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Discover Gainesville: Sinkhole Science, Natural History and Pioneer Homesteads

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6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
North Florida is a nature lover’s paradise where unique geological and climatic conditions have given rise to a landscape of sinkholes, rivers and lakes amid sub-tropical palms and moss-draped hardwoods. Get outdoors and enjoy the delights of historic Gainesville, the urban base for your wild adventure. Immerse yourself in natural splendor at Paynes Prairie State Park, Florida’s first state preserve. Discover the famous “talking walls” at Haile Homestead before weaving through dense woods to the 120-foot-deep Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole. Make your way to Micanopy, believed to be Florida’s oldest inland town, then travel west to the Gulf of Mexico’s sleepy Cedar Key. After full days of exploration, enjoy the traditions of Southern living and dining in a historic 1885 Victorian Inn.


• Enjoy a visit to Cedar Key Island, and learn about the local culture of one of the state's oldest ports.
• Delight in a guided exploration through the historic Haile Homestead which has 12,500 words written on the walls.
• Experience the sights and sounds of Paynes Prairie and learn about its Seminole tribal history, and unique biological and geological significance.

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Walking up to one mile on well-maintained trails; steps into the Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances


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