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Old 07-17-2013, 10:27 AM
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Hi! My fiance (26) & I (22) are moving to Gainesville next week with our two dogs =) We're not really night club / bar people, but we do like to explore towns. We like history, nature, places we can take our dogs, new restaurants, interesting shops, etc.

What are some interesting places in Gainesville? Where in this big city (it's going to be the largest place I've ever lived haha) should we start or visit upon our first weeks in town?

Anything & Everything appreciated! =) Thank you!
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:47 PM
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Payne's Prairie is great for nature. Very scenic and relaxing. Just down 441 from the prairie is Micanopy. It has old historical buildings, neat antique shops, and a famous pizza restaurant.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:29 PM
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Gainesville - North Florida Vacations - Alachua County Travel - Hotels, Restaurants and Events

Has just about everything you're looking for.

You should do this in August (it's too hot to do just about anything else!):


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Old 07-19-2013, 10:31 AM
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park CSO

The San Felasco trails are nice. Not sure about dog friendliness though. Check the Devil's Hillhopper. Enjoy G'ville! It's a nice town.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:42 AM
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There are a couple state parks within an hour that have springs for swimming and great forest hiking/camping.

Manatee Springs State Park

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Ichetucknee Springs - this is great for tubing

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Rainbow Springs

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