Standing still in a cloud of free-flying butterflies, exploring the depths of a limestone cave, and gazing at the 14-foot bones of a 16,000-year-old Columbian mammoth skeleton—visitors can do all of this in just one afternoon at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Since starting in 1891 as a professor’s teaching collection of fossils, minerals, and human anatomy models, the museum has transformed into the home of more than 40 million specimens, creating a library of life that features one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.
Reflecting the museum’s impressive collection of winged beauties, some of its exhibits focus on the butterflies and moths that, unlike humans, can survive long flights without eating a single package of peanuts. At the Butterfly Rainforest, more than 1,000 butterflies from 60 to 80 species take to the air among tropical trees, orchids, bromeliads, and waterfalls cascading into a pond that bustles with fish and turtles. Feeding stations with freshly cut fruit dot the 6,400-square-foot screened enclosure, letting guests get up close as the butterflies feast. Live butterfly releases daily at 2 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. let onlookers watch them fly into an outdoor butterfly rainforest, and among the indoor butterfly exhibits, curious audiences can peer into a rearing lab where staff unpack and sort newly arrived pupae.
Rounding out the museum’s focus on Floridian biosystems, the Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife exhibit invites visitors to wander through a full-scale recreation of a hammock forest, and the South Florida exhibit takes guests down the peninsula with a mangrove boardwalk and a palm-thatched Calusa leader’s house. The museum's internationally acclaimed fossil collection includes highlights such as "shark jaw row," extinction dioramas, and full skeletal mounts and sculptures. Meanwhile, outside, petals unfurl in the wildflower and butterfly garden.
Stop by Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar in Gainesville for a quick and tasty bite to eat.
The restaurant features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm.
The restaurant is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
Those in a rush are better off dining here during the week, as the restaurant draws a crowd during the weekend.
Many diners choose to drive to Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
At Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
At Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Through hands-on learning, Pathways Arts aims to help students build well-rounded skill sets in the arts. The team of
instructors are professionals in the areas they teach, meaning they're adept at teaching students the basics and then helping them plunge right into experimenting with different types of movement or media. Classes for teens and adults and kids, for example, cover topics as diverse as painting, photography, art history, drama, yoga, and capoeira.
The movie theaters at Regal Royal Park Stadium 16 in Gainesville have the latest movies destined to be American classics.
Next time you're in the neighborhood, this theater should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant.
At this theater, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Breathe fresh air as you take advantage of the open-air screenings of your favorite movies at Regal Royal Park Stadium 16.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Bask in the comfort of Gator Cinemas' movie theaters when you see any of their offerings in Gainesville.
Whether you want mouth-watering food or great drinks, this theater has the restaurant just for you.
This theater is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
It's about time you finally enjoyed the comfort of your car while watching the movies at this drive-in theater.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Mary Hencher and her team of certified instructors lead Dance Trance classes that set high-energy dance moves to upbeat music. Because the classes emphasize the energy of the music, instructors don’t shout out commands; instead, they use a series of hand gestures and intuitive, easy-to-follow dance moves to guide students through the classes.