Hideaway House

Stephanie
Hideaway House

Parks, Trails, and Springs

Get lost in true Florida! See the natural beauty of the land & the wildlife that inhabits it. For a comprehensive list and explanation of Florida's aquifers and springs, visit https://www.kingsofthesprings.com/. We've taken care to provide a small picnic tote, beach towels, and pool noodles for soaking! For hikes, feel free to spray some Off Insect Repellent. Be mindful of ticks in the forest.
Paynes Prairie is unique in many ways. Nowhere else in Florida can visitors experience wild-roaming bison and horses. Nearly 300 species of birds also frequent the park along with alligators, deer and many other animals. The park’s eight trails, including the 16-mile paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, allow one to explore the park’s interior and observe wildlife, while a 50-foot high observation tower provides for panoramic views. Fishing and canoeing on Lake Wauberg are popular along with a shaded campground. During a visit to Paynes Prairie, one can easily understand why Seminole Indians once occupied a village along this vast savannah. Entrance Fee: $6.00 per vehicle Learn more: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park
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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Boulevard
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Paynes Prairie is unique in many ways. Nowhere else in Florida can visitors experience wild-roaming bison and horses. Nearly 300 species of birds also frequent the park along with alligators, deer and many other animals. The park’s eight trails, including the 16-mile paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, allow one to explore the park’s interior and observe wildlife, while a 50-foot high observation tower provides for panoramic views. Fishing and canoeing on Lake Wauberg are popular along with a shaded campground. During a visit to Paynes Prairie, one can easily understand why Seminole Indians once occupied a village along this vast savannah. Entrance Fee: $6.00 per vehicle Learn more: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park
Nestled between well-known theme parks and white, sandy beaches, the jewels of the Ocala National Forest attract visitors from around the world. A travel destination in its own right, the Ocala features more than 600 lakes and rivers where visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing and boating. From migratory birds and playful manatees to delicate freshwater springs and some of the world's rarest plants, the Ocala is a haven for people (and animals) to escape to one of Florida's remaining wild places. Here, opportunities abound for all to bask in the wonders of Mother Nature 365 days a year. For updates and directions and details, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/ocala/recreation
Ocala National Forest
Nestled between well-known theme parks and white, sandy beaches, the jewels of the Ocala National Forest attract visitors from around the world. A travel destination in its own right, the Ocala features more than 600 lakes and rivers where visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing and boating. From migratory birds and playful manatees to delicate freshwater springs and some of the world's rarest plants, the Ocala is a haven for people (and animals) to escape to one of Florida's remaining wild places. Here, opportunities abound for all to bask in the wonders of Mother Nature 365 days a year. For updates and directions and details, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/ocala/recreation
In the midst of North Florida's sandy terrain and pine forests, a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leads down to a miniature rain forest. Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole, disappearing through crevices in the ground. Lush vegetation thrives in the shade of the walls even in dry summers. Researchers have learned a great deal about Florida's natural history by studying fossil shark teeth, marine shells and the fossilized remains of extinct land animals found in the sink. Visitors can enjoy picnicking and learn more about the sinkhole through interpretive displays. Entrance Fee: $4.00 per vehicle Learn more: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/devils-millhopper-geological-state-park
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Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
4732 Millhopper Rd
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In the midst of North Florida's sandy terrain and pine forests, a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leads down to a miniature rain forest. Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole, disappearing through crevices in the ground. Lush vegetation thrives in the shade of the walls even in dry summers. Researchers have learned a great deal about Florida's natural history by studying fossil shark teeth, marine shells and the fossilized remains of extinct land animals found in the sink. Visitors can enjoy picnicking and learn more about the sinkhole through interpretive displays. Entrance Fee: $4.00 per vehicle Learn more: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/devils-millhopper-geological-state-park
Explore one of America’s largest and best-loved springs from the park’s famous glass bottom boats and see an underwater world. The main spring is surrounded by serene gardens and historic structures reminiscent of the days when Silver Springs was a major destination for Northerners arriving by steamship. The park is still a favorite destination and the home of the annual Springsfest celebrating protection and restoration of all Florida springs and waterways. The Silver River allows kayakers to experience a primeval forest wilderness surrounded by some of the state’s best-managed sandhills, accessible by trails and dotted with friendly campgrounds. Entrance Fee: $8.00 per vehicle Learn More: https://www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings
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Silver Springs State Park
5656 E Silver Springs Blvd
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Explore one of America’s largest and best-loved springs from the park’s famous glass bottom boats and see an underwater world. The main spring is surrounded by serene gardens and historic structures reminiscent of the days when Silver Springs was a major destination for Northerners arriving by steamship. The park is still a favorite destination and the home of the annual Springsfest celebrating protection and restoration of all Florida springs and waterways. The Silver River allows kayakers to experience a primeval forest wilderness surrounded by some of the state’s best-managed sandhills, accessible by trails and dotted with friendly campgrounds. Entrance Fee: $8.00 per vehicle Learn More: https://www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings
From innertubes to kayaks, to paddleboards and canoes there are many ways to experience Ginnie. The seven crystal clear springs are 72 degrees year-round. Take a dip and explore! Do you SCUBA? Often characterized as the world’s favorite freshwater dive, experience the clear-water and startling natural beauty that caused Jacques Cousteau himself to marvel, “visibility forever!” See website for all admissions details: https://ginniespringsoutdoors.com/admission-pricing/
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Ginnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
7300 Ginnie Springs Road
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From innertubes to kayaks, to paddleboards and canoes there are many ways to experience Ginnie. The seven crystal clear springs are 72 degrees year-round. Take a dip and explore! Do you SCUBA? Often characterized as the world’s favorite freshwater dive, experience the clear-water and startling natural beauty that caused Jacques Cousteau himself to marvel, “visibility forever!” See website for all admissions details: https://ginniespringsoutdoors.com/admission-pricing/
Cactus Jacks Trail Rides offers guided horseback trail riding for individuals, families, and large groups of up to 30 riders! 365 days a year, 7 days a week even holidays from two different locations in Central Florida. The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway One of the nation's largest incomplete public works projects has been transformed into the diverse Cross Florida Greenway, spanning Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River. The Cross Florida Greenway is unique in many ways. Occupying more than 70,000 acres of land formerly known as the Cross Florida Barge Canal, the Greenway is a 110-mile linear park that is more than a mile wide in places. It hosts more than 300 miles of trails of all types — paddling, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian and paved multi-use. The Greenway is also a wildlife corridor and the first in Florida to have a “land bridge” across a major interstate that both trail users and wildlife utilize. Black bears use the Greenway as a major corridor, especially on the eastern end near the Ocala National Forest. The Greenway protects unspoiled segments of the Ocklawaha River and it offers campgrounds, too. All this and more are part of the Cross Florida Greenway experience! To Book a Ride: https://floridahorseriding.com/
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Cactus Jack's Trail Rides
11100 Southwest 16th Avenue
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Cactus Jacks Trail Rides offers guided horseback trail riding for individuals, families, and large groups of up to 30 riders! 365 days a year, 7 days a week even holidays from two different locations in Central Florida. The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway One of the nation's largest incomplete public works projects has been transformed into the diverse Cross Florida Greenway, spanning Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River. The Cross Florida Greenway is unique in many ways. Occupying more than 70,000 acres of land formerly known as the Cross Florida Barge Canal, the Greenway is a 110-mile linear park that is more than a mile wide in places. It hosts more than 300 miles of trails of all types — paddling, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian and paved multi-use. The Greenway is also a wildlife corridor and the first in Florida to have a “land bridge” across a major interstate that both trail users and wildlife utilize. Black bears use the Greenway as a major corridor, especially on the eastern end near the Ocala National Forest. The Greenway protects unspoiled segments of the Ocklawaha River and it offers campgrounds, too. All this and more are part of the Cross Florida Greenway experience! To Book a Ride: https://floridahorseriding.com/
Rainbow Springs is perhaps one of our personal favorite nearby springs to take a dip in. Like all first magnitude springs in Florida, Rainbow is a constant 68-70 degrees, crystal clear, and lovely for picnics and trail walks nearby. Take a kayak, rent tubes to travel down the river, or swim in the designated swim areas. Entrance Fee= $2.00 per person Visit website for more information: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/rainbow-springs-state-park
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Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Pl Rd
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Rainbow Springs is perhaps one of our personal favorite nearby springs to take a dip in. Like all first magnitude springs in Florida, Rainbow is a constant 68-70 degrees, crystal clear, and lovely for picnics and trail walks nearby. Take a kayak, rent tubes to travel down the river, or swim in the designated swim areas. Entrance Fee= $2.00 per person Visit website for more information: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/rainbow-springs-state-park
Hours: Hours of Operation: April - September: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM October - March: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily Entry Fee: $5/vehicle Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including: canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking, a picnic area, horseshoes and a playground. Rustic-style cabins nestled on the water banks are available for weekend or weekly rentals. Each furnished cabin includes a kitchenette with microwave, mini-fridge and a four-burner gas stove; dining / living room, and screened-in porch offering delightful views of the lake. Each cabin may sleep from six to ten people. Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat is a great place for private and corporate events. The large conference room and mess hall make it ideal for family reunions, corporate functions, church outings and weddings. Contact Marion County Parks and Recreation at 352-671-8560 for cabin availability.
Horseshoe Lake Park & Retreat
23532 Northeast 110th Avenue
Hours: Hours of Operation: April - September: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM October - March: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily Entry Fee: $5/vehicle Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including: canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking, a picnic area, horseshoes and a playground. Rustic-style cabins nestled on the water banks are available for weekend or weekly rentals. Each furnished cabin includes a kitchenette with microwave, mini-fridge and a four-burner gas stove; dining / living room, and screened-in porch offering delightful views of the lake. Each cabin may sleep from six to ten people. Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat is a great place for private and corporate events. The large conference room and mess hall make it ideal for family reunions, corporate functions, church outings and weddings. Contact Marion County Parks and Recreation at 352-671-8560 for cabin availability.
Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest near the beautiful, turquoise waters of Alexander Springs. With forested scenery and abundant water, the recreation area offers camping, swimming, canoeing, scuba diving (for certified divers), hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. The Ocala National Forest, located in north central Florida, spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River, and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. Alexander Springs is among 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, and is by far one of the easiest for visitors to enjoy. The water is a constant 72 degrees and extraordinarily clear with a sandy bottom. The area is subtropical, surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweet gum and cabbage palms. Alligators, turtles, deer, raccoons, black bear and numerous birds make their home in the national forest. Visitors can swim, snorkel and dive year-round in the crystalline waters of the spring. The spring is the only place in the Ocala National Forest where scuba diving is permitted, and a broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool becomes a natural water park where visitors can picnic, swim and play. Fishing and canoeing are popular outside the swimming area. Anglers can bring a rod and reel and head down to one of the platforms along the Timucuan Trail to drop a line in Alexander Run. Visitors can rent canoes or bring their own and paddle down Alexander Run into the Alexander Springs Wilderness. Day hikers will appreciate a short interpretive trail on a boardwalk over the spring and through the palm trees. They can also access two segments of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail, which runs through the entire national forest.
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Alexander Springs Recreation Area
49525 County Rd 445
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Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest near the beautiful, turquoise waters of Alexander Springs. With forested scenery and abundant water, the recreation area offers camping, swimming, canoeing, scuba diving (for certified divers), hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. The Ocala National Forest, located in north central Florida, spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River, and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. Alexander Springs is among 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, and is by far one of the easiest for visitors to enjoy. The water is a constant 72 degrees and extraordinarily clear with a sandy bottom. The area is subtropical, surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweet gum and cabbage palms. Alligators, turtles, deer, raccoons, black bear and numerous birds make their home in the national forest. Visitors can swim, snorkel and dive year-round in the crystalline waters of the spring. The spring is the only place in the Ocala National Forest where scuba diving is permitted, and a broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool becomes a natural water park where visitors can picnic, swim and play. Fishing and canoeing are popular outside the swimming area. Anglers can bring a rod and reel and head down to one of the platforms along the Timucuan Trail to drop a line in Alexander Run. Visitors can rent canoes or bring their own and paddle down Alexander Run into the Alexander Springs Wilderness. Day hikers will appreciate a short interpretive trail on a boardwalk over the spring and through the palm trees. They can also access two segments of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail, which runs through the entire national forest.

Sightseeing

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year-round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five natural history museums. Enjoy the following exhibit halls: Florida Fossils: Evolution of Land and Life, South Florida People & Environments, Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife, Discovery Zone, Butterfly Rainforest, Butterfly Rearing Labs, Research Labs, and the Featured Exhibits Hall. General admission is FREE, although donations are gladly accepted. There is a cover charge for special exhibits and the Butterfly Rainforest. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Learn More: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/
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Florida Museum of Natural History-Exhibits
3215 Hull Road
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Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year-round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five natural history museums. Enjoy the following exhibit halls: Florida Fossils: Evolution of Land and Life, South Florida People & Environments, Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife, Discovery Zone, Butterfly Rainforest, Butterfly Rearing Labs, Research Labs, and the Featured Exhibits Hall. General admission is FREE, although donations are gladly accepted. There is a cover charge for special exhibits and the Butterfly Rainforest. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Learn More: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/
The University of Florida is a public land-sea-space grant research university in Gainesville, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida and traces its origins to 1853 and has operated continuously on its Gainesville campus since September 1906. Currently ranked #6 Top Public School in the nation, UF has a history of tradition, research, and sport that's unrivaled.
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University of Florida
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The University of Florida is a public land-sea-space grant research university in Gainesville, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida and traces its origins to 1853 and has operated continuously on its Gainesville campus since September 1906. Currently ranked #6 Top Public School in the nation, UF has a history of tradition, research, and sport that's unrivaled.
Visitors to this old Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life when Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek. Her cracker style home and farm, where she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Yearling" and other wonderful works of fiction, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived here. The park is open every day and interior guided tours of the farmhouse are available Thursday through Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Be sure to pick up a color brochure of the farmhouse on your way in at the honor fee kiosk just outside the entrance gate. Picnic facilities, a boat ramp to Orange Lake, and a playground are located in the adjacent county park. Before you come, you might enjoy picking up a copy of one of Marjorie Rawlings's books and use her words to travel back to frontier Florida – and then come see us at the park and explore her farmyard, grove, seasonal garden and trails. Her book about her life here, "Cross Creek," will take you directly back to life on this land and in this community. Rawlings was honored as a First Floridian by then-Governor Charlie Crist in March 2009. The U.S. Postal Service released a commemorative stamp in 2008 honoring Rawlings and the literary arts. In 2007, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house and farmyard was designated as a National Historic Landmark, our nation’s highest historic recognition. We’ve mentioned our geocache in several places and included a warning about the sprinklers. This has both amused and sometimes confused our geo-seeking visitors. Yes, we have a hidden box in the farmyard area that is fun to find. Check out the Geo-seeking page before you come so you too can find our geocache. We are proud to have been visited and liked by many! Entrance Fee: $3.00 per group Learn More: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/marjorie-kinnan-rawlings-historic-state-park
Marjorie-Kinnan Rawlings House
18815 County Road 325
Visitors to this old Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life when Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek. Her cracker style home and farm, where she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Yearling" and other wonderful works of fiction, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived here. The park is open every day and interior guided tours of the farmhouse are available Thursday through Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Be sure to pick up a color brochure of the farmhouse on your way in at the honor fee kiosk just outside the entrance gate. Picnic facilities, a boat ramp to Orange Lake, and a playground are located in the adjacent county park. Before you come, you might enjoy picking up a copy of one of Marjorie Rawlings's books and use her words to travel back to frontier Florida – and then come see us at the park and explore her farmyard, grove, seasonal garden and trails. Her book about her life here, "Cross Creek," will take you directly back to life on this land and in this community. Rawlings was honored as a First Floridian by then-Governor Charlie Crist in March 2009. The U.S. Postal Service released a commemorative stamp in 2008 honoring Rawlings and the literary arts. In 2007, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house and farmyard was designated as a National Historic Landmark, our nation’s highest historic recognition. We’ve mentioned our geocache in several places and included a warning about the sprinklers. This has both amused and sometimes confused our geo-seeking visitors. Yes, we have a hidden box in the farmyard area that is fun to find. Check out the Geo-seeking page before you come so you too can find our geocache. We are proud to have been visited and liked by many! Entrance Fee: $3.00 per group Learn More: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/marjorie-kinnan-rawlings-historic-state-park
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (Gainesville, Florida) is a 68 acre facility comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Some of Kanapaha's gardens are organized taxonomically; others demonstrate principles of ecology or natural selection. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a premier Gainesville wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor rentals for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, meetings, retreats, conferences and other social functions. Kanapaha's signature plants include a premier stand of Chinese royal bamboo (Wong Chuk), and--during the warm months--giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums. The months offering the most color are June through September. Entrance Fee: $10.00 adults $5.00 Children Learn More: https://kanapaha.org/
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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr
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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (Gainesville, Florida) is a 68 acre facility comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Some of Kanapaha's gardens are organized taxonomically; others demonstrate principles of ecology or natural selection. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a premier Gainesville wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor rentals for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, meetings, retreats, conferences and other social functions. Kanapaha's signature plants include a premier stand of Chinese royal bamboo (Wong Chuk), and--during the warm months--giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums. The months offering the most color are June through September. Entrance Fee: $10.00 adults $5.00 Children Learn More: https://kanapaha.org/
Nestled in the Horse Capital of the World, this world-class facility is the largest equestrian complex in the United States situated on nearly 378 acres of state-of-the-art arenas and luxury accommodations with an additional 300 acres set aside for future expansion. Check out the Events Calendar for details: https://worldequestriancenter.com/events/
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World Equestrian Center
1390 Northwest 80th Avenue
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Nestled in the Horse Capital of the World, this world-class facility is the largest equestrian complex in the United States situated on nearly 378 acres of state-of-the-art arenas and luxury accommodations with an additional 300 acres set aside for future expansion. Check out the Events Calendar for details: https://worldequestriancenter.com/events/
Founded in 2001, EARS is a not-for-profit organization in Citra, Florida that exists specifically to provide excellent living conditions for previously malnourished, abused and even abandoned big cats and other domestic and exotic animals. To Schedule a Tour: https://earsinc.net/tours/
Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary
2615 E Hwy 318
Founded in 2001, EARS is a not-for-profit organization in Citra, Florida that exists specifically to provide excellent living conditions for previously malnourished, abused and even abandoned big cats and other domestic and exotic animals. To Schedule a Tour: https://earsinc.net/tours/
The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, a unique 10-acre zoo in Gainesville, Florida, is the only zoo on a college campus accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SF Teaching Zoo is coordinated by nine full time staff members, home to over 70 different species of animals and is maintained by about 100 students enrolled in the college's premier Zoo Animal Technology program. The zoo showcases a diverse collection that contains both native and exotic species for everyone to enjoy. Visitors enjoy the Bald Eagles, White-throated capuchin monkeys, American alligators, Matschie's Tree Kangaroo and Asian small-clawed otters to name a few. These species and many other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are on display in a naturally shaded environment. The 1/4 mile trail through the wooded environment is lined with mulch and is stroller and/or wheelchair accessible. Entrance Fee: $8.00 Adults and $5.00 Children Learn More: https://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo/
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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
3000 NW 83 St
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The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, a unique 10-acre zoo in Gainesville, Florida, is the only zoo on a college campus accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SF Teaching Zoo is coordinated by nine full time staff members, home to over 70 different species of animals and is maintained by about 100 students enrolled in the college's premier Zoo Animal Technology program. The zoo showcases a diverse collection that contains both native and exotic species for everyone to enjoy. Visitors enjoy the Bald Eagles, White-throated capuchin monkeys, American alligators, Matschie's Tree Kangaroo and Asian small-clawed otters to name a few. These species and many other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are on display in a naturally shaded environment. The 1/4 mile trail through the wooded environment is lined with mulch and is stroller and/or wheelchair accessible. Entrance Fee: $8.00 Adults and $5.00 Children Learn More: https://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo/
Be sure to visit the kitschy little Orange Shop. Learn about the history of citrus in the area.
Orange Shop
18545 U.S. 301
Be sure to visit the kitschy little Orange Shop. Learn about the history of citrus in the area.
A 5th generation family farm- Fall and Spring Festivals $5 per person includes one mini sunflower, wagon ride to feed cows, farm animal visits, old fashion games for ALL ages, and beautiful photo opportunities! Also enjoy locally grown meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables from HK Farms and Pastorale Farms. Concessions will be available and Nana’s Country Store and Bake Shop will have her famous jams, cakes, cookies, and pies! TIPS BEFORE VISITING Dress Appropriately: closed-toed shoes are highly recommended, be ready for any kind of weather, umbrellas are helpful on sunny days as well as rainy days! Be prepared for insect encounters, farms are home to many species of plants and animals. We do our best to control their presence in high traffic areas, but ultimately it’s our job to leave them in peace and take precautions to avoid them when possible. Please bring necessary medical supplies if you have concerns. There are only porta-potties available for restroom facilities Concessions are available A first aid kit is available HELPFUL PACKING LIST Cash Umbrella Sunscreen Hat/Glasses Bug spray Allergy medication (if applicable) 22480 Highway 441 N, Micanopy, Florida 32667, United States
Coon Hollo Farm
22480 U.S. 441
A 5th generation family farm- Fall and Spring Festivals $5 per person includes one mini sunflower, wagon ride to feed cows, farm animal visits, old fashion games for ALL ages, and beautiful photo opportunities! Also enjoy locally grown meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables from HK Farms and Pastorale Farms. Concessions will be available and Nana’s Country Store and Bake Shop will have her famous jams, cakes, cookies, and pies! TIPS BEFORE VISITING Dress Appropriately: closed-toed shoes are highly recommended, be ready for any kind of weather, umbrellas are helpful on sunny days as well as rainy days! Be prepared for insect encounters, farms are home to many species of plants and animals. We do our best to control their presence in high traffic areas, but ultimately it’s our job to leave them in peace and take precautions to avoid them when possible. Please bring necessary medical supplies if you have concerns. There are only porta-potties available for restroom facilities Concessions are available A first aid kit is available HELPFUL PACKING LIST Cash Umbrella Sunscreen Hat/Glasses Bug spray Allergy medication (if applicable) 22480 Highway 441 N, Micanopy, Florida 32667, United States
Take a farm tour at Grandview Clydesdales. This is a 2 hour guided tour of the Grandview Clydesdales operation, which puts you up close and personal with one of the most award-winning Clydesdale farms in the world and not to mention one of the most famous breeds of horse in the world; the Clydesdale! You will get to experience the day-to-day operations of Grandview Clydesdales and all aspects will be covered. This includes right from the beginning of a new clydesdale life; which is the ultrasound the mares for breeding, to the birth of baby Clydesdales, all the way through to winning world championships or starring infamous commercials; this tour will miss nothing in between. Cost: $48/person https://grandviewclydesdales.tours/tours/
Grandview Clydesdales
10020 Southwest 125th Court Road
Take a farm tour at Grandview Clydesdales. This is a 2 hour guided tour of the Grandview Clydesdales operation, which puts you up close and personal with one of the most award-winning Clydesdale farms in the world and not to mention one of the most famous breeds of horse in the world; the Clydesdale! You will get to experience the day-to-day operations of Grandview Clydesdales and all aspects will be covered. This includes right from the beginning of a new clydesdale life; which is the ultrasound the mares for breeding, to the birth of baby Clydesdales, all the way through to winning world championships or starring infamous commercials; this tour will miss nothing in between. Cost: $48/person https://grandviewclydesdales.tours/tours/
During the Ocala farm tour, expect a beautiful drive in a Mercedes or Ford van through the heart of horse country, with stops at three locations of approximately 30 minutes each. Throughout the drive, our guides give a background on Ocala’s history. The conversation ranges from why fences are painted black, to Ocala’s rich lime rock base, to how Scotch Tape and Campbell Soup have a lot to do with the development of Florida’s horse industry. You then see what one of only four major thoroughbred centers in the world is like. Marion County produced American Pharoah, Triple Crown Winner of 2015, Nyquist, winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby, and other famous horses. The group’s horse experience can range from people that have never touched a horse in their lives to professionals. You enjoy very close encounters with horses of all disciplines and breeds. Depending on the time of year, you might be sniffed by curious foals, watch potential Kentucky Derby favorites thunder down the track, get nudged for more carrots by a retired earner of $2.8M, or stand in awe of a magnificent stallion. Cost: $65/person https://www.farmtoursofocala.com/activities/farm-tour/
Farm Tours of Ocala
801 SW 60th Ave
During the Ocala farm tour, expect a beautiful drive in a Mercedes or Ford van through the heart of horse country, with stops at three locations of approximately 30 minutes each. Throughout the drive, our guides give a background on Ocala’s history. The conversation ranges from why fences are painted black, to Ocala’s rich lime rock base, to how Scotch Tape and Campbell Soup have a lot to do with the development of Florida’s horse industry. You then see what one of only four major thoroughbred centers in the world is like. Marion County produced American Pharoah, Triple Crown Winner of 2015, Nyquist, winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby, and other famous horses. The group’s horse experience can range from people that have never touched a horse in their lives to professionals. You enjoy very close encounters with horses of all disciplines and breeds. Depending on the time of year, you might be sniffed by curious foals, watch potential Kentucky Derby favorites thunder down the track, get nudged for more carrots by a retired earner of $2.8M, or stand in awe of a magnificent stallion. Cost: $65/person https://www.farmtoursofocala.com/activities/farm-tour/
Is it The Cliffs that make The Canyons the most sensational adventure park in Florida? Or maybe it’s the Zips at 155 feet high and 1,150 feet long. Or maybe it’s the kayaking on spring fed lakes? Or maybe it’s the mountain-like elevation changes on horseback, or soaking up the breathtaking scenery and wine on our historical tasting tours….or maybe it’s the fact that none of this should exist in Florida, but it does, and it’s ONLY HERE, at THE CANYONS ZIP LINE & ADVENTURE PARK! Learn More: https://www.zipthecanyons.com/
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The Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park
8045 Northwest Gainesville Road
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Is it The Cliffs that make The Canyons the most sensational adventure park in Florida? Or maybe it’s the Zips at 155 feet high and 1,150 feet long. Or maybe it’s the kayaking on spring fed lakes? Or maybe it’s the mountain-like elevation changes on horseback, or soaking up the breathtaking scenery and wine on our historical tasting tours….or maybe it’s the fact that none of this should exist in Florida, but it does, and it’s ONLY HERE, at THE CANYONS ZIP LINE & ADVENTURE PARK! Learn More: https://www.zipthecanyons.com/

Food scene

Established in 1952, The Yearling has become a Florida Landmark. We serve Southern Cuisine, specializing in the food rural Floridians have hunted, fished and prepared for generations. We invite you to Cross Creek, a little bend in the road, enchanting in its unspoiled beauty. Here you'll find yourself back in time. In the canopy of granddaddy oaks, tall palms, and lush citrus groves, wildlife abounds. Come inside and you'll be immersed in the ambience of the old South, genuine hospitality, and real blues music performed live by the legendary Bluesman Willie "Real Deal" Green. Open Thursday-Sunday 12:00-9:00 PM 14531 East County Road 325 Hawthorne, FL 32640 Phone: 352-466-3999
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The Yearling Restaurant
14531 Co Rd 325
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Established in 1952, The Yearling has become a Florida Landmark. We serve Southern Cuisine, specializing in the food rural Floridians have hunted, fished and prepared for generations. We invite you to Cross Creek, a little bend in the road, enchanting in its unspoiled beauty. Here you'll find yourself back in time. In the canopy of granddaddy oaks, tall palms, and lush citrus groves, wildlife abounds. Come inside and you'll be immersed in the ambience of the old South, genuine hospitality, and real blues music performed live by the legendary Bluesman Willie "Real Deal" Green. Open Thursday-Sunday 12:00-9:00 PM 14531 East County Road 325 Hawthorne, FL 32640 Phone: 352-466-3999
Antonio, born in Ponza, Italy has brought authentic Italian to North Florida. Antonio and his wife are proud to be the owners of the old Harvest Village located between the scenic towns of Micanopy and McIntosh. The property has 4 historical buildings that were relocated to site around 1978 or so the story goes. There is an old citrus packing house, built in 1890 and relocated from Citra. A staged gas station whose original building is from the 1890’s sits next to the packing house. Antonio’s fine dining restaurant is located in an old “cracker” house that was built in 1925 and relocated from up on the hill behind the property. And perhaps the most interesting is the old train station that was built in 1881 and relocated from Reddick that houses their sports bar and speakeasy. Antonio and Arleen continue to take great care in preserving the historical relevance while creating unique venues. It is a short relaxing drive through Payne’s Prairie, with no traffic or driving around looking for a parking space. Reservations recommended! See Menu, hours, and directions: https://www.antonios.co/
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Antonio's Made In Italy
22050 U.S. 441
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Antonio, born in Ponza, Italy has brought authentic Italian to North Florida. Antonio and his wife are proud to be the owners of the old Harvest Village located between the scenic towns of Micanopy and McIntosh. The property has 4 historical buildings that were relocated to site around 1978 or so the story goes. There is an old citrus packing house, built in 1890 and relocated from Citra. A staged gas station whose original building is from the 1890’s sits next to the packing house. Antonio’s fine dining restaurant is located in an old “cracker” house that was built in 1925 and relocated from up on the hill behind the property. And perhaps the most interesting is the old train station that was built in 1881 and relocated from Reddick that houses their sports bar and speakeasy. Antonio and Arleen continue to take great care in preserving the historical relevance while creating unique venues. It is a short relaxing drive through Payne’s Prairie, with no traffic or driving around looking for a parking space. Reservations recommended! See Menu, hours, and directions: https://www.antonios.co/
Rated one of the top 4 BBQ restaurants in the whole state of Florida! Pearls is an iconic stop in the historic town of Micanopy, Florida. You’ll find great barbecue, country breakfasts and even books on Florida’s cultural and natural history. Whether you’re visiting the historic sites at Micanopy or biking with friends, Pearl Country Store’s friendly community atmosphere makes it the perfect place to relax and get a bite to eat. Open Monday-Thursday 6:00 AM-7:00 PM & Friday-Sunday 6:00 AM-8:00 PM 106A NE Hwy 441 Micanopy, FL 32667 Phone (352) 466-4025
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Pearl Country Store & Barbecue
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Rated one of the top 4 BBQ restaurants in the whole state of Florida! Pearls is an iconic stop in the historic town of Micanopy, Florida. You’ll find great barbecue, country breakfasts and even books on Florida’s cultural and natural history. Whether you’re visiting the historic sites at Micanopy or biking with friends, Pearl Country Store’s friendly community atmosphere makes it the perfect place to relax and get a bite to eat. Open Monday-Thursday 6:00 AM-7:00 PM & Friday-Sunday 6:00 AM-8:00 PM 106A NE Hwy 441 Micanopy, FL 32667 Phone (352) 466-4025
Looking for some pizza or a great salad? The original Blue Highway, this pizzeria is a small roadside restaurant located on scenic Highway 441, at the entrance to historic Micanopy between Ocala and Gainesville, Florida. Famous for antiques and as the location for the film Doc Hollywood, the small unbelievably picturesque town is home to the original “Highway to Pizza Heaven.” The ambiance is fun, funky, and casual, reminding you that driving down the blue highways of small town USA can bring unexpected treasures. Open Daily: 11:30-8:00 PM 204 N.E US Highway 441 Micanopy, FL 32667 352-466-0062
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Blue Highway a Pizzeria
204 Northeast Highway 441
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Looking for some pizza or a great salad? The original Blue Highway, this pizzeria is a small roadside restaurant located on scenic Highway 441, at the entrance to historic Micanopy between Ocala and Gainesville, Florida. Famous for antiques and as the location for the film Doc Hollywood, the small unbelievably picturesque town is home to the original “Highway to Pizza Heaven.” The ambiance is fun, funky, and casual, reminding you that driving down the blue highways of small town USA can bring unexpected treasures. Open Daily: 11:30-8:00 PM 204 N.E US Highway 441 Micanopy, FL 32667 352-466-0062
A full supermarket including ethnic American and Hispanic groceries, plus an adjoining restaurant with dine-in areas, La Hacienda is an authentic favorite of the locals. Everything is made fresh on-site and staff is fully bi-lingual! 4185 W. Highway 40 Ocala, FL 34482 352-512-0746 For More: https://www.lahaciendaocala.com/Home.html
La Hacienda Restaurant and Supermarket
4185 FL-40
A full supermarket including ethnic American and Hispanic groceries, plus an adjoining restaurant with dine-in areas, La Hacienda is an authentic favorite of the locals. Everything is made fresh on-site and staff is fully bi-lingual! 4185 W. Highway 40 Ocala, FL 34482 352-512-0746 For More: https://www.lahaciendaocala.com/Home.html
In the mood for Indian? Look no further. Amrit Palace is an authentic Indian restaurant in the heart of Ocala. Enjoy some shopping and grab a delicious bite to eat. Sweet, savory, spicy! 3415 SouthWest College Road Ocala, FL 34474 352-873-8500 For More: http://amritpalace.com/
Amrit Palace
3415 Southwest College Road
In the mood for Indian? Look no further. Amrit Palace is an authentic Indian restaurant in the heart of Ocala. Enjoy some shopping and grab a delicious bite to eat. Sweet, savory, spicy! 3415 SouthWest College Road Ocala, FL 34474 352-873-8500 For More: http://amritpalace.com/
First Magnitude Brewing Company is a nationally and internationally awarded craft brewery and taproom located near downtown Gainesville, Florida. Enjoy the tasting room and beer garden (families welcome). Check out the food truck schedule to see what eats will be available during your visit. An outstanding staple doing great things for the community and the environment! 1220 SE Veitch Street Gainesville, FL 32601 See hours and more: https://fmbrewing.com/taproom/
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First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 Southeast Veitch Street
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First Magnitude Brewing Company is a nationally and internationally awarded craft brewery and taproom located near downtown Gainesville, Florida. Enjoy the tasting room and beer garden (families welcome). Check out the food truck schedule to see what eats will be available during your visit. An outstanding staple doing great things for the community and the environment! 1220 SE Veitch Street Gainesville, FL 32601 See hours and more: https://fmbrewing.com/taproom/
A modern Japanese pub. Authentic. Artful. Fresh. Sushi and Sashimi. Saké. A globally inspired menu, including a number of vegetarian options! Amazing sushi in downtown Gainesville. Kaizen—to always be improving. The spirit that drives us. Fish are flown in from Japan. Produce from the farm. Everything fresh. Our reputation rests on the creativity of every dish and drink. We find joy in every meaningful connection. And purpose in every detail. 201 SE 2nd Avenue #104 Gainesville, FL 32601 352-371-3359 For More: https://www.dragonflyrestaurants.com/gainesville-florida/
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Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company
201 Southeast 2nd Avenue
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A modern Japanese pub. Authentic. Artful. Fresh. Sushi and Sashimi. Saké. A globally inspired menu, including a number of vegetarian options! Amazing sushi in downtown Gainesville. Kaizen—to always be improving. The spirit that drives us. Fish are flown in from Japan. Produce from the farm. Everything fresh. Our reputation rests on the creativity of every dish and drink. We find joy in every meaningful connection. And purpose in every detail. 201 SE 2nd Avenue #104 Gainesville, FL 32601 352-371-3359 For More: https://www.dragonflyrestaurants.com/gainesville-florida/
U-Pick Price- $4.00 per pound and Fresh Packed Blueberries $5 per pound 8am-4pm 7 days a week. Enjoy a fresh gourmet lunch 7 days a week at Papa & Gigi’s Cafe located on site. We also offer fresh baked goods, blueberry candy, milkshakes, and ice cream available in our Sweet Shack & Farm Store. We provide bucket and harness for picking, box to take berries home, picnic tables, rocking chairs, playground, and clean bathrooms. We accept cash and major credit cards. No checks. ABSOLUTELY NO ANIMALS/PETS ALLOWED ON THE FARM AT ANYTIME Directions: Heading North on Hwy 27 -Turn Left on NE 140th Ct. (at the BP Station) -Turn Right onto 40th St. -Make an immediate Left onto NE 140th Ave. -Drive .06 miles and the Farm is on the right.
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Red, White and Blues Farm
3250 NE 140th Ave
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U-Pick Price- $4.00 per pound and Fresh Packed Blueberries $5 per pound 8am-4pm 7 days a week. Enjoy a fresh gourmet lunch 7 days a week at Papa & Gigi’s Cafe located on site. We also offer fresh baked goods, blueberry candy, milkshakes, and ice cream available in our Sweet Shack & Farm Store. We provide bucket and harness for picking, box to take berries home, picnic tables, rocking chairs, playground, and clean bathrooms. We accept cash and major credit cards. No checks. ABSOLUTELY NO ANIMALS/PETS ALLOWED ON THE FARM AT ANYTIME Directions: Heading North on Hwy 27 -Turn Left on NE 140th Ct. (at the BP Station) -Turn Right onto 40th St. -Make an immediate Left onto NE 140th Ave. -Drive .06 miles and the Farm is on the right.
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Ivy on the Square
53 SE Magnolia Exd
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Roma Italian Restaurant
2775 NW 49th Ave
Ocala’s downtown square is rich in history, architecture, and Horse Fever horses. The tour stops at four of our most popular restaurants. Come explore with us and experience the tastes of Ocala. Cost: $55 3 Hours-All ages Tuesdays-Saturdays 2:00 PM Learn More: https://www.ocalafoodwalks.com/culinary-tour-of-ocalas-restaurant-scene/
Ocala Food Walks
16 South Magnolia Avenue
Ocala’s downtown square is rich in history, architecture, and Horse Fever horses. The tour stops at four of our most popular restaurants. Come explore with us and experience the tastes of Ocala. Cost: $55 3 Hours-All ages Tuesdays-Saturdays 2:00 PM Learn More: https://www.ocalafoodwalks.com/culinary-tour-of-ocalas-restaurant-scene/
Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner
3117 Southwest 34th Street

Grocery/Pharmacy

Although there are a few smaller or closer grocery stores nearby, we recommend making a 20 minute trip to Publix. You will have a much larger selection and a happier experience. A pharmacy is also available.
Publix Super Market at The Shops at Foxwood
Although there are a few smaller or closer grocery stores nearby, we recommend making a 20 minute trip to Publix. You will have a much larger selection and a happier experience. A pharmacy is also available.
Open 7:00 AM-5:00 PM daily, Puggy's is a full-service produce market, great prices, hard-to-find items, and excellent customer service.
Puggy’s Produce
5851 Southeast 5th Street
Open 7:00 AM-5:00 PM daily, Puggy's is a full-service produce market, great prices, hard-to-find items, and excellent customer service.

Spas

Rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit in a 7,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon. Featuring multiple massage treatments, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, and a hair salon for men and women. Treatment Menu: https://worldequestriancenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Calluna-Spa-Web-Brochure-0521.pdf Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 am-7 pm Sunday, 10 am-5 pm 352.414.7862
Calluna Spa at The Equestrian Hotel
8510 NW 17th Lane
Rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit in a 7,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon. Featuring multiple massage treatments, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, and a hair salon for men and women. Treatment Menu: https://worldequestriancenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Calluna-Spa-Web-Brochure-0521.pdf Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 am-7 pm Sunday, 10 am-5 pm 352.414.7862
A soothing and tranquil oasis designed to help you leave the stress of the world behind. Established in 2003, Spa Royale has since been on a mission to bring you the most luxurious and relaxing spa treatments. Relax with an award winning massage; rediscover beauty with a world class facial or treat your feet with a dreamy Zero Gravity Spa Pedicure. Allow all of your senses to indulge in delightful scents and soft calming music to help induce relaxation and melt your stress away. Treatment Menu: https://sparoyale.net/treatments/ Address: 910 NW 57th Street Gainesville, FL 32605 Phone: 352-600-2498 Hours: Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed Tuesday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM Friday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Spa Royale
2555 Southwest 76 Street
A soothing and tranquil oasis designed to help you leave the stress of the world behind. Established in 2003, Spa Royale has since been on a mission to bring you the most luxurious and relaxing spa treatments. Relax with an award winning massage; rediscover beauty with a world class facial or treat your feet with a dreamy Zero Gravity Spa Pedicure. Allow all of your senses to indulge in delightful scents and soft calming music to help induce relaxation and melt your stress away. Treatment Menu: https://sparoyale.net/treatments/ Address: 910 NW 57th Street Gainesville, FL 32605 Phone: 352-600-2498 Hours: Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed Tuesday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM Friday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM–6:00 PM