fun college town
Traffic is getting terrible and when did college kids get so rich?
You wouldn't think you can have fun on a getaway there but you really can..
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
The tenth largest natural history museum in the US and IT IS FREE!Florida’s official natural history museum is located on the University of Florida campus. It houses 21 million specimens of amphibians, birds, butterflies, fish, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, and fossils, and 4 million cultural artifacts. The museum also does research, preservation,...more
This hotel is just west of I75 on Archer Rd which was convenient for us - great access to the...more
3500 SW 42nd Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32608, United States
Good for: Business
the holiday inn university center is located on the corner of university ave. and 13th street across...more
bono's barbecue was established in jacksonville in 1949. they are now a regional chain with numerous locations in florida. they specialize in chopped pork barbecue. they also have ribs and chicken. in my opinion not the best barbecue in the south but they serve good food at moderate prices. chopped pork plate or sandwich.more
harry's seafood, bar and grill is a very good new orleans style restaurant and bar in downtown gainesville. located near city hall and the alachua county court house the clientele is older that most of the restaurants and bars in gainesville. i recommend this restaurant and bar when in gainesville.more
sonny's was established in gainesville in 1968. today it is a regional chain with numerous locations in florida and georgia. they specialize in sliced pork and beef barbeque as well as chicken and ribs. in my opinion not the best barbecue in the south but still good food moderately priced. sonny's has three locations in gainesville. pulled pork...more
As you would expect in a college town, there are plenty of places to party all night. Downtown is the place to be. There are dance clubs, jazz clubs, theatres, and places to get into the vibrant and always interesting local music scene. I'd give specific names and descriptions, but these things change too fast for an occasional visitor to keep up....more
This is strictly for UF, and visiting students. A good hang out with cheap beer is Cluck-U Chicken. Nobody really eats chicken there. They just go for the beer and the DJ. It is a great student hangout. People and specially americans love a challenge. And this is what makes this place a success. Here is how it works. You pay from $5 to $8 for a...more
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The I-75 runs rigth through Gainesville. It is the best and most direct way to reach Gainesville by road. There is also an airport with connections to many major cities.There is bus service, the standard Grey Hound bus line, and a small company that runs a bus, called, what else, The Gator Bus, from gainesville to Miami. this is the fastes way by...more
For several months during the summer/spring Lovebugs abound. The exact date varies for some reason...depending on rain I've heard....This year they were particularly bad in mid/late SeptemberThese totally horrible annoying creatures are really flies but are called "lovebugs" because they mate and stay attached for pretty much their entire adult...more
Gainesville is a relatively safe place. Rumors that it is a dangerous place began with the serial killer that killed 5 people back in 1990 and the freak act of random violence that killed a college student back in 2000. Otherwise Gainesville is a great place to stay out until the bars closes at 2:00. The only place that I would avoid late at night...more
Tried to get a beer at the Copper Monkey in the UF Plaza, at 1700 W University ave in Gainesville, but the bar was closing. It was around 10 PM on a Sunday. The parking lot was mostly empty. Although signs were posted indicating towing of unauthorized vehicles, we ran across the street to get a beer at an outdoor bar. We were gone about fifteen minutes. Came back to find our vehicle was gone! Apparently somebody saw us walk across the street and called a tow truck. Cost $80, plus $15 for the Taxi.
Just remember to bring some kind of cap besides all that other stuff.... We forgot our first run and I have hundreds of ball caps I never wear,.. However since you are going to be on the river for about 3 hours .. The cap will really help keep the sun off your face..
Photo Equipment: Disposable camera only.. just in case you fall in. .. I did and I was able to salvage a few pics. Disposable camera will cut your losses if you lose your pics due to dampness..These pics were actually after I had dropped our disposable camera in the water.. Fortunately they kind of came out.
Miscellaneous: Since you park your car at the finish area and catch a shuttle to the beginning you have to come up with some ingenious idea about what to do with your keys.. Either some way to tie them on your person or a spare key box.. I think both are good ideas..Leave the door key in the spare box hiddden on your car.. Leave the ignition key in your car hidden.. The area is very safe but you never know..
cross creek is home to marjorie kinnan rawlings historic state park. marjorie kinnan rawlings bought a 72 acre orange grove at cross creek in 1928. in 1939 rawlings won the pulitzer prize for her novel "the yearling". in 1946 the yearling was made into a movie and rawlings became nationally famous. today you can tour rawlings' home and farm. the...more
payne's prairie state preserve is located 10 miles south of gainesville on US441. the state preserve offers hiking, canoeing, camping, and a boat ramp on lake wauberg. the prairie is a large marsh where you can see alligators, bison, wild horses and numerious bird species. the state preserve is an excellent place for viewing florida wildlife.more
located 4 miles west of newberry on SR26 is dudley farm historic state park. the park has numerous period buildings which demonstrate the evolution of florida farming from the 1850's to the 1940's. dudley farm is an authentic working farm and you can see planting and harvesting crops depending on the time of the year. also on the walking trail...more
My dog's daycare facility is going to be open during football games this fall. We are super excited that we can go to the games and not worry about him home alone (or for you travelers, in a hotel) for long hours. Camp Marlin is a great place to bring your dog - its worry free and a lot of fun for your pup!more
There are so many different things to do in Gainesville that it's hard to say what you 'must' do. It depends on what you like. There are three very nice and very different nature parks, two good museums, many interesting shops and restaurants, a thriving local music scene, art galleries and fine local theater, and the beautiful UF campus to...more
Gainesville is the coolest town I've ever seen. A real collage town, all young people, many nice bars and places to go.The first time I vistited Gainesville during a Football-Game Florida Gators vs. Miami Dolphins. Everybody went crazy, many people had their BBQ and TV's at the side of the road.The second time was much calmer but still very...more
Most people that visit Gainesville do so either to visit a student at the University of Florida, watch a Gator football game or visit the excellent Sands Hospital. Well Gennie Spring is worth a visit. You can float down the river in perfectly chilled water. Floats can be rented at the dive shop. Camping faciliteis are also in the grounds. Gennie is...more