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Heather’s Local Guidebook!

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Heather’s Local Guidebook!

Sightseeing-Parks and Springs!
We are surrounded by natural wonders.
Get out on the Prairie and see tons of wildlife; including wild horses, gators, and so many birds!
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La Chua Trailhead
4270 SE 15th St
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Get out on the Prairie and see tons of wildlife; including wild horses, gators, and so many birds!
Amazing place to walk, bike, or learn some history. Wild horses, bison, and of course there are lots of gators to see! This is the largest concentration of alligators in the world! There is a walking trail, boardwalk, and a 17 mile bike trail.
Paynes Prairie Preserve North Entrance
4801 Camp Ranch Rd
Amazing place to walk, bike, or learn some history. Wild horses, bison, and of course there are lots of gators to see! This is the largest concentration of alligators in the world! There is a walking trail, boardwalk, and a 17 mile bike trail.
The reason Univ. of FL settled here was this great water source. Beautiful scenery, picnic area, historic waterworks building, and posted no swimming but if you are brave enough, as the locals say: "a quick dip!"
Boulware Springs Park
3300 SE 15th St
The reason Univ. of FL settled here was this great water source. Beautiful scenery, picnic area, historic waterworks building, and posted no swimming but if you are brave enough, as the locals say: "a quick dip!"
Make sure to bring your bike or skates for this amazing 17 mile trail along the old railroad to Hawthorne!
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Make sure to bring your bike or skates for this amazing 17 mile trail along the old railroad to Hawthorne!
Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it's a way to protect our environment. The park, which consists of more than 125 acres of wetlands and ponds, was created to improve the water quality of wetlands in Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer. Now a thriving habitat, Sweetwater Wetlands Park is filled with vast numbers of plants and animals, including birds, butterflies, alligators and Florida cracker horses.
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Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SE Williston Rd
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Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it's a way to protect our environment. The park, which consists of more than 125 acres of wetlands and ponds, was created to improve the water quality of wetlands in Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer. Now a thriving habitat, Sweetwater Wetlands Park is filled with vast numbers of plants and animals, including birds, butterflies, alligators and Florida cracker horses.
Protecting 125 acres of watershed along Sweetwater Branch, Sweetwater Preserve is broken into two distinct parts by this waterway flowing out of downtown Gainesville. On its west side, a trailhead off Williston Rd – just north of Sweetwater Wetlands Park – provides mountain bikers singletrack in the deeply shaded forest along the creek. On its east side, it’s a different world. A 1.2-mile loop trail inside the preserve enables hikers to explore eight different habitats along the forested bluffs above Paynes Prairie. The hiking trail on the east can only be accessed off the Depot Park Connector bike path north of the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail terminus at Boulware Springs.
Sweetwater Preserve
309 SE 16th Ave
Protecting 125 acres of watershed along Sweetwater Branch, Sweetwater Preserve is broken into two distinct parts by this waterway flowing out of downtown Gainesville. On its west side, a trailhead off Williston Rd – just north of Sweetwater Wetlands Park – provides mountain bikers singletrack in the deeply shaded forest along the creek. On its east side, it’s a different world. A 1.2-mile loop trail inside the preserve enables hikers to explore eight different habitats along the forested bluffs above Paynes Prairie. The hiking trail on the east can only be accessed off the Depot Park Connector bike path north of the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail terminus at Boulware Springs.
A great place to walk through nature, enjoy a city park on skates, museum, play ground, splash pad, grab a bite at the general store and deli, pop-up local markets, or have a drink at the Box Car. Many events happen such as concerts, history days, and fireworks!
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디포 공원
100 SE Depot Ave
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A great place to walk through nature, enjoy a city park on skates, museum, play ground, splash pad, grab a bite at the general store and deli, pop-up local markets, or have a drink at the Box Car. Many events happen such as concerts, history days, and fireworks!
Best spot for fishing in town!
Newnans Lake Boat Ramp
5906 Southeast Hawthorne Road
Best spot for fishing in town!
Best quick walk and chance to see horses and bison through the year.
Bolen Bluff Trail
Best quick walk and chance to see horses and bison through the year.
Right on the side of US 441, a beautiful way to see the vastness that is Paynes Prairie!
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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Observation Platform
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Right on the side of US 441, a beautiful way to see the vastness that is Paynes Prairie!
Beautiful historic little town 20 min away, with a ton of charm. Little ice cream and coffee shops, lots of antiquing, cultural history/museums, and the main entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve. Right off the interstate and US 441, make sure to hit this up on your way in to or out of town!
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Micanopy
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Beautiful historic little town 20 min away, with a ton of charm. Little ice cream and coffee shops, lots of antiquing, cultural history/museums, and the main entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve. Right off the interstate and US 441, make sure to hit this up on your way in to or out of town!
Oldest city in the USA! 1.5 hours away. Amazing walking town, fun museums, great attractions like the Alligator Farm, Forts, Fountain of Youth, and many other unique attractions!
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St. Augustine
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Oldest city in the USA! 1.5 hours away. Amazing walking town, fun museums, great attractions like the Alligator Farm, Forts, Fountain of Youth, and many other unique attractions!
Gorgeous beaches, dog friendly, state park, city park, walk to amazing seafood restaurants and great scenery! 1.5 hours away.
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St. Augustine Beach
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Gorgeous beaches, dog friendly, state park, city park, walk to amazing seafood restaurants and great scenery! 1.5 hours away.
Hub of 4 different "first-magnitude" natural springs, 0.5 his away. These are amazing and beautiful, swimable, and a blast to hang out at. Grab a bite to eat in town, or you can even head north to the river for tubing!
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High Springs
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Hub of 4 different "first-magnitude" natural springs, 0.5 his away. These are amazing and beautiful, swimable, and a blast to hang out at. Grab a bite to eat in town, or you can even head north to the river for tubing!
Amazing place to cut loose and have some fun, but make sure to get there early as the place fills up! 0.75 hours away!
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기니 스프링스 아웃도어스, LLC
7300 Ginnie Springs Road
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Amazing place to cut loose and have some fun, but make sure to get there early as the place fills up! 0.75 hours away!
Great free and local spot along the Santa Fe River. Has fun spring and boat launch, loads of places to picnic, 0.75 hours away.
Rum Island
Great free and local spot along the Santa Fe River. Has fun spring and boat launch, loads of places to picnic, 0.75 hours away.
Best park, use to be private but is now a state park. easy access to and from the river, camping, day fun, rentals, great spot,0.75 hours away.
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Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
7450 Northeast 60th Street
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Best park, use to be private but is now a state park. easy access to and from the river, camping, day fun, rentals, great spot,0.75 hours away.
Local FREE springs, great for a picnic and lazy days along the river 0.75 hours away.
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Poe Springs Park
28800 Northwest 182nd Avenue
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Local FREE springs, great for a picnic and lazy days along the river 0.75 hours away.
An amazing crystal clear river fed by dozens of springs 1 hour away, tubes, kayak, and float down this at the 4 or 6 hour start points. Get there early to ensure a tube!
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park- Southern Entrance
12087 Southwest U.S.Highway 27
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An amazing crystal clear river fed by dozens of springs 1 hour away, tubes, kayak, and float down this at the 4 or 6 hour start points. Get there early to ensure a tube!
Amazing place to visit 0.5 hours away!
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Devil's Den Prehistoric Spring
5390 NE 180 Ave
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Amazing place to visit 0.5 hours away!
Another beautiful way to enjoy the nature of Florida 1 hour away, from canoe or floats, swimming or just sightseeing, it's gorgeous crystal clear waters of the Rainbow River.
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Rainbow Springs
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Another beautiful way to enjoy the nature of Florida 1 hour away, from canoe or floats, swimming or just sightseeing, it's gorgeous crystal clear waters of the Rainbow River.
Once a hotspot for local activity, it is now closed for repairs, but a cool historical hang out.
Magnesia Springs
Once a hotspot for local activity, it is now closed for repairs, but a cool historical hang out.
Very cool spot, once private is now state park, water park, glass bottom boats, river, concerts, wild monkeys, fun place 1 hour away!
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Silver Springs State Park
5656 E Silver Springs Blvd
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Very cool spot, once private is now state park, water park, glass bottom boats, river, concerts, wild monkeys, fun place 1 hour away!
Beautiful and in the Ocala National Forest 1.25 hours away, this is also a historic site build around a mill will old water wheel and nice boardwalk trails.
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Juniper Springs
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Beautiful and in the Ocala National Forest 1.25 hours away, this is also a historic site build around a mill will old water wheel and nice boardwalk trails.
Amazing place on the edge of Ocala National Forest 1.5 hours away.
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Alexander Springs
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Amazing place on the edge of Ocala National Forest 1.5 hours away.
Great place to chill and have fun! 1.25 hours away.
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Silver Glen Springs
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Great place to chill and have fun! 1.25 hours away.
Beautiful location for recreation at a park. 1.5 hours away.
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Three Sisters Spring
939 SE 3rd Ave
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Beautiful location for recreation at a park. 1.5 hours away.
Amazing location for sightseeing the Florida wild, by boat or kayak is best. 1.25 hours away, and amazing. Manatees and loads of fish!
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Kings Bay
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Amazing location for sightseeing the Florida wild, by boat or kayak is best. 1.25 hours away, and amazing. Manatees and loads of fish!
Historical location with RV and camp sights. Very secluded with small spring and on the river 1.5 hours away.
Convict Spring
Historical location with RV and camp sights. Very secluded with small spring and on the river 1.5 hours away.
Great spot 1 hour away
Fanning Springs
Great spot 1 hour away
Great place 1.25 hours away and manatees in the WINTER!!!
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Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115 St
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Great place 1.25 hours away and manatees in the WINTER!!!
Amazing place 1.5 hours away
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Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
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Amazing place 1.5 hours away
Great views about 2 hours away
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Green Springs Park
994 Enterprise Osteen Road
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Great views about 2 hours away
beautiful springs 2 hours away
록 스프링스 룬
beautiful springs 2 hours away
Food scene
Local brewery next door to the Depot Park, accessible from the Hawthorne Bike Trail. Always an event, band, game, or trivia. Locals fav!
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First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 Southeast Veitch Street
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Local brewery next door to the Depot Park, accessible from the Hawthorne Bike Trail. Always an event, band, game, or trivia. Locals fav!
The best Mexican in town!
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La Tienda
2204 Southwest 13th Street
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The best Mexican in town!
Amazing atmosphere and always something going on. Locals LOVE this place.
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Satchel's Pizza
1800 Northeast 23rd Avenue
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Amazing atmosphere and always something going on. Locals LOVE this place.
The best food in town. Amazing atmosphere for a night on the town, or a Sunday brunch. Full kitchen and Full bar. Archade games, back porch for pool, just the Top!
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The Top
30 North Main Street
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The best food in town. Amazing atmosphere for a night on the town, or a Sunday brunch. Full kitchen and Full bar. Archade games, back porch for pool, just the Top!
Great general store at Depot Park, local coffee, fresh food, and beer and wine selections, not to mention all the sodas!
Pop-a-Top: General Store
201 SE Depot Ave
Great general store at Depot Park, local coffee, fresh food, and beer and wine selections, not to mention all the sodas!
Downtown is a great spot for drink, food, and fun. At the corner of University Ave and Main St, there are loads of restaurants and pubs, there is also the theater and Bo Diddley Plaza for lots of entertainment. Park and enjoy a walk through our cute downtown area! Midtown has more of the college vibe if you want to head west on University Ave.
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Gainesville
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Downtown is a great spot for drink, food, and fun. At the corner of University Ave and Main St, there are loads of restaurants and pubs, there is also the theater and Bo Diddley Plaza for lots of entertainment. Park and enjoy a walk through our cute downtown area! Midtown has more of the college vibe if you want to head west on University Ave.
Great place to grab a quick pizza and a beer and enjoy Depot Park!
Boxcar Beer and Wine Garden
201 SE Depot Ave
Great place to grab a quick pizza and a beer and enjoy Depot Park!
THE BEST BBQ in town, not to mention all the whiskeys!
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MOJO Hogtown Bar-B-Que, Smoked Meats Whiskey Bar
12 SE 2nd Ave
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THE BEST BBQ in town, not to mention all the whiskeys!
Great food and atmosphere, just like you are on the bayou.
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Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille
110 Southeast 1st Street
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Great food and atmosphere, just like you are on the bayou.
Amazing food and hip atmosphere, inside or out, at the sushi bar or a table.
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Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company
201 Southeast 2nd Avenue
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Amazing food and hip atmosphere, inside or out, at the sushi bar or a table.
Great brunch, awesome tacos, and drinks, and the back patio is a whole other experience with trivia, pop up markets, karaoke, drinks, and dancing!
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Boca Fiesta
232 Southeast 1 Street
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Great brunch, awesome tacos, and drinks, and the back patio is a whole other experience with trivia, pop up markets, karaoke, drinks, and dancing!
This is in the middle of the downtown food hub! Tons of great food and coffee here all within a block! Awesome spot to grab a bite and see local flair!
Dick Mondell's Burgers & Fries
412 SW 4th Ave
This is in the middle of the downtown food hub! Tons of great food and coffee here all within a block! Awesome spot to grab a bite and see local flair!
IHOP
3625 SW 13th St
Waffle House
3919 Southwest 40th Boulevard
Great Thai food, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Also great view of the lake before sunset!
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Chopstix Cafe
3500 Southwest 13th Street
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Great Thai food, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Also great view of the lake before sunset!
Domino's Pizza
2106 Southwest 13th Street
Big Lou's NY Style Pizzeria
5 SE 2nd Ave
Just ask any local, this is a Must.
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Reggae Shack Cafe
619 West University Avenue
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Just ask any local, this is a Must.
Organic and vegan yogurts 😲. Made from coconut milks, who knew?!
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Karma Cream
1025 W University Ave
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Organic and vegan yogurts 😲. Made from coconut milks, who knew?!
When the light is on, you're going to have to wait in line, but OMG is it worth the wait in this historic donut shop!
Krispy Kreme
306 Northwest 13th Street
When the light is on, you're going to have to wait in line, but OMG is it worth the wait in this historic donut shop!
Neighborhoods
Quiet neighborhood built in the 70s from old historical home site on Calf Pond, use to be a cattle ranch. The original white "Cracker House" is still occupied at the front of the neighborhood. Private dirt roads along the lake with tons of wildlife and quaint neighbors.
Lakeview Estates
Quiet neighborhood built in the 70s from old historical home site on Calf Pond, use to be a cattle ranch. The original white "Cracker House" is still occupied at the front of the neighborhood. Private dirt roads along the lake with tons of wildlife and quaint neighbors.
Historic homes near downtown, and real history with the old railway and cute actual pond with ducks.
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Duckpond
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Historic homes near downtown, and real history with the old railway and cute actual pond with ducks.