Gainesville is a progressive city located in North Central Florida with a population of about 132,000. 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. Whether you are looking forward to having a night out in mid town or spend the day at Lake Wauburg you are always guaranteed a great time. If you have just recently moved to Florida you will be pleased to know that the yearly average temperature in the sunshine state is a mild 70° F with beautiful sunsets included.
Gainesville isn’t your typical small city as it accommodates two public and three private golf courses and maintains 27 parks featuring tennis, racquetball, swimming and other organized recreation including volleyball and softball leagues. The University of Florida is home to collegiate teams in football, basketball, baseball, golf, track, tennis, swimming and gymnastics all part of the Gator family. If college football isn’t your preference professional football is within easy reach in Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville. Don’t be afraid to plan spontaneous trips to cities nearby!
Aside from being a great city to enjoy sports, Gainesville is also the perfect spot for individuals who enjoy 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 that accommodates everyone! Several of these areas include some of the clearest springs in the nation, providing excellent snorkeling, scuba diving and world-class cave diving. Gainesville takes pride in being environmentally conscious, setting aside land just outside the city limits for preservation. In order to keep our springs and hiking trails as beautiful as they are we encourage our community to not only take pride in them but to make it a point to be mindful of their actions. Always remember, even if you don’t consider yourself an outdoors person everyone loves a beautiful scenery.
Gainesville also offers many cultural events. We are home to 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. Gainesville also 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.
Aside from great entertainment you can also find fantastic food throughout Gainesville providing delights for the palate as well as the eye. Some local favorites include The Top, Boca Fiesta, Dragon Fly, Lucy’s, and Paramount Grill—just to name a few. 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 an 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.