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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“One of the most visited natural landmarks in the region, Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a must-see. Ichetucknee is a spring-fed, crystal-clear river of approximately six miles in length. For a small entrance fee you can get active on the Ichetucknee with scuba diving, snorkeling, cave exploration, swimming, paddle-boarding, canoeing and kayaking. Or, for the ultimate relaxation experience, visitors can choose to let the river's flow do all the work: Ichetucknee is one of Florida's top tubing locations! Tubing and kayaking equipment is available for rent through vendors located outside the park. Scuba diving is also available through the months of October to March in the gorgeous Blue Hole for certified scuba instructors only. Due to its popularity as a tubing destination, Ichetucknee Springs can be very busy on weekends and holidays; however, the crowds and long lines can be avoided by arriving early at the park. Enjoy the park with friends, family and even your pets! From 8AM to 6PM the park is available to all who want to come and enjoy the fresh north Florida air. Swim attire is not required for park entry, but is suggested to go for a splash in the water. The centrally located Ichetucknee connects to several springs on the Santa Fe River, including Ginnie, Lilly and Poe.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Campground
“Ginnie Springs is a private park with general admission to the public. This park has multiple springs along a stretch of the beautiful Santa Fe River. Perfect for tubing, cave diving, kayaking, and swimming.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is an outstanding restaurant for gatherings in a quiet town atmosphere outside of Gainesville. Come learn about the fresh water springs and the Florida aquifer. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Campground
“Beautiful State Park with springs and river access. Plenty of space to cook out and relax. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Dive Spot
“A bit farther from Gainesville, but worth the drive! Something the whole family can enjoy!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“The park is located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee River, and features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps and sandhills. Visitors can enjoy a day of hiking or biking on the park’s shaded trails. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Route
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of wildlife and beautiful springs, boardwalk and picnic areas. Only 2 miles away! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Springs art Gallery, restaurant and canoe/kayak rental with drop off and pick-up available. Music and other events.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Offers river adventures on the historic Santa Fe River only 3.2 miles away. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Awesome place to grab a cup of coffee and homemade sweet while hanging out in a relaxing atmosphere and shopping small gist items!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Diner
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“Old school diner with yummy good and great ice cream sundaes. Weekly bike nights! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“The oldest running theater in the state! New movies every week only $7 a ticket! Affordable concessions and a one of a kind experience. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Lizette is the owner of this eco-friendly, homemade soap and personal care boutique. Her products feature essential oils and organic ingredients. I absolutely love the lavender-vanilla body scrub, the orange-sandalwood lotion and her "must have" traveler's bundle soap. It is a bouquet of many "slices" of custom made soap designed for individual use for travelers or someone wanting to sample something delicious in the shower or bath! We thought it so nifty that we decided to offer the travelers bundle at the Sweet Little House as a complimentary part of your stay. She even has personalized grooming products for the guys, too, including beard oil, shave cream and other masculine skin enchantments! Whatever your skin needs may be or whatever your olfactory senses may crave, Buffalo Girl has it! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Dive Shop
“Less than a mile away, great place to experience all levels of scuba training and GUE Instructor Development Center. Dry suit and regulator repair, equipment rental, and dive shop for all your diving needs. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“This is an outstanding restaurant for gatherings in a quiet town atmosphere outside of Gainesville. Come learn about the fresh water springs and the Florida aquifer. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bakery
“Awesome place to grab a cup of coffee and homemade sweet while hanging out in a relaxing atmosphere and shopping small gist items!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Diner
“Old school diner with yummy good and great ice cream sundaes. Weekly bike nights! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Burger Joint
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Best Hamburgers in Florida especially through the drive-through. Also good Coke Floats. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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