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Top 100 Things To Do In Alachua County

Written by Erica Brown
  1. Grab a drink from Bay Island Coffee Co., the drive-thru coffee shop
  2. Head to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park to enjoy nature & a great workout
  3. Make your own cupcake at Sarkara Sweets Cafe
  4. Sway and sing to “We are the Boys from Old Florida” at a UF football game
  5. Watch the bats fly out from the UF bat house at sunset
  6. Take a tour of the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
  7. Dive off of one of Westside Park’s high diving boards
  8. Explore the woods and pathways around Lake Alice
  9. Master rock climbing at the Gainesville Rock Gym
  10. Meditate at the Baughman Center
  11. Enjoy a Saturday night film on the green at the Town of Tioga
  12. Go hunting for antiques in Micanopy
  13. Paint the 34th Street wall
  14. Have a beer at Swamp Head Brewery
  15. Grab a croissant at Uppercrust Productions
  16. Run stadiums at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  17. Go paddle boating at Lake Wauburg
  18. Take a picture with Albert and Alberta outside of the Emerson Alumni Hall
  19. See a show at The Hippodrome
  20. Visit Dudley Farms and experience the evolution of Florida farming
  21. Explore the live butterfly exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History
  22. Catch a Sister Hazel show at one of the many local concert venues
  23. Pick up some fresh produce at the Union Street Farmers Market on a Wednesday evening
  24. Devour a pizza in the Volkswagen at Satchel’s
  25. Visit Tipple’s Brews and fill up a growler of any of their specialty beers
  26. Star gaze at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
  27. Take your dog for a walk at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
  28. Join the Rowdy Reptiles for a men’s or women’s University of Florida basketball game
  29. Take a tour of the Thomas Center
  30. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Newnan’s Lake
  31. Take photographs of alligators, buffalo, wild horses and more as you stroll along Paynes Prairie
  32. Bicycle from Gainesville to Hawthorne on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail
  33. Take in the only Monet in Gainesville at The Harn Museum
  34. Visit the site where parts of the film “Doc Hollywood” was filmed in Micanopy
  35. Tour Innovation Square to gain inspiration from Gainesville’s young entrepreneurs
  36. Get out your driver and head to West End Golf Course for some evening fun
  37. Take in a free show at Bo Diddley Community Plaza on “First Fridays”
  38. Grab your skateboard and take your chances at Possum Creek Skate Park
  39. Enjoy an evening of food truck cuisine at the Friday night food truck rallies at Cymplify
  40. Sit outside and sip a glass of wine while people watching in downtown Gainesville at Half Cork’d
  41. Take a leisurely stroll around the historic University of Florida campus
  42. Explore the Cade Museum
  43. Go tubing at Ginnie Springs
  44. Tailgate before a University of Florida football game at The Swamp Restaurant
  45. Visit the homestead of “The Yearling” author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  46. Check out the rare book sections of George A. Smathers Library
  47. Tackle the Swamp Dash & Bash Run each April at Rembert Farms
  48. Try your hardest not to scream at the Newberry Cornfield Halloween Maze
  49. Take a shot at drag racing at the Gainesville Raceway
  50. Enjoy a local theatre performance at the Gainesville Community Playhouse
  51. Enjoy a homemade chocolate delight from Thornebrook Chocolates
  52. Spend Saturday morning exploring the Haile Village Farmers Market
  53. Get muddy for a great cause at the annual Swamp Dash and Bash at Windy Hill Farms
  54. Enjoy an afternoon of archery lessons at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex
  55. Scour for some great thrift finds at Plato’s Closet, Sandy’s Savvy Chic Resale Boutique and Urban Thread
  56. Stroll through the historic Duckpond area of downtown Gainesville
  57. Channel your inner rocker at the annual “Fest” music festival downtown
  58. Visit Santa Fe College’s main campus and explore the Rock Cycle Garden
  59. Take in “The Nutcracker” each holiday season at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  60. Pick up some local art at the annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival
  61. Delight in the Iron Chef competition at the yearly Taste of Gainesville charity event
  62. Head out to Roger’s Farm for some fresh strawberry picking
  63. Channel your inner UF student and hit the town with Gator Stompin’
  64. Go tubing on the Ichetucknee River
  65. Spend an afternoon at the Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm
  66. Eat lunch with the Hare Krishnas at the Plaza of the Americas
  67. Rent a canoe and spend the day exploring the Santa Fe River
  68. Get your morning workout on at the San Felasco Park trails
  69. Top off an evening with a maple bacon cookie from Midnight Cookies
  70. Delight in delicious sushi downtown at Dragonfly
  71. Take your children to play at one of the many O2B Kids centers
  72. Spend a Friday night cheering on the Gator baseball team at the McKethan Stadium
  73. Indulge in a late night Cuban sandwich at Flaco’s Cuban Bakery
  74. Bring a group to Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar downtown
  75. Take a scenic drive down the beautiful NW 53rd Avenue
  76. Purchase a corduroy bean bag chair at Gainesville’s CordaRoy’s
  77. Visit the almost hidden gardens on the University of Florida campus
  78. Challenge the locals to a friendly game of one-on-one at Westside Park’s outdoor basketball courts
  79. Enjoy homemade local ice cream at Sweet Dreams
  80. Take in “A Tuna Christmas” at the Hippodrome — a local holiday favorite
  81. Stock up on $1 books at the Friends of the Library book sale
  82. Put on your Renaissance best and join the crowds at the annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
  83. Take in a show from Gainesville’s own Gainesville Chamber Orchestra
  84. Browse the streets of downtown Gainesville each November at Gainesville’s Annual Downtown Festival and Arts Show
  85. Partake in Gainesville’s love for barbecue at Adam’s Rib Co.
  86. Indulge in the ultimate bread and breakfast experience at Sweetwater Branch Inn
  87. Explore the Historic Haile Homestead, incorporated in 1854
  88. Enjoy a walk around Tioga at night and cap it off with tapas at home of 2014 Iron Chef Gainesville, Sabore
  89. Visit Bluefield Estate Winery and enjoy a local wine tasting
  90. Take in the Thomas Center Galleries at the Thomas Center
  91. Visit the site of the Battle of Gainesville at the Matheson Museum
  92. Jog along the Solar Walk on NW 8th Street
  93. Go for a morning 5K and then spend the afternoon drinking local beer at the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival at Kanapaha Gardens
  94. Fill up on dinner rolls before you get your meal at Piesanos
  95. Pound a Gatorade, the original drink of the Florida Gators athletic teams, as you catch a weekend track meet at the James G. Pressly Stadium
  96. Attend the Duck Pond Lighting in December at the North Florida Regional Medical Center
  97. Channel your inner college student and do a Midtown Pub Crawl
  98. Enjoy an evening of painting and great wine at Corks & Colors
  99. Sign up for a Body by Boris class for the ultimate total body workout
  100. View world-class UF gymnastics team Friday evenings throughout the fall


About the author

Erica Brown