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Florida Museum of Natural History and Butterfly Rainforest
Enjoy hundreds of flying butterflies in a rainforest, walk through history at a Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, and a life-size limestone cave. The current exhibit, Wicked Plants, puts you in an eerie environment with Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. opens in a new windowMuseum entry is free; Wicked Plants and opens in a new windowButterfly Rainforest tickets may be purchased at the front desk.
Dive into the the Springs
Gear up in the town of High Springs and make a visit to one of the nearby freshwater springs. Fed by the Florida aquifer, these springs are crystal clear with a year-round water temperature of 72 degrees. opens in a new windowPoe Springs Park and Blue Springs are popular swimming holes. Ginnie Springs is a global destination for cave-divers. Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a scenic destination for tubing, a gentle float down the spring-fed river.
Gainesville is home to exceptional theater. The Gainesville Community Playhouse hosts ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre hosts ‘Commander.’ At the opens in a new windowHippodrome, it’s opening weekend for the mainstage production of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,’ a recreation of the 1962 thriller.
Harn Museum of Art
opens in a new windowThe Harn is home to over 10,000 objects including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography. Current exhibitions include Aftermath: The Fallout of War, Intra-Action: Women Artists from the Harn Collection, and Mirror Mirror … Portraits of Frida Kahlo. Admission is free, donations are accepted.
The Free Fridays Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza features Gram Fest, a tribute to Gram Parsons. On Saturday, opens in a new windowHigh Dive hosts Ordinary Boys – A Tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey. Rick Ross performs at the Florida Theater and an 80s & 90s block party will be at The Atlantic and Arcade Bar.
opens in a new windowKanapaha Botanical Gardens includes the largest public display of bamboo in Florida and the largest herb garden in the southeast. You can travel down 232 wooden steps into a 120’ sinkhole at opens in a new windowDevil’s Millhopper Geological State Park. Sweetwater Wetlands Park has 3.5 miles of trails and is a birding hotspot. You can even see real alligators on La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie State Preserve.
Award Winning Craft Breweries
Gainesville is home to opens in a new windowSwamp Head Brewery, First Magnitude Brewing Company and Alligator Brewing. Swamp Head’s tasting room is called The Wetlands featuring regular and seasonal beers on tap with exclusive bottle releases. The Source is the name of First Magnitude’s tasting room which is adjacent to a family friendly beer garden. Alligator Brewing can be found inside Tall Paul’s which houses games, TVs and regular live music.
opens in a new windowDowntown Gainesville
Multiple restaurants, bars, and boutiques are all within walking distance under live oaks and Spanish moss in the symbolic heart of the city. Tour the murals of 352walls or hop on a peddle-pub to see the most out of downtown. Bo Diddley Plaza hosts concerts and the Hippodrome hosts mainstage performances. Newly opened Depot Park features a large playground, a splash pad and is a hit with families.
opens in a new windowThe Food Scene
Tempt your tastebuds with everything from exotic coffees and teas, craft ramen, down home southern favorites, ethnic flavors, pizza and burgers, and casual or fine dining. Head to opens in a new windowSatchel’s for great pizza and salads where you can even dine in a 1965 Ford Falcon van. Downtown features numerous options like Dragonfly Sushi, Emiliano’s, Big Lou’s Pizza, Crane Ramen, Manuel’s Vintage Room, Flaco’s Cuban Bakery, and Volta Coffee Tea & Chocolate. Small towns boast big eats at Pearl Country Store, Blue Highway, or Coffee n Cream in Micanopy, or The Great Outdoors in High Springs.
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