100 Things to Do in Gainesville Book


Although Gainesville may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of Florida, it has steadily been making a name for itself. This not-so-small-town is full of eclectic eateries, a vibrant arts scene, beautiful natural wonders, and so much history. Gainesville has no shortage of nearby activities, with world-class beaches, theme parks, and metropolitan areas such as Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville just a quick drive away. But it is a haven for those looking for a slower pace and tight- knit community just outside the hustle-and-bustle. In 100 Things to Do in Gainesville Before You Die, you’ll discover the must-dos and learn where the locals go, even if you’re just passing through.

Catch a play at the historic Hippodrome Theater and grab dinner and drinks at one of the many local spots downtown. Head out to Paynes Prairie and search for alligators and wild roaming herds of bison. Or kayak through crystal-clear natural springs on a day trip down the Santa Fe River. Learn about Gainesville’s extensive history at interactive spots like Dudley Farm or the Florida Museum of Natural History. Grab a slice at one of the most iconic and quirky restaurants in town, Satchel’s Pizza. Or climb down a 120-foot sinkhole into a mini rainforest at Devil’s Millhopper.

100 Things to Do in Gainesville Before You Die is an insider’s guide to the best things to do, see, and taste in Gainesville. Travel writer and Gainesville local Lauren Gonzalez takes you through her hometown, sharing both the tried-and-true experiences and the hidden gems, along with tips and itineraries to help you make the most of your time in Gainesville.

100 Things to Do in Gainesville Before You Die is part of a national series published by Reedy Press with more than one hundred titles in print.

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Lauren Gonzalez is a third-generation Floridian and has called Gainesville home for 20 years. She is the creator and writer of Florida Lives, a travel website about things to do all over Florida. She is passionate about exploring Florida and sharing her experiences, tips, and adventures. In her free time, she is likely hiking, kayaking, reading, or eating her way around town. Find Lauren at floridalives.com and on Instagram @florida_lives.