Santa Fe College SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL, April 7 & 8, 2018, in Gainesville, FL

The Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival is one of Gainesville’s largest events, attracting over 100,000 attendees statewide.  The event transforms NE First Street, in downtown, to a bustling promenade of arts, crafts, entertainment–and just plain “people watchng”.  This year is the 49th annual event, and is scheduled for April 7 and 8. In addition …

Learn About North Florida’s Flora and Fauna At Gainesville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Whether Gainesville is your Natural North Florida destination or if you’re just passing through on I-75, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  It’s located about a mile west of the Archer Road exit (SR24) on the expressway. Named for Lake Kanapaha (Timicuan tramslation: palmetto leaf and house, referring to the typical Timicua …

Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center–Take A Walk In Our Woods

With over 7 miles of trails and one of the last-remaining examples of a fire-dependent longleaf pine forest, Morningside Nature Center is an excellent outdoor destination–within the city limits of Natural North Florida’s largest city.  The largest of Gainesville’s nature parks, Morningside covers 278 acres and is easily accessed from East University Avenue and SR20. …

Gainesville’s Best—2018 Festival Schedule—Save The Dates!

Gainesville is home to festivals of all kinds.  They range from “medieval faires” to “punk rock” music events to curated art shows.  Each year, thousands of visitors come to this North Florida college town to enjoy food, art and just to have a great time.  In 2018, there are events planned almost any month.  Here’s …

See Gainesville’s Butterfly Rainforest–And Be Swept Away By Beautiful Creatures

As part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville‘s Butterfly Rainforest is truly one of the wonders in our Natural North Florida region.  The immense screened-in facility, full of flowers and plants (and butterflies!) serves not only as a destination for nature lovers and photographers, but as an adjunct facility for the research team …

Explore The Wonders of Florida at Gainesville’s Museum of Natural History

One of the highlights of a trip to Gainesville is always a visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History.  The museum is located on the western edge of the University of Florida campus, in the same complex as the Harn Museum of Art and the Phillips Performing Arts Center.   The museum is easy to …

Put On Your Walking Shoes and Tour The University of Florida’s Main Campus in Gainesville, Florida

    The main campus of the University of Florida is more like a city than a college campus.  Stretching miles in several directions, it’s home to over 50,000 students–plus the faculty and support staff that make the university one of the best in the country and certainly the “flagship” of Florida’s educational system. If …

Hey, Sports Fans! There’s History at the University of Florida’s Gainesville Campus

If you’re a sports fan, you’ll definitely want to stop by the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and pay homage to one of the greatest sports programs in the world.  Not only does UF excel in academics, but the sports teams are some of the best around. Start your tour by heading south on …

Don’t Miss Gainesville’s Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 11 and 12, 2017

North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear on Saturday , November 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the arrival of the highly acclaimed Downtown Festival & Art Show. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre …

Gainesville’s Swamp Head Brewery–Take A Tour and A Taste

Microbreweries are popping up all over Florida.  Most make great craft beer and some are larger and more elaborate than others.  If you want to experience one of the best, head over to Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville.  Swamp Head opened in 2008 and eventually grew out of its original location and moved to the …