Morningside Nature Center

Gainesville’s premier nature park, Morningside Nature Center, is one of the last remaining examples of fire-dependent longleaf pine woodlands in the area. 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.

The Living History Farm at Morningside Nature Center brings Florida cracker family living in the mid- to late-1800s to life again. On Living History days (First Saturday of the month, September through May) farm visitors can observe daily life in 1870 as staff interpret bygone days through chores and activities. The Cane Boil and Fiddle Fest takes annually on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, from 9:00-4:00 p.m. The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place during the Annual Cane Boil, bringing together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South.

Location

3540 E University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32641

Hours

8:00 am – 6:00 pm daily (Oct–Apr)
8:00 am – 8:00 pm daily (May–Sept)

Park Rules & Info

The park is a sanctuary where plants, animals, and historic and cultural resources are protected by law. Pets, camping, fires and digging are prohibited.