Most people that visit...
Most people that visit Gainesville do so either to visit a student at the University of Florida, watch a Gator football game or visit the excellent Sands Hospital. Well Gennie Spring is worth a visit. You can float down the river in perfectly chilled water. Floats can be rented at the dive shop. Camping faciliteis are also in the grounds. Gennie is also well know for it's cave diving. If your are certified for cave or cavern diving they have several interesting caves at the spring. Scubea equipment can be rented at the well stocked dive shop.
florida museum of natural history
this interesting museum has a collection of prehistoric fossils. in the entrance lobby is a american mastodon and a columbian mammoth both found in north florida. currently on display through january 6th 2008 is the jaw of a megalodon, the largest known shark in the world. you can also visit the butterfly rainforest next to the museum. a great place to take children when in gainesville.
Visit the Enchanting town of Micanopy
Micanopy pronounced (Mick-can-oh'-pee), is often called "The little town that time forgot."
Spending a day (or weekend here) will transport you back to another time...where things move slow and southern hospitality is king
Micanopy is the second oldest settlement in Florida and the oldest inland settlement in Florida It is so cute its been featured in movies...like Doc Hollywood
In addition to the old building and the majestic oaks and magnolia there is also an eclectic array of antique shops and a few cute little restaurants. I could easily have spent the entire day here and plan on going back soon. Spend your day walking the quaint little shops, go antique shopping, and visiting with the locals. Oh and don't forget your camera.
If your interested in a romantic weekend I'd make a weekend out of it. Be sure to get a room at the Herlong Mansion bed and breakfast.
Micanopy was voted "Best Antique Shopping" town and Paynes Prairie was voted "Best Place to View Alligators" by readers of Florida Magazine in 2006.
~ Gainesville, Florida ~
"Home of the University of Florida"
Gainesville, a medium-sized inland city about an hour and a half drive southwest of Jacksonville, is home to the University of Florida, the largest institution of higher learning in the state. As the campus of UF is very large and spread out, it is easy to think of the city and university as one in the same. Nevertheless, this overgrown university town and research center also boasts a small but growing downtown area with a couple of multi-story office buildings and a historic theater to its credit. If exploring the grounds and halls of a large, pedestrian-oriented, red brick university campus appeals to you and you have an appreciation for unique natural attractions, Gainesville makes for a worthwhile day trip excursion.
Located immediately adjacent to downtown is the beautiful campus of UF. Here, red and orange brick buildings give the school a Northeastern Ivy League appearance set amidst sabal palm clusters, majestic oaks and lush shady greens. You can wander around campus aimlessly or catch a guided tour to learn more about the school. (Be warned that a several block area around the stadium gets very packed on home football game days throughout the fall).
"A different kind of natural Florida"
Located northeast of UF and downtown, in the middle of a suburban residential area, Devil's Millhopper is a very unusual and scenic state park. Here, you can wind your way down a boardwalk into the base of a giant sink hole full of lush vegetation. You can even see a few waterfalls along the way .
Speaking of water, Gainesville may be an inland city but several natural springs dot the area immediately surrrounding it. In these parts, intertubing down crystal clear spring-fed streams is a popular local activity. Just beware that unlike the generally warm waters found along all of Florida's coasts and in its rivers and lakes, the state's inland springs are quite chilly, as the water that fills them comes from great depths.
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