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First and foremost, Gainesville is a College Town. The heart of this north central Florida city is the University of Florida, and this is most definitely Gator country. UF was established in 1853 and is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university. The city of Gainesville oozes orange and blue, from bumper stickers to yard signs to T-shirts to flags. The Florida Gators are part of NCAA Division I and the athletic program is considered one of the best in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Florida Gators football team has won eight SEC Championships. They play at the Swamp – aka, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, and have since 1930.
And if you don’t believe that Gainesville is Gator country, just attend a football game – the Swamp is the twelfth-largest college football stadium in the nation with a seating capacity of 88,000. A home game for the Gators regularly exceeds 90,000.
Of course, there’s more to Gainesville than their beloved Gators – a historic downtown, beautiful lakes, great parks – but when you are out enjoying all that this dynamic Florida city has to offer, you’ll be wearing orange and blue (even if you aren’t a college student). Here’s what you can expect when you rent an apartment in Gainesville.
Things to Do in Gainesville:
If it’s football season, then you know what to do – tailgate, cheer, repeat.
So what about the rest of the year? Well, there’s Gator basketball, baseball, soccer … and when you aren’t cheering at a sporting event, you might find yourself in Gainesville’s other favorite location: the historic downtown.
Downtown Gainesville is chock-full of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, art galleries, bookstores, music venues, and terrific events. The Downtown Farmer’s Market features more than 60 vendors and is held weekly at Bo Diddley Community Plaza. This year-round farmer’s market includes produce from local farmers as well as items from local artisans and live music.
For theater productions and special events, check out what’s happening at the Hippodrome! “The Hipp” is the go-to fine arts venue for the entire Gainesville area, attracting thousands to downtown with its plays, film screenings, art exhibitions, special events, and festivals.
To experience natural Florida, spend some time at Ichetucknee Springs State Park! Here, you’ll find shady hammocks and wetlands along a six-mile stretch of the Ichetucknee River. Popular park activities include tubing, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, birding and wildlife viewing, and picnicking. The crystal-clear, aquamarine springs are an amazing sight – so much so that it has been called “the most beautiful landscape in the world.”
Enjoy horseback riding, hiking, off-road bicycling, or just nature-watching at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, one of Florida’s few remaining mature forests. This park features limestone outcrops and hardwood trees, as well as bobcats, gray foxes, white-tailed deer, turkeys, and songbirds.
Speaking of bicycling, take advantage of the Florida sunshine and get peddling along the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail! This state park protects a 16-mile former railroad line turned paved bicycling path. Runners, hikers, and skaters also enjoy the path. A grassy pathway is also available for horseback riding.
After selecting your apartment in Gainesville, there’s another don’t-miss park you have to see to fully appreciate. Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a 120-foot-deep, bowl-shaped cavity with a twisting, winding staircase surrounded by wild beauty. Small streams meander toward the bottom, disappearing into crevices in the ground. This is a National Natural Landmark and is considered a significant geological formation. Researchers have found a wealth of information about Florida’s natural history in this miniature rain forest, from fossil shark teeth, fossilized land animals, marine shells, and more.
While UF gets most of the attention, it isn’t the only higher-learning institution in Gainesville. Santa Fe College, named one of the nation’s top 10 community colleges by Aspen Institute, is also located here. Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is the country’s only zookeeper training facility. The zoo, which offers guided tours led by zookeepers, has more than 200 animals and is located on the college’s west side.
If you’re looking for something different to do on the weekend, visit Haile Plantation House. This historic site and museum features a plantation home built in 1856. The house still features writing on the walls, left by the family. The house was once part of a 1,500-acre cotton plantation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Florida Museum of Natural History was founded in 1891 and was relocated to the UF campus in 1906. This is Florida’s official state-sponsored history museum with a variety of exhibits and a research facility. Exhibits open to the public include a butterfly rainforest, the Florida Fossil Hall, a collection of paintings by Charles Knight, the South Florida People and Environments exhibit, the Mangrove Boardwalk Gallery, the Natural Habitats Center, and several others.
What to Consider When Moving to Gainesville:
Gainesville is filled with college students. If you are one, then you won’t have any trouble finding off-campus housing near UF. Look in University Heights, Golfview, and along University Avenue for apartments closest to UF.
If you aren’t a college student, you might prefer the neighborhoods of Creekwood, Rainbows East, Northeast Neighbors, or a suburban city such as Waldo, Newberry, Hawthorne, or Alachua.
Gainesville isn’t just for college students – with its low cost of living, no state income tax, and strong economy, it is also popular with families, singles, and retirees. Gainesville was once named one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes magazine and the economy is based in education, healthcare, and government.
Why Gainesville Apartments Are Hot:
Gainesville is only about two hours from Central Florida theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Studios. It is about one hour from both the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast beaches, and it is home to some stunning parks. Gainesville apartments aren’t just being snapped up by college students – with its fantastic downtown, numerous golf courses, shopping centers, terrific restaurants, and legendary music scene, Gainesville is a great destination for everyone.
- Catching a UF Gators game at “The Swamp.”
- The beauty and seven miles of nature trails at Morningside Nature Center.
- Amazing culture, such as the Florida Museum of Natural History.
- Exploring over 600 crystal-clear freshwater springs.
- An always-exciting downtown with nightlife, attractions, and historic sites.
- Warm gulf breezes, mild winters, and that famous Florida sunshine.
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