100 Things to Do in Greater Gainesville

  1. Grab a coffee from Karma Cream in the Innovation District.
  2. Head to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park to enjoy nature and a great workout
  3. Indulge in a delicious cupcake at Patticakes in the Haile Village
  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. Embrace your patriotic spirit and celebrate our nation’s independence at “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America” in the City of Alachua.
  23. Pick up some fresh produce at the Union Street Farmers Market on a Wednesday evening
  24. Grab a unique cocktail from one of Sidecar’s mixologists
  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 Monet’s Champ d’avoine at 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. Search for shark teeth in Hogtown Creek at Alfred A. Ring Park
  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 4th Avenue Food Park food truck rally
  40. Sit outside at a rooftop bar and sip a cocktail while people watching in midtown Gainesville at The Social Midtown
  41. Take a leisurely stroll around the historic University of Florida campus
  42. Explore the Cade Museum
  43. Dive into visibility and experience “the world’s favorite freshwater dive” where the clear-water and startling natural beauty entranced Jacques Cousteau at Ginnie Springs
  44. Go scuba diving or snorkeling at the Devil’s Den in Williston, one of America’s most historic places
  45. Visit the homestead of “The Yearling” author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  46. Check out the rare book sections of George A. Smathers Library
  47. Catch a local band playing at Heartwood Soundstage
  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 in line early for one of Halo Potato Donuts creative, delicious sweet treats
  54. Enjoy an afternoon of archery lessons at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex
  55. Scour for some great thrift finds at Plato’s ClosetSandy’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. Step back in history and experience The Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
  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. Escape to Paris and enjoy a Croque Monsieur at Alpin Bistro
  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 Sushi and Sake
  71. Take your children to play at Depot Park
  72. Spend a Friday night cheering on the Gator baseball team at the new state-of-the-art Alfred A. McKethan Field at Florida Ballpark
  73. Indulge in a late night Cuban sandwich at Flaco’s Cuban Bakery
  74. Watch a movie in a recliner with a glass of wine at the Regal Cinemas 10 & RPX at Celebration Pointe
  75. Take a scenic drive down the beautiful Millhopper Road
  76. Explore Carson Springs, a non-profit animal rescue with over 75 animals from 28 different species.
  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. Take the day to relax and shop your heart out at Down to Earth Boutique
  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. Relax and unwind with a zero gravity pedicure at Spa Royale
  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 delicious pizza from Blue Highway Pizzeria in Micanopy andTioga
  89. Visit Bluefield Estate and enjoy a local wine tasting
  90. Walk around the botanical gardens at Cedar Lakes Woods in Williston
  91. Visit the site of the Battle of Gainesville at the Matheson Museum
  92. Jog along the Solar Walk on NW 8th Street
  93. Spend the afternoon sampling over 300 local, regional and national beers at the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival
  94. Fill up on dinner rolls before you get your meal at Millhopper Leonardo’s
  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 Painting with a Twist
  99. Sign up for a Gainesville Health & Fitness class for the ultimate total body workout
  100. View world-class UF gymnastics team Friday evenings throughout the fall