May 1-7, 2016
National Travel and Tourism Week (#NTTW16) is an annual event sponsored by the Travel Industry Association and commemorated by states, cities and organizations across the nation.
Area Attraction Discounts available during NTTW
Sunday, May 1
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park -
Free tours for everyone.
Visitors to this old Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek. Her cracker style home and farm, where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling and other wonderful works of fiction, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived here. The park admission fee is $3.00 per group in one vehicle. Fee waived for tours inside the house today. Address: 18700 S. County Road 325, Cross Creek Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.—Tours inside house at: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m Phone: (352) 466-3672
Historic Haile Homestead- Buy one admission, get one Free.
Historic Haile Homestead is home to the "Talking Walls", where Haile family and friends wrote over 12,500 words. Historic Haile Homestead built in 1856, is one of the few antebellum homes in North Central Florida. The Haile House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and was restored in 1996. Trained docents guide visitors through the Homestead and its history. Address: 8500 SW Archer Rd (SR 24), Gainesville Hours: Sun., Noon – 4 p.m. Phone: (352) 336-9096
Matheson History Museum
- 20% Gift Shop Purchases during the Eat Local Challenge Kickoff
. The Matheson and Hogtown HomeGrown are excited to host the Eat Local Challenge Kickoff and Local Food Fair featuring local food entrepreneuers, farmers, and foodies. Demonstrations will take place in Sweetwater Park and inside the museum from such organizations and businesses as Forage Farm, Paleoganic Soup Company, Glades Ridge Goat Dairy, and Alachua County Public Schools’ Farm to School to Work program. Address: 513 E University Avenue, Sunday 1-4pm, Free admission. Phone: 352-378-2280
Monday, May 2
Tuesday, May 3
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
- Half price admission Kanapaha is a 62-acre facility and is comprised of 20 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Address: 4700 S.W. 58th Drive, Gainesville Hours: Tues., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: (352) 372-4981 *Must mention NTTW to receive discount*
Wednesday, May 4
Dudley Farm Historic State Park – Free admission.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park demonstrates the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid-1940s-through three generations of the Dudley family. 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry Hours: Wed., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone: (352) 472-1142 Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Dudley-Farm
O'leno State Park - Free admission.
Located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River the park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps, sandhills and a suspension bridge over the river. Visitors can picnic at pavilions, enjoy hiking on nature trails or try their luck fishing. Canoes and bicycles are available for rent. Address: 410 S.E. O'Leno Park Road, High Springs Hours: Wed., 8 a.m. - Sundown Phone: (386) 454-1853 Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Oleno
River Rise Preserve State Park – Free admission.
The Santa Fe River goes underground in O'Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise Preserve State Park as a circular pool before resuming its journey to the Suwannee River. Surrounded by quiet woods and huge trees, equestrians can bring their horse and spend the afternoon exploring the meandering trails. Hiking and wildlife viewing are also favorite pastimes for park visitors. Address: Visit the eastside trailhead located off of US441, approximately 3 miles north of High Springs. Hours: Wed., 8 a.m. – Sundown Phone: (386) 454-1853 (O’Leno State Park) Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/River-Rise
Thursday, May 5
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
– Buy one admission, get one free. The SF Teaching Zoo is coordinated by eight full time staff members, home to over 75 different species of animals and is maintained by over 200 students enrolled in the college's premier Zoo Animal Technology Program. The zoo showcases a diverse collection that contains both native and exotic species for everyone to enjoy.Visitors enjoy the Bald Eagles, White-throated Capuchin monkeys, Galapagos tortoises, Matschie's Tree Kangaroo and Asian small-clawed otters to name a few. These species and many other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are on display in a naturally shaded environment. Address: 3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville Hours: Thurs., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone: 352-395-5601
Friday, May 6
Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College
- Buy one admission get one free. The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium is the only planetarium in North Central Florida, seats 60 guests beneath a 34 ft Spitz dome, and is equipped with two state of the art planetarium projectors. Address: 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building X-129, Gainesville Show time: Fri., 7 p.m. Phone: (352) 395-5225
Saturday, May 7
Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College
- Buy one admission get one free. The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium is the only planetarium in North Central Florida, seats 60 guests beneath a 34 ft Spitz dome, and is equipped with two state of the art planetarium projectors. Address: 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building X-129, Gainesville Show time: Sat., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m Phone: (352) 395-5225
Other events during National Travel & Tourism Week include: Announcement of the winners of the Alachua County Customer Service Awards on Wednesday, May 4 at the VisitGainesville’s NTTW annual luncheon at Eastside High School.
The 33rd Annual National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual event sponsored by Travel Industry Association and commemorated by states, cities and organizations across the nation. Travel is a major U.S. industry that is vital to the economic stability, security and perception of the United States. The goal of NTTW is to highlight the powerful economic, social and cultural impacts of travel through events and celebrations that recognize the incredible job the travel industry produces.
VisitGainesville is the official tourism sales and marketing organization for Gainesville and Alachua County. The Alachua County Hospitality Council is a non-profit member-based organization comprised of local and regional sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality industry. For additional information about Gainesville and National Travel and Tourism Week activities in Alachua County, visit the VisitGainesville website www.visitgainesville.com/NTTW .
For additional information about National Tourism Week or tourism in Alachua County/Gainesville, contact Kelly Aleman at (352) 374-5260 or e-mail at: KAleman@VisitGainesville.com