Things to do in Gainesville

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Gainesville

Things to Do in Gainesville


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Top Attractions in Gainesville

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Tranquil butterfly habitat with a diverse array of fluttering species and small birds amid exotic landscapes. Ideal for educational interaction and personal reflection.
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Natural history museum with a diverse range of exhibits, including a discovery zone for kids, a Butterfly Rainforest, and a detailed Calusa Indian display.
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Interactive wildlife sanctuary featuring educational tours with up-close animal encounters, emphasizing conservation and animal welfare. Enjoy serene surroundings and learn about diverse species.
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Tranquil park with miles of walkable trails through diverse wildlife habitats, perfect for birdwatching and alligator spotting amid natural scenery.
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Nature trail encircling a historic sinkhole with an observation deck, shaded paths, and informative signage. Features include a wooden staircase and tranquil woodland ambiance.
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  • ycarney
    Vero Beach, FL363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very nice place to go alone, with friends or with family. There are all sorts of beautiful butterflies and birds throughout the tour. We did not take a tour, we just walked through ourselves. It is really laid out nicely and it was so nice we went through it twice.
    Written February 1, 2024
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  • Bubbly B
    Florida131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My family & I drove to Gainesville to visit the Butterfly Rainforest. The museum shares the building with the rainforest.

    To visit the museum is free. To visit the rainforest costs about $15.

    Florida's history was perfectly depicted. We learned a lot and got a refresher about other things. Give yourself enough time to stroll and read. I'd say to plan to spend 1.5 hours.

    I'm so glad we got to visit. My absolutely favorite part was what I am calling a 4D wall. You must see it to believe it.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • Jennifer H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful experience and a very informative tour guide. Happy and healthy animals. We would definitely go back again!
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • jennifer g
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area and will go back again to see more in the rest of the park ....we were only able to get to one area to hike but will come back definitely for the rest of the park
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • Catherine M
    Florida Keys, FL8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friends and I LOVED Sweetwater Wetlands park! We saw alligators, great blue heron, and so many other different types of birds. We went towards dusk when the birds were more active. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. The employees at the park are super friendly and helpful too!
    Written April 8, 2024
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  • Liane P
    Atlanta, GA42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved strolling through the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens for a couple of hours today. This place is so beautiful and peaceful - well worth the visit!
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The University of Florida is well known for its men's and women's sports programs, which annual rank among the best in the country. But school officials and community leaders are promoting other aspects of the university's academic and cultural programs in the hoop that people will realize there is more to Florida than football, basketball and baseball. With that in mind, they point with pride to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Located at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road, in the Cultural Plaza area in the southwest part of the campus, the 112,800-square-foot facility is one of the largest university art museums in the South. It includes 40,400 square fet of exhibition space, five gardens, a 250-seat auditorium, a museum store, a study center, a cafe and classrooms. If that's wasn't enough, the museum, which was founded in 1990, was expanded in 2005 by more than 18,000 square feet with the opening of the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion, which includes new educational and meeting areas and the Camellia Court Cafe, the first restaurant for visitors of the Cultural Plaza. And in 2021, a new wing of 20,000 square feet was added. The museum's permanent collection totals more than 11,3000 objects, which are focused on Asian, African, modern and contemporary art and photography. It also has Ancient American and Oceanic art and a collection of pre-1850s prints and drawings. The African collection ranges from the 5th century BC to the 21st century and includes wood sculpture, textiles, ceramics, leatherwork, beadwork, metalwork and paintings. The Asian collection ranges from the Neolithic period to contemporary works and features ceramics, jade, metalwork, stone sculptures, paintings and prints from India, Japan and China. The photograph collection may be the most interesting of all with the works of noted photographers such as Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Irving Penn and Jerry Uelsmann, who established the University of Florida as a center for the study of photography.
    Written July 9, 2023
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  • Paula S
    Hollywood, FL9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    University of Florida has a lovely large campus! Our granddaughter gave us a 2 hour walking tour. We enjoyed learning about each building.
    Written July 27, 2023
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  • pvbeachmom
    Palatka, FL60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's such a cool site and very popular. We arrived 20 minutes before sunset and people were already starting to gather along the fence and setting up chairs. Just after sunset, hundreds (thousands?) of bats fly out and away. In 15 minutes, the show is over then it takes another 15 minutes to exit the parking lot. Definitely worth it, though.
    Written October 23, 2023
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  • 1952ja
    Massachusetts128 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you've ever wondered about sinkholes then definitely make the trip to see this. It is quite remarkable when you think about it. The earth just literally opens up and creates a massive hole. There's alot of walking and alot of stairs so it's not quite so easy to maneuver but if you take your time and enjoy the day then you'll appreciate nature as it surrounds you.
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • Hayden B
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The zoo is short but sweet, with many gorgeous and adorable animals. I don’t remember there exact names, but some of the animals are the emu, North American grey duck, tree kangaroo, and the critically endangered Guam Rail. A must go if you are in the area!
    Written March 23, 2024
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  • Catherine M
    Florida Keys, FL8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friends and I visited Depot Park while we were in town for a ladies weekend. We stayed at the Camellia Rose Inn, which was just a few blocks away from the park. We had a picnic and enjoyed strolling around the pond (and seeing turtles and birds). It's connected to the Hawthorne Trail, so we explored the trail for a short walk as well.
    Written April 8, 2024
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