Explore The Wonders of Florida at Gainesville’s Museum of Natural History

One of the highlights of a trip to Gainesville is always a visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History.  The museum is located on the western edge of the University of Florida campus, in the same complex as the Harn Museum of Art and the Phillips Performing Arts Center.   The museum is easy to …

Day Trip Idea: Florida’s Citrus History at Gainesville’s Matheson History Museum, Through 8/26/16

Although our Natural North Florida region is no longer an important player in Florida’s citrus industry, there’s still lots of history and images to remind us how valuable “liquid gold” was to the area in past decades.  As “cooler” weather crept northward, freezes killed many commercial groves, and only a few remain, mostly near lakes …

“Artist Naturalists in Florida-Then and Now” Exhibit in Gainesville, 10/30-12/11/15

This exhibit, at Gainesville’s Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, features about 45 paintings and photographys by artists such as Diane Harm, William Bartram, Mark Catesby and J.J. Audobon.  The exhibit runs through December 11 at “The Doris”, 1315 S. Main Street, Gainesville. When Doris Bardon passed away in 2006, she bequeathed funds to further her …

Welcome to London!…at Gainesville’s Harn Museum of Art, E.O. Hoppé Photos on Exhibit Thru 9/16/15

Now’s your chance to visit London, England while you’re still in Natural North Florida!  The University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art is showing the work of influential photographer, E.O. Hoppé through September 16, 2016.  This is a “don’t-miss” opportunity to see images of royalty, street life, movie stars, circus performers and everyday Londoners, taken …

Learn About “Florida Cuisine” at Gainesville’s Matheson Museum, May 2015

  Florida’s food baffles lots of visitors.  As a surprise to many, oranges are not our largest agricultural output, nor are fish.  Would you believe beef cattle?  Natural North Florida is especially varied, and you’ll likely see more cattle ranches than citrus groves as you cruise our 10 county region.  Of course, we have fish, …

Look Into The Past at Perry, Florida’s Forest Capital Museum State Park and Cracker Homestead

Forest Capital Museum State Park has a diverse set of attractions, including a historical cracker settlement to walk around, an indoor museum with dioramas telling the story of the turpentine industry and it’s importance to Florida. Turpentine, or “naval stores” was an important industry in Natural North Florida until after the Civil War.  Used in …

Visit Trenton, A Florida Town That’s All About Quilts and Murals!

Trenton, FL, the county seat of Gilchrist County, is just west of Gainesville and is home to an excellent quilting museum and has taken the art of quilting a step further by painting quilt designs on the exterior walls of some of the historic downtown buildings.

Re-Live Florida’s “Cracker” History in Perry, FL

  Florida’s Forest Capital State Museum and Cracker Homestead, located in Perry, is part of Florida’s State Park system.  Located on US19 (Byron Butler Parkway) just south of town, this 1864 home and furnishings will give visitors a taste of Florida’s past.  Open 9AM to Noon, Monday through Thursday, this place is worth a visit. …

Stay Cool in Gainesville

Summertime is almost gone in North Central Florida but Fall is on the way! We’ve got a few ideas to help you keep cool while you’re exploring Gainesville. Start your day off with a visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza. Admission is free and it’s a …