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Destination Gainesville!

Gainesville is not just a college town- it's a destination for all ages.

Gainesville is a perfect destination for nature and sports lovers!

Gainesville is a great home base for cyclists, cave divers, kayakers, hikers and more!  

We have great green space, quiet places, parks, museums.

Please check out some great suggestions from Visit Gainesville:  http://www.visitgainesville.com/articles/8-places-to-go-on-a-gainesville-day-trip

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For comfortable, hotel-alternative lodging in Gainesville, please check out our short-term rental properties- your home away from home in Gainesville.

It's official!! The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention is Open!

Hooray!!!  Hooray!!!  Hooray!!!  
The Cade Museum has officially opened in Gainesville, FL.

Probably one of the most exciting things to happen in East Gainesville in many years... theCade Museumhas official opened to the public.

The Museum is located at the beautiful "Central Park of Gainesville, FL,"Depot Park.  Not only is the architecture stunning, modern, innovative, grand, and much more, but the exhibits are kid-centric and designed to promote learning about science and inventions.

Sweetwater Wetlands Park visit

Fun things to do in Gainesville, FL:  Sweetwater Wetlands Park

It's springtime and the wildlife is super active!

Check out this mama gator and its babies (one baby is crawling over her back)

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For more information about Sweetwater Wetlands Park, please visit http://www.sweetwaterwetlands.org/


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Sweetwater Wetlands Park: Attraction in Gainesville, FL

Sweetwater Wetlands Park: 
An incredibly beautiful asset to Gainesville 
and a bird lovers' paradise

If you want great exercise with a beautiful symphony of bird calls, this is the place for you.  It's easy to get in a 4 mile walk without retracing steps.  Definitely add this park to your must-see list.  http://www.sweetwaterwetlands.org/



Red-winged black bird- singing away
Red-winged black bird- singing away
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Birds in still water
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Birds in still water
See you later, Alligator!
See you later, Alligator!
Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Resources for Shands/ UF Health Patients: Healing Garden- Wilmot Gardens

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Shands / UF Health patients need a place to find peace.  Wilmot Gardens is located directly behind Shands Hospital North Tower and it's beautiful!

Wilmot Gardens is also within walking distance of our Summit House Condiminiums.  Our renters can easily walk to the gardens and have a picnic, or just sit on a bench.



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What's going on in Gainesville?

Looking for things to do in Gainesville this week?

Check out the link below for some updated items on the Gainesville calendar:


Have a wonderful week!!


Things to do in Gainesville, FL: Boxing for Fitness!

Things to do in Gainesville, FL: Boxing for Fitness!  **At a REAL boxing gym!**

If anyone had told me a year ago that I would become a boxing fanatic, I honestly would have giggled.  However, recently I realized that I have a family history of a movement and executive functioning disorder disease (very rare, it's called Fahr's Disease... I may have it and I may not... but I'm doing everything I can to slow things down, if possible).  The symptoms are Parkinson-like (Parkinsonism is the term).

Why is Gainesville so great? Here is just one of the thousands of reasons- the nature (the flowers!)

Water lily at Kanapaha GardensWater lily at Kanapaha GardensJapanese Magnolias at the Thomas CenterBeautiful Spring Blooms at the Thomas Center
Iris at Kanapaha GardensDahlia at Kanapaha GardensPassion Flower in Gainesville, FLDahlia in Gainesville, FL
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Gainesville, FL is filled with natural beauty!

We have so many beautiful parks and gardens- just to name a few:




Enjoy your stay!!

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Things to do in Gainesville: Nature Activities (and the benefits of being outside)

My favorite "Forest Bathing" spots in the Gainesville, FL area

I am a true nature lover and I love to share my recommendations with others.

I ran across a very interesting article while flipping through a health magazine, and I also wanted to share the article, and the places I recommend visiting for "Forest Bathing."  https://qz.com/804022/health-benefits-japanese-forest-bathing/

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While, admittedly, I haven't gone cellphone-free or step-tracking free, I still believe that I still gain most of the benefits just by being surrounded by trees.

Things to do in Gainesville, FL: Tennis

Tennis Facilities in Gainesville, FL

As an avid tennis player, I love to recommend to our short-term renters the fabulous tennis facilities in Gainesville, FL.

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Thiswebsitehas a list of the courts and I'm also adding short reviews of where I have played.

The following is a highlighted list of facilities:

1.The 300 Club: nonmembers can pay a nominal fee to have access to their very well maintained clay and hard courts. For those who want lessons, they also have excellent coaches and clinics.  A great bonus: the courts are shaded for quite a bit of the day due to large and beautiful trees surrounding the courts.
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