Discover Gainesville: Sinkhole Science, Natural History and 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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At a Glance

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. 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.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on well-maintained trails; steps into the Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a visit to Cedar Key Island, and learn about the local culture of one of the state's oldest ports.
  • Delight in an expert-led 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.

General Notes

We are sorry, Road Scholar is unable to offer roommate matching services on this program.
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Robert Norton
Robert L. Norton is an environmental planner who studied seabirds and conducted comprehensive breeding surveys of seabirds in the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. He has been a leader for Road Scholar trips in recent years to the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Panama and Costa Rica. Robert’s local expertise in Florida began in 1997 as a biologist for local county government and culminated as a conservation planner promoting and establishing land preservation projects in Alachua County. In his free time, he enjoys nature photography.
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