Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the Gainesville, Florida area.
Kids Gainesville: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 Gator Kids
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29th Road Nature Park

Situated in the upper Hogtown Creek basin, 29th Road Park features nature trails through upland mixe ...

1502 NW 29th Road, Gainesville, Florida, 32605
Restrooms: No
Alfred A. Ring Park

Over a mile of trails wind through upland mixed forest and slope forest, tracing the course of Hogto ...

1801 NW 23rd Blvd, Gainesville, FL, 32605
Restrooms: Yes
Barr Hammock Preserve

The 5700-acre Barr Hammock Preserve is located just west of Micanopy, Florida in southern Alachua Co ...

14920 SE 11th Drive, Micanopy, Florida, 32667
Restrooms: No
Bivens Arm Nature Park

Newly rebuilt boardwalks and overlooks, new hiking trails, new playground equipment, and other upgra ...

3650 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Restrooms: Yes
Bouleware Springs Nature Park and Historic Waterworks

Boulware Springs is a trailhead for the 17-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Picnic facilities ...

3300 SE 15th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Restrooms: Yes
Broken Arrow Bluff

Nestled between the beauty of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and the sweeping vistas of Lake Kanapaha, B ...

5724 SW 46th Place, Gainesville, FL, 32608
Restrooms: No
Cellon Oak Park

The Cellon Live Oak, at Cellon Oak Park, is a Florida Co-Champion Live Oak named for its former owne ...

4100 NW 169th Place, Gainesville, FL, 32653
Restrooms: No
Clear Lake Nature Park

Bordering the extensive wetlands of Sugarfoot Prairie, Clear Lake Nature Park is quietly nestled bet ...

5480 SW 1st Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32607
Restrooms: No
Cofrin Nature Park

The playground equipment features great climbing areas and monkey bars. Cofrin Nature Park features ...

4810 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32606
Restrooms: Yes
Colclough Pond Nature Park

A short walk on a shady trail leads to Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) Pond where visitors can enjoy ...

2315 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Restrooms: No
Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park & Clark Butler Nature Preserve

Playground, recreational facilities and nature preserve. Baseball Field Basketball Court Footb ...

2315 SE 35th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Restrooms: Yes
Depot Park

Romp in the Playground: Climb, run, slide, spin and experience this exciting custom play area! Desi ...

201 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park

***Unfortunately we sustained some damage when Hurricane Irma blew through the area in September 201 ...

4732 Millhopper Road, Gainesville, FL, 32653
Restrooms: Yes
Duval Park

Tucked away in East Gainesville's Duval neighborhood, this park features a 2-acre stormwater pond to ...

520 NE 21st Street, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Restrooms: No
Earl P Powers Park

This is a small playground located adjacent to a boat launch dock. There is a big oak tree perfect f ...

5910 SE Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, FL, 32641
Restrooms: Yes
Flatwoods Conservation Area

Mesic and wet pine flatwoods, along with a basin swamp and a cypress dome on the property, provide h ...

2010 NE 31st Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32609
Restrooms: No
Four Creeks Preserve

Four Creeks Preserve is a 711 acre nature preserve located in northwest Gainesville. The preserve up ...

6845 NW 37th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32653
Restrooms: No
Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equ ...

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 si ...

Gum Root Park

Gum Root Park features trails through a variety of natural communities, including blackwater stream, ...

7300 NE 27th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32609
Restrooms: No
Hogtown Creek Greenway

The Hogtown Creek Greenway encompasses 13 individual conservation areas, totaling over 700 acres of ...

3315 NW 5th Avenue., Gainesville, FL, 32607
Restrooms: Yes
Hogtown Creek Headwaters

From former pinelands and majestic upland mixed forest to shady fern-covered wetlands where water sl ...

1500 NW 45th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32605
Restrooms: Yes
John Mahon Nature Park

Located just off Newberry Road, John Mahon Nature Park features a loop trail through the forest. Vis ...

4300 Block W Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL, 32607
Restrooms: No
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 1/2 mil ...

4700 S.W. 58th Drive, Gainesville, FL, 32608
Restrooms: Yes
Lake Alice

Lake Alice is a signature feature of the University of Florida campus.   It is a proven sanctuary to ...

Lake Alice on Museum Road, Gainesville, FL, 32611
Lake Alto

​Lake Alto Park currently offers a boat launch and connects to hiking trails in Lake Alto Preserve.

17800 NE 134th Place, Waldo, FL, 32694
Letterboxing

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in ...

Little Orange Creek Nature Park

The park is located about 1.3 miles east of Hawthorne on Route 20. There are 65 beautiful rolling ac ...

24115 SE Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, FL, 32640
Restrooms: yes
Loblolly Woods Nature Park

Trails and boardwalks provide shady routes for walking, biking, or jogging on this portion of the Ho ...

3315 NW 5th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32607
Restrooms: Yes
Lochloosa Creek Phifer Flatwoods

634-acre Preserve with 3.5 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and cypress swamp. Trails ...

12909 SE Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, FL, 32640
Restrooms: No
Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

2,742-acre Preserve with 6.25 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and cypress swamp. All ...

Longleaf Flatwoods, Hawthorne, FL, 32640
Restrooms: No
Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve

The Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve is a 16-acre site dedicated to the native peoples of ...

406 SE Tuscawilla Road, Micanopy, FL, 32667
Restrooms: No
Mill Creek Preserve

Mill Creek Preserve is located five miles north of the city of Alachua and is 1,200 acres in size. T ...

CR 241 and CR 236, Alachua, FL, 32615
Restrooms: No
Morningside Nature Center

Gainesville’s premier nature park, Morningside Nature Center, is one of the last remaining examples ...

3540 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Restrooms: Yes
Mudslinger Tours

Hunt for Fossils - Right in Gainesville! Mudslinger Tours provides a fun adventure to go into the l ...

Newnans Lake State Forest

Recreational opportunities on Newnans Lake State Forest are under development. A 1-mile hiking trail ...

1404 NE 55th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida, 32641
Restrooms: No
O'Leno State Park

One of Florida's first state parks, O'Leno State Park was first developed by the Civilian Conservati ...

410 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs, FL, 32643
Restrooms: Yes
Palm Point Nature Park

Reaching out from the surrounding shoreline, Palm Point is a true gem among Gainesville’s Nature Par ...

7401 Lakeshore Drive, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Restrooms: No
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Payne’s Prairie is biologically, geologically, and historically unique.  This park became Florida´s ...

100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy., FL, 32667
Restrooms: Yes
Possum Creek Park

Possum Creek Park features mowed recreation fields suitable for ballgames, flying kites, frisbee and ...

4009 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32653
Restrooms: Yes
Prairie Creek Preserve

Prairie Creek drains Newnans Lake, one of the largest lakes in north Florida, towards Paynes Prairie ...

CR 2082, Gainesville, FL
Restrooms: No
River Rise State Preserve Park

The Santa Fe River goes underground in O'Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in Rive ...

373 Southwest US Highway 27, Fort White, FL, 32643
Restrooms: No
San Felasco Hammock Preserve

This preserve has one of the few remaining mature forests in Florida. The limestone outcrops and ext ...

13201 Progress Blvd., Alachua, FL, 32615
Restrooms: Yes
San Felasco Park

At Gainesville's northwestern edge lies this beautiful forested oasis, recently transferred to the C ...

6400 NW 43rd Way, Gainesville, FL, 32653
Restrooms: Yes
Split Rock Conservation Area

A new pedestrian/bicycle entrance to Split Rock Conservation Area is open for public use. The entran ...

SW 20th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32607
Restrooms: No
Springtree Park

Springtree Park features a small playground and picnic area, as well as nature trails that pass thro ...

2700 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32605
Restrooms: No
Sweetwater Preserve

The 125 acre Sweetwater Preserve is located in southeast Gainesville adjacent to Paynes Prairie Pres ...

309 SE 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Restrooms: Yes along trail
Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it's a way to protect our envir ...

325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Restrooms: Yes
Terwilliger Pond Conservation Area

Located along the sweeping curve of SW 62nd Boulevard, Terwilliger Pond provides an ever-changing vi ...

460 SW 62nd Boulevard, Gainesville, FL, 32606
Restrooms: No