Things to do in GAINESVILLE with kids

Florida is a state of pristine beaches (800 miles to be exact!), beaming sun and quite possibly the theme park state of the country!

The incredibly HUGE Orlando based Walt Disney World, iconic Winter Haven Leogland and the very cool Cape Coral Sunsplash Waterpark  (just to name a few!) - are all ready to welcome your thrill-seeking family!

However, Florida also has some other really cool features that you just might not know about.  You can take a trip to the Florida Everglades which is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist (pretty cool huh?!)   Get up close and personal with some of the worlds most beautiful animals at the Lowry Park Zoo, or even step back into Florida’s history at Key West’s Hemingway Home and Museum. 

If you didn’t think it could get any better, there are also a number of great FREE activities such as the Jacksonville Maritime Museum, and…keep calm…chocolate factory tours in Daytona Beach!  Yum!

Oh, and don’t forget your sunscreen - after all, it is the Sunshine State!

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  • The Teaching Zoo

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    (7 miles) Gainesville

    The Teaching Zoo is operated as a part of Santa Fe Colleges Zoo Animal Technology Program; it is the premier wild animal technology program in the United States. Supervised by the professional staff ...

  • Travelers Campground

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    (16 miles) Alachua

    Fun family campground in Florida with rolling hills, shady spots and a host of animals to entertain you!

  • Petting Zoo Ocala

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    (32 miles) Ocala

    A fun petting zoo for all ages with exotic animals and farm animals. Kids can also enjoy pony rides and even camel rides! Florida animals fun for the family!

  • Wild Waters

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    (34 miles) Ocala

    Florida water fun at Wild Waters, with water attractions for all ages. From slides to wave pools, cool off in The Sunshine State!

  • Silver Springs

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    (34 miles) Silver Springs

    Silver Springs is a 350 acre nature theme park that surrounds the headwaters of the beautiful Silver River, the largest artesian spring formation in the world. Located 90 miles north of Orlando, just ...

  • Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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    (34 miles) Fort White

    Fun adventures in Florida nature with canoeing, kayaking, nature trails and swimming...just to scratch the surface!

  • Fanning Springs State Park

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    (37 miles) Fanning Springs

    Located on the Suwannee River, this inviting source of cool, clear water has attracted people for thousands of years. Great idea if you are looking for fun places to go with kids in Florida

  • Suwannee River Hideaway

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    (39 miles) Old Town

    A family friendly RV Park located on the Suwannee River, with great outdoor activities, RV/tent sites and a pool - in beautiful Florida!

  • Yellow Jacket RV Resort

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    (43 miles) Yellow Jacket

    Yellow Jacket RV Resort is an oasis, bordered by the river and surrounded by thousands of acres of wildlife refuge.

  • Diamond D Horse Stables

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    (45 miles) Jacksonville

    The beautiful 600 acre ranch is still a working horse and cattle ranch and a place where families and friends can go to enjoy a fun filled day of entertainment. Offering to the visitors: Horseback ...

  • Lake City Campground

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    (46 miles) Lake City

    A family campground in Lake City, Florida, with great activities for the kids, RV and tent sites, and pet friendly!

  • Jumperz Fun Center

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    (47 miles) Orange Park

    14,000 sq feet of indoor fun in Jacksonville, with themed inflatables for kids ages 2 to 12 years, as well as paint ball and laser tag! Too much fun!

  • Big Shoals State Park

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    (54 miles) White Springs

    his park features the largest whitewater rapids in Florida. Limestone bluffs, towering 80 feet above the banks of the Suwannee River, afford outstanding vistas not found anywhere else in Florida. ...

  • Adventure Landing

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    (54 miles) Jacksonville

    Florida fun for active kids at Adventure Landing, with Laser Tag, mini golf and speedway go-karts! Great family fun in Jacksonville!

  • Swim With Manatees

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    (54 miles) Crystal River

    Make this vacation the most memorable ever for the entire family. Come swim with our gentle giants, the manatees. This will be one of the most exciting things you have ever done. Our staff biologist ...

  • Crystal River Preserve

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    (55 miles) Crystal River

    The Crystal River Preserve State Park is truly a unique area on Florida's Gulf Coast. The park is in between temperate and sub-tropical climate zones, which allows for different communities to grow ...

  • Fort Cooper State Park

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    (58 miles) Inverness

    The sparkling waters of Lake Holathlikaha were a welcome sight to sick and wounded soldiers during the Second Seminole War. In 1836, the First Georgia Battalion of Volunteers built a stockade for the ...

  • Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex

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    (61 miles) Jacksonville

    Get your skates on at North Florida's only NHL sized ice rink that's open all year! Public sessions, birthday parties, and lessons await those ice loving families!

  • Homosassa Wildlife Park

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    (61 miles) Homosassa

    Showcasing native Florida wildlife, including an underwater manatee observatory, plus a children's hands on education centre, daily encounter programs and a boat tour is included in your admission.

  • Museum of Science and History MOSH

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    (61 miles) Jacksonville

    Fun hands-on activities and exhibits at this Museum of Science and History, inspiring and educating kids as they explore and discover!

  • Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center

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    (61 miles) Jacksonville

    Free maritime fun and fascinating museum showcasing the intricate history of Jacksonville.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

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    (61 miles) Jacksonville

    MOCA Jacksonville offers top-quality programming for children and families. In addition to the interactive ArtExplorium Loft, every Sunday is Bank of America Family Free Sundays, where children and ...

  • Hands-on Childrens Museum

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    (63 miles) Jacksonville

    Amazing hands-on fun for kids aged 1 to 12 years, with interactive exhibits ready to teach kids as they have a great time! Fun indoor play in Jacksonville

  • Anastasia State Park

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    (64 miles) Augustine

    Anastasia State Park welcomes hundreds of thousands visitors from all over the world to enjoy our natural and cultural treasures. At Anastasia you can enjoy camping, nature trails, beach time, water ...

  • Tree Hill Nature Center

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    (65 miles) Jacksonville

    Hands-on educational programs in this Jacksonville Nature Center. 50 acres of ecosystems to explore, walking trails and a butterfly house.

  • Kona Skateboard Park

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    (65 miles) Jacksonville

    Skateboard fun at this Jacksonville skate park, with free skating, lessons, camps and birthday parties! Get those skateboards ready!

  • Pump It Up Jacksonville

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    (65 miles) Jacksonville

    Great open play on hug inflatables in Jacksonville, with Glow Jump and Bounce N Bubbles - with a fun bubble machine!

  • Jacksonville Zoo

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    (66 miles) Jacksonville

    Zoo fun in Florida, with the only walking safari in NE Florida, a kid-friendly Play Park, ever-changing gardens and exhibits filled with 1,800 wonderful animals!

  • Marineland

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    (67 miles) St Augustine

    Marineland allows visitors a chance to swim, snorkel or scuba dive with dolphins and other marine life. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Florida

  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

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    (70 miles) Jacksonville

    Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks.

  • Hontoon Island State Park

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    (75 miles) Deland

    This island, located in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, welcomes visitors to enjoy nature and history in quiet solitude. The island is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Evidence ...

  • EcoMotion Tours

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    (75 miles) Jacksonville

    EcoMotion Tours, in the Amelia Island-Jacksonville area, Fort George Island - is the only Segway tour of its kind - one that combines the fun, new sensation of riding a Segway with a special eco-tour ...

  • Conners A Maize Ing Acres

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    (75 miles) Hilliard

    Conner's A-Maize-Ing Acres has everything to spend a perfect fun family day: Barnyard Animals, Pedal Carts, Duck Races, Cow Train, Hayride, Tube Slide and three miles corn maze. One of the many fun ...

  • Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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    (76 miles) Folkston

    A wildlife preserve like no where else on earth! The Okenfenokee Swamp provides habitats for threatened and endangered wildlife, but is also a place for family fun with canoeing, wildlife viewing, ...

  • Pine Island Park and Beach

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    (77 miles) Weeki Wachee

    Simply beach swimming and parkland, with a playground and volleyball net. Ideal for a traditional family beach day!