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Waldo

Waldo

City Website: waldo-fl.com
Population: 1,030

City Hall Address: 14655 Kennard St., Waldo, FL 32694

Mayor: Louie Davis
Contact: (352) 468-1001

In a place where trains hustled in and out of the station and a sense of rush was always in the air, the town of Waldo now remains a calm, quiet town just north of Gainesville. Founded in 1820, Waldo is one of the oldest towns in Alachua County. In its prime, Waldo was home to swanky hotels, the El Toney cigar factory, an opera house and two theaters. Nowadays, mementos from the past still sit in some parts of town.

Two adjacent businesses attract visitors to Waldo – the Waldo Flea Market and Waldo’s Antique Village. The antique village, owned by Rosanna and Carl Smith, accommodates 65 vendors. Many visitors from Central Florida come to spend a day hunting for the perfect antique. Today, the old red caboose in Waldo’s city park is the biggest symbol of the past. The caboose is a reminder that Waldo is a great place to live and raise a family. Its proximity to other places in Alachua County attracts newcomers who prefer to live quietly on the outskirts while working in a big town.

Waldo is located on U.S. 301 and at the northern end of the Alachua County.

Restaurants

Classic Cafe

Location: 17500 NW US Hwy 301
Waldo, FL 32694
Phone: (352) 468-3214
Cuisine: American breakfast, lunch & dinner

El Molino Mexican Restaurant

Location: 14985 NW US Hwy 301
Waldo, FL 32694
Phone: (352) 468-1300
Cuisine: Family-friendly Mexican cuisine with all-you-can-eat tacos on Tuesdays/Wednesdays

Randy’s Rib Shack

Location:14805 Waldo Rd.
Waldo, FL 32694
Phone: (352) 468-1345
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Barbecue

Shopping Centers

Waldo Farmers and Flea Market, The Old-Fashioned Flea Market

Location: 17805 US Hwy 301
Waldo, FL 32694
Phone: (352) 468-2255
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Flea Market open Saturday/Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Antique Mall open Saturday/Sunday:9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Description: 20,000-square-foot mall with a huge selection of items ranging from jewelry to knick-knacks

See Also

Activities

Dixieland Music and RV Park

17500 NE US Hwy 301
Waldo, FL 32694
Phone: (352) 468-3988

M2 Battlesports Tactical Outdoor Laser Tag

Location: Waldo Farmers and Flea Market
Hours: Open Fridays only

The Old Red Caboose – on display in the city park

14705 NE Waldo Rd.
Waldo, FL 32694
Tours by appointment: Please call (352) 468-1910
Description: The symbol of the town’s history. Currently being used as the Waldo Historical Railroad Museum, sponsored by Waldo Area Historical Society

Waldo Motorsports

16258 NE US Hwy 301
Waldo, FL 32694
Phone: (352) 284-4280

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