Looking for wide open spaces? Visitors and residents who love Gainesville and Alachua County are getting back to nature and outdoor open air activities as a way to find balance.
We’ve compiled a list of where you can go in our area to catch sunrises and sunsets, walk, bike or go birding while still adhering to the recommended social distancing practices for public health safety. And for when you are sheltering in place, read on to see what our award-winning restaurants and craft breweries are doing to make your creature comfort cravings available for pick-up or delivery – as seen here, some are even providing entertainment!
The Alachua County Library District is supporting the community with free online resources that may help you start planning and dreaming about future adventures. And the Hippodrome Theatre is getting us excited for their 2020-2021 Mainstage season.
Please continue to be safe. We are proud to live in this mindful, resourceful and resilient community, and to share with you all that we have to offer – What’s Good.
Be safe and be well,
– Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County
SAFETY FIRST: BE INFORMED ABOUT COVID-19
For more information on mass gatherings, visit the CDC Mass Gatherings COVID-19 website.
For current Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, visit the Alachua County Coronavirus website, the Alachua County Facebook page, call the Coronavirus Information Line at 866-779-6121, visit the Florida Department of Health website, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The below information was accurate at the time of publishing. Due to the current fluctuating environment, please contact organizers directly to double check details.
GET OUTDOORS and EXPLORE
Gainesville and Alachua County Feature Outdoor Open Spaces in Spades
With many park closures, it may be difficult to figure out where you can still go for outdoor relaxation, recreation and exercise. Visit Gainesville, Alachua County compiled a list, with photos and descriptions, of parks and open areas to feature What’s Good Now – outdoor areas that remain open as of publishing. Please note that due to the changing environment and regulations open hours are subject to change. We ask that you please adhere strictly to public health safety guidelines, keep 6 feet away from others and follow all State and local ordinances.
Click to find a list of open spaces, What’s Good Now.
Plan Your Next Adventure or Brush Up On Your Knowledge of the Area with Digital Resources from the Library District
Alachua County residents, tap into the Library District’s online resources to enjoy our beautiful region. The Library District offers more than 79,000 digital books and audiobooks online. Library cardholders can borrow digital items and now county residents can sign up for access with just a cellphone number at www.aclib.us/OverDrive.
Want to get outside? Check out “Gainesville & Ocala: Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes,”“Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in Central Florida,”“Complete Guide to Florida Wildflowers,”“Birds of Florida,” and these guides. You can also brush up on your birding knowledge with these titles.
You can also dive into local history during your time at home with the Library District’s Heritage Collection photos.
Birds of a Feather Can Flock Together in Safe Distances
Did you know that Alachua County was listed to have the largest inland winter bird count in North America during the Audubon 2018 Christmas Bird Count? Click here for a calendar of birding, a list of birds found in Alachua County, photos of rare birds found in the area and more.
If Your Prefer to Keep Your Outdoor Adventures Swampy…
The University of Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, known to Florida Gators football fans as The Swamp, is the host facility to some of the SEC football league’s most exciting battles. It’s also the occasional stage for legendary rock and country music concerts. The Swamp is the largest football stadium in the state of Florida, but when it is not being used it’s “day job” residents and visitors are welcomed to get their socially-distanced exercise on within the facility.
The stadium is open daily from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. It is located at 157 Gale Lemerand Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611. The public can enter and exit the facility through Gate 18.Hours are subject to change. For more information, please call (352) 375-4683 or visit the official Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Facebook page for updates. Go Gators!
WEEKEND-IN-PLACE : LOCAL RESOURCES
The Show Must Go On! The Hippodrome Announces the 2020 – 2021 Season
Watch the season announcement of new plays on the Main Stage and Second Stage!
MusicGNV presents Indie Bedroom Pop with Katy Deitz
Monday, April 6, 7 p.m.
Live at Heartwood – If you are missing local live music performances try streaming some of THE BEST (prerecorded) indie bands to hit the stage at Heartwood Soundstage – on any device, the bigger the better!
Homegrown (indoors) 100% Gainesville Live Broadcast with DJ Adikt
Saturday, April 4, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Open Mic from Home with The Bull on Facebook Live
Monday, April 6, 9 p.m.
VIRTUAL SHOPPING WITH A LOCAL FLAIR
The AUK Market Virtual Sale
Find a variety of jewelry, soaps, art, ceramics, clothing and more created by local artists or curated by vintage vendors.
“Making Lemonade” Live Event with Kelly’s Kreations Gift Baskets
Friday, April 3, 3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
CRAFT BREWERIES – PACKAGE TAKE OUT
Celebrate National Beer Day on Tuesday, April 7 by Grabbing Local Craft Beer To-Go
Growler Fills and Kegs from Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
To-go Cans from Swamp Head Brewery
Drive-Thru Beer Pick Up at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Growler Fills and 32 oz. Crowlers at Blackadder Brewing Company
Growler Fills at High Springs Brewing Company
Sangria, Wines and more at Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House
Hang In There and Support Local Efforts
First Magnitude Brewing Company is donating 100% of the proceeds from these new koozies to local Covid-19 relief efforts.
Hang Out Virtually with MAGnify
First Magnitude Brewing Company is hosting a new series of online MAGnify events featuring local entertainers and businesses. Sign up for Virtual Brainaholics Trivia or MAGnify Monday Yoga and stay tuned for future event announcements.
Looking for Cocktails To-Go?
Ingenious mixologists have delivered a new way to provide your favorite mixed drinks. Find to-go cocktails from Madrina’s, Cry Baby’s, Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company, If It Is Kitchen & Cafe, The Keys Grill & Piano Bar and more.
TAKE OUT, SNACKS & PROVISIONS
U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS
Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market CSA at Working Food
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Drive-Up Farmstand and U-Pick Strawberries at Rogers Farm
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Order Online for Pickup and Delivery from Swallowtail Farm
Wednesday and Saturday Pickup at Working Food
Deliveries on Fridays
U-Pick Strawberries and Farmstand at The Family Garden
Saturday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Haile Farmer’s Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Alachua County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Waldo Farmer’s Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grove Street Farmer’s Market
Monday, March 2, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Vote for Your Favorite Pieces of Art with the Harn Museum of Art’s “Art Madness” Bracket Challenge
Take a Virtual Museum Tour with the Greatest Hits from Florida Museum of Natural History
View Online Classes presented by the Cade Museum
SAVE THE DATE:
51st Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, June 5-7
For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events
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