I tried to resist writing about this event -- because it’s about as beachy as a bulldozer – but it was just too unique. Besides, any beach bunny worth her flip-flops would concede that going to a festival featuring slightly creepy flying mammals qualifies as an adventure.
The Florida Bat Festival flutters into Gainesville’s Lubee Bat Conservancy (1309 NW 192nd Ave) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 26, 2013, providing a rare opportunity for you to visit a working research center and to see bats face-to-face.
This year’s event, the only day of the year when the center is open to the public, includes:
- Bat-themed craft activities and games for kids
- Educational exhibits
- Bouncy huts provided by Space Walk
- Presentations by bat experts
- The unique opportunity to see live fruit bats with five foot wingspans on exhibit in the Bat Zone
- Vendors selling food and beverages, providing local environmental education information and selling “batty” merchandise
Donations are encouraged, but admission is free.
Sounds like a cool place to hang out for the day!
Festival proceeds will be used to fund education and awareness programs for schools, libraries, scouting troops, and wildlife and conservation groups to promote awareness about the benefits bats provide.