Gainesville, Florida is an American Oasis and the perfect spot to explore with the family. From sprawling museums to picturesque parks, to incredible sights like the Butterfly Rainforest and Bat House, there's no end to the discoveries. So, pack up the family and check out our best picks for what to do this season.
Visit the Florida Museum of Natural History
Witness Florida's cultural heritage and biological diversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus. Home to over 40 million species and cultural relics from across the World, the museum is a gold mine of knowledge. An excellent spot to hang out with family, the museum's treasure-trove is sure to wow you.
Be Amazed at the Butterfly Rainforest
This should be on your must-see list if you adore nature. The Butterfly Rainforest consists of fantastic views of orchids, birds, butterflies, bromeliads, turtles, hundreds of other exotic flowering plants, and fish. Be prepared to be mesmerized by all the butterflies fluttering around. It's truly an incredible sight.
Witness the Bats
The Bat House is one of the biggest bat colonies globally, not far from the north side of Museum Road across from Lake Alice on the UF campus. Just thirty minutes before sunset, you will see bats filling up the evening sky, a few in the initial minutes, then flocking the dusky evening sky in numbers as big as 500,000. It is a sight you do not want to miss!
Chill at Depot Park
If you're looking for a refreshing morning run or leisurely stroll through the park, look no further than Depot Park. Enjoy the waterfall with your kids with ground jets and water cannons or cool off with a visit to the Blue Grotto. Depot Park offers the perfect mix of leisure activities, paired with delicious bites at the General Store.
Don't Forget the Thomas Center
This Mediterranean Revival-style building was once a private residence and hotel. With multiple restored period rooms, contemporary art exhibitions, and several historical exhibits, this premier hub for cultural events is an integral part of Gainesville's cultural, civic, and social life.
Experience an Unforgettable Experience at Hotel ELEO
Close to Jacksonville, Gainesville has a lot to offer for families. Looking for a place to stay while you check out all there is to see and do? Pack up and book your stay at Hotel ELEO to visit all the above nearby tourist attractions. Our hotel puts you just minutes away from these and other attractions.