Learn About North Florida’s Flora and Fauna At Gainesville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Whether Gainesville is your Natural North Florida destination or if you’re just passing through on I-75, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  It’s located about a mile west of the Archer Road exit (SR24) on the expressway.

Named for Lake Kanapaha (Timicuan tramslation: palmetto leaf and house, referring to the typical Timicua houses that might have been found on the site), this 62-acre park was founded by the Florida Botanical Scoiety, with the aid of Alachua County.  There are over 20 distinct displays of native plants on the site.

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The Labyrinth is fun for “kids” of all ages–With little chance of getting lost!

You’ll likely find roses in bloom year-round in the Roae Garden

You’ll see butterflies, bamboo, and many other exotic species on the western side of the park.

The park’s east side features sinkholes, gazebos,  a hummingbird garden, as well as several locations available for weddings and special events.

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