Gainesville Travel Guide

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Gainesville Things to Do

  • Bo Diddley Plaza Concerts - FREE

    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...

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  • Main Street Artscape Project

    Gainesville has a Main Street Artscape Project that places pieces of art at various locations around the downtown area like this sculpture named "Moving Through Me" by Evan Galbicka.

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  • Veterans Memorials

    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

    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

    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

    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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Gainesville Restaurants

  • Fast Food/Casual Restaurant

    Moe's seems to be kind of a fusion of fast food and a casual restaurant serving Tex-Mex food. Okay but I would prefer a restaurant like Pepper's or plain fast food like Taco Bell. Okay I guess.

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  • Good Food, Bad Service

    Perkins. $13 as of January 2015. Perkin's is a restaurant/bakery chain. The decor is fairly nice and the atmosphere family related and informal. My food was quite good but my waitress, Melissa, was not. Knocked this review down from a 4 to a 3. Open 24 hours a day. Chicken Noodle Soup and Chicken Pot Pie.

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  • Great Mexican Food

    Pepper's Mexican Grill. $12 as of January 2015. This places looked pretty good on the outside and has very nice murals and decor on the inside. My waiter was good too. Serves a wide variety of very good Mexican food. My shrimp was good and spicy. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM Monday through Thursday, 11 AM to 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday and 11 AM to 9...

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Gainesville Nightlife

  • Good Margaritas!

    Pepper's Mexican Grill. $7 as of January 2015. This place serves food and has a full bar with two big screens set to sports channels. Good Margarita. Casual is fine.

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  • As you would expect in a...

    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....

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  • Cluck-U Chicken

    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...

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Gainesville Transportation

  • Gainesville is the most...

    Gainesville is the most bike-friendly city in Florida. I didn't have a car in college but it didn't bother me much. The bus system isn't great compared to cities in other regions, but it's one of the best in the state.

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  • The I-75 runs rigth through...

    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...

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  • Gainesville Hotels

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Gainesville Local Customs

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    by Basaic Written Jan 14, 2015

    Since Gainesville is a college town there are frequently festivals, fairs and other special activities going on. When I was here they were having a car show. Some nice cars and it was free. The show was on the university campus.

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Gainesville Warnings and Dangers

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    gainesville is a very safe place to visit for the tourist. gainesville does have some crime area that you should avoid. seach gainesville on the attached web site for area crime statstics.

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  • Lovebug Season

    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...

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  • Safety in Gainesville

    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...

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Gainesville Tourist Traps

  • by letaluu Written Jul 20, 2009

    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.

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Gainesville What to Pack

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    by KARLPORTER56 Updated Feb 14, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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..

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Gainesville Off The Beaten Path

  • cross creek

    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...

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  • payne's prairie state preserve

    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.

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  • dudley farm historic park

    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...

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Gainesville Sports & Outdoors

  • Your dog can enjoy football gamedays too

    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!

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  • Go Gators!

    Whether or not the Gators are playing, a stop at the Swamp is a must. The gates are open most days and you can usually see a handful of students running the stadium steps, studying, or just working on a tan. You're not supposed to play on the grass, but it's fun to do, anyways...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Gainesville Favorites

  • A Great College Town

    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...

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  • A Cool Collage-Town

    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...

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  • Most people that visit...

    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...

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