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Fun Ways To Spend the Weekend in Gainesville

There are a lot of ways to spend a weekend in Gainesville. Downtown, West University Avenue, and the ever-active University of Florida community are just the beginning. So, when you aren’t lounging at the rooftop pool in your new digs at Social 28, we recommend hitting up these spots.

See the Floridian Wilderness

The thickly feral Floridian landscape is something to experience. Here are some great parks in Gainesville to get acquainted with Florida’s Deep South wild:

Who doesn’t want to see a wild gator? At Lake Alice and Sweetwater Wetlands Park, you’ll have the opportunity to spot these ancient reptiles, as well as some incredible nature at its most primal. Devil’s Millhopper is a real-life sinkhole with wooden steps to delve down into it. For something more relaxed, Ichetucknee Springs provides a whole day of clear-water swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, or even picnicking.

Want To Gain Some Gainesville Culture?

Don’t forget to connect with the city on a historical and cultural level. Check out these points of interest in Gainesville:

See the true breadth of history – from dinosaur bones to ancient Floridian tribes – all on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History. For something more emotionally intense and illuminating, step into Haile Homestead. The walls of this house have thousands of handwritten accounts scrawled on them as depicted by a plantation family and the slaves who worked the land.

Stay Active

It’s always a good idea to keep active and get involved. When you run out of things to do on campus, try some of these ideas for a day well spent:

Gainesville Raceway isn’t just a treat for motorheads. Since they allow both amateur and professional racing, you can see some true grit from racing diehards that you wouldn’t see on a more refined racing track.

Exploring Gainesville to its fullest will require a hefty number of weekends. But don’t forget your very own backyard, thanks to Social 28 putting you just steps away from the University of Florida. For more fun ideas, check out our other blog posts.

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