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Selman Bat Cave Freedom

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Selman Bat Cave
217036 Oklahoma 50A
Freedom
OK
73842
Tel: 405 424 0099

Where are we going today?

Have you ever seen a swarm of bats fly across the sky? It's quite an experience! Good thing Bat Watch is here to let you enjoy the natural marvel with your very own eyes! As the sun sets, they leave their caves and scramble across the sky to dine on about 10 tons of insects (All that hanging upside make them hungry!)

Did you know that a long time ago, before the pioneers settled across the American prairies, these Mexican free-tailed bats used the Selman Bat Cave as their home. Now, the descendants of these bats STILL make that journey to the Selman Bat Cave, and come out to play at night!

Much of the area still looks as it did over a century ago, which is amazing, so you can feel like you're back in time!

Bat Watch happens within Oklahoma's Alabastar Caverns Park. When you arrive, you get to take the very fun school bus to the management area. Once in the rolling prairies which are beautiful, you will settle in, and then as the sky turns to twilight, millions of bats will fly across your head! They actually travel 1400 miles each year every spring so they can give birth and raise their young in the beautiful state of Oklahoma.

You can also take the optional (and yes kids - it's short!) 1/4 nature walk which is led by trained volunteers and biologists. It's a great way to learn about the area, and what you will experience! 

You aren't allowed to tour the actual caves because they want to protect the bats, but it's an amazing experience! 

Bat Watch is ready to give you an unforgettable experience! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12 (Over 13)
  • Children$6 (8 to 12 years)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Evenings

The 4 weekends after 4th July

I'm Hungry!

It helps to bring a snack and a drink so you don't get hungry during your experience!.

Healthy Eating!

They provide drinking water .

Any Top Tips?

Dress for the outdoors, as well as for the heat. Make sure you have sturdy shoes!.

Doing our bit

The area is protected, so help them look after it. If you see something, tell the ranger and don't pick it up. They want to make sure everything stays happy and healthy in nature! .

Need a little extra help?

The nature trail is level, but not paved.

More information

There is only 8 chances a year to experience this, so make sure you sign up in advance! Each of the groups are about 75 people .

What people are saying?

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    More impressive then we predicted. Fun tour. Worth the trip from okc.

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    The cave tour is worth it just for the pictures and we utilized their tent grounds. The restrooms are not the best, but at least they have them.

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    The third time in 20 years i have been there. The guide was a little abrasive but knowledgeable. She contradicted what previous guides had mentioned and relied on questions asked instead of informing us on History like previous guides. I felt a little rushed and didn't like the fact that lights turning out behind us set the pace for the tour and felt being "left" behind as a way to motivate people to "keep" up was unnecessary. I will still go back.

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    Natural air conditioning and a nice 45 minute tour

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    The drive from OKC is boring Oklahoma farm land...but the park is a perfect day trip park. You can leave OKC in the morning, have lunch in Woodward and visit the park the afternoon.
    The park cave tours start promptly on the hour. Takes about an hour walk through the tour lead cave.
    There is camp camping too, visit the state park website for more info.

    You can hike the trails, some are experienced/moderate hiker level experience but the trails are easy. There are nice scenic views in certain areas.

    Snacks consist of soda and candy bars, so bring...Read More

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by Russell Tidaback

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The drive from OKC is boring Oklahoma farm land...but the park is a perfect day trip park. You can leave OKC in the morning, have lunch in Woodward and visit the park the afternoon.
The park cave tours start promptly on the hour. Takes about an hour walk through the tour lead cave.
There is camp camping too, visit the state park website for more info.

You can hike the trails, some are experienced/moderate hiker level experience but the trails are easy. There are nice scenic views in certain areas.

Snacks consist of soda and candy bars, so bring some of your own. Also, bring some water as the trails...you will need it. No water bottles, snacks, drinks, etc in the cave.

Also, if you can not walk stairs easily...don't go to this park. YOU would be the hazard.

I recommend the park...there's not alot to do in Oklahoma so...

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