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Depot Park, Gainesville

4.8
#9 of 23 in Parks in Gainesville
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Welcome to Depot Park, the junction of past and future located in middle of Gainesville’s Downtown.

What was once contaminated earth, the residue from the site’s history as a rail yard, is now a blooming field of wildflowers and native plantings lined by decorative tracks that commemorate this former railroad transportation hub.

The vision for Depot Park was to create a contemporary public greenspace to serve as Gainesville’s “Central Park”. To be a signature city park located downtown and provide a space for public outdoor enjoyment unique to the city.

There is no charge to play at Depot Park.
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Depot Park reviews

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91 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • Nice destination place to sit and people watch, dog watch, and have drinks or lunch / dinner. Bar has at least five beers on tap, some great wine spritzers, and bottled beers / etc. Seating for... 
    Nice destination place to sit and people watch, dog watch, and have drinks or lunch / dinner. Bar has at least five beers on tap, some great wine spritzers, and bottled beers / etc. Seating for...  more »
  • Someone told us that we should check out Depot Park in Gainesville as we were looking for something to do. What a cool place. We had some cocktails at an old railroad station and watched folks walk... 
    Someone told us that we should check out Depot Park in Gainesville as we were looking for something to do. What a cool place. We had some cocktails at an old railroad station and watched folks walk...  more »
  • The park is lit up at night and makes for a very nice walk. During the day you can stop by the train car for refreshments. It’s a nice place just to spend sometime out of the house. 
    The park is lit up at night and makes for a very nice walk. During the day you can stop by the train car for refreshments. It’s a nice place just to spend sometime out of the house.  more »
Google
  • Really nice park for the kids. Splash pad, multiple play grounds and a cool little sand pit. Kids had a blast. I didn't get to check out the shop, but it looked worth a go. The only issue we had was the limited parking in the main parking lot, but there is a huge parking lot just around the corner that isn't clearly marked. Overall an exceptional park.
  • Visiting from the Arctic of Wisconsin and 100% jealous of this park. Places for parents to sit + sun shades. Lots of unique climbing structures, enough swings, fast slides and prompts to provoke imaginative play. Nice little trail to stretch your legs by the water too. Clean, open air restrooms.
  • This park is really cool. Great area for the kids to play. There is a trail that goes around the lake. The lake has great wildlife, from gators, to turtles, and birds. There's a place to eat and even a museum.
  • This was a fantastic stop to check out while visiting Gainesville. It was dog friendly which is great and it was fun to see the wildlife. This was the first time my dog saw a gator and she wanted to jump on it. Worth a stop if you want to enjoy a nice nature walk. They also had a big play area for the kids. Please don’t feed the gators!
  • Very cool playground for kids with different skills. There is also a path around the park were many people walk/run/exercise. What we were missing as parents of a 6 year old was a coffee shop and some benches towards the pond.

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