042
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was not sure what to expect, but this was pretty much a quick stop for a couple of pictures and move on. I would love to write more about it, but this is simply a quick stop to look at a little history and...More

Thank Derek E
Reviewed 12 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...More

Thank Hg44ever
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...More

Thank jbrenz
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...More

Thank tczig
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
Reviewed 30 November 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...More

2  Thank muhkuh77
Reviewed 28 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
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,...More

1  Thank Allison C
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...More

Thank Allen21096
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...More

Thank gschaafs66
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