May 2-10, 2015
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is an annual event sponsored by the Travel Industry Association and commemorated by states, cities and organizations across the nation. The goal of NTW is to highlight the powerful economic, social and cultural impacts of travel through events and celebrations recognize the incredible job travel as a major U.S. industry that is vital to the economic stability, security and perception of the United States.
Area Attraction and Restaurant Discounts available during NTTW
Sunday, May 3
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park -
Free tours for everyone.
Visitors to this old Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life where 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 admission fee is $3.00 per group in one vehicle. Fee waived for tours inside the house today. Address: 18700 S. County Road 325, Cross Creek. Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tours inside house at: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Phone: (352) 466-3672
Historic Haile Homestead
- Buy one admission, get one Free. Historic Haile Homestead built in 1856, is one of the few antebellum homes in North Central Florida. The Haile House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and was restored in 1996. Trained docents guide visitors through the Homestead and its history. Address: 8500 SW Archer Rd (SR 24), Gainesville Hours: Sun., Noon – 4 p.m.
Monday, May 4
Florida Museum of Natural History
– Buy one value admission to a T. Rex Named Sue and Butterfly Rainforest exhibits, get one value admission Free. Address: 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville Hours: Mon., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(both locations) - $1 off any breakfast or lunch entrée (excluding meal deals)
$2 off Any Dinner Entree.
David’s Real Pit BBQ was started in Gainesville, Florida, the heart of North Central Florida, by the late David Reber in the 1970’s. From the beginning, David’s mission was to serve quality BBQ at a fair price and to give back to the community that supported his business.
Address: West Location
5121A NW 39th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32606
Hours: Mon-Sat: 7am - 9pm; Sun: 8am - 9pm
Address: East Location
NE 23rd Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32609
Hours: Mon: 6am - 8pmTuesday, May 5
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
- Half price admission. Kanapaha is a 62-acre facility and is comprised of 14 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Address: 4700 S.W. 58th Drive, Gainesville Hours: Tues., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Blue Gill -
Drink Specials: Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Blue Gill. We have a variety of tequila based cocktails for $5 and 10% off all other tequila. Happy hour from 3-6 p.m. where everything from the bar and appetizers are $1 off, so those tequila drinks are actually $4 from 3-6 p.m. Blue Gill Quality food is a family-style restaurant serving fresh, contemporary meals inspired by southern cuisine. Blue Gill takes pride in serving the same fresh, local food as Mildred's Big City Food and New Deal Cafe. After visiting the Kanapaha Gardens, head east on Archer Rd. to 13th street and turn right. Parking in the garage above us, enter from the north. Address: 1310 Southwest 13th Street, Gainesville. Phone: (352) 872-5181 Hours: Tuesday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
– Free admission. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park demonstrates the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid-1940s-through three generations of the Dudley family. 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry Hours: Wed., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
O'leno State Park
- Free admission. Located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, the park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps, sandhills and a suspension bridge over the river. Visitors can picnic at pavilions and enjoy hiking on nature trails. Canoes and bicycles are also available for rent. Address: 410 S.E. O'Leno Park Road, High Springs Hours: Wed., 8 a.m. - Sundown
River Rise Preserve State Park
– Free admission. The Santa Fe River goes underground in O'Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise State Park as a circular pool before resuming its journey to the Suwannee River. Surrounded by quiet woods and huge trees, anglers can spend a relaxing afternoon fishing on the river. Hiking and wildlife viewing are also favorite pastimes for park visitors. Address: Enter through O’Leno State Park at this time to access River Rise (410 S.E. O'Leno Park Road, High
Springs) Hours: Wed., 8 a.m. – Sundown
New Deal Cafe
– Roman pizza and a beer for $10, lunch or dinner. Owned and operated by Tara & Bert Gill, New Deal Café has been dedicated to creating a casual dining experience while serving fresh and real food since 2003. Since the beginning we've made it our mission to help build a sustainable food community in Gainesville by working with local farmers and educating our community on the benefits of supporting locally grown, sustainable agriculture. Our passion for delicious and fresh combinations of flavors can be seen in our eclectic menu that is constantly updated based on the seasonal availability of ingredients. Come and enjoy our friendly and casual atmosphere for lunch and dinner, coffee, dessert or drinks. Address: 3443 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32607 Hours: Wednesday: 11am - 9pm.
Thursday, May 7
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
– Buy one admission, get one free.
The SF Teaching Zoo is coordinated by eight full time staff members, home to over 75 different species of animals and is maintained by over 200 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, Galapagos tortoises, 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.
Address: 3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville Hours: Thurs., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Vellos Historic Brickstreet Grill
- $4.50 martinis and Signature Cocktails. Explore food. Celebrate history. Vellos is a culinary tribute to historic Gainesville. We take cuisine and add our own modern twist to bring Alachua County's deep history back to life, one plate at a time. Address: 115 SE 1st Street, Gainesville. Phone: (352) 872-5556 Hours: Thursday:11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday, May 8
Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College - BOGO general admission. The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium is the only planetarium in North Central Florida, seats 60 guests beneath a 34 ft Spitz dome, and is equipped with two state of the art planetarium projectors.Address: 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building X-129, Gainesville Show time: Fri., 7 p.m.
Mildred’s Big City Food
– Dessert and two glasses of champagne for $12, lunch or dinner. Mildred's Big City Food was first established in Gainesville, in the summer of 1999. One of three restaurants owned and operated by Tara and Bert Gill, it's mission has been the mantra of the Gills' approach to cooking at all of their businesses: To serve fresh, delicious, and local food. That means working with local farmers to use sustainable and organic produce, cooking with fresh seafood caught from the waters surrounding Florida, and serving choice cuts of a variety of meats cooked to perfection. With a constantly changing menu that balances simplicity with sophistication, the staff at Mildred's are dedicated to learning new techniques and dishes. Come for lunch, dinner, coffee, dessert or drinks, and experience the food and atmosphere that garners Mildred's the Golden Spoon Award year after year. Address: 3445 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32607 Hours: Fri 11am - 3:30pm 5 - 10pm
Saturday, May 9
Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College - BOGO general admission. The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium is the only planetarium in North Central Florida, seats 60 guests beneath a 34 ft Spitz dome, and is equipped with two state of the art planetarium projectors.Address: 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building X-129, Gainesville Show time: Sat. 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 p.m.
Harvest Thyme Cafe
- 10% off at both locations. Harvest Thyme is committed to providing the Gainesville community with fresh and delicious meals every day, as we have done for over a decade. Our commitment to quality ingredients is what allows us to make the tastiest sandwiches, wraps, fresh fruit, salads, soups, and pastas in town. Along with our standard menu we offer gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options for our customers with special dietary needs. Stop on by to check out our daily soup and salad specials as well! 4780 Northwest 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606
2 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601 Hours: Saturday : 11am – 4:30pm
Sunday, May 10
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
– Mothers Free Admission. Kanapaha is a 62-acre facility developed and operated by the North Florida Botanical Society, a non-profit educational organization. Kanapaha is comprised of 14 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. Address: 4700 S.W. 58th Drive, Gainesville Hours: Sun., 9 a.m. – earlier of 7 p.m. or dusk
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