Gainesville Things to Do

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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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    Wild Bill's Airboard tours and Wild Life Preserve

    by tampa_shawn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is actually about 50 miles south of Gainsville in Inverness.

    This is a thrilling ride that takes you down the WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER AND
    THROUGH THE SWAMPS LOOKING FOR THE FLORIDA ALLIGATOR!

    Our river ride is just one of many custom adventures we offer, its a slow speed tour through the vast unspoiled wilderness of the Withlacoochee River wetlands. Our boats will seat a large or small group.

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    What to do in Alachua County

    by tampa_shawn Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    Gaineville is in Alachua County and there is SOOOOOO much to do here.

    This is the best resource I found for the area is below...is from the Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau (see Website below)

    Things to do in the local area (that I haven't written about yet)

    Note the website (below) provides links to all of these websites (and potential activities)
    I'll be adding more tips...as I get to visit these places

    Museums
    + Archer Railroad Museum
    + Hawthorne Museum
    + Matheson Museum
    + Micanopy Museum
    + University Galleries

    Historic Sites
    + Dudley Farm State Park
    + Haile Homestead
    + Marjorie Rawlings State Park
    + Thomas Center

    Nature
    + Bivens Arm
    + Devil's Millhopper
    + Dog Wood Dog Park
    + Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail
    + Greathouse Butterfly Farm
    + Kanapaha Gardens
    + Mill Creek Farm
    + Morningside Nature Center
    + Poe Springs Park
    + San Felasco Hammock

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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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    Must see a Gator football game...

    by pulgaron Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Must see a Gator football game at The 'SWAMP'. This is the stadium the Gators beat up their football oponents.
    It is loud, loud loud. The Gators dodnot seat down the entire game. So if you have tickets in the student section, be ready to stand the whole game.

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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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    • Birdwatching

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    Butterfly Rainforest

    by justluckie Updated Aug 25, 2009

    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.

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    Go for a Bike Ride

    by tampa_shawn Written Sep 18, 2008

    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
    http://www.mapmyride.com/find-ride/united-states/fl/gainesville

    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
    http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/north/trails/paynes_prairie.htm

    Another great ride is Gainesville - Hawthorne Rail Trail, Florida which is 16 miles and has bathrooms around the route
    http://outdoortravels.com/biking_fl_overview_gains-hawth.html

    There are also a large number of off-road trails (especially 45 minutes south in Ocala)
    http://www.geocities.com/yosemite/falls/3939/gainesville.html

    Note the wide bike lane here on the UF campus Bike lanes & bike signage even in the city itself

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    Butterfly Rainforest at University of Florida

    by kozmic9 Updated May 14, 2007

    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.

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  • Hippodrome State Theater

    by patch87939 Written Aug 26, 2002

    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!!

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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.

    Alachua County Courthouse Alachua County Administration Building Alachua County Library
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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 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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    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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    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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    • Theater Travel
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