burgers and beer
the swamp is located on university ave. in the heart of the college area across the street from the university of florida. basically a student hangout but they serve good burgers and sandwiches. a good place to have lunch in the student area of gainesville.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House and Farm Yard
This site was the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author of many major literary works, including The Yearling, which received the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the novels South Moon Under, and Golden Apples, and her memoir, Cross Creek.
The Rawlings house also is a notable example of the Cracker (descendents of pioneer settlers) style of architecture, derived from a variety of influences to suit the climate and available technology of the rural South.
Additional information on the National Historic Landmark program can be found on the NPS website at History & Cluture
open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guided walks through the Rawlings' home are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. from October through July.
When exploring the house...remember it's the 1930s and we are not air-conditioned or heated, so dress for the weather.
This is a 1930s Florida farm farm life and shows where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked. She lived in this cracker style home and farm for 25 years
There are also nature trails and the park rangers giving the tours are in costume!
Guided tours of the Rawlings' house are offered Thursdays through Sundays, October through July (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving) at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. Tours at the park begin at the barn, walk through the farmyard and then through the historic house.
The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission Fees - $2.00/vehicle
Guided Tours of the Rawling's house: Adults - $3.00 per person
Children - 6 to 12 years of age, $2.00 per person
Children under 6 years of age are free.
Gainesville in shorts
Gainesville: a small town with a big university. Good weather, relaxed, a good base. Not particularly exciting. Beautiful areas around - especially the springs and coasts. Florida is FLAT and this place is no exception, so don't come here hoping to do a whole lot of hiking. For kayaking, swimming, and other more leisurely pursuits, however, it's great. Downtown works up some life in the early hours of the morning and there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops to choose from. But London it ain't, nor Vancouver, so don't be disappointed if you find it to be a small, southern town with 50,000 students and not much else.