Animal Encounters

This page lists places in the Gainesville, Florida area where kids can interact with or observe animals including: pets, farm animals, zoo animals and animals in the wild.
Kids Gainesville: Animal Encounters - Fun 4 Gator Kids
Butterfly Rainforest at Florida Museum of Natural History

The Butterfly Rainforest is a can’t-miss living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with a ...

3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL, 32611
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation Tours

*Open for private and semi-private tours only. Every visitor gets information about the different species we have. Every tour stresses important facts ...

8528 E. County Road 225, Gainesville, Florida, 32609
Duck Pond at NFRMC

Visit the ducks (and turtles) and take a nice walk around the pond on the path. Adjacent to the North Florida Regional Medical Center

6500 Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL, 32605
Great Florida Birding Trail, The

The Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT) is a program of the FWC.   At its core is a network of 489 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellen ...

Lake Alice

Lake Alice is a signature feature of the University of Florida campus.   It is a proven sanctuary to alligators as well as many birds.   On Lake Alice ...

Lake Alice on Museum Rd., Gainesville, FL
Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm

Retirement Home for Horses, Inc. at Mill Creek Farm is a not for profit 501(c)(3) equine sanctuary located in Alachua, Florida. We provide lifelong c ...

20307 NW C.R. 235A, Alachua, FL, 32615
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, a unique 10-acre zoo in Gainesville, Florida, is one of only two teaching zoos in the nation. The SF Teaching Zo ...

3000 N.W. 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL, 32606
Travelers Campground Safari Land

All kinds of animals to visit. Donkeys, Horses, Cows, Parrots, Peacocks, Goats, and an Emu. All located on beautiful grounds with rolling hills and pl ...

17701 April Blvd, Alachua, FL, 32615
UF Bat Barn and Bat House

The university built this 18-by-18-foot bat house in 1991 as a replacement home for bats living in campus buildings.  It is now gaining fame as the wo ...

north side of Museum Road between Village Drive and Radio Road across from Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL