Gainesville: From Sinkhole Science to the Pioneer Homesteads

Gain a deeper understanding of Florida’s unique natural history, exploring its state parks, botanical gardens, ports and old towns in this thrillingly comprehensive adventure.
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Program No. 20439RJ
6 days
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This was the first Road Scholars program for my husband and myself, and we loved it! Everything was so well-organized, from our lovely accommodations and delicious meals to a well-paced schedule combining time both inside and outside. We thoroughly enjoyed learning a wealth of information about Gainesville: architecture, history, archaeology, natural history,geology, and more. The speakers were knowledgeable and passionate, and the group was friendly. We saw an amazing number of birds, as well as alligators, turtles, and even dolphins. We're ready to sign up for our next Road Scholars trip!


As participants, we all agreed that Discover Gainesville: Sinkhole Science, Natural History and Pioneer Homesteads was much better than we even anticipated. Our leaders and speakers were so interesting and knowledgeable in a variety of topics including archaeology, geology, natural science, literature, and history. Didn't know I could learn so much in such a short time. Outstanding food and lodging!


This program is more extensive than indicated by the descriptions. Great meals and accommodations at the B&B. Outstanding lectures and field trips


The history and geology of the region are very interesting. Many of the field trips interconnected. Beautiful area, lots of birds and other wildlife. The food at the Inn was phenomenal. We learned a lot from every speaker.

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Very much enjoyed the trip. Sweetwater Branch Inn was a lovely, and comfortable place to stay with excellent food. Owner & staff did everything possible to ensure our stay was comfortable. Coordinator, Ann, did a nice job too. There were several informative lectures and field trips. And videos to watch in the evening. Together they provided a comprehensive picture of the area and its people. All well done.


I never knew that northern Florida would be so interesting. Gainesville was an unexpected delight. Great accomodations, great food, great people.


This program is NOT to be missed. It was my 42nd and I was sorry when it ended. Cornelia (the host) takes pride in her contribution to the Road Scholar legacy. She constantly strives to see that we are comfortable and exposed to the best sites to fully appreciate the Gainesville experience.


Gainesville Florida--a wonderful learning experience!!!

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