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    Bo Diddley Plaza Concerts - FREE

    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

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    Bo Diddley Plaza is a community gathering place located in the center of the historic downtown area. The plaza is used as a farmer's market and gathering place for a variety of social and church organizations throughout Gainesville. There are free concerts and other entertainment venues held in Bo Diddley Plaza from 8 PM to 10 PM each Friday from May through October. Note, however, that during the day the plaza is a favorite hangout for the town's homeless who will sometimes follow you asking for money.

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    Veterans Memorials

    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

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    There are a few Veterans Memorials in various parts of town like this one that honors all military veterans and one on the grounds of the old courthouse which honors veterans of the Civil War. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans and their contributions to our freedom and our way of life.

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    University of Florida

    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

    The University of Florida Historic District and 2 individual buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the buildings were designed by architects William A. Edwards and Rudolph Weaver between 1905 and 1939 using the Collegiate Gothic style of architecture. It is worthwhile to take a walk through the campus.

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    The Hippodrome State Theater

    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

    The Hippodrome State Theater is housed in an old federal building that is both historically and architecturally interesting. Today the theater hosts Broadway and off-Broadway shows, other plays, and art house and foreign films along with other forms of entertainment.

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    Harn Art Museum (Outdoors) - FREE

    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

    There are several large sculptures outside the museum worth checking out. Most of these are the type that I need to check out the signs to figure out what I am seeing but I liked them okay anyway. Especially those in photos 2 and 3.

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    Harn Museum of Art - FREE

    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

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    The Harn Museum of Art is located on the University of Florida Campus near the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The museum houses an impressive collection of various forms of art with great examples of art from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Several permanent displays and some rotating exhibits. The building itself is very nice and artistic too. Hours are 11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday; 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is free; but donations are appreciated.

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    Matheson Museum - FREE (But)

    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

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    The Matheson Museum combines an historic museum, the Tison Tool Museum, the historic Matheson House and Sweetwater Park. The historic museum is housed in the old American Legion building which was completed in 1932, and houses some very interesting displays concerning the pre-history and early history of the area. The Matheson House is part of the Matheson Homestead which dates from 1857. The current home is believed to include much of the original home. The home was completed in 1867 for James Douglas Matheson, a prominent businessman. The home then went to his son, Chris, a state legislator, minister, and mayor of Gainesville from 1910 to 1917. Sweetwater Park is kind of a combination botanical garden and historic walk with informative signs.

    Hours for the museum are: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Thursday. The Matheson House and the Tison Tool Museum are open by appointment only.

    Admission is free; but a donation of $5 for the museum and house are "suggested".

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    Florida Museum of Natural History

    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

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    The Florida Museum of Natural History is but one of the fine museums located in Gainesville. This is the official state-sponsored natural history museum for the state of Florida and it is quite nice. The museum has nine permanent exhibits a number of rotating exhibits and outdoor areas to explore too. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. General Admission is free but there is a fee for some exhibits like the Butterfly Garden which is $10.50.

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    Gainesville Visitors Center

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2015

    A good place to start your visit to Gainesville is the Gainesville Visitors Center in the downtown area. Here you can get a map of the town and brochures on area attractions. They can also tell you about hotels and restaurants in town. Hours are 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

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    Gainesville Historic Districts

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2015

    Gainesville has a number of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There are 4 historic districts and 37 individual locations in Gainesville listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Gainesville and Alachua County

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2015

    Gainesville is a growing city of about 126,000 (up 32% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 75, US Highway 441, and several Florida Highways. Human habitation of the area started 12,000 years ago and a variety of pre-historic Indian cultures have lived here; including the Alachua Culture (600-1700 AD). Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto came through here in 1539. The town of Gainesville was formed in 1853 to become the county seat of Alachua County as it was on the proposed route of the Florida Railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key. Alachua County was named for the Alachua Culture which blended with the Seminoles.

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    The Hipp - Live Theater downtown

    by grasshopper_6 Written Oct 1, 2013

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    Catch a show at the Hippodrome - local professional theater housed in the historic federal building downtown. "Dont Dress For Dinner" was playing during our visit. The Hipp also houses student and professional cinema and visual art programs,

    The highlight at the Hippodrome - in my opinion - comes during the holiday season during their annual production of " A Christmas Carol".

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    History in the woods

    by grasshopper_6 Written Oct 1, 2013

    A city park with seven miles of hiking trail through long leaf pines. The park also has a living history exhibit where period renactors demonstrate day to day life on a 19th century farm on certain days.

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    The Devil's Millhopper

    by grasshopper_6 Written Oct 1, 2013

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    The Devils Millhopper is a geological State Park on the outskirts of Gainesville. The main draw of the park is a giant sinkhole with dense rainforest-like conditions down inside it. You can hike down stairs into the sinkhole and see where a thin stream of water disappears into the ground. Very good photo opportunities, and hiking trail.

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    devils millhopper state park

    by doug48 Updated Jul 25, 2012

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    devil's millhopper geological state park is located north of downtown gainesville on SR 232. this large sink hole has been visited by tourists since the 1880's. the sink hole is 120 feet deep and has a board walk to the bottom of the formation. the walls of sink hole has lush tropical foilage and small water falls. the park has a small museum on the history of devils millhopper and a collection of fossilized animal remains found in the sink hole. for those interested in nature the devils millhopper is worth a visit when in gainesville. devils millhopper is listed on the national register of natural places. see the attached web site for more information.

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