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
29th Road Nature Park

Situated in the upper Hogtown Creek basin, 29th Road Park features nature trails through upland mixed forest, slope forest, and bottomland forest alon ...

1502 NW 29th Road, Gainesville, Florida, 32605
Restrooms: none
Alfred A. Ring Park

Over a mile of trails wind through upland mixed forest and slope forest, tracing the course of Hogtown Creek. A scenic overlook provides visitors a vi ...

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 County. The 6.5 mile Levy Loop Trail is accessed fro ...

14920 SE 11th Drive, Micanopy, Florida, 32667
Bivens Arm Nature Park

Newly rebuilt boardwalks and overlooks, new hiking trails, new playground equipment, and other upgraded amenities now await visitors to one of Gainesv ...

3650 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida
Bouleware Springs Nature Park and Historic Waterworks

Boulware Springs is a trailhead for the 17-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Picnic facilities are available as well as an area for parking and ...

3300 SE 15th Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32641
Broken Arrow Bluff

Nestled between the beauty of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and the sweeping vistas of Lake Kanapaha, Broken Arrow Bluff provides a glimpse into the myst ...

5724 SW 46th Place, Gainesville, Florida, 32608
Restrooms: no
Canopy Climbers

Canopy Climbers is an award-winning eco-adventure business that works every day to help people CONNECT with trees, local parks, nature and each other. ...

Cellon Oak Park

The Cellon Live Oak, at Cellon Oak Park, is a Florida Co-Champion Live Oak named for its former owner, Ralph W. Cellon. The oak's circumference is 30 ...

4100 NW 169th Place, Gainesville, Florida, 32653
Restrooms: none
Clear Lake Nature Park

Bordering the extensive wetlands of Sugarfoot Prairie, Clear Lake Nature Park is quietly nestled between the old University Avenue communities and SW ...

5480 SW 1st Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32607
Cofrin Nature Park

The playground equipment features great climbing areas and monkey bars. Cofrin Nature Park features a half-mile long hiking trail. Once a horse farm, ...

4810 NW 8th Ave., Gainesville, FL
Restrooms: yes
Colclough Pond Nature Park

A short walk on a shady trail leads to Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) Pond where visitors can enjoy bank fishing and wildlife viewing. Along with the ...

2315 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32601
Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park & Clark Butler Nature Preserve

Playground, recreational facilities and nature preserve. Baseball Field Basketball Court Football/Soccer Fields Nature Study Nature/Hiking Tra ...

2315 SE 35th Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32641
Restrooms: yes
Depot Park

Romp in the Playground: Climb, run, slide, spin and experience this exciting custom play area! Designed to inspire and encourage creativity, this pla ...

Free: Yes
201 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville, FL
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park

***Unfortunately we sustained some damage when Hurricane Irma blew through the area in September 2017 and we are still working to get the Sinkhole Boa ...

4732 Millhopper Road, Gainesville, Florida, 32653
Duval Park

Tucked away in East Gainesville's Duval neighborhood, this park features a 2-acre stormwater pond built in 2010 to help improve the health of Lake For ...

600 Block of NE 21st Street, Gainesville, Florida
Earl P Powers Park

This is a small playground located adjacent to a boat launch dock. There is a big oak tree perfect for a picnic, and of course fish and other water li ...

5910 SE Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, Florida, 32641
Restrooms: yes
Flatwoods Conservation Area

Mesic and wet pine flatwoods, along with a basin swamp and a cypress dome on the property, provide habitat for a variety of wildlife at Flatwoods Cons ...

2010 NE 31st Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32609
Gainesville Retreat Center

The Gainesville Retreat Center offers: 1200 square foot zendo/yoga space; Full vegetarian kitchen; Housing for up to thirty, plus camping and RV hooku ...

1605 SE 51st Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32641

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices.   The basic idea is to loc ...

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 ...

Gum Root Park

Gum Root Park features trails through a variety of natural communities, including blackwater stream, floodplain swamp, xeric hammock, baygall, pasture ...

7300 NE 27th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32609
Restrooms: no
Hogtown Creek Greenway

The Hogtown Creek Greenway encompasses 13 individual conservation areas, totaling over 700 acres of forests and wetlands surrounding Hogtown and Possu ...

3315 NW 5th Avenue., Gainesville, Florida, 32607
Restrooms: yes
Hogtown Creek Headwaters

From former pinelands and majestic upland mixed forest to shady fern-covered wetlands where water slowly seeps from the ground to form the beginnings ...

1500 NW 45th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32605
John  Mahon Nature Park

Located just off Newberry Road, John Mahon Nature Park features a loop trail through the forest. Visitors can enjoy upland mixed forest, hydric hammoc ...

4300 Block W Newberry Road, Gainesville, Florida, 32607
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway.  These include the state's largest ...

4700 S.W. 58th Drive, Gainesville, FL, 32608
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
Lake Alto

Boat Ramp; Fishing; Nature Study; Picnic with Shelter

17800 NE 134th Place, Waldo, Florida, 32694

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in beautiful, scenic places that the whole family ca ...

Loblolly Woods Nature Park

Trails and boardwalks provide shady routes for walking, biking, or jogging on this portion of the Hogtown Creek Greenway, considered one of the best b ...

3315 NW 5th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32607
Restrooms: yes
Lochloosa Creek Phifer Flatwoods

634-acre Preserve with 3.5 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and cypress swamp. Trails accessible from the paved Gainesville-Hawthorne Ra ...

12909 SE Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne, FL
Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

2,742-acre Preserve with 6.25 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and cypress swamp. All trails served from main parking area on County Roa ...

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 Florida and the Micanopy environs. The park includ ...

406 SE Tuscawilla Road, Micanopy, Florida, 32667
Mill Creek Preserve

Mill Creek Preserve is located five miles north of the city of Alachua and is 1,200 acres in size. The Preserve consists mainly of slope forest associ ...

CR 241 and CR 236, Alachua, Florida, 32615
Morningside Nature Center

Gainesville’s premier nature park, Morningside Nature Center, is one of the last remaining examples of fire-dependent longleaf pine woodlands in the a ...

3540 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Restrooms: yes
Newnans Lake State Forest

Recreational opportunities on Newnans Lake State Forest are under development. A 1-mile hiking trail was recently opened, giving visitors a glimpse of ...

1404 NE 55th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida, 32641
O'Leno State Park

One of Florida's first state parks, O'Leno State Park was first developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The park is located alon ...

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 Parks. Palm Point’s unique geographic location makes ...

7401 Lakeshore Drive, Gainesville, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Payne’s Prairie is biologically, geologically, and historically unique.  This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated ...

Paynes Prairie 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy., FL, 32667
Possum Creek Park

Possum Creek Park features mowed recreation fields suitable for ballgames, flying kites, frisbee and other sports. Children of all ages enjoy the play ...

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

Prairie Creek drains Newnans Lake, one of the largest lakes in north Florida, towards Paynes Prairie State Preserve and Orange Lake. Upland areas incl ...

CR 2082, Gainesville, Florida
River Rise State Preserve Park

The Santa Fe River goes underground in O'Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise State Park as a circular pool before resumi ...

373 Southwest US Highway 27, High Springs, Florida, 32643
San Felasco Conservation Corridor

The San Felasco Conservation Corridor is a wildlife, greenway and recreation corridor. The Park provides active recreational opportunities through the ...

13851 NW 126th Terrace, Alachua, Florida, 32615
San Felasco Hammock Preserve

This preserve has one of the few remaining mature forests in Florida. The limestone outcrops and extreme changes in elevation provide ideal conditions ...

CR 232, Gainesville, Florida
San Felasco Park

At Gainesville's northwestern edge lies this beautiful forested oasis, recently transferred to the City of Gainesville from Alachua County. Listen to ...

6400 nw 43rd Way, Gainesville, FL, 32653
Restrooms: Near the playground
Split Rock Conservation Area

A new pedestrian/bicycle entrance to Split Rock Conservation Area is open for public use. The entrance is located just north of the Portofino neighbor ...

SW 20th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32607
Springtree Park

Springtree Park features a small playground and picnic area, as well as nature trails that pass through flatwoods with towering pines and fern covered ...

2700 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida
Sweetwater Preserve

The 125 acre Sweetwater Preserve is located in southeast Gainesville adjacent to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, the Downtown Connector of the Gai ...

95 SE Williston Road, Gainesville, Florida, 32641
Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it's a way to protect our environment. The park, which consists of more than 125 ...

325 SW Williston Road, Williston, Florida, 32601
Restrooms: yes
Terwilliger Pond Conservation Area

Located along the sweeping curve of SW 62nd Boulevard, Terwilliger Pond provides an ever-changing view of the beauties of nature. During times of high ...

460 SW 62nd Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida