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Hambrick Bat Cave

The Hambrick Bat Cave is a wonderful place to visit on Lake Guntersville! Each and every night (around dusk) somewhere around 60,000 bats emerge from the cave. The cave is one of the largest maternity colonies (a place where bats birth and raise their young) of gray bats.

How to find the cave

The Hambrick bat cave is located about a mile upriver from the Guntersville Dam. If you launch at the dam, just head upriver (towards Guntersville) and the cave is on your left (north side) just after the Hambrick Hollow (an inland area of water on the north shore).

If you are coming from Guntersville, head towards the dam and the cave is on right shortly after the Honeycomb Creek and Goat Island.

You will know you are at the cave when you see the fence and TVA signs about the cave.

The cave is not accessible by land. It is also illegal to enter the cave by land or water.

Here is a map of the cave’s location

About Gray Bats

Gray Bats are an endangered species, hence the fence keeping people from entering the cave. During the winter months, gray bats hibernate mostly in vertical caves and during the summer they stay mostly in caves along rivers and lakes. Females give birth in late May to early June. The months of June and July are some of the best times to see the most bats.

Gray Bats are endangered due to their lack of suitable habitats. During the maturation of their young, the females will drop their young on the floor of the cave if the female is startled. This presents a problem because, at this point, the young can’t fly yet. This is why there is a fence at the cave and the public isn’t allowed in. Please help preserve this spectacle for all and don’t attempt to enter the cave.

Next time you are in Guntersville Alabama and on the river/lake be sure to check out the Hambrick Bat Cave!

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7 Restaurants to Visit in Destin Flordia

Now these aren’t necessarily where the locals eat, but these are some of my favorite places to eat in Destin Florida!

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1. Rockin Tocos

Rockin Tacos is not your average taco stand! Rockin Taco is located at the Boardwalk right on the beach. They have all your normal Mexican food, but with fresh seafood. Their seafood is provided by their own seafood processing facility located a few doors down. You know when they say fresh out of the ocean, they mean it!

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You can visit Racking Tacos at: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
At The Boardwalk

2. Harry T’s

Harry T’s is named after the famous trapeze artist Harrison Baben who was also known as the Flying Harry T. The restaurant features a circus theme and some of the best views of the ocean from a restaurant in Destin. Harry T’s serves American food and some huge shrimp. Check out the huge shrimp in my video!

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You can visit Harry T’s at: 46 Harbor Blvd., Destin, Florida 32541

3. Donut Hole

The Donut Hole is more like a combination bakery and cafe. They have lots of breakfast options and lots of sweets too! Their cakes are pretty delicious. They don’t have a great online presence, so I can’t link to their menu, but here is a link from 30a.com about the Donut Hole.

You can visit them at: 635 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

4. Crab Island Cantina (Closed)

The Crab Island Cantina has changed management a few times, so it is possible they will open back up in the future.

5. The Back Porch

The Back Porch resturant has beachfront views and straight from the Gulf! The Back Proch resturant got their start in 1974 and the rest is history.

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6. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and is a more touristy place, but somewhere you should still check out! Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. features many different types of seafood plus some other types of “American” food.

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7. Grilling Hotdogs and Hamburgers

Now this isn’t a restaurant in Destin, but it’s important to have family time on vacation! We like to come back after a long week of hitting up all the restaurants and have a nice family picnic. Next time you are in Destin try it out!

I hope you enjoyed learning about some of my favorite restaurants in Destin, Florida! Let me know what your favorite restaurants are and where I should visit next!

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