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The insiders guide to Alachua County Florida

About half way between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Alachua County is home to the University of Florida, Shands Medical Center, and the Florida Farm Bureau.

The county has a population of about 227,000 concentrated heavily in Gainesville. Alachua county is mostly rural with lush trees, and beautiful rolling hills and lakes. Alachua county is considered north Florida and has cold temperatures in the winter and hot temperatures in the summer.

Cities in Alachua County

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Alachua County Library

The Alachua County Library has 10 locations and two book mobiles that service more than 20 locations in Alachua County. Many of the libraries resources are available online.

Recycling in Alachua County

Alachua County and the cities in Alachua County provide comprehensive recycling services that range from curbside pickup to the County hazardous waste collection center and five additional rural collection centers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.