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Visit the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

June 17, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Cade Museum for Creativity and InventionGet creative at Gainesville’s Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. This modern museum, from the inventor of Gatorade, features two-stories and 26,000 square-feet of interactive science and technology exhibits.

If you fancy yourself creative, inventive, or just plain inquisitive, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention.

The museum is located on Gainesville’s South Main Street, near Depot Park. The museum was named after physician, musician, researcher, and inventor Dr. James Robert Cade. Dr. Cade is likely best known for being an instrumental part of the team that invented … Gatorade!

The original Gatorade recipe was designed as an oral rehydration therapy for members of the University of Florida Gators football team. You can learn more about its formulation and affect at the Cade Museum’s Sweat Solution exhibit.

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Visit Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

April 15, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkStep back in time to 1930’s Floirda farm life with a visit to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. This historic, cracker-style, farmstead was home to the Pulitzer prize-winning author of “The Yearling” and many other books.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896 – 1953) was an American author who’s best known work, “The Yearling,” earned her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939. Rawlings also happened to be a resident of rural North Central Florida, a fact clearly reflected in much of her writing.

Other Rawlings titles include “South Moon Under,” “Golden Apples,” “When the Whippoorwill,” “Cross Creek Cookery,” and “The Sojourner.”

Fans of the “The Yearling,” whether the novel or the 1946 film starring Jane Wyman and Gregory Peck, will be excited to know that it was written right here at the author’s Florida farm. The backwoods homestead and surrounding “Cracker” country were a major inspiration for the work.

Of course, you don’t have to be a fan of the author to enjoy visiting the park! Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings historic homestead has been restored to how it was when she lived here in the 1930’s.

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Up Close and Personal with Elephants at Two Tails Ranch!

February 18, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Two Tails Ranch in North Central FloridaIf you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with an elephant then you should definitely consider a visit to North Central Florida’s Two Tails Ranch!

Two Tails Ranch is the only privately owned elephant facility of its kind. It boards elephants in need while also providing educational programs that promote elephant awareness.

One of the best ways to increase awareness of elephants is through interaction with them. Two Tails Ranch offers that in spades! Visitors to the ranch may have the opportunity to hand feed, ride, bathe, and otherwise interact with the elephants!

Elephants may not naturally occur in Florida but the state certainly has the right climate for them. They love it here and Two Tails Ranch provides them with a very peaceful 75 acres of green grass and live oaks.

The ranch has boarded more than 250 elephants since being founded in 1984. Some were temporary guests while others lived out the remainder of their lives here. Elephants arrive here for a variety of reasons. Some are “retired performers,” others have lost their homes or run into medical issues. Whatever the reason, Two Tails is here for them!

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Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History

November 16, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Butterfly Rainforest - Florida Museum of Natural HistoryImagine stepping into a tropical world of lush greenery populated by hundreds of gorgeous and fascinating butterflies and moths. You would either be dreaming … or in the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

The Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, is over 120 years old. Their collections contain more than 34 million specimens and artifacts.

Permanent exhibits at the museum include a focus on the ancient Calusa people of South Florida and an extensive and internationally acclaimed fossil collection. The Discovery Zone contains some fascinating collections and hands-on learning experiences.

One of the museum’s most popular attractions, however, is the Butterfly Rainforest.

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Don’t Miss Carson Springs’ Wild Adventure Open House!

September 7, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Carson Springs Wild Adventure Open House 2018If you’re a fan of big cats and wildlife conservation, you won’t want to miss the Carson Springs Wild Adventure Open House on September 29th, 2018.

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, Florida, currently houses over 70 animals, including 28 rare and endangered species. But make no mistake: Carson Springs is not a zoo but an exotic animal refuge.

Carson Springs was founded in 2003 with a mission to house and rehabilitate abandoned and abused exotic and native animals. What makes their efforts stand out is how their facility goes well beyond the minimum standards set by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

You won’t see listless creatures in drab concrete spaces at Carson Springs. Here, all the enclosures are spacious and natural looking with grass, trees, bushes – and a daily cleaning. The animals also receive individual diets specially tailored to their needs. The facility’s efforts have paid off with bright-eyed, active, animals that seem considerably happier than most.

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Celebrate Spring at the 2018 Carson Springs Spring Safari!

March 16, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

2018 Carson Springs Spring Safari at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, FLCelebrate spring with over 70 different exotic animals at Carson Springs Spring Safari, April 14th, 2018! Tours, warthog races, big cat feedings, great, local food trucks, and more!

If you like animals, you owe it to yourself to visit Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, Fl.

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is a popular, North Central Florida exotic animal refuge housing over 70 rescued animals. Lions, caracals, hyenas, tortoise, cheetahs, rhinos, warthogs, foxes, and many others.

Unlike a zoo, the animals housed at Carson Springs enjoy thoughtful, spacious, and more natural enclosures. Consequently, visitors to Carson Springs are greeted by a collection of happy, active, and bright-eyed animals.

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation opened in 2003 with a mission to rescue and rehabilitate exotic and native animals. The facility prides itself in going above and beyond the minimum housing standards set by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Along with the large, clean, enclosures, the animals also receive carefully monitored, individually tailored diets.

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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Florida Museum of Natural History

October 23, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThe Florida Museum of Natural History is celebrating their centennial with a very special exhibit showcasing some of the museum’s most unique, fascinating, and treasured objects. “Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum” is a must see event – September 23rd, 2017 to January 7th, 2018.

The Florida Museum of Natural History is always worth a visit, as we’ve noted before but for the 100th Anniversary, they’ve really pulled all the stops out. Though the museum dates back to the late 1890s, it didn’t move to Gainesville until 1917. This anniversary celebrates that move, the accomplishments of the last century, and looks forward to the next 100 years.

The museum has been contemplating how to celebrate the centennial for many years. They finally decided on an exhibit of the museum’s finest work from the last 100 years. That sounds simple enough but, with a museum as large and as old as this, how do you choose?

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Explore The Florida Museum of Natural History

April 28, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

The Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThere are always a ton of fun and fresh things to do in Northern Florida. One attraction in the Starke area that seems to have something for everyone is The Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus, treats visitors to a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum contains more than 34 million specimens and artifacts, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

In a bit of synchronicity, one of the most popular attractions at the museum is the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

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