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Things to do in Gainesville, FL

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Restaurants recommdations:

Embers Wood Grill (

In my opinion- the best restaurant in town because of its excellent service, professional wait staff, quality of the wine list, and the delicious food. I would tell you to tell them that I sent you (they are great friends and my art is around the restaurant), but you will get good service and food no matter what. They are located about 5 minutes from the condo (just south of the corner of Archer Road and 34 Street).

Blue Gill Restaurant:

Great seafood and southern cooking! Open for lunch and dinner- please check website for hours.

Downtown Restaurants

Dragonfly Sushi (best sushi in Gainesville- go early because the wait can be long on weekends)

Manuel’s Vintage Room (superb wine menu)

V Pizza- Great Italian style pizza!

Emilianos (Spanish food- delish!)

Mochi (dessert)

Mark’s Prime Steakhouse (very good steaks)

Starbucks (zip code is 32601)

Paramount Grill (very fresh food)

The Top (people love it- it’s more of an indie scene) 30 N Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601; 352.337.1188

The Daily Green (fresh, organic food and smoothies)

Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill


Starbucks is on SE 2 Avenue and SE 1 Street

Maudes is directly across the street from Starbucks

Volta Coffee


A full list is on: (but definitely check their websites before heading out because some might be closed down)

The Bull:

Tall Paul's Brew House, 10 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601; 352.505.0990

Other restaurants within driving distance:

Others can be found on

Don’t have a car with you?

· - A great service that will pick up groceries from a variety of groceries around town and will drop them off right at your doorstep.

· can pick up food for a large variety of local restaurants and deliver your meal to you.

· Gainesville has UberX (a car service that can be called through your Smartphone- the app is “Uber”) and there are taxi services in Gainesville as well.

· There is a bus stop very close to the Summit House sign on SW 16 Avenue. The bus system is RTS and a map of the routes can be found here:

Activities for Kids

Up-to-date programs can be found on:

More sites:

Florida Museum of Natural History (usually has children’s activities during the day, and has a great butterfly rain forest).

Indoor Play park at Sun Country:

Westside Park is on the corner of 34 Street and 8 Avenue

Outdoor Activities:

La Chua Trail: You are guaranteed to see at least 1 alligator, and sometimes as many as 100+. Also, wild horses, bison, a large variety of birds, and other animals can be seen (if they are close to the trail)

The Hawthorne Trail can be entered at multiple points- it's a 30 mile round-trip trail, but can be done in sections. Great for biking, rollerblading, running, walking, etc...

Paynes Prairie State Park is south on 441 in Micanopy:

Ichatuchnee Springs

Kanapaha Gardens

Thomas Center

Beautiful old house with beautiful gardens and a nice fountain (city park, so free). Located just north of downtown Gainesville.

Grocery Stores:

Publix; Northwest 13 Street and North Main

Trader Joe’s is at 3724 SW Archer Rd

Lucky’s Market is at 1459 NW 23rd Ave:

Ward’s Supermarket

Fresh Market:

FL Gainesville 4120 Northwest 16th Blvd 352.376.1024

Places of Worship:

Nearby Churches are Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Catholic

Dry Cleaners:


I have a downloadable nature guide on the condo website at it is the last tab.

La Chua Trail, Paynes Prairie

HOME Magazine- August/ September: (pages 77-79)

Kanapaha Gardens:

HOME Magazine- October/ November: (pages 37-39)

UF Campus Part 1

HOME Magazine- December/ January: (pages 51-53)

UF Campus Part 2

HOME Magazine- February/ March (pages 67-69)

Harn Museum Asian Wing

HOME Magazine- April/ May (Pages 36-38)

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