May 7-13, 2017


The 33rd Annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is an event sponsored by US Travel Association and commemorated by states, cities and organizations across the nation. Travel 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.
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The NTTW attractions program includes:
  • Sun, May 7
    Historic Haile Homestead
    - Buy one admission, get one free
    Historic Haile Homestead is home to the "Talking Walls", where the 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
  • Mon, May 8
    Florida Museum of Natural History & “Butterfly Rainforest”- Buy one, get one free admission of equal or lesser value to the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit. Mention NTTW to receive this discount Address: 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville Hours: Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: (352) 846-2000
  • Tues, May 9
    Kanapaha Botanical Gardens - Buy one admission, get one admission of equal or lesser value for free.
    Must mention NTTW to receive discount 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
  • Wed, May 10
    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
    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
    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)
    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 can see the Bald Eagles, White-throated Capuchin monkeys, 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: Wed., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone: 352-395-5601
  • Fri, May 12
    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
  • Sat, May 13
    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