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Living in Gainesville

Gainesville, located in North Central Florida, is the perfect spot for a person who enjoys the outdoors since it is located within 50 miles of at least 40 nature settings.

These settings offer a combination of camping, hiking, swimming, picnicking, boating and fishing.

Ichetucknee Springs

Ichetucknee Springs State Park | ©2014 Jerry Gramig

Several of these areas include some of the clearest springs in the nation, providing excellent snorkeling, scuba diving and world-class cave diving.

Peacock Springs I

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park – Entrance to Peacock I | ©2014 Arthur M. Watson

Gainesville is a progressive city located in North Central Florida with a population of about 126,000. Due to the presence of the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, the city offers a great number of activities combining the best aspects of a metropolitan city with the hospitality of a college town. The climate has distinct seasonal changes with clear, crisp winters and typical Florida summers. Yearly temperature averages a mild 70° F.

Every type of sport for the spectator or participant is available in Gainesville. The University of Florida is home to collegiate teams in football, basketball, baseball, golf, track, tennis, swimming and gymnastics. Professional football is within easy reach in Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville.

Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest | ©2014 Arthur M. Watson

Gainesville has two public and three private golf courses and maintains 27 parks featuring tennis, racquetball, swimming and other organized recreation including volleyball and softball leagues. Two recreation centers offer arts and crafts activities as well as instructional clinics in many sports.

For a city its size, Gainesville offers many cultural events. Gainesville is the home of the critically acclaimed Hippodrome Theater and the Florida Players of the University of Florida. The Gainesville Civic Ballet and the Gainesville Ballet Theater produce performances throughout the year. The Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents the finest in world-class entertainment from Broadway, opera and dance, to the superstars of pop, jazz, classical and country music. The nationally renowned Harn Museum of Art is located next to the Florida’s State Museum of Natural History.

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The city offers something for every musical taste, from outdoor rock and jazz concerts to the university-sponsored symphony orchestra, jazz band and marching band.

Each year, Santa Fe College sponsors the Spring Arts Festival featuring fine arts, ceramic, leather and fabric art from artisans around the nation. Gainesville’s nearest Gulf Coast town, Cedar Key, holds an annual Seafood and Arts Festival providing delights for the palate as well as the eye.

The University of Florida with its 47,000 students forms the center of Gainesville’s educational opportunities, with more than 3,000 courses in 120 areas of instruction. Santa Fe College offers a regular four-year curriculum as well as vocational and technical training.

Many famous Florida attractions are within easy driving distances of Gainesville for day trips or weekend getaway. Historic St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest settlement, is only one hour and a half from Gainesville; Walt Disney World and EPCOT Center are only two hours away. Within a 100-mile radius are Silver Springs, Sea World, the Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Jacksonville Planetarium and the Atlantic and Gulf beaches.

Rolex 24hr Daytona Speedway

Daytona International Speedway | ©2014 Arthur M. Watson

 

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