I love to learn new things. What are some fun and educational destinations in Gainesville?

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Home to the University of Florida, Gainesville is definitely the place for learning and education. You don't have to be a student, however, to use this opportunity to expand your horizons while enjoying the all the unique destinations in your new town. Whether you love strolling through museums, learning about local flora and fauna, or interacting with animals, you'll have a variety of informative and enjoyable experiences available just moments away from Gainesville apartments. Keep reading to discover some of the great options for educational entertainment in this city.

Fascinated by animals from all around the world? The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo has over 80 species of animals (around 250 individual animals), including gibbons, Galapagos tortoises, lemurs, parrots, Matschie's tree kangaroos, and American bald eagles. You won't have to book a plane ticket to have close encounters with all these captivating animals if you move to apartments in Gainesville! This unique facility is only available to visitors via scheduled tours, resulting in well-paced, informative experiences that will leave you feeling enlightened about this diverse collection of native and exotic species. The zoo itself is maintained by over 200 students enrolled in Sante Fe College's Zoo Animal Technology Program. If the tour sparks your interest in a career with zoo animals, apartments in Gainesville will give you the chance to take advantage of this excellent program as well.

If you'd like to visit a fantastic museum, then head over to the University of Florida campus near Gainesville apartments and spend a few hours at the Florida Museum of Natural History. If you're hoping to learn something new, this is the place to be. This impressive museum is home to 21 million amphibians, birds, butterflies, fish, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, and fossils, and 4 million cultural artifacts. But wait – it's also free! You can visit all the permanent exhibits in the museum without paying an admission fee. These include great educational topics such as Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land and Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife. If your move to Gainesville apartments is your first time living in Florida, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the state. The temporary exhibits in the museum are generally under $8 and well worth the price. While you walk through the facility, you can even catch a glimpse of the research being conducted through glass windows, such as butterflies and moths being raised.

While these are two incredible places to visit for educational experiences, there are many other options near Gainesville apartments. Just a few miles away, the Historic Haile Homestead Tours will give you a unique glimpse into the lives and house of the Haile Family. In addition, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium offers an unforgettable experience via state of the art planetarium projectors. You also may want to visit the Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, University of Florida Bat House, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, and the gorgeous Kanapaha Botanical Gardens!

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