Among a sea of pumpkin spice Starbucks, Beyond The Swamp recently decided to take a caffeinated tour around Gainesville to explore unique local coffee shops. As it turns out, there were more than we expected, and if we tried to visit them all in one day, we were worried all the caffeine would have kept … Continue reading Our coffee tour of Downtown Gainesville
When you think of Gainesville, alligators usually come to mind. But if you go a little bit beyond the swamp, you’ll find Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation - a 274-acre wildlife refuge less than 20 minutes from UF’s campus. From howling hyenas to loving lemurs, Carson Springs is home to more than 70 different animals from … Continue reading Walk on the Wild Side of Gainesville
The Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus is celebrating the 100th anniversary of being named the state’s official natural history museum by the Florida Legislature in 1917. The Museum is made-up of multiple buildings on the University of Florida campus including Dickinson Hall, Powell Hall, the Randell Research Center, and the McGuire … Continue reading Florida Museum Celebrates 100 years!
Payne’s Prairie State Park became Florida’s first state preserve in 1970 when the state purchased the land from the Camp family; and located at the north entrance of Payne’s Prairie is the charming La Chua Trail. While Gainesville is known for its alligators, the La Chua Trail is home to such local wildlife as wild … Continue reading La Chua Trail
New York City has Central Park. Chicago has Millennium Park. Washington, D.C., has the National Mall. All cities need an open area for people to gather, spend time with family, and enjoy the outdoors, and Gainesville is no different. So after almost 20 years of planning, in 2016, Gainesville opened Depot Park. Depot Park is … Continue reading Central Park, the Gainesville Way
Hulaween 2017 was a weekend full of memorable melodies, multiple musical acts, countless Rick and Morty costumes, hammocks and an abundance of mesmerizing artwork. From October 27 through 29, festival-goers attended the fifth Suwannee Hulaween. Held over Halloween weekend, better known locally as Florida/Georgia weekend, festival-goers enjoyed a camping and musical experience comparable to Okeechobee … Continue reading The Sights, Sounds and Sets of Suwannee Hulaween 2017 Music Festival
Every October since 2013, the Gainesville community has come out to watch Frankie and the Pretenders perform live skits on-stage accompanying the cult-classic musical ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ Frankie and the Pretenders are a shadow cast performance group directed and choreographed by Shay Smith. Before one of the shows, we got the chance to … Continue reading Rocky Horror Picture Show! Live on Stage