Gainesville Vacation Rentals and Places to Visit
Gainesville located in North Central Florida is famous for its University of Florida Gators. It is the largest State University in Florida. One of the nation’s largest Community College Santa Fe College is also located in Gainesville. Timucua Indians was the original inhabitants of Gainesville.
Things to do and places to visit
- Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
- Plantation Golf & Country Club features an 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf
- Gainesville Raceway NHRA Drag Racing
- San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
- Paynes Prairie
- The Devil’s Millhopper
- Newnan’s Lake
- Lake Alice
There are several museums in and around Gainesville
- Fred Bear Museum – Big game collected elephants, caribou, moose, bears, lions, buffalo, and wolves. Artifacts from Indians, Eskimos, including ancient weapons, tools, carvings, and artwork.
- Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art – Collections of art from Africa & Asia, contemporary & modern art, and photography.
- Florida Museum of Natural History – Exhibits of plant and animal species native to this area. New butterfly’s of the rainforest.
- Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation – Restored homestead built on a cotton plantation in 1856 by slave-labor.
- Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts –
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – home in which the author of “The Yearling”.
Gainesville has many restored and preserved Historic sites and structures
- Bailey Plantation House (1854)
- Epworth Hall (1884)
- Matheson Center Home (1867)
- Mary Phifer McKenzie House (1895)
- Thomas Hotel (1928)
- The Old Post Office (renamed Hippodrome State Theatre) (1913)
- Masonic Temple (1913)
- Seagle Building (1937)
- Baird Hardware Company Warehouse (1910)
- Cox Furniture Store (1887)
- Old Gainesville Depot (1850s)
- Star Garage (1903)
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