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    Planetarium of Santa Fe College

    by tampa_shawn Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium seats 64 guests beneath a 34 ft Spitz dome, and has two state of the art planetarium projectors

    The planetarium has a wide variety of different shows some of which include a live concerts

    Shows, prices and time vary so please see the website. Many of the shows are free to Sante Fe Students

    When I was here there were shows on Friday at 7 and 10 PM and Saturday at 3, 5, 7 and 10PM

    I've listed a few of the adult oriented shows above (note there are also children oriented shows):

    "Southern Nights" - learn some everyday astronomy and how to identify planets and consolations in the current night skies of North Central Florida. These presentations will also include some mythology from cultures all over the world. No two shows are identical! [60 min] All Ages

    "Night Spirits: Native American Star Lore" - explores some modern Native American culture, Native American history, and ancient Native American astronomical knowledge, before concluding with some Native American Storytelling about the stars under one of the most realistic night sky star projectors in the world. [75 min]

    "Rock on Demand" Vol. 1 and 2 - is an entertainment music show (not a planetarium show) featuring bands like Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Rush, Metallica and many others, combined with outstanding computer animations which fill the entire dome, surrounding you with an experience which you won't soon forget!

    PLANETARIUM SHOWS

    Adults (ages 13 - 59)...............$4.00
    Seniors (ages 60+)..................$3.00
    Children (ages 4 - 12)..............$3.00
    Children (ages 0-3)...................Free
    With SFC ID Card..................Free

    Address: 3000 NW 83rd Street · Building X, Room 129 · Gaine

    Directions: Located on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College

    From I-75 take Exit 390 turning east onto SR222 (aka NW 39th Avenue.)....

    Website: http://www.sfcc.edu/planetarium/

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    University of Florida Harn Museum of Art

    by tampa_shawn Updated Sep 13, 2008

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    This museum has an impressive collection of African Art, as well as ancient american, pre-columbian and contemporary art and photography.

    It is located on the University of Florida Campus across from the Natural History Museum

    They also offer films, lecture series, workshops and performances

    Also has a nice gift shop

    In fact if you are visiting the UF Natural History Museum you will be parking in the art museum parking lot (free parking on weekends)

    Entrance to the Museum is FREE

    Closed Monday
    Tues to Friday 11 AM to 5 PM
    Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM

    Address: Hull Road and SouthWest 34th St

    Phone: 352-392-9826

    Website: http://www.harn.ufl.edu/

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    Ichetucknee Springs

    by tampa_shawn Updated Sep 13, 2008

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    Another one of our great Florida state parks. This one is a great tubing location and is stunning

    Tubing - get your tubes before you enter the park. At the south entrance of the park, tubers have the opportunity to choose a 1.5 hour float or a 30 minute float on the cool, spring-fed, crystal clear waters of the Ichetucknee River. If you choose to tube the full length of the river for a 3 hour float, get to the north entrance early as only 750 tubers per day are permitted on the sensitive and beautiful upper section of the river.

    Swimming or snorkeling in the springs

    Stroll along the river on the Trestle Point Trail

    Park Fees

    Admission Fee (no river use) - $5.00 per vehicle (limit 8 people per vehicle). Single Car Occupant - $3.00

    Motorcycle Fee (one or two persons) - $3.00

    Canoeing Fee: $5.00 per person year round.

    Tubing
    North Entrance-Summer Season (Begins the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day) - $5.00 per person (children 5 and under are free).

    South Entrance-Summer Season (Begins the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day) - $5.00 per person (children 5 and under are free).

    South Entrance-Off-Season (Begins the Tuesday after Labor Day thru the Friday before Memorial Day) - $5.00 per vehicle (limit 8 people per vehicle).

    Address: 12087 S.W. US Hwy 27Fort White, Florida 32038

    Directions: I-75 North to exit 423.
    SR 47 south, turn on CR 238 and follow the park signs.

    Approx 18 miles north of Gainesville

    Phone: 386-497-4690

    Website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/

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    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House and Farm Yard

    by tampa_shawn Written Sep 12, 2008

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    This site was the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author of many major literary works, including The Yearling, which received the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the novels South Moon Under, and Golden Apples, and her memoir, Cross Creek.

    The Rawlings house also is a notable example of the Cracker (descendents of pioneer settlers) style of architecture, derived from a variety of influences to suit the climate and available technology of the rural South.

    Additional information on the National Historic Landmark program can be found on the NPS website at History & Cluture

    open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Guided walks through the Rawlings' home are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. from October through July.

    When exploring the house...remember it's the 1930s and we are not air-conditioned or heated, so dress for the weather.

    This is a 1930s Florida farm farm life and shows where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked. She lived in this cracker style home and farm for 25 years

    There are also nature trails and the park rangers giving the tours are in costume!

    Guided tours of the Rawlings' house are offered Thursdays through Sundays, October through July (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving) at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. Tours at the park begin at the barn, walk through the farmyard and then through the historic house.

    The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Admission Fees - $2.00/vehicle

    Guided Tours of the Rawling's house: Adults - $3.00 per person
    Children - 6 to 12 years of age, $2.00 per person
    Children under 6 years of age are free.

    Directions: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is located between Ocala and Gainesville in Cross Creek, at 18700 S. CR 325.

    Phone: 352-466-3672

    Website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/marjoriekinnanrawlings/default.cfm

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    Devils Den

    by tampa_shawn Written Sep 12, 2008

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    This is an underground cave that has a swimming pool like cave. It is GREAT for hot summer days.

    Features crystal clear water, year round 72 degree temperatures, ancient rock formations with stalactites, fossil beds, and much more. Bring a picnic!

    Hours of Operation
    Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
    Friday - Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm

    Last diver in the water by 4:30PM
    Dive site gates close at 5:30

    General Admission: $9.00
    (snorkelers and swimmers)
    Childern age 2 and under are free

    Dive Fees: $35.00 (including tax)
    Night Dive: $15.00

    What it has:
    Full Dive Shop
    Full Dive Equipment Rentals
    For use of dive training to include cavern diving
    Air fills
    Volleyball court and
    games
    Bath houses with tiled hot showers
    Gazebos with picnic tables and bar-b-que grills
    Cabin rentals
    Camping
    Fishing
    Swimming in our heated pool
    R.V. sites with full hookups
    Adjacent Stellina Resort offers horseback riding

    Address: 5390 NE 180th Avenue Williston, FL

    Directions: Located South of Gainsville in Williston

    Phone: (352) 528-3344

    Website: http://www.devilsden.com/

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    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

    by tampa_shawn Written Sep 12, 2008

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    Nature Trail at Paynes Prairie

    Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically, and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774.

    Over 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife, including alligators, bison, wild horses, and over 270 species of birds. Exhibits and an audio-visual program at the visitor center explain the area´s natural and cultural history. A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve.

    Eight trails provide opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling. Ranger-led activities are offered on weekends, November through April. Fishing on Lake Wauberg is allowed and a boat ramp provides access for canoes and boats with electric motors. Gasoline powered boats are not allowed. Full-facility campsites are available for overnight visitors. Located on U.S. 441, 10 miles south of Gainesville.
    Hours of Operation

    Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

    Admission Fees - $4.00/vehicle (up to 8 passengers). Single Car Occupant - $3.00
    Motorcycle Fee (one or two persons) - $3.00
    Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with a holder of an Annual Individual Entrance permit - Admission Fee $1.00 per person.

    Camping Fees - $15.00 per night

    Picnic Pavilion - A 65 person picnic pavilion can be reserved for $30.00 plus tax.

    Group Camping - Camping fee is $4.00 for each person with a minimum fee of $20.00 per night, plus tax. Equestrian fee is $10.00 for both horse and rider.

    I am of course am a huge fan of Annual Passes -- For an annual pass to ALL Florida state parks see http://www.floridastateparks.org/annualpass/default.cfm

    Individual Entrance: $43.40 each
    Family Entrance: $85.80 each

    Address: 100 Savannah Blvd.Micanopy, Florida 32667

    Directions: Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

    Website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/paynesprairie/

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    hippodrome state theatre

    by doug48 Updated Oct 20, 2007

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    located in the historic 1911 federal building the hippodrome theatre company was established in 1972. hippodrome presents plays and cinema. they also have the backstage bar on premises. for events and times check their website.

    Address: 25 se 2nd place

    Directions: downtown. several blocks east of the university.

    Phone: 352-375-4477

    Website: http://www.thehipp.org

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    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Theater Travel

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    harn museum of art

    by doug48 Written Oct 20, 2007

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    the harn museum of art is located on the university of florida campus. this museum has collections of african, mesoamerican, asian and modern art. a very good collection for a town the size of gainesville.

    Address: hull road

    Directions: university of florida campus. sw13th street & hull road.

    Website: http://www.harn.ufl.edu

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    • Architecture
    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture

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    university of florida

    by doug48 Updated Oct 20, 2007

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    the university of florida dominates the economic and cultural life of gainesville. the university of florida was created by combining several small colleges in 1905. the 1905 buckman act established the university of florida in gainesville, the florida female college (FSU) and the state normal school for colored students (florida A&M) in tallahassee. the university of florida is the third largest school in the united states with a student population of over 50,000. the university of florida has a beautiful campus and interesting neo gothic buildings.

    Address: university ave & 13th street

    Directions: downtown gainesville.

    Website: http://www.ufl.edu

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    • Historical Travel

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    Butterfly Rainforest at University of Florida

    by kozmic9 Updated May 14, 2007

    Tons of butterflies. There is a large screened in enclosure with lots of butterflies along with exotic plants. Inside the museum there is a part that shows the life cycle of the butterflies and the lab where they cultivate them.

    Directions: Museum of Natural History on University of Florida Campus

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    Butterfly Rainforest

    by Katmosphere Written Jul 14, 2006

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    Within the University there is the most beautiful butterfly rainforest garden!! There are hundreds of butterflies flying around you as you walk through the rainforest. If you stand still they land on you--so many different species and colors--it's beautiful!!

    Address: Southwest 34th st. and Hull road

    Phone: 352 846 2000

    Website: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflies

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    Nature Trail at Paynes Prairie

    by Katmosphere Written Jul 8, 2005

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    This is a very nice place to hike. We saw a lot of deer, rabbits and a snake but there are also wild turkey, white ibis, hawks, egrets, meadowlarks and BISON!!! YES, BUFFALO!!!
    We didn't run into them, but if you do see them you are supposed to keep your distance because they can be brutal. They say if a bison raises its tail, you should get away immediately, it is a sign that the animal may charge...

    Address: U.S 441

    Directions: Just south of Gainesville on U.S 441

    Phone: 352 466 3397

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Devil's Millhopper - climb down a lush sikhole

    by HSC123 Written Aug 17, 2004

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    Located northeast of UF and downtown, in the middle of a suburban residential area, Devil's Millhopper is a very unusual and scenic state park. Here, you can wind your way down a boardwalk into the base of a giant sink hole full of lush vegetation. You can even see a few waterfalls along the way.

    Address: Northwest of UF campus

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    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel

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  • Hippodrome State Theater

    by patch87939 Written Aug 26, 2002

    This is a professional theater in the heart of downtown in an historic restored building. The plays are outstanding in a setting that is small, quaint and always enchanting. The experience will be memorable!!

    Directions: Downtown Gainesville 2 blocks from University and 2 blocks from Main. 25 SE 2nd Place

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    Must see a Gator football game...

    by pulgaron Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Must see a Gator football game at The 'SWAMP'. This is the stadium the Gators beat up their football oponents.
    It is loud, loud loud. The Gators dodnot seat down the entire game. So if you have tickets in the student section, be ready to stand the whole game.

    Address: UF campus.

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