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    Nature Trail at Paynes Prairie

    by Katmosphere Written Jul 8, 2005

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    This is a very nice place to hike. We saw a lot of deer, rabbits and a snake but there are also wild turkey, white ibis, hawks, egrets, meadowlarks and BISON!!! YES, BUFFALO!!!
    We didn't run into them, but if you do see them you are supposed to keep your distance because they can be brutal. They say if a bison raises its tail, you should get away immediately, it is a sign that the animal may charge...

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    Butterfly Rainforest

    by Katmosphere Written Jul 14, 2006

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    Within the University there is the most beautiful butterfly rainforest garden!! There are hundreds of butterflies flying around you as you walk through the rainforest. If you stand still they land on you--so many different species and colors--it's beautiful!!

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    florida museum of natural history

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    stephen o'connel center

    by doug48 Updated Dec 3, 2008

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    stephen o'connel center

    stephen 0'connel center also known as the o-dome is home to the university of florida basketball team. the florida basketball team made the NCAA final four in 1994 and 1996. the university of florida won the NCAA national championships back to back in 2006 and 2007.

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    university of florida

    by doug48 Updated Oct 20, 2007

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    the university of florida dominates the economic and cultural life of gainesville. the university of florida was created by combining several small colleges in 1905. the 1905 buckman act established the university of florida in gainesville, the florida female college (FSU) and the state normal school for colored students (florida A&M) in tallahassee. the university of florida is the third largest school in the united states with a student population of over 50,000. the university of florida has a beautiful campus and interesting neo gothic buildings.

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    ben hill griffin stadium

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    ben hill griffin stadium

    ben hill griffin stadium, also known as florida field and the "swamp" is home to the florida gators football team. the university of florida football program has won the NCAA national championship in 1996, 2006 and 2008. a note to tourists traveling through the gainesville on football weekends all of the hotels in the area are booked up months in advance of these events.

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    harn museum of art

    by doug48 Written Oct 20, 2007

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    harn museum of art

    the harn museum of art is located on the university of florida campus. this museum has collections of african, mesoamerican, asian and modern art. a very good collection for a town the size of gainesville.

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    hippodrome state theatre

    by doug48 Updated Oct 20, 2007

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    located in the historic 1911 federal building the hippodrome theatre company was established in 1972. hippodrome presents plays and cinema. they also have the backstage bar on premises. for events and times check their website.

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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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    Ichetucknee Springs

    by tampa_shawn Updated Sep 13, 2008

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    Another one of our great Florida state parks. This one is a great tubing location and is stunning

    Tubing - get your tubes before you enter the park. At the south entrance of the park, tubers have the opportunity to choose a 1.5 hour float or a 30 minute float on the cool, spring-fed, crystal clear waters of the Ichetucknee River. If you choose to tube the full length of the river for a 3 hour float, get to the north entrance early as only 750 tubers per day are permitted on the sensitive and beautiful upper section of the river.

    Swimming or snorkeling in the springs

    Stroll along the river on the Trestle Point Trail

    Park Fees

    Admission Fee (no river use) - $5.00 per vehicle (limit 8 people per vehicle). Single Car Occupant - $3.00

    Motorcycle Fee (one or two persons) - $3.00

    Canoeing Fee: $5.00 per person year round.

    Tubing
    North Entrance-Summer Season (Begins the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day) - $5.00 per person (children 5 and under are free).

    South Entrance-Summer Season (Begins the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day) - $5.00 per person (children 5 and under are free).

    South Entrance-Off-Season (Begins the Tuesday after Labor Day thru the Friday before Memorial Day) - $5.00 per vehicle (limit 8 people per vehicle).

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    Gennie Springs.Canoe, Tube,...

    by pulgaron Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Gennie Springs.Canoe, Tube, and Snorkeling Rentals Waterside Entry and Sun Decks Riverside Nature Trails Volleyball Courts and
    Playground Covered Pavilions for Groups and Parties Picnic Tables and Grills Private Boat Ramp
    Camping, float down the river, scuba dive caves and caverns. Get scuba certified. Volley Ball, barbq. Just a fun place to spend a day or two.

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    Visit the Enchanting town of Micanopy

    by tampa_shawn Updated Sep 18, 2008

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    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.
    http://www.herlong.com/

    Micanopy was voted "Best Antique Shopping" town and Paynes Prairie was voted "Best Place to View Alligators" by readers of Florida Magazine in 2006.

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    Bike or Take a Drive Down 441

    by tampa_shawn Written Sep 18, 2008

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    US Route 441 between Gainesville and Ocala is part of the Florida Scenic Hwy program and its a drive you won't forget. In fact if you are a bicyclist or biker I'd suggest doing this route on a bike. There are bike trails for most of the route and its a great area for biking.

    During this short drive you will pass the beautiful Paynes Prairie, the enchanting city of Micanopy (make a short detour) and another great little town called McIntosh.

    My favorite part of the ride is through what is called the the southern mansions and the horse farms. This area is the horse capital of the world for a reason and you'll be amazed at the huge regal southern horse farms surrounded by white fences and with adorable immaculate horse barns (these are nicer than most people's houses)

    My Suggestions - Spend the entire day making this drive
    Be sure to stop at the following locations

    1) Paynes Prairie outlook - free

    2) Paynes Prairie Park - $4 a car. If you are here in the summer come early to avoid the heat. There are some great little walks here. Be sure to visit the visitors center and watch the video (free)

    3) Stop at the city of Micanopy for lunch and some shopping - be sure to spend some time walking the streets and getting to know the locals. Stop at the Micanopy museum ($2)

    4) Stop at a few of the more scenic areas to take pictures - Macintosh is a great place to stop

    5) Stop at a roadside vendor for a Coke and a bag of boiled peanuts ~ note the peanuts the vendors sell are very salty so you'll need the Coke

    6) Once you make it to Ocala you can take a horse drawn carriage tour of the area -
    http://www.ocalacarriage.com/ (352) 867-8717. info@ocalacarriage.com

    http://www.ocalacarriage.com/

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    Devil's Millhopper - climb down a lush sikhole

    by HumblyServingChrist Written Aug 17, 2004

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    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.

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    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

    by tampa_shawn Written Sep 12, 2008

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    Nature Trail at Paynes Prairie

    Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically, and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774.

    Over 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife, including alligators, bison, wild horses, and over 270 species of birds. Exhibits and an audio-visual program at the visitor center explain the area´s natural and cultural history. A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve.

    Eight trails provide opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling. Ranger-led activities are offered on weekends, November through April. Fishing on Lake Wauberg is allowed and a boat ramp provides access for canoes and boats with electric motors. Gasoline powered boats are not allowed. Full-facility campsites are available for overnight visitors. Located on U.S. 441, 10 miles south of Gainesville.
    Hours of Operation

    Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

    Admission Fees - $4.00/vehicle (up to 8 passengers). Single Car Occupant - $3.00
    Motorcycle Fee (one or two persons) - $3.00
    Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with a holder of an Annual Individual Entrance permit - Admission Fee $1.00 per person.

    Camping Fees - $15.00 per night

    Picnic Pavilion - A 65 person picnic pavilion can be reserved for $30.00 plus tax.

    Group Camping - Camping fee is $4.00 for each person with a minimum fee of $20.00 per night, plus tax. Equestrian fee is $10.00 for both horse and rider.

    I am of course am a huge fan of Annual Passes -- For an annual pass to ALL Florida state parks see http://www.floridastateparks.org/annualpass/default.cfm

    Individual Entrance: $43.40 each
    Family Entrance: $85.80 each

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