The Hipp - Live Theater downtown
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".
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel
We had a blast going here probably would have stayed for hours if it wasn't so hot in the butterfly house. It was fun more for us than our 5 yr old she got bored after the first 20 minutes. I loved watching all the butterflies and having them land on us. We will be going back to this the cost wasn't bad and if you have a museum membership it is free to get in.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Go for a Bike Ride
I have traveled around the world and I don't think I've ever seen a town that is more bike friendly.
This town has bike trails and bike lanes EVERYWHERE. I also noticed a large number to bike racks...so bring your bike and a good lock and explore the area on bike. If I lived here I'd be using my bike instead of my car
Map my ride....Gainesville locals map out their favorite area bike rides
Here are some of my favorite bike trails....see the websites below each link for more information
One of the paved prettiest bike rides is down 441 are the Paynes Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Trails
Another great ride is Gainesville - Hawthorne Rail Trail, Florida which is 16 miles and has bathrooms around the route
There are also a large number of off-road trails (especially 45 minutes south in Ocala)
Butterfly Rainforest at University of Florida
Tons of butterflies. There is a large screened in enclosure with lots of butterflies along with exotic plants. Inside the museum there is a part that shows the life cycle of the butterflies and the lab where they cultivate them.
Hippodrome State Theater
This is a professional theater in the heart of downtown in an historic restored building. The plays are outstanding in a setting that is small, quaint and always enchanting. The experience will be memorable!!
Florida museum of Natural History
This is a very informative glimpse into the evolution of Florida. From the fossils to the Indians-I loved it.
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