The insiders guide to Gainesville Florida

If you live in Gainesville you know that the University of Florida dominates the local news and economy. But there is much more to Gainesville than UF. Gainesville is a diverse city with a diverse population, culture and economy.

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The Bat House

Visit the Bat House at dusk on the campus of the University of Florida and you can see upwards of 100,000 bats exit the bat house in a beautiful steady stream resembling a flying rainbow.

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University of Florida

The University of Florida is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive university, Florida is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities.

Gator Football Schedule

The Florida Gators have millions of fans and alumni and many of them travel to Gator football games in Gainesville. Gator Football takes over the city of Gainesville with all hotels booked and restaurants jammed.

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Gainesville Hawthorne Trail State Park is a 16 mile trail from the City of Gainesville’s Boulware Springs Park through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area. The recreational trail is designed for walking, cycling, and horseback riding. 

Gator Football

The Gator Football team is one of the most dominant teams in College football. The Gators won the National Championship in 1996, 2006, and 2008.

Satchels Pizza

Satchel’s Pizza is a unique and delicious dining experience.  Satchel’s offers amazing salads, calzones, cold beer, and some of the best pizza in the Gainesville, FL. Whether you sit inside, in the garden, or in the beat up old van out front, you are guaranteed to love the fresh made pizza served at Satchel’s.

Guatemalan Coffee in Gainesville

Get a taste of Guatemala in a local Gainesville Bagel Shop.  When Ken Rembert, owner of The Bagel Bakery, went to Guatemala on a father and son trip 3 years ago, he never anticipated how this trip would affect him and the people of Guatemala.

Millhopper Forest

Millhopper Forest is a gated community in Gainesville, FL located off of the beautiful and scenic Millhopper Road. There are about 100 homes in the community on lots that range from 1 half acre to 1 third acre.

The Baughman Meditation Center

Want to “Tie the Knot” in a pristine natural environment with the sun setting over a gorgeous lake in Gainesville, FL? Consider the Baughman Center, a unique architectural cathedral on Lake Alice in Gainesville, FL.

World Martial Arts Center

Do you want your child to be confident, focused, and have a positive “can-do” attitude? Consider the unique teaching approach of the World Martial Arts Center located in Gainesville, FL.

Devils Millhopper State Park

Devils Millhopper State Park is truly one of the most unique attractions to visit while in Gainesville, FL.  The sinkhole is over 120 feet deep and has an extensive bridge and step system that allows the visitor to truly experience what it is like to be in a rainforest. 

The Bat House

Visit the Bat House at dusk on the campus of the University of Florida and you can see upwards of 100,000 bats exit the bat house in a beautiful steady stream resembling a flying rainbow.

Dudley Farm State Park

The Dudley Farm Historic State Park is a great way to spend the day outdoors in Newberry Florida near Gainesville. The 19th century Florida farm was an authentic working farm from about 1880 to 1930 where syrup was still produced from sugar cane. The Dudley Farm is a 325 acre park with a working sugar cane shack, animals including mules, draft horses, and plymouth barred rock chickens.

Gainesville Private Schools

While Gainesville is famous for the University of Florida the public schools are about average for the State of Florida. The result is that some parents who can afford it put their children in private schools.

Student Housing at UF

As a freshman college student one of the many things you have to think about is housing. For freshman, on campus dorms are a good option as they eliminate your need for a car, cooking, and paying bills for an apartment, utilities, etc.

Underage Drinking Enforcement at UF

Like many colleges the University of Florida is cracking down on underage drinking. The school has a policy that if you are under 21 and caught drinking a letter will be sent home to your parents.

Shands Health Care

The combination of Shands Health Care and the University of Florida delivers top notch medical care to Gainesville and surrounding areas. Shands is private organization affiliated with the University of Florida.

Hippodrome State Theater

The Hippodrome State Theater presents off broadway shows and documentary films year round in Gainesville, Florida. The shows and films range from unknown to Oscar winning documentaries.