Gainesville for Nature Lovers

By Melissa Vincent Everyone knows Gainesville is the home to The University of Florida. Go Gators. But did you know it's also a nature lover's paradise? I didn't until recently, when I explored the area for the first time. Here are my top five places to visit in and around Gainesville for anyone…

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5 Things To Do Around Gainesville, FL

By Gary McKechnie Whether you’re a college student, a college parent, or a traveler who loves to explore off-the-beaten-path Florida, chances are your journeys at some point will take you to Gainesville. Pretty much in the center of the state, it’s also near five cool destinations that are easily…

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Top 6 Festivals in Gainesville

By Carrie McLaren Arts, crafts, great food, nature and more. That’s exactly what you’ll find at one of Gainesville’s many festivals. Located right off Interstate 75, Gainesville offers events for all interests. And, while you’re there, take a stroll through the University of Florida campus…

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Meditative Moments in Gator Country

Relax and unwind in the Gainesville area at gardens, parks, a museum and a spa. Amid the hustle and bustle of a University town quiet escapes from The Swamp are necessary for a sense of balance. Around Gainesville and Alachua County it's not hard – or expensive – to capture those stress-relieving…

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Gainesville and Fort White

By VISIT FLORIDA staff Explore Gainesville and Fort White in this driving tour. Heritage Highlights Before heading to Gainesville, head 50 miles west to Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, on U.S. 90. Designated as Florida's first state park, this site is listed on the National Register of…

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Biking at Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park

Want to take a spin through some of the best scenery in the Gainesville area? A bike ride at Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park is where it's at. Sixteen miles of paved pathway meanders through Gainesville's Boulware Springs Park Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and Lochloosa Wildlife…

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