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Top 100 Things to do in Alachua County

Top 100 Things to do in Alachua County

1. Grab a drink from Bay Island Coffee Co., the drive-thru coffee shop
2. Head to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park to enjoy nature & a great workout
3. Join more than 100,000 attendees each year at the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival
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. Attend Greater Gainesville’s Culinary Event of the Year, Taste of Gainesville
9. Master boxing and strength training in the Sweat Box at Sweat Life Fitness
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
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. Catch a Sister Hazel show at one of the many local concert venues
23. Pick up some fresh produce at the Union Street Farmers Market on a Wednesday evening
24. Devour a pizza in the Volkswagen at Satchel’s
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 the only Monet in Gainesville at The Harn Museum
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. Get out your driver and head to West End Golf Course for some evening fun
37. Take in a free show at Bo Diddley Downtown Center 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 Friday night food truck rallies at Cymplify
40. Attend “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America” at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex for the Fourth of July.
41. Take a leisurely stroll around the historic University of Florida campus
42. Explore the Cade Museum
43. Go tubing at Ginnie Springs
44. Tailgate before a University of Florida football game at The Swamp Restaurant
45. Visit the homestead of “The Yearling” author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
46. Check out the rare book sections of George A. Smathers Library
47. Tackle the Swamp Dash & Bash Run each April at Rembert Farms
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. Eat Saturday morning breakfast at Sisters in Haile Plantation and then explore the Haile Village Farmers Market
53. Get muddy for a great cause at the annual Swamp Dash and Bash at Windy Hill Farms
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. Enjoy some of the sweetest melon at the Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival
61. Delight in the Iron Chef competition at the yearly Taste of Gainesville charity event
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
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 one of the many O2B Kids centers
72. Spend a Friday night cheering on the Gator baseball team at the McKethan Stadium
73. Indulge in a late night Cuban sandwich at Flaco’s Cuban Bakery
74. Bring a group to Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar downtown
75. Take a scenic drive down the beautiful NW 53rd Avenue
76. Purchase a corduroy bean bag chair at Gainesville’s CordaRoy’s
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. Stock up on $1 books at the Friends of the Library book sale
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. Partake in Gainesville’s love for barbecue at Adam’s Rib Co.
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 walk around Tioga at night and cap it off with tapas at Sabore
89. Visit Bluefield Estate Winery and enjoy a local wine tasting
90. Take in the Thomas Center Galleries at the Thomas Center
91. Visit the site of the Battle of Gainesville at the Matheson Museum
92. Jog along the Solar Walk on NW 8th Street
93. Go for a morning 5K and then spend the afternoon drinking local beer at the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival at Kanapaha Gardens
94. Fill up on dinner rolls before you get your meal at Piesanos
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 Corks & Colors
99. Sign up for a Body by Boris class for the ultimate total body workout
100. View world-class UF gymnastics team Friday evenings throughout the fall

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