Adventures involving racing cars, lions, wild horses, and contrastingly serene moments with exotic butterflies and birds of paradise could be yours in Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville waits to offer you some of the most memorably breathtaking experiences of your life. Make sure to grab a camera and pair of binoculars as you go.
- Watching and Riding Racecars at Gainesville Raceway
It would be thrilling to watch the racecars speed by, but how about riding in one yourself? At Florida’s Gainesville Raceway, regular people could have the heart-pumping experience of racing at over 140 miles per hour. You could choose to ride along for one or two runs in an 800-horsepower speed monster, manned by an expert.
Experiences range from dragsters to competing against a friend in a Camaro. If you’re really serious, consider the extreme drive experiences, which lets you drive a dragster down the track hitting speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. There are hotels nearby like Sweetwater Branch Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites, and Holiday Inn to meet every traveler’s need.
- Visiting Paynes Prairie Preserve
How would you like to be in an environment where you could pretend to be shooting an adventurous documentary for the Nat Geo Wild Channel? The exotic Paynes Prairie Preserve offers you that opportunity. You might run into the elusive Paynes Prairie bison while tracking down other life forms. A herd of wild horses roams the prairie. Don’t be caught off guard!
- Skateboarding at Possum Creek Park
Possum Creek Park is the skateboarder’s dream come true and one of Florida’s best recreational centers. Built aesthetically with symmetry and diverse features for skating, it additionally offers pavilions, picnic tables, grills, dog parks, and emergency phones.
For people who skate or ride BMX, this will feel like a natural element. Visitors find it thrilling to watch the skateboarders and BMX riders do their breathtaking stunts and tricks. The park has a set of safety rules to protect participants from injuries.
- Visiting Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is home to one of the world’s oldest, male, Indian rhinos. There, the animals and their caregivers have an awe-inspiring relationship. You could do a group tour, a private tour, or both, taking one at a time. There are big cats including lions, leopards, and so on. One of the big cats is Sunflower, a tiger who was going to be euthanized before the foundation rescued it. There are also birds and other exotic animals. The guides are knowledgeable about the animals and you’re bound to learn a lot.
- Visiting Butterfly Rainforest
Butterfly Rainforest is a paradise tucked away in the Florida Museum. It features many exotic butterflies amid a variety of colorful, tropical plants. There are also several tropical birds and animals like turtles and fish living as they would in their natural habitats.
There’s nothing like a well-planned, well-documented, adventurous trip. If you take a camera with you, you can head back home and replay all your adventures.