Come visit Gainesville, FL, a perfect vacation spot for nature lovers. Surrounded by a lush, green landscape, the city offers plenty of ways to explore and enjoy the local wildlife. With many parks and museums, visitors of all ages will find fun and excitement.
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The Butterfly Rainforest is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. This beautiful tropical garden is filled with up to 80 different species of free-flying butterflies. The ever-changing landscape also features birds, fish, turtles and waterfalls.
With an acclaimed fossil collection and several permanent and rotating exhibits, the Florida Museum of Natural History has plenty to explore. The Discovery Room offers young visitors a truly hands-on educational experience, including a saltwater aquarium and wind tunnel.
The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art features a variety of collections with more than 8,000 works of art. The museum offers several guided tours, including one specifically for young children. Stop by the Harn Museum of Art Store to bring home a unique, handcrafted item.
For a truly wild nature experience, check out the University of Florida Bat House, home to more than 100,000 bats. Visitors arriving near sunset can witness the bats emerge for an amazing evening show.
The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo offers a diverse array of native and exotic animals to see. Take a guided tour through the 10 acres of shaded exhibits for a fun and educational experience. Be sure to call ahead and inquire about the Animal Encounters program, which allows visitors an up-close and personal experience with some of the animals.
The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Yearling once made her home in the lush landscape that is now known as the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Take a trip back to the 1930s as you explore her house and farmyard. Get inspired as you stroll through the gardens and the hiking trails that wind through the surrounding woods.
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Gainesville, FL, US, 32608
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