Adventure and Culture in and around Gainesville, Fla.

The Gainesville area promises adventure, activities and fun that include visiting a park where wild horses roam, tubing down a spring-fed river, and discovering museums designed to ignite the imagination. Read on to learn about some of this destination’s offerings…

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Shopping the Oaks Mall in Gainesville

By Janet K. Keeler Need proof that you’re shopping in Gator Nation as you head into the Oaks Mall in Gainesville? Snap a selfie with the menacing alligator statue standing guard on its hind legs near Belk. The big boy is a reminder of what this town is all about. And there are more reptiles. The…

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Live Music Venues in Gainesville

By Greg Hamilton Gainesville has a loud and proud romance with live music. Rock n Roll Hall of Famers Tom Petty, Stephen Stills and Don Felder (of the Eagles) called the place home at various times. Sister Hazel, ska-punkers Less than Jake, even the soulful Minnie Riperton did, too. With the…

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Off the Beaten Path from Gainesville: Suwannee County, Fla

By Gary McKechnie Survey a hundred people and odds are most would agree no Florida county has a more delightful name than Suwannee County. On every bridge spanning its famous waterway, a “Welcome to Suwannee County” sign features a staff emblazoned with the distinct opening notes of Stephen…

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Florida Beer Pairings: Swamp Head Brewery and Gainesville

You’ve heard of beer and food pairings, but how about beer paired with authentic Florida experiences? Join us as we explore the state through the flavors of Florida’s craft beer culture. By Stephen Kubiak Since 2008, Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville has put a little bit of Florida into all they…

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Not Just Gators Country

By Rayme Samuels Discover the culture that permeates the college town of Gainesville. Gainesville – this Central Florida university town is more than Gator Country. What many don’t realize is that a trip to this part of our state can be a culturally rich experience. From amazing museums to…

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A Guide to Gainesville's Attractions: Outdoors, Culture & Food

There are plenty of Gainesville attractions in addition to the Gators game – butterflies, bison and bats; galleries and museums; a piano bar and perhaps the world's oddest pizza joint. College football in Gainesville doesn’t get much better than the University of Florida Gators on the field in the…

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A Day in Gainesville with Exotic Animals, Butterflies and Pizza

A day trip in Gainesville, including stops at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Butterfly Rainforest and Satchel’s Pizza, will sate both your soul and your belly. The white-handed gibbons get your attention first. Still in the parking lot, you can hear the cheerful, high-pitched whooping that…

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Weekend in Gainesville: Music, Food and Fun

By Dave Heller If you have a few days to spend in Gainesville, Dave Heller walks you through a few good ways to spend your time. Eat at a few of the locals' favorite spots, visit a few landmarks and soak in the Florida culture…

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