Romp in the Playground

Climb, run, slide, spin and experience this exciting custom play area!  Designed to inspire and encourage creativity, this playground has a little bit of something for everyone.

The children’s play area is open dawn to dusk.


Splash in the Blue Grotto

Inspired by the underwater caverns in Central Florida, this custom structure is fun for all ages.  With waterfalls, ground jets, water cannons and hidden fossils, the blue grotto is the perfect spot for children and adults to play.

The children’s play area is open dawn to dusk.
View the Operating Permit for the Blue Grotto


Stroll on the Promenade

Wrapping around the north side of the main pond is a 20’ wide waters-edge promenade.  View the pond a little closer on one of the overlooks, relax on a bench to watch the birds, or enjoy events like food truck rallies and art festivals.




Picnic in the Pavilion

The main pavilion houses tables, chairs and grills for a day or afternoon of family fun and eating your favorite grilled foods.  Perfect for birthday parties or family reunions; rental information is located in the events & news section.


Experience the Conservation Area

The southern half of Depot Park is a conservation area filled with a series of wetlands and upland plantings.  Take a stroll through this natural area of the park but please stay on the path.


Events on the Hill

Spread out a blanket or bring your lawn chair to watch live concerts and events on the hill.  Depot Park has lots of events for family and friends to enjoy.


Relax on the Open Lawns

In addition to great play structures, Depot Park has areas of open green space where you can throw a Frisbee, have a picnic, sunbathe or just kick off your shoes and enjoy a beautiful day in the park.


Grab a Snack at the Depot General Store

Feeling hungry?  Head on over to the Historic Depot Building to quench your thirst, fill your belly or purchase sunblock.  You’ll be able to find anything you might need in the park at the general store.


Creation of the Cade Museum

From anywhere in Depot Park you will have the opportunity to watch the construction of the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention.  Once complete, this 21,000 sq. ft. museum will house exhibits and labs for visitors to experience the history of invention and be an inventor themselves!


Remember the Fallen Cyclists

Take a walk through the Share the Road Memorial and learn how the bicycle safety movement began.  Through tragedy, the Gainesville community united to lead a campaign to raise money to increase education about bicycle safety throughout the state of Florida.


Park Hours:

Children’s play area: dawn to dusk
Conservation area: dawn to dusk
Lighted areas: dawn to 11:30 p.m.

office HOURS:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Tour the areas of the park to see the different play areas at Depot Park, the spaces to explore and get info about the nature trail:

There are lots of events happening at Depot Park. From concerts to food trucks, there's almost always something happening.

Depot Park is located in downtown Gainesville and amidst great food spots, local breweries, museums, galleries and shops!