The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo is a beloved part of Gainesville history. Popular with both children and adults, the zoo holds over 75 different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and more. With such a diverse collection of both native and exotic species, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The zoo is maintained by over 200 students working in the Zoo Animal Technology Program and a professional staff of zookeepers, all dedicated to creating clean and safe animal habitats to learn with and for the public to enjoy. The zoo is located in a naturally shady environment on the northwest side of Santa Fe College Campus. The 10- acre facility is open seven days a week for your convenience, and all tickets are under $5.00. There are concessions and a gift shop available, as well as being wheelchair and stroller friendly throughout the quarter-mile trail. Visitors love the shady trail, the enjoyable and numerous animal habitats, and the educated and friendly staff that are willing to help with information on an animal or directions. They host birthday parties and other large groups too, so whether you’re alone or with a hundred friends, the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo is a great spot to enjoy year-round.
Located on the northwest campus, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College has been a celebrated part of Gainesville since 2006. This great attraction was made possible by a generous donation on behalf of the Pla family, and has been committed to “education and passion for social justice and civic engagement. The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium has been dedicated to enriching the learning environment of all students and the entire Gainesville community as the only planetarium in North Central Florida. They use the latest educationally innovative technology in a unique immerse-learning environment for Santa Fe and University of Florida students, public and private school children, community groups, and the public of North Central Florida! The Planetarium offers many shows, both at their location at 3000 NW 83rd Street and around Gainesville. Their outreach program includes shows at the Florida Museum of Natural History and even being featured on the PBS television series, “Star Gazers”. Dozens of shows make their rounds through the planetarium every year, and the current ones include Music 360- Pink Floyd- The Wall, Stars, Super Volcanoes, Dynamic Earth, Florida Skies, and many more. For most shows adults can purchase tickets for $5.00, seniors for $4.00, children (ages 4-12) for $4.00, and children under 4 free! They also host field trips, birthday parties, and other large groups! Visit this amazing planetarium to gaze into different worlds, you’ll be happy you did!
Remodeling recently reported the results of their 2013 study that showed exterior projects yield the most return on investment. This is primarily because such projects instantly increase curb appeal and most projects are relatively inexpensive. Both nationwide and in the South Atlantic (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware), the two projects that yielded the biggest return were front door replacement and a deck addition. In fact, upgrading the front door with a 20-gauge steel entry door yielded 85.6% return on investment, while a deck addition added a 77.3% return on investment. A garage door replacement and minor kitchen remodel came in third and fourth place at 75.7% and 75.5%, while adding an attic bedroom came in fifth at 72.9%.