Poe Springs is one of the least crowded springs in the Gainesville region. The Thomas Center Where: Gainesville What is it: This nearly one-hundred-year-old building is the setting for two magnificent art galleries, three period rooms and numerous historical exhibits.We offer several tour packages that can be tailored to fit the needs and interests of any group.Matheson Museum Where: Gainesville What is it: School groups will learn about the history of Gainesville and Alachua County, the Matheson family and the Museum’s collections in a docent-led interactive tour.Some tours may include an architectural walking tour of the Southeast Historic District’s Victorian-era homes.Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park Where: Cross Creek What is it: Visitors to this Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek.Her cracker style home and farm, where she lived for 25 years and wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived here.
Lubee Bat Museum Where: Gainesville What is it: over 200 bats representing 10 species, including the Malayan Flying Fox which can attain a wingspan of 6′.
A reenactment is held every February and a Civil War Expo takes place in late summer.
Back to top The Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park Where: Starke What is it: The State of Florida established Camp Blanding in 1939 for the Florida National Guard. Today it continues to serve the Florida National Guard as well as other units from around the world.
More than six miles of trails wind through sandhill, flatwoods, cypress domes, and areas where native vegetation is being restored.
Morningside boasts a spectacular wildflower display and opportunity to see a diverse array of wildlife.
Teachers may download the Matheson Museum’s Curriculum Guide, a teacher’s introduction to the tour experience with suggestions for pre- and post-activities for the classroom.