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“Great for big and little ones”

Florida Museum of Natural History
Ranked #2 of 61 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.
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163 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great for big and little ones”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Absolutely fantastic place to go if it's raining or too hot (as it often is in Florida). The resource room for little ones is the best feature - they can touch and play with all kinds of toys, puzzles, books.

Visited July 2014
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Gainesville, Florida
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73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place to learn scinece.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

On many Saturdays, professors and local science teachers volunteer and provide guided tours of the displays there. Once I took my children there and a professor of geology was giving a guided tour for free! It was amazing to walk through the museum with him and listen to all the great history there. Although the museum is fun just by itself, there is a butterfly garden that I believe is the most beautiful place in all of Gainesville. It is the one place that I took my elderly grandmother when she came to Florida for a visit. It is easy to get a wheelchair in and out of the garden.

Visited October 2013
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Should be your first "touristy" stop in Gainesville”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

I grew up going to this museum and even now, I'm still amazed at all the exhibits! The permanent and changing exhibits are both always really great. Great for kids, great for adults - something for almost everyone. And you can't beat the price!

Visited May 2014
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Palm Coast, Florida
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43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“It's free!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

Ok, not totally. $4 to park. There are additional charges to see butterflies and another exhibit, but my kids are 2 and 4. We have done butterflies at other places. Can't beat the price for a couple of hours for the kids to explore. The discovery area is just a small room, but great for little ones. They enjoyed looking at the natural history of Florida. The volunteer guides were awesome.

Visited August 2014
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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277 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“A Time Well Spent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

The museum is a very worthwhile stop for anyone interested in Florida history. Then there's also the star attraction, the Butterfly Rainforest. The latter is a very well maintained and well populated area where you can walk amongst the butterflies and the extensive vegetation. Upon entry you're told to watch your step because sometimes the butterflies land on the walkways. We did see one perched there. The rest of the museum is divided into specific exhibits: Florida fossils, waterways and wildlife and South Florida People and Environments. One of the changing exhibits while we were there concerned the evolution of dogs from wolves. The entire museum was very clean and staffed by many volunteer docents. We highly recommend this facility.

Visited July 2014
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