How to Spend Earth Day Outdoors In Gainesville
Happy Earth Day! This annual event is all about going green, and BHGRE Thomas Group has a thing for green! In celebration of the event, here’s a compilation of some of Gainesville’s finest outdoor, nature-filled activities for you and your friends or family.
The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens offers a serene walk through 24 collections of bamboo and herb gardens. For only $10 per adult and $5 per child over five years old, you can walk the 1.5 mile-long walkway through the garden and enjoy a nice picnic lunch in the facility’s picnic areas. As long as they are on a leash, your dog can come too!
If you’re looking for a fun learning experience, the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History can teach curious visitors all about butterflies and birds. The exhibit features a beautiful tropical landscape with free-flying butterflies, waterfalls and knowledgeable staff who are equipped to answer questions. The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo is also a great resource for learning about native and exotic species. The zoo is home to over 70 different species, including monkeys, alligators, kangaroos and otters.
Midpoint Park and Eatery is a new Gainesville hotspot focused on providing a unique and fun food and entertainment experience. The park currently has three stationary food trucks with a variety of food options. You can grab a bite to eat, relax in the shaded outdoor seating area, and later this year, enjoy live music!
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park provides an experience unlike any other. This national landmark is more than a sinkhole: A miniature rainforest sits at the bottom. Along the way, visitors can learn about the sinkhole and the history of the site and its natural vegetation and fossils.
No matter how you spend this Earth Day, remember the importance of the event. For more information on what you can do, visit earthday.org