Gainesville Guide: Restaurants, Attractions, Museums, Bars, Parks and More!
Things to do in Gainesville
Embers Wood Grill (http://www.embersofflorida.com)
In my opinion- the best restaurant in town because of its excellent service, professional wait staff, quality of the wine list, and the delicious food. I would tell you to tell them that I sent you (they are great friends and my art is around the restaurant), but you will get good service and food no matter what. They are located about 5 minutes from the condo (just south of the corner of Archer Road and 34 Street).
Blue Gill Restaurant: http://bluegillqualityfoods.com
Great seafood and southern cooking! Open for lunch and dinner- please check website for hours.
Dragonfly Sushi (best sushi in Gainesville- go early because the wait can be long on weekends)http://www.dragonflysushi.com/home.html
Manuel’s Vintage Room (superb wine menu) http://www.manuelsvintageroom.com/
V Pizza- Great Italian style pizza!
Emilianos (Spanish food- delish!) http://www.emilianoscafe.com/
Hyppo Popcicles http://www.thehyppo.com/
Mark’s Prime Steakhouse (very good steaks) http://www.marksprimesteakhouse.com/page/33-4311.htm
Starbucks http://www.starbucks.com/ (zip code is 32601)
Paramount Grill (very fresh food) http://www.paramountgrill.com/index2.html
The Top (people love it- it’s more of an indie scene) 30 N Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601; 352.337.1188
The Daily Green (fresh, organic food and smoothies) http://www.dailygreendowntown.org/
Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grillhttp://www.hookedonharrys.com/page/28-4172.htm
Starbucks is on SE 2 Avenue and SE 1 Street
Maudes is directly across the street from Starbucks
Volta Coffee http://www.voltacoffee.com
A full list is on: http://www.bozaza.com/HHSpots/alachua.html (but definitely check their websites before heading out because some might be closed down)
Other restaurants within driving distance:
Others can be found on http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/150/17004/Gainesville-restaurants
Don’t have a car with you?
· www.instacart.com - A great service that will pick up groceries from a variety of groceries around town and will drop them off right at your doorstep.
· www.doorstepdelivery.com can pick up food for a large variety of local restaurants and deliver your meal to you.
· Gainesville has UberX (a car service that can be called through your Smartphone- the app is “Uber”) and there are taxi services in Gainesville as well.
· There is a bus stop very close to the Summit House sign on SW 16 Avenue. The bus system is RTS and a map of the routes can be found here: http://go-rts.com/schedule.php
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Up-to-date programs can be found on: http://www.fun4gatorkids.com/
Florida Museum of Natural History (usually has children’s activities during the day, and has a great butterfly rain forest).http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/
Indoor Play park at Sun Country:
Westside Park is on the corner of 34 Street and 8 Avenue
La Chua Trail: You are guaranteed to see at least 1 alligator, and sometimes as many as 100+. Also, wild horses, bison, a large variety of birds, and other animals can be seen (if they are close to the trail) http://events.gainesville.com/gainesville-fl/venues/show/370387-paynes-prairie-la-chua-trail
The Hawthorne Trail can be entered at multiple points- it's a 30 mile round-trip trail, but can be done in sections. Great for biking, rollerblading, running, walking, etc...
Paynes Prairie State Park is south on 441 in Micanopy: http://www.floridastateparks.org/paynesprairie/
Beautiful old house with beautiful gardens and a nice fountain (city park, so free). Located just north of downtown Gainesville.
Publix; Northwest 13 Street and North Main
Trader Joe’s is at 3724 SW Archer Rd
Whole Foods 3490 SW Archer Rd
Lucky’s Market is at 1459 NW 23rd Ave: http://www.luckysmarket.com/location/gainesville-fl/
FL Gainesville 4120 Northwest 16th Blvd 352.376.1024
PLACES OF WORSHIP
Nearby Churches are Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Catholic
NATURE PICTURES GAINESVILLE:
La Chua Trail, Paynes Prairie
HOME Magazine- August/ September: http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/?i=77646&pre=1 (pages 77-79)
HOME Magazine- October/ November: http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/?i=84025&pre=1 (pages 37-39)
UF Campus Part 1
HOME Magazine- December/ January: http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/?i=91289&pre=1 (pages 51-53)
UF Campus Part 2
HOME Magazine- February/ March http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/?i=98489&pre=1 (pages 67-69)
Harn Museum Asian Wing
HOME Magazine- April/ May http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/?i=106242 (Pages 36-38)