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North Central Florida… Where Nature & Culture Meet

Click for Gainesville, Florida ForecastThe Gainesville/Alachua County area is the nation's best place to live, according to Money Magazine, September 1995. For six consecutive years, it has been tapped as Florida's most livable city and has ranked among the leaders in the nation.

Situated in the heart of beautiful North Central Florida, the Gainesville area basks in Gulf breezes that make summer days warm and nights cool, and produce dry and mild winters. It is this most favorable geographic location that gives Gainesville its outstanding climate-warm sunny days for outdoor activities and cool fall evenings, affording our citizens a wonderful change of seasons.

boating in Gainesville, flFlorida's natural resources are evident in Alachua County. Smooth, flowing rivers for fishing and boating, glistening springs for swimming and diving and many parks for picnics and day trips offer our residents and visitors the very best in healthy outdoor fun for the whole family. With the area containing approximately 100 square miles of dotted scenic lakes, wetlands and trails, it is a delight for nature lovers of all ages.

Gainesville, known as Tree City, U.S.A., offers a heavy tree canopy of pines and hardwoods, keeping us cool in the summer and sheltered in the winter. In addition, a wide variety of cultural events, including arts festivals and exhibits, galleries and theaters delight both young and old, offering exceptional balance to our diversified academic, medical, agricultural and industrial activities.

couple running in alachua countyGainesville is proud to be the first designated "Gold Level Well City" in the nation! The city received this honored in April 2003 by the Wellness Council of America, for this highest level achievement and was realized after a three-year campaign to challenge the trend of obesity. Twenty-one area businesses and organizations (more than 50 percent of the total area workforce) assembled employee wellness teams responsible for planning, developing, and evaluating worksite wellness activities and programs.


home of the 2008 national champions
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Gator Basketball
Gator Basketball

There are nationally acclaimed collegiate football, basketball, soccer, and track events, as well as swimming, golf and tennis. Fans flock to the athletic events located on the campus of the University of Florida. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, the university's football stadium, known as “the Swamp” where “only Gators come out alive,” is home to the SEC powerhouse Gator football team. Gator fans from around the country converge on the city for Florida football every fall. In 1991, the team won its first Southeast Conference Championship and became the first team in the University's history to achieve a 10-win season. In 1996, the team won the National Championship. It also is the site for the high school state championship games each December. The original stadium, the lower half of the current stadium, was built in 1930. Completion of the South End Zone in August 1982 raised seating capacity to over 72,000. Addition of the North End Zone brought it to over 84,000. Today it seats more than 90,000 fans and makes Florida Field the largest stadium in Florida.

Heeeere come the gators
Heeeere Come the GATORS!


home of the 2006 national champions
Steven C O'Connell Center

The O’Connell Center, which covers 3.6 acres, or approximately 296,000-square feet, was built mainly for instruction & recreation. Up to 1,500 students a day take physical education classes while many more take advantage of the facilities for recreational swimming, martial arts, weightlifting & other activities. Many of the University teams such as basketball & gymnastics teams call the O Dome their home. More than 1,000 persons can participate simultaneously in at least nine different activities. Events hosted include rock concerts, philharmonic orchestras, international swimming meets, basketball games, circuses & fairs. In 2006, the men’s basketball team also captured its first National Championship by defeating UCLA.

NHRA raceway located in Gainesville, flEach March, drag racing fans numbering more than 135,000 are drawn to the NHRA Gatornationals, during the four-day event. In addition to this stop on the NHRA circuit, the Gainesville Raceway hosts amateur car, motorcycle and Jr. Dragster drag races.

GSOC the area’s full time sports commission, Alachua CountyThrough the efforts of the Gainesville Sports Organizing Committee, Inc. (GSOC), the area’s full time sports commission, Alachua County has attracted many exciting events in recent years. Since 1988, the GSOC has hosted and helped other organizations host events that have created more than $100 million in local economic activity.

A sampling of events hosted by the GSOC includes USA Track & Field Junior Nationals, SE Regional Junior Olympic Wrestling for USA Wrestling, Baquacil Age Group Championships (the world’s largest synchronized swimming event), US Cycling Junior Road Nationals, Speedo Junior Nationals for USA Swimming, Florida Sunshine State Games, Florida Law Enforcement Games, National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, US Tennis $10K Women’s Tournament, Florida Special Olympics Basketball and Golf Championships, Gainesville Senior Games, State High School Tennis Championships, the Third Annual Sports Medicine Seminar, and the ASA/NRA Pro Am Florida Invitational Archery Tournament.( family biking on more than 60 miles of roadways throughout alachua county

Cyclists can pedal almost anywhere in the county with 60 miles of roadways containing on-street bike lanes. Gainesville has been ranked among the top 10 bicycling communities in the U. S. by Bicycling Magazine. Cyclist will also enjoy the Hawthorne Trail, a 16 mile paved trail that stretches from Gainesville to Hawthorne.

Gainesville, fl host nine golf courses that challenge the most avid golferThe Gainesville area has nine golf courses and practice facilities to challenge the most avid golfer. Each October, the Chamber hosts its annual ProEd Golf Classic, with proceeds benefiting the Chamber Teacher Mini-Grant Program and other Chamber education programs.

In essence, the climate, housing affordability, leisure and cultural activities, healthcare facilities and community services all contribute to make Gainesville one of the most sought after places to live.

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