Gainesville Gardens and Zoos
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens- 4700 S.W. 58th Drive Gainesville Florida 32608. (352) 372-4981. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Some of Kanapaha's gardens are organized taxonomically; others demonstrate principles of ecology or natural selection. Kanapaha's signature plants include a premier stand of Chinese royal bamboo (Wong Chuk), and--during the warm months--giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums. The months offering the most color are June through September.
Gainesville Garden Club- 1350 Northwest 75th Street, Gainesville Florida 32606(352) 331-0426. Gainesville Garden Club, Inc. was founded on September 11, 1924 and became federated in May of 1927. Circles were organized in 1930. We currently have 15 circles making up a membership in excess of 350. The facility is available for special functions.
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo- 3000 NW 83rd Street Gainesville Florida 32606. (352) 395-5000. The Teaching Zoo is operated as a part of Santa Fe College's Zoo Animal Technology Program; it is the premier wild animal technology program in the United States. Supervised by the professional staff of the Teaching Zoo, the students get hands-on experience in every aspect of wild animal care, from daily care to habitat construction and maintenance, and working with the public.
Butterfly Rainforest- Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza SW 34th Street and Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611. (352) 846-2000. Stroll through this 6,400-square-foot screened, outdoor enclosure with tropical plants and hundreds of living butterflies. Inside, view thousands of Lepidoptera species on the "Wall of Wings" and learn about butterfly and moth biology. See scientists working in the Rearing Lab and other research areas.
Morningside Nature Center- 3540 E. University Avenue Gainesville FL 32641. (352) 334-2171. Morningside’s 278 acres feature a spectacular wildflower display and diverse wildlife including deer, wild turkey, box turtles, gopher tortoises, skunks and numerous birds. Morningside’s Living History Farm re-creates a single-family rural holding in the year 1870 and centers on an Irish immigrant family, the McCarrolls, who built the Hogan Cabin. The farm includes the cabin from the 1840’s, a board and batten kitchen, a barn and one-room schoolhouse, an heirloom garden and live heritage bred farm animals. Every Saturday (Sept-May) the Farm offers live interpretive experiences. Fall wildflower walks are held every Saturday in October, and Native Plant Sales are held in the fall and spring. Special events include the Cane Boil in winter and the Farm and Forest Festival in spring.