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Attractions & Recreational Activities

>> Visit the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, situated on Southwest 58th Drive, where you can see 62 acres of beautiful surroundings that feature the state's largest public display of bamboos, as well as the largest herb garden in the Southeast.


>> Try out your golfing skills at the Plantation Oaks Golf Club at Turkey Creek, on Turkey Creek Boulevard, a beautiful golf course surrounded by live oaks, pine trees and lakes.


>> Explore the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, situated on Savannah Boulevard, a beautiful 21 000-acre National Natural Landmark that busts with wildlife, having 20 distinct biological communities that include alligators, wild horse, including more than 270 species of colorful birds.


The park also offers visitors a great observation tower, exhibits, campsites, as well as fishing and other outdoor opportunities.


Sports & outdoor events

The Annual Five Points of Life Marathon and Half Marathon, which happens in February, is perhaps one of the most popular and favorite annual sporting events in Gainesville.


The event consists of a full marathon, a half marathon, a marathon relay, as well as a 5k run and a kid's marathon, and it is growing in both size and popularity, every year, attracting a larger number of enthusiasts, every time it takes place.


This fun and entertaining sporting event is held in order to raise awareness of the need for lifesaving donations, and therefore, many of the participants and volunteers are donors or recipients, some of them being both.


The program has helped many people, since it was first held in 2006, and it is continuously dedicated to inform and encourage every eligible donor to make a difference and help in every way they can, giving back hope to those who are less fortunate.



There are dozens of fun and entertaining celebrations which happen in Florida, throughout the year, and some of the most favorite and popular ones are listed below. Check it out!


Florida Music Festival and Conference - 22-24 April, 2010 - Orlando, FL.

The Gamble Rogers Festival - 30 April - 2 May, 2010 - St. Augustine, FL.

World of Nations Celebration - 29 April - 2 May, 2010 - Jacksonville, FL.

Broward Carnival - October 2010 - Miami, FL.

Sunfest - 28 April - 2 May, 2010 - West Palm Beach, FL.

Miami Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival - 25-26 April, 2010 - Miami, FL.



Like in any other college town, Gainesville's nightlife scene is busting with party-loving young crowds, offering everything from dance clubs and jazz clubs, to popular bars and pubs, and great restaurants.


If you get in the mood to party, while staying in Gainesville, there are plenty of great places in town where you and your friends can enjoy yourselves, dance the night away and leave the worries behind, or just lay back and relax, while conversing and having a drink or two.


The city has something for everybody - whether you're searching for a quiet place to spend a relaxing evening, or a great dance club for a more `wild` night out, you will certainly find a place in Gainesville that suits your needs.


Among the favorite `nightly` gathering spots that fit on the list of the most popular nightspots in Gainesville, there are: the Back Stage Lounge, which can be found on S Main Street, considered to be the premier live music venue in Gainesville, the Gator City Sports Grill, on W University Avenue, the Gator's Dockside, on W Newberry Road, Maude's Classic Cafe, situated on SE 2nd Pl., the Salty Dog Saloon, on W University Avenue, The Swamp, also located on W University Avenue, The University Club, which is located on E University Avenue and XS, which can also be found on W University Avenue, considered to be the premier dancing club in the city.


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