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  • Florida Museum of Natural History
    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.
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    3215 Hull Rd.
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Pathways Arts
    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.
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    2032 Northwest 6th Street
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Dance Trance Gainesville
    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.
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    7230 W University Ave.
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Cinema Verde
    Each year, the Cinema Verde festival celebrates environmentally conscious films and art. Visitors flock to the four-day event to watch more than 30 films on issues such as water access, waste disposal, and sustainable practices. The festival also features live music, art exhibits, and eco-tours that highlight the lush, natural environment of north central Florida.
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    201 Southeast Depot Avenue
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar
    Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar in Gainesville will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds). Don't be shy — step out on the restaurant dance floor and soak up the sound of live music. The music and crowds can create quite a racket at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar — noise levels can reach the upper registers. The restaurant fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles. If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant. For a quick and easy payment solution at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar, pay by major credit card.
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    112 S Main St
    Gainesville, FL US

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