Summertime Fun

Summertime in North Central Florida can be hot, hot, hot! We’ve got a few ideas to help you keep cool while you’re exploring Gainesville.  We are going to consider these options in a series of posts.

First is the Florida Museum of Natural History.  Did you know they have a cool new exhibit?


Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is a fantastic exhibit allowing you to discover the history of these creatures and their significance in our ecosystem. You will explore their 200 million years of hunting and surviving skills through the exhibit with a digital curator.  Interactive elements allow visitors to test their strength against a crocodile’s bite and see how they use sound waves to make water dance. A life-size model tells the story of Gomek, the largest crocodile ever exhibited.  They have fossils of alligators from right here in North Central Florida from as close as neighboring county, Levy County as well as skulls from past live mascots of the University of Florida.

You will learn some amazing facts such as while an alligator has an amazing force in slamming it jaws closed to capture prey, the muscles used for opening their mouths are actually quite weak.   Another amazing fact is that a crocodile can actually survive for about a year without any food if they have to.  And, did you know they go through more than 3000 teeth in their life span?  Or, what about their life span?  Large crocodilians can live to be 100 years old.

This is a great exhibit to visit with your friends and family to beat the Florida Heat.  The cost is only $7 for Florida residents and seniors ($8 for non state residents), $5.50 for kids ages 3-7, and free to UF Students and Museum Members.

This exhibit runs from May 18 through January 5 of 2020. Want to learn more?  Click here to visit their website.

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