Springtime in Gainesville: Time to Get Out!

monarch butterflyNow that winter is officially behind us, it’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather and explore our great city! Here’s a few ideas to get you and your family out and about this spring.

Take a walk around Paynes Prairie and check out the gators sunning themselves on the shores.

Go bird watching in Loblolly Woods, a 159-acre forested open space featuring multiple paths and boardwalks.

Have a picnic in Boulware Springs Park, which has a 19th century waterworks building and a natural spring.

Visit Morningside Living History Farm, situated on more than six miles of trails that wind through sandhill, flatwoods and cypress domes.angry alligator

Take a walk, jog or bike ride on the 16-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail, a paved path free of cars and surrounded by trees and fields.

Visit the Harn Art Museum and Florida Museum of Natural History, which has a spectacular and beautiful Butterfly Garden.

Check out the incredible 500-foot-wide, 120-foot deep sinkhole at Devil’s Millhopper.

Take your children to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, many of whose graduates go on to work at Disney’s Wild Kingdom!

Nature of  pine forest in Phu Rua mountain  Phu Rua Loei  ThCheck out the gorgeous blooms and jaw-dropping bamboo forest at Kanapaha Gardens.

Visit the animals at the Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

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