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100 Things to Do in Greater Gainesville

100 Things to Do in Greater Gainesville

1 Grab a coffee from Karma Cream in the Innovation District.

2 Head to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park to enjoy nature & a great workout

3 Indulge in a delicious cupcake at Patticakes in the Tioga Town Center

4 Sway and sing to “We are the Boys from Old Florida” at a UF football game

5 Watch the bats fly out from the UF Bat House at sunset

6 Take a tour of the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

7 Dive off of one of Westside Park’s high diving boards

8 Explore the woods and pathways around Lake Alice

9 Master rock climbing at the Gainesville Rock Gym

10 Meditate at the Baughman Center

11 Enjoy a Saturday night film on the green at the Town of Tioga

12 Go hunting for antiques in Micanopy

13 Paint the 34th Street wall

14 Have a beer at Swamp Head Brewery

15 Grab a croissant at Uppercrust Productions in The Gainesville Marketplace.

16 Run stadiums at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

17 Go paddle boating at Lake Wauburg

18 Take a picture with Albert and Alberta outside of the Emerson Alumni Hall

19 See a show at The Hippodrome

20 Visit Dudley Farms and experience the evolution of Florida farming

21 Explore the live butterfly exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History

22 Embrace your patriotic spirit and celebrate our nation’s independence at “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America” in the City of Alachua

23 Pick up some fresh produce at the Union Street Farmers Market on a Wednesday evening

24 Grab a unique cocktail from one of Sidecar’s mixologists

25 Visit Tipple’s Brews and fill up a growler of any of their specialty beers

26 Star gaze at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium

27 Take your dog for a walk at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

28 Join the Rowdy Reptiles for a men’s or women’s University of Florida basketball game

29 Take a tour of the Thomas Center

30 Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Newnan’s Lake

31 Take photographs of alligators, buffalo, wild horses and more as you stroll along Paynes Prairie

32 Bicycle from Gainesville to Hawthorne on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail

33 Take in Monet’s Champ d’avoine at the Harn Museum of Art

34 Visit the site where parts of the film “Doc Hollywood” was filmed in Micanopy

35 Tour Innovation Square to gain inspiration from Gainesville’s young entrepreneurs

36 Search for shark teeth in Hogtown Creek at Alfred A. Ring Park.

37 Take in a free show at Bo Diddley Community Plaza on “First Fridays”

38 Grab your skateboard and take your chances at Possum Creek Skate Park

39 Enjoy an evening of food truck cuisine at the 4th Avenue Food Park

40 Sit outside at a rooftop bar and sip a cocktail while people watching in midtown Gainesville at The Social

41 Take a leisurely stroll around the historic University of Florida campus

42 Explore the Cade Museum

43 Dive into visibility and experience “the world’s favorite freshwater dive” where the clear-water and startling natural beauty entranced Jacques Cousteau at Ginnie Springs

44 Go scuba diving or snorkeling at the Devil’s Den in Williston, one of America’s most historic places

45 Visit the homestead of “The Yearling” author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

46 Check out the rare book sections of George A. Smathers Library

47 Catch a local band playing at Heartwood Soundstage

48 Try your hardest not to scream at the Newberry Cornfield Halloween Maze

49 Take a shot at drag racing at the Gainesville Raceway

50 Enjoy a local theatre performance at the Gainesville Community Playhouse

51 Enjoy a homemade chocolate delight from Thornebrook Chocolates

52 Spend Saturday morning exploring the Haile Village Farmers Market



53 Get in line early for one of Halo Donuts creative, delicious sweet treats.

54 Enjoy an afternoon of archery lessons at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex

55 Scour for some great thrift finds at Plato’s Closet, Sandy’s Savvy Chic Resale Boutique and Urban Thread

56 Stroll through the historic Duckpond area of downtown Gainesville

57 Channel your inner rocker at the annual “Fest” music festival downtown

58 Visit Santa Fe College’s main campus and explore the Rock Cycle Garden

59 Take in “The Nutcracker” each holiday season at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

60 Pick up some local art at the annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival

61 Escape to Paris and enjoy a Croque Monsieur at Alpin Bistro

62 Head out to Roger’s Farm for some fresh strawberry picking

63 Channel your inner UF student and hit the town with Gator Stompin’

64 Go tubing on the Ichetucknee River

65 Spend an afternoon at the Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm

66 Eat lunch with the Hare Krishnas at the Plaza of the Americas

67 Rent a canoe and spend the day exploring the Santa Fe River

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68 Get your morning workout on at the San Felasco Park trails

69 Top off an evening with a maple bacon cookie from Midnight Cookies

70 Delight in delicious sushi downtown at Dragonfly

71 Take your children to play at Depot Park

72 Spend a Friday night cheering on the Gator baseball team at the new state-of-the-art Alfred A. McKethan Field at Florida Ballpark.

73 Indulge in a late night Cuban sandwich at Flaco’s Cuban Bakery

74 Watch a movie in a recliner with a glass of wine at the Regal Cinemas 10 & RPX at Celebration Pointe

75 Take a scenic drive down the beautiful Millhopper Road

76 Explore Carson Springs, a non-profit animal rescue with over 75 animals from 28 different species

77 Visit the almost hidden gardens on the University of Florida campus

78 Challenge the locals to a friendly game of one-on-one at Westside Park’s outdoor basketball courts

79 Enjoy homemade local ice cream at Sweet Dreams

80 Take in “A Tuna Christmas” at the Hippodrome — a local holiday favorite

81 Take the day to relax and shop your heart out at Down to Earth Boutique

82 Put on your Renaissance best and join the crowds at the annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

83 Take in a show from Gainesville’s own Gainesville Chamber Orchestra

84 Browse the streets of downtown Gainesville each November at Gainesville’s Annual Downtown Festival and Arts Show

85 Relax and unwind with a zero gravity pedicure at Spa Royale

86 Indulge in the ultimate bread and breakfast experience at Sweetwater Branch Inn

87 Explore the Historic Haile Homestead, incorporated in 1854

88 Enjoy a delicious pizza from Blue Highway Pizzeria in Tioga

89 Visit Bluefield Estate Winery and enjoy a local wine tasting

90 Walk around the botanical gardens at Cedar Lakes Woods in Williston

91 Visit the site of the Battle of Gainesville at the Matheson Museum

92 Jog along the Solar Walk on NW 8th Street

93 Spend the afternoon sampling over 300 local, regional and national beers at the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival

94 Fill up on dinner rolls before you get your meal at Millhopper Leaonardo’s

95 Pound a Gatorade, the original drink of the Florida Gators athletic teams, as you catch a weekend track meet at the James G. Pressly Stadium

96 Attend the Duck Pond Lighting in December at the North Florida Regional Medical Center

97 Channel your inner college student and do a Midtown Pub Crawl

98 Enjoy an evening of painting and great wine at Painting with a Twist

99 Sign up for a Gainesville Health & Fitness class for the ultimate total body workout

100 View world-class UF gymnastics team Friday evenings throughout the fall



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