Explore Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville is in Alachua County, North Central Florida. It is home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the U.S., is also located in Gainesville.

Hippodrome State Theatre offers professional theater performances in a renovated 1911 federal building that once housed a post office, courtrooms and government offices. It also offers a cinema series and a gallery with the work of local artists. The Thomas Center on Sixth Avenue, is a Mediterranean Revival-style villa built in 1907 that serves as a cultural center and features changing art exhibits, children's theater and formal gardens.

The 6,900 acre San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is 4 miles northwest on SR 232. Ranger guided weekend activities, including walks, hikes, and classes in wilderness orientation are offered October through April with reservations.

The Gainesville to Hawthorne Rail Trail, a 17 mile trail designed for walking, bicycling and horseback riding, extends from Boulware Springs, on S.E. 15th Street in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park through Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area to the town of Hawthorne.

See the sinkhole that measures 120 feet deep and 500 feet across at Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, the butterfly rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and follow the walkways around rare and unusual plants from around the world.

Shopping is available at Oaks Mall.

Major airports are in Jacksonville, about one and a half hours away, and Orlando, about two hours away.


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