A few weeks ago, the family and I packed up and decided to head to Gainesville to see some friends. We were fortunate enough to check out Mill Creek, but when the weather took a turn for the worst, we were in search of an indoor family friendly entertainment option. Thankfully we were with a group of local folks and they knew of just the place: The Florida Museum of Natural History! Located right on the university of Florida campus, this museum was indoors, offered free parking on the weekends, and the best of all: It was FREE!
We didn’t just go to the Florida Museum of Natural History on a free entry day or anything, it’s FREE al the time. With no out of pocket expenses this seemed like a great way to spend a wet afternoon. Never having been there before we didn’t quite know what to expect. I was a bit confused as we went inside, as there was a ticket counter and you could purchase tickets. The Florida Museum of Natural History is a rather large location and features traveling exhibits as well as a Butterfly Rainforest. These exhibits do charge for admission but they are optional.
The first area we checked out was a small kids area called the Discovery Center. Remember, this isn’t a kid’s museum so to speak, but there were some great hands on things for the little ones in our group to check out. In fact, it seemed each exhibit area had something that the little ones could get into. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I tend to think it was very well thought out by the Florida Museum of Natural History. My little guy loves to open drawers and he was in heaven checking out lots of stuff in the bone drawers. Don’t worry, it’s all on lockdown! In addition he was able to check out how parachutes work and even got hands on with a fake alligator.. Fitting since it’s UF!