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Kentucky & Chelsea's Guidebook

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Kentucky & Chelsea's Guidebook

Nature
The Rainbow river is a crystal clear, spring fed river an hour west of Gainesville that's great for tubing or boating. Entry to the park is $2. Check out the park's website for information on tube rentals and shuttle.
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Rainbow River
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The Rainbow river is a crystal clear, spring fed river an hour west of Gainesville that's great for tubing or boating. Entry to the park is $2. Check out the park's website for information on tube rentals and shuttle.
The Cellon oak is Florida's largest live oak measuring 30 feet wide and 85 feet tall, with a crown spread of 160 feet. This ancient giant has been around for a few hundred years at least and is a great spot for picnics under its expansive bough. Kids and adults enjoy climbing the low-hanging branches and the back drop is great for memorable photos.
Cellon Oak Park
4100 NW 169th Pl
The Cellon oak is Florida's largest live oak measuring 30 feet wide and 85 feet tall, with a crown spread of 160 feet. This ancient giant has been around for a few hundred years at least and is a great spot for picnics under its expansive bough. Kids and adults enjoy climbing the low-hanging branches and the back drop is great for memorable photos.
Rent a tube and float down a crystal clear, turquoise river that's 72 degrees year round. Enjoy one of Florida's most beautiful First Magnitude springs while you view turtles, wading birds, otters, and if you're lucky--the Florida manatee (typically winter residents).
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park- Southern Entrance
12087 Southwest U.S.Highway 27
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Rent a tube and float down a crystal clear, turquoise river that's 72 degrees year round. Enjoy one of Florida's most beautiful First Magnitude springs while you view turtles, wading birds, otters, and if you're lucky--the Florida manatee (typically winter residents).
A wild walk in nature from the comfort of a raised boardwalk! You will definitely see wading birds and if you are lucky, you may seen an American alligator, wild horse, or bison. A short bike ride from our house and worth checking out!
Paynes Prairie Preserve North Entrance
4801 Camp Ranch Rd
A wild walk in nature from the comfort of a raised boardwalk! You will definitely see wading birds and if you are lucky, you may seen an American alligator, wild horse, or bison. A short bike ride from our house and worth checking out!
Designed to capture and treat stream water flowing to Payne's Prairie, Sweetwater Wetlands Park has managed to attract a large population of rare birds, including the limpkin, which feeds on the snail population within the park. If you want to see an alligator, this is the place! The park features gravel and boardwalk trails that loop around. If you are lucky, you may see the resident wild horse population roaming around from the adjacent Payne's Prairie State Park.
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Rd
Designed to capture and treat stream water flowing to Payne's Prairie, Sweetwater Wetlands Park has managed to attract a large population of rare birds, including the limpkin, which feeds on the snail population within the park. If you want to see an alligator, this is the place! The park features gravel and boardwalk trails that loop around. If you are lucky, you may see the resident wild horse population roaming around from the adjacent Payne's Prairie State Park.
Kentucky's favorite spring!
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Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
7450 Northeast 60th Street
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Kentucky's favorite spring!
Ginnie Springs is world-renowned for its collection of 5+ springs on the Santa Fe River with some of the best cave diving planet Earth has to offer.
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Ginnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
7300 Ginnie Springs Road
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Ginnie Springs is world-renowned for its collection of 5+ springs on the Santa Fe River with some of the best cave diving planet Earth has to offer.
Food scene
Swampy's is a piece of unique Florida river culture, with a swim up dock and large deck overlooking the Rainbow River. If you canoe or kayak down from K.P. Hole or Rainbow River State Park, you can tie up your boat to Swampy's dock, enjoy food and drinks on the deck and take your boat out all in one spot.
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Swampy's Bar & Grille
19773 East Pennsylvania Avenue
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Swampy's is a piece of unique Florida river culture, with a swim up dock and large deck overlooking the Rainbow River. If you canoe or kayak down from K.P. Hole or Rainbow River State Park, you can tie up your boat to Swampy's dock, enjoy food and drinks on the deck and take your boat out all in one spot.
A short walk from our place, Crane Ramen is a locally owned and operated restaurant that hand-makes their ramen noodles daily. If you enjoy pork, we recommend the Shoyu bowl.
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Crane Ramen
16 SW 1 Ave
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A short walk from our place, Crane Ramen is a locally owned and operated restaurant that hand-makes their ramen noodles daily. If you enjoy pork, we recommend the Shoyu bowl.
Centered in the heart of downtown, The Top is home to Gainesville's thriving punk and hipster subculture. Their menu features vegan, vegetarian, and omnivorous options that can please even the pickiest eater. The bar creates hand-made cocktails that are incredibly tasty and there are foosball tables and photo booths to occupy your time if you have to wait for a table. With extensive indoor and outdoor seating, this funky, vintage art decorated restaurant is worth a visit.
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The Top
30 North Main Street
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Centered in the heart of downtown, The Top is home to Gainesville's thriving punk and hipster subculture. Their menu features vegan, vegetarian, and omnivorous options that can please even the pickiest eater. The bar creates hand-made cocktails that are incredibly tasty and there are foosball tables and photo booths to occupy your time if you have to wait for a table. With extensive indoor and outdoor seating, this funky, vintage art decorated restaurant is worth a visit.
Tasty Thai food within walking distance of our place! We recommend the pad Thai, but haven't tried anything we haven't liked.
If It Is Kitchen&Café
104 S Main St
Tasty Thai food within walking distance of our place! We recommend the pad Thai, but haven't tried anything we haven't liked.
Loosey's features live music throughout the week and has one of the best burger deals in town--Wednesday nights (meat) burgers are $5. Loosey's also has vegetarian burgers and other vegetarian options, an array of beer choices, and an outdoor patio. It's also within walking distance of our house.
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Loosey's Downtown Gainesville
120 SW 1st Ave
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Loosey's features live music throughout the week and has one of the best burger deals in town--Wednesday nights (meat) burgers are $5. Loosey's also has vegetarian burgers and other vegetarian options, an array of beer choices, and an outdoor patio. It's also within walking distance of our house.
Affordable Indian buffet within walking distance of our home! $11 gets you a re-fillable plate, naan, a drink of your choice, and dessert.
Tikka Express
1011 W University Ave
Affordable Indian buffet within walking distance of our home! $11 gets you a re-fillable plate, naan, a drink of your choice, and dessert.
Big Lou's is a personal favorite for pizza & Italian food. With a wide ranging menu, they are sure to please anyone with an appetite. We recommend sitting outdoors on the open patio as the indoor ambience is lacking and the people watching is fun!
Big Lou's NY Style Pizzeria
5 SE 2nd Ave
Big Lou's is a personal favorite for pizza & Italian food. With a wide ranging menu, they are sure to please anyone with an appetite. We recommend sitting outdoors on the open patio as the indoor ambience is lacking and the people watching is fun!
Local restaurant with tasty brunch and outdoor seating! Within walking distance just off the bike trail from our home.
Afternoon
231 NW 10th Ave
Local restaurant with tasty brunch and outdoor seating! Within walking distance just off the bike trail from our home.
Stop into Mosswood Farm Store for a pastry and coffee and relax on the porch under the old Florida oaks and Spanish moss.
Mosswood Farm Store and Bakehouse
703 NE Cholokka Blvd
Stop into Mosswood Farm Store for a pastry and coffee and relax on the porch under the old Florida oaks and Spanish moss.
Tasty, local family owned pizzeria in historic Micanopy! ~15 minute drive from our home and worth the trip!
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Blue Highway a Pizzeria
204 Northeast Highway 441
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Tasty, local family owned pizzeria in historic Micanopy! ~15 minute drive from our home and worth the trip!
Vine is a Gainesville staple within walking distance of our home for fresh sourdough bread, pastries, and coffee.
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Vine Sourdough Bakery
627 North Main Street
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Vine is a Gainesville staple within walking distance of our home for fresh sourdough bread, pastries, and coffee.
El Indio serves authentic, cheap, fast Mexican food with delicious salsa.
El Indio
407 NW 13th St
El Indio serves authentic, cheap, fast Mexican food with delicious salsa.
Local downtown ice creamery within walking distance of our home. Great for house-made ice cream, coffee, and vegan sandwiches. Karma Cream serves both milk and vegan ice cream.
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Karma Cream
1025 W University Ave
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Local downtown ice creamery within walking distance of our home. Great for house-made ice cream, coffee, and vegan sandwiches. Karma Cream serves both milk and vegan ice cream.
Sightseeing
The Duckpond neighborhood features beautiful Victorian architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. The name comes from the duck pond, which has resident ducks and geese year round. Occasionally, a family of otters may visit. Feed the ducks using the food in the large metal trash cans located at the southern end of the pond.
Duckpond
The Duckpond neighborhood features beautiful Victorian architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. The name comes from the duck pond, which has resident ducks and geese year round. Occasionally, a family of otters may visit. Feed the ducks using the food in the large metal trash cans located at the southern end of the pond.
Music/Art/Activism
The Civic Media Center is a DIY show space and reading room home to the Stetson Kennedy Library and Travis Fristoe Zine Library. Pop in for a DIY show, screening of a film, or an Art Walk event (last Friday of the month) featuring local artists. (We aren't sure why Airb
Civic Media Center
433 S Main St
The Civic Media Center is a DIY show space and reading room home to the Stetson Kennedy Library and Travis Fristoe Zine Library. Pop in for a DIY show, screening of a film, or an Art Walk event (last Friday of the month) featuring local artists. (We aren't sure why Airb
A Gainesville staple, The Atlantic has great shows most nights of the week.
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The Atlantic Nightspot
15 North Main Street
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A Gainesville staple, The Atlantic has great shows most nights of the week.
On Friday nights throughout the summer you can enjoy free music in the park!
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Bo Diddley Community Plaza
111 E University Ave
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On Friday nights throughout the summer you can enjoy free music in the park!
Grocery Stores
Ward's is our local grocer and one-stop shop for local produce, meats, and cheeses. Ward's has a large natural foods section and has kombucha on tap! Located approximately 1.1 miles north of our home.
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Ward's Supermarket
515 Northwest 23rd Avenue
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Ward's is our local grocer and one-stop shop for local produce, meats, and cheeses. Ward's has a large natural foods section and has kombucha on tap! Located approximately 1.1 miles north of our home.
Chun Ching Market is the closest grocery store to our home. Chun Ching offers fresh and affordable produce, as well as specialty Asian food items.
Chun Ching Market 重庆超市
418 NW 8th Ave
Chun Ching Market is the closest grocery store to our home. Chun Ching offers fresh and affordable produce, as well as specialty Asian food items.
Local Breweries
Cypress & Grove Brewery is within walking distance of our home and features locally brewed beers and kombucha on tap. Within walking distance just off the bike trail from our home.
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Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St
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Cypress & Grove Brewery is within walking distance of our home and features locally brewed beers and kombucha on tap. Within walking distance just off the bike trail from our home.
First Magnitude is a family friendly brewery that features a large fenced in play area for kids complete with picnic tables and playground equipment. Inside the tap room they have games and picnic tables suitable for small or large groups. Usually a food truck is parked outside if you get hungry.
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First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 Southeast Veitch Street
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First Magnitude is a family friendly brewery that features a large fenced in play area for kids complete with picnic tables and playground equipment. Inside the tap room they have games and picnic tables suitable for small or large groups. Usually a food truck is parked outside if you get hungry.
Museums
The Florida Museum of Natural History is a must-visit for anyone who loves natural history, fossils, archaeology, and paleontology. Admission is free to the museum, with the exception of a small fee for traveling exhibits. Take a photo standing in the fossilized jaws of the megalodon--the largest shark to ever live and a past resident of Florida! See the museum's collections of indigenous Timucuan artifacts and explore the inside of a limestone cave. Not to be missed!
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Florida Museum of Natural History-Exhibits
3215 Hull Road
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The Florida Museum of Natural History is a must-visit for anyone who loves natural history, fossils, archaeology, and paleontology. Admission is free to the museum, with the exception of a small fee for traveling exhibits. Take a photo standing in the fossilized jaws of the megalodon--the largest shark to ever live and a past resident of Florida! See the museum's collections of indigenous Timucuan artifacts and explore the inside of a limestone cave. Not to be missed!
The Harn Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the south featuring African, Asian, Contemporary, Modern, and Photography collections year round. Traveling exhibits change frequently--check their website for current exhibits.
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Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road
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The Harn Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the south featuring African, Asian, Contemporary, Modern, and Photography collections year round. Traveling exhibits change frequently--check their website for current exhibits.