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. There is no charge to play at Depot Park.
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. Click here to rent a pavilion or see when they are available for use.
Experience the Conservation Area
The southern half of Depot Park is a conservation area filled with various wildlife and a series of wetlands and upland plantings. Take a stroll through this natural area of the park but please stay on the path. And check our calendar for scheduled nature tours of this area.
Events on The Hill
Spread out a blanket, bring your lawn chair and remember your shade umbrellas. This is the perfect spot to watch live concerts and events. Depot Park has lots of events for all 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. Leashed dogs are welcomed at Depot Park.
Grab something at Pop-A-Top General Store or The Box Car Wine & Beer Garden
Feeling hungry? Head on over to the Pop-A-Top General Store to quench your thirst, fill your belly or purchase sunblock or even a kite. You’ll be able to find anything you might need in the park at the general store. Or check out live music and enjoy an adult beverage at the Box Car Wine & Beer Garden.
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 (soft opening Sept. 23, 2017, open to the public early spring 2018), this 21,000 sq. ft. museum will house exhibits and labs for visitors to experience the history of invention and be an inventor themselves! www.cademuseum.org
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.
Children’s play area: dawn to dusk
Conservation area: dawn to dusk
Lighted areas: dawn to 11:30 p.m.
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!