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There are a good number of interesting places in Gainesville; the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida has a wide array of regional wildlife, including a live butterfly display. Exhibits rotate, but include themes such as nature artwork, marine, freshwater and coastal wildlife, and the connection between people and environment. The museum also holds summer camps for children and miscellaneous special events like quilting demonstrations. Main exhibits are free but admission is charged for the butterfly display and donations are accepted. The museum is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and open 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5pm on Sundays.
The Harn Museum of Art, also located at the University of Florida www.harn.ufl.edu/, is part of a large cultural complex at the cross of SW 34th Street and Hull Road (where the Florida Museum of Natural History can also be found). The galleries have permanent collections dedicated to art from around the world, and offer special programs such as film screenings and gallery lectures.
If the weather is nice, take a stroll to the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, a 62-acre expanse of local and imported flora. The state’s largest bamoboo and herb gardens are located here; there are also rock and rose gardens for your enjoyment. The garden entrance is located at 4700 SW 58th Drive.
Dudley Farm Historic State Park is nearby in Newberry. Open 9-4 Wed.-Sun. this is an 1880's working farmstead with visitor center, picnic area, trail and self guided tour of the original [not recreated] farmstead. Fee $5/car up to 8 occupants. Located on SR 26 [Newberry Rd.], 4 miles E. of Newberry and 7 miles W. of Interstrate-75 exit 387. 352-472-1142 Friends of Dudley Farm