Best known as “The Swamp” and home to the University of Florida Gators, the city of Gainesville stretches across I-75 and North Florida, with only Paynes Prairie to keep it spreading south. And though it’s easy to lose yourself in the university life and suburban sprawl, there are a surprising number of parks and recreational areas, and of course swamps to remind you that you are indeed in “the swamp.”
In the heart of busy Gainesville lies a living Monet masterpiece: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, a man-made wetland & haven for local wildlife.
The North Central Florida city of Gainesville is not only home to the University of Florida and the Florida Gators, but also one of the coolest kid-friendly museums in the state: The Florida Museum of Natural History. And it’s free! Located on the University of Florida campus, the Florida Museum of Natural History has been around since 1906