The Butterfly Rainforest

If you enjoy long walks out in nature, you can be sure to find plenty of parks and outdoor activities in Gainesville. However, one attraction in particular stands out for its beautiful atmosphere and unique experience. The Butterfly Rainforest at the University of Florida is free for UF students and only $9 for non-UF students, seniors, and Florida residents, $10.50 for adults who are non-Florida residents and only $6 for children aged 17 and younger. At any given moment there are 60 to 80 buttery and moth species fluttering around and throughout the year there are over 1,000 butterflies. This 6,400 square-foot exhibit is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, so please be sure to stop by to watch live releases of butterflies, stroll through the tropical environment with hundreds of flowers and even watch butterfly feeding stations up close as beautiful butterflies feed on fresh cut fruit. The Butterfly Rainforest is a great place for an educational trip for kids, a nice stroll for you and your loved one and just a fun day for you and your friends.  (Ashley Mondesir)

Gator – Fall Sports Fan Day

Gator sports fans are eager to get the season rolling and off to a great start.  Support the amazing UF student athletes as the football and volleyball teams come together for a great fan day experience at the O’Connell Center.  The Gators are chomping to begin the action with you cheering them on.  You will be able to get autographs from players, coaches, and cheerleaders.  The Volleyball team will also hold their annual Orange and Blue scrimmage at 3:30 p.m.  Gate 1 Concession will be open.

Show your Gator spirit: Saturday,  August 17, 2013, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.   Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

For more information:

Phone: 352-392-5500   Admission is FREE

Main arena – O’Connell Center, 2020 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32611

International Piano Festival

Ever wish you had practiced the piano more as a child?  Do you regret not being able to play the piano well or at all?  Listen to and enjoy free concerts as six world renowned master pianists from across the United States and China perform on grand pianos.  The concerts are hosted by the University of Florida, School of Music.  FREE – public concerts.

For a schedule of dates and times please visit:

Concerts at UF School of Music Room 101, 435 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611.  Now through June 23, 2013.

Directions: from SW 13th Street, drive west on Museum Road, then south on Newell Drive to site.