Kanapaha Botanical Gardens


Did you know Gainesville has a gardener’s dream with our very own Kanapaha Botanical Gardens?  Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections throughout 1.5 mile paved walkway. These include the state’s largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast.  June through September prove to be the most colorful in the Gardens.

Kanapaha offers guided tours of the Gardens every first Friday of the month. Tours begin at 10:00 am.  You may also enjoy a picnic in the Gardens.  Bring your picnic basket and find a perfect spot in one of the lawns, picnic tables, or gazebos.  Drinks and snacks may be purchased in the Summer House.  Want to bring Fido?  Dogs are welcome on a leash most of the year except during special events.

The Gardens is also a great location for events such as weddings, receptions, and retreats as they offer indoor and outdoor spaces for rent.

Kanapaha hosts many special events throughout the year including a Bamboo Sale and North Central Florida’s premier horticultural event, the Spring Garden Festival. Another must-see is our Moonlight Walk when the paths and meadows are illuminated by special laser lights and more than 1500 luminaries; live music is featured as well.

4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville FL 32608  Telephone: 352-372-4981


New Bus


Did you hear about the new bus coming to town?  RTS is teaming up with the Florida Department of Transportaion and the University of Florida to test out a “Driverless” bus.  It will hold 12 passengers and will go from downtown Gainesville to Innovation Square.  There are future plans to add an additional route from Depot Park to UF.   The city has teamed with the Florida Department of Transportation who is funding the project for well over $2 million.  The cost will cover the shuttle and operation for three years.