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Butterfly Rainforest
#1 of 26 Nature & Parks in Gainesville
The Butterfly Rain Garden is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida "museum campus", which also includes the Harn Art Museum, and a large performing arts center.
The Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History is a wonderful place to linger and watch some of nature's most beautiful creatures float by.
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Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
#2 of 26 Nature & Parks in Gainesville
During the guided tour, visitors go at their own pace and can linger at each enclosure and ask questions/discuss the details of each animal; and are able to get approximately 4-6 feet from the animal enclosures.
The tour guide( Isaiah) was phenomenal and we got to see amazing animals at a close up and personal distance.
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
#3 of 26 Nature & Parks in Gainesville
It is so calming but also intriguing to see so many species at their wild habitat such as alligator families with babies, many sorts of colorful birds, wild horses, etc. amazing place.
There are several boardwalk paths that you can choose to walk, but they all have stunning views of birds, flowers, and even gators living in their natural environment.
University of Florida Bat House
#5 of 26 Nature & Parks in Gainesville
Caves, springs, hiking trails, bike trails, antique general stores, motor sports of all types, then there is Gator everything: Baseball, gymnastics, track and field, women's softball, volleyball, swimming, lacross...
... strong wind or temperatures below 65F) to pass the time before they emerged we had a wander around Lake Alice (on the oppersite side of the road which proved to be interesting spotting alligators and turtles).
La Chua Trail
#9 of 26 Nature & Parks in Gainesville
We were delighted to see a variety of flora and fauna ranging from gnats to dragonflies to fish, frogs and turtles (underwater) to egrets, herons, water fowl and the most immense alligator we'd ever seen!
However, what is open is stunning with a tremendous variety of wildlife, during the short hike we did we observed hogs, countless birds of a variety of species, gators and abundance of foliage.
Morningside Nature Center
#16 of 26 Nature & Parks in Gainesville
Prairie Creek Preserve
#18 of 26 Nature & Parks in Gainesville
Beautiful wildlife, cranes, alligators, wading birds of all varieties!
It’s a park-not a Zoo- enjoy what you see
Bivens Arm Nature Park
#22 of 26 Nature & Parks in Gainesville
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Micanopy 9.4 mi away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Micanopy
Make sure to first stop at the main Visitor Center and talk to the rangers, get your maps, figure out what you'd like to see, go to the bathroom, etc. Make sure you plan for our Florida weather because once you ge...
... a piece of high ground where hardwood grows), we headed to the trail to the sinkhole that is home to literally hundreds of alligators, many varieties of birds, oh, and did I mention the wild horses and bison?