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
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is an educational conservation facility that rescues exotic animals in need. Carson Springs also has a rehabilitation license for native wildlife, and supports conservation of endangered species. The facility is home to over 25 different animal species and adheres to strict safety protocols to provide the animals with the best living … Continue reading Feeling Wild?
Taco bout love. Who would’ve thought a traffic jam would be the stepping stone to Cilantro Tacos? Back in 2013, Nareth Meth and his son were sitting in San Diego traffic, decided enough was enough, packed up and moved to Newberry, and the rest is history. Cilantro taco is a quant, modest restaurant in Newberry. … Continue reading Cilantro Tacos
The University of Florida is home to the largest occupied bat houses in North America. Estimates vary on just how many bats live on campus, from as many as 300,000, to between 100,000 to 200,000, but what is certain is that there are more bats on campus than you will see anywhere else. We went … Continue reading UF Bat Houses – World’s largest occupied bat house!
La Tienda first opened in 2000. Since then the owners have dedicated themselves to serving the Gainesville community with authentic Mexican dishes. Customers have the opportunity to try over 55 different choices. Some of the dishes include tacos dorados, enchiladas, and soups and stews. Today, the location attracts people from around the Gainesville community. If … Continue reading Local Mexican Restaurant, La Tienda, offers authentic dishes and a hidden Spanish Market!
The Dance Alive National Ballet opened up its new season with “Meet the Dancers” at the Cade Museum on Oct. 6th, offering a taste of the diverse performances the professional group will display through spring. The glass doors of the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention open to a fizzing crowd, with hors d'oeuvres and … Continue reading Dance Alive National Ballet Begins New Season with Exciting Programs
Leonardo’s By the Slice is good. Like can’t stop, hurts to breathe from being so full and happy good. Is it worth it? Yes. Would I do it again? Considering I have no self-control, more than likely. If you have never been to Leonardo’s By the Slice, I highly suggest you go. Their slices are … Continue reading Leonardo’s By the Slice
Every Wednesday, 52 weeks of the year, rain or shine, the cobblestone streets of Bo Diddley Plaza become a hub for local culture at downtown Gainesville’s Union Street Farmers Market. From 4 p.m. through 7 p.m., white tents teeming with local music, good deals and even better eats, decorate the space. The Union Street Farmers … Continue reading Union Street Farmers Market
Gainesville favorite, Satchel’s Pizza, offers a unique atmosphere and a variety of flavorful pizza and has been featured in Buzzfeed as one of “18 pizza joints to try before you die” (they came in at number six). Recently, a few of us at #BTSGainesville stopped by our favorite pizza joint to enjoy a meal. Most … Continue reading Satchel’s Pizza- A Gainesville tradition