Celebrating graduation is a great opportunity to get out and explore the best of Gainesville. Read on to learn some of Social 28’s recommendations for the best graduation celebration activities around town.
Visit The Butterfly Rainforest At The Florida Museum Of Natural History
Few things are more beautiful than seeing butterflies in flight. As you prepare to spread your wings post-graduation, visiting the Butterfly Rainforest is a great way to send yourself off with a bang. If you’re not totally comfortable around a bunch of fluttering butterflies, there’s an indoor option with preserved butterflies as well.
Explore Nature At The Sweetwater Wetlands Park
This park spans more than 125 acres of wetlands and ponds and is home to many plants and animals, including birds, butterflies, alligators, and Florida cracker horses. Invite some friends and take a walk down the 3.5-mile-long nature trail, then take a break to have a picnic in the park.
See The Animals At Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
What’s better than watching cute animals play together? Santa Fe College’s zookeeper training facility includes a small zoo and playground that are open to the public. The ¼-mile trail includes habitats for monkeys, alligators, kangaroos, and otters, and is also wheelchair accessible.
Shop Around At Haile Farmers Market
Treat yourself to some homemade treats and farm-grown produce at Haile Farmers Market. The market offers farmers' market staples like bread, cheese, fruits, and veggies in addition to several yummy take-out options. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s fun to window (or stall) shop!
Walk Between the Bamboo at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
This botanical garden features Florida’s largest public display of bamboo in addition to giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums. Take in the breathtaking sights from the paved walkway and bring your friends for a picnic at the picnic area. Dogs on leashes are also welcome.
These are just a few of the places to celebrate graduation around Gainesville. If you’re looking for even more graduation celebration ideas, try visiting Social 28’s blog to see if anything catches your eye.