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Gainesville Introduction


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Gainesville's subtle landscape offers more than stereotypical Florida scenery. Visitors to Gainesville will see palm trees, yes, but also massive live-oak trees draped with hanging moss. The city's tree canopy creates a comforting and inclusive atmosphere for visitors, making Gainesville less a city with a view than a city in a forest.   Click here to see the full Gainesville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Gainesville Geography


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Gainesville's sprawling landscape leaves few compact areas and almost no natural landmarks to help you navigate. The streets form a grid system divided into quadrants (northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest), with the starting point at University Avenue and Main Street—the old center of town. Streets, terraces and drives run north to south; avenues, places, lanes and roads run east to west.   Click here to see the full Gainesville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Gainesville History


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Gainesville emerged as an agricultural center. Before it was settled, the town and its surrounding areas—especially Paynes Prairie—were home to the Timucuan tribe. William Bartram, now known as America's first naturalist, trekked to the area in 1774 and later wrote about its plants and environment. The Spanish ran the largest cattle-herding operation in the state on Paynes Prairie in the early 1800s. The prairie eventually turned into a lake that supported steamboat travel.  Click here to see the full Gainesville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Gainesville Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Gainesville offers a wealth of cultural and natural sightseeing opportunities. You can visit the Harn Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History, with its Butterfly Museum, which features a 65-ft-/20-m-tall open-air vivarium with about 2,000 butterflies. You also can head to Lake Alice to see the Baughman Center Chapel, one of Gainesville's most beautiful structures.  Click here to see the full Gainesville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Gainesville Nightlife


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Gainesville offers plenty of bars downtown and near the university that host visiting bands. Visit http://www.gainesvillebands.com for the latest info on the Gainesville music scene.  Click here to see the full Gainesville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Gainesville Restaurants & Dining


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For its size, Gainesville offers some great restaurants. Some of the best are small and inexpensive, and chefs increasingly are buying fresh, seasonal produce from the area's organic growers. Although chain restaurants line Archer Road, downtown Gainesville boasts the city's highest concentration of upscale, independent restaurants. We suggest heading to one of those local establishments for a taste of Florida's best.  Click here to see the full Gainesville travel guide on Travel42 »

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