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Caves in Florida and Beyond

Terra Ronca Caves, Cape Verde, caves near me & beyondImage Credit: Caio Ribeiro, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Looking for something you haven’t tried for the summer? Plan a trip to visit a cave in Florida or beyond! Search for the closest local caves with, caves near me. Check out some natural wonders below:

Warren’s Cave:

Near Gainesville, FL

Warren’s Cave is best known as the longest dry cave in Florida. Roughly four miles long, its tight navigation is worth a trip to see. Fossils dating from the Miocence era have been found there!

Florida Caverns:Florida Caverns

Marianna, FL

Follow a guided tour of limestone stalagmites, take a break and go camping, fish, hike, horseback ride, have a picknick, and boat all in one place! For more on Florida Caverns, visit the Florida State Parks website.

Ginnie Springs Ginnie Springs:

High Springs, FL

Dive below to find beautiful caves and an adventure not to forget. Ginnie Springs is home to an underwater cave, river tubing, overnight lodging, picnicking, canoeing, and volleyball.

Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons,CC 2.0


Terra Ronca:Angélica Grotto, Terra Ronca

São Domingos, Brazil

Feeling adventurous? If you want to feel like you walked into a movie, visit the Terra Ronca caves in Brazil. Shown at the top and right, the Terra Ronca caves are filled with towering views from over 200 tunnels and caves.

Image Credit: Rafael Rodrigues Camargo, CC 4.0.


Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, MexicoCave of Crystals:

Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico

Walk into gleaming views at the Cave of Crystals. Massive selenite crystals fill the expanse at one of the largest crystal mines in the world.

Image Credit: Alexander Van Driessche, CC 3.0.


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Reusing Packing Supplies

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Finished unpacking everything? Check out some uses for reusing packing supplies after moving!

Boxes

  • – Create a box fort or give them to kids to play with
  • – Flatten them and save some for shipping packages
  • – Reuse the cardboard to build a prototype for a new product idea
  • – Use one for a disposable workspace for craft projects with messy supplies like spray paint or hot glue
  • – Cardboard is a great lightweight building supply! It can be an amazing to fix things around the house. Loose kitchen table or chair? Glue cardboard together to make furniture sliders.

Plastic Wrap

  • – Use extra plastic wrap for insulation for shipping packages
  • – Plastic wrap can give a nice texture when painting, try it out to create some unique furniture or art
  • – Sound effects! Try using some extra plastic wrap to create unique sound effects for a video.

Blankets

  • –  Stuffing from an old blanket can make throw new pillows
  • – If the blanket is in bad condition, the fabric can be cut to be used to create a dog toys

Break down packing supplies to remake them into something new. Blankets can be broken down into stuffing and fabric. Boxes can flattened into thin sheets of cardboard. Cargo straps can be broken down into high quality straps for backpacks or hooks for holding items around the house. Item covers could be remade into material for a pet cover for a car.

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Planning for Summer

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Ready for a summer adventure? Today is officially two months before the start of summer! Planning for summer can start now!

Plan a Trip:

Remember to book hotels, car reservations, and purchase anything needed for a trip in advance. Hotels and popular locations can fill up and increase in price closer to summer. Booking in advance can save extra money for other parts of the trip or save a better spot that might be unavailable later.

Other items to consider in advance are: tickets (airplane, events), non-perishable supplies (sunscreen, beach chairs, swimsuits), and help for the trip. Talk with friends if you would like help with pet sitting to see if they are available and could schedule it in advance.

Activities:

Summer camps, concerts, shows, and activities are great for the summer! Check out some local activities below:

Gainesville: summer camps  concerts  shows  activities

Tampa: summer camps  concerts  shows  activities

Places to Go:

Find places to visit outside home with a location suggestion website to see a wide range of ideas for places to go! Many sites have options to sort how close you would like to travel, the type of activities you are looking for, and important landmarks around the location.

The website above offers an option to plan an entire trip if you already know some of the locations you would like to visit. It can be a great option if you know the start and end destinations and would like to visit some places along the way.

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Spring Activities in Tampa

Spring Activities in Tampa

Enjoy these spring activities in Tampa during April and May!


Pick Your Own Strawberries:

April (call for availability)

Visit local farms to pick strawberries through April. Farms may offer other fruits or vegetables, call to learn more about what they have available. Bring your own basket!

Check out some of these farms: Berry Bay Farms (Wimauma, FL), Favorite Farms (Dover, FL), Hydro Harvest Farms (Ruskin, FL), and Passion Organic Farms (Thonotosassa, FL).

Spring Sports:

Baseball: April – September

Hockey: April 15 – April 25

Ready for baseball and hockey season? Tampa Bay Rays baseball games run from April to September. Also, there is still time to see Tampa Bay Lightning hockey games in April.

Nature Hikes & Biking:

April – May

Enjoy the weather and travel through the springtime scenery by foot or bike around Tampa. Some of the top parks, preserves, and trail locations can be seen here. Check on availability for hikes, biking, fishing, and other activities.

Drive-in Theater:

Year-round

Spring is a great time to see a movie at one of Tampa’s drive-in theaters! Some theaters offer double features and prices are affordable. Try these drive-ins: Fun-Lan (Tampa, FL),  Ruskin Drive-in (Ruskin, FL), and Joy-Lan (Dade City, FL).

Sunday Markets:

Seminole Heights: Sundays  April 15 – May 27

Sweetwater Farm Market: Sundays  April 15 – May 20

Walk through a market on Sundays to find fresh produce, plants, crafts, and activities. Try visiting Seminole Heights or Sweetwater Farm Market.


For more upcoming spring activities in Tampa visit here!


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Spring Activities in Gainesville (4/6 – 4/10)

Spring Activities 4/6/ - 4/10: strawberries, festivals, and gainesville movies

Join spring events around Gainesville from April 6th through April 10th!

Pick Your Own Strawberries

4/6/18 – on-going (call for availability)

Pick your own strawberries for $2/lb at Roger’s or Brown’s Farm. Bring a basket or bag to carry home the strawberries!

Hippvana Nights

4/6/18 – 4/7/18 @ 8:45pm – 12:30am

Want to experience something new? Try out salsa dancing for $5 a person with Elio Piedra at the Hippodrome. Cuban sandwiches and empanadas are available for dinner by Abuella’s.

11th Annual O’Leno Ole’s Chili Cookoff

4/7/18 @ 9am – 3pm

Visit O’Leno State Park in High Springs to complete for the best chili recipe! Enjoy live music, a guided walk, and exhibits. Admission is one can of food per person, registration for the competition is $20 per team for one category or $35 for both. For more information about the Annual Chili Cookoff see here.

10 Years of Beer

4/7/18 @ 1pm – 11pm

Visit Swamp Head Brewery’s 10 Years of Beer Celebration on Saturday April 7th! Join a free family friendly event with music, food, games, and giveaways. Enjoy part of Gainesville with activities from bounce houses to a dunk tank.

India Fest

4/7/18 @ 9am – 6pm

Experience part of India with the Indian Cultural and Education Center located at the Santa Fe Auditorium! Check out amazing food, snacks, clothes, exhibitions, shopping, and a show. Admission is $5 per person, children under five are free.

Gainesville Movies – Grand Opening

4/8/18 – 4/10/18

Searching for Gainesville movies? Come visit the grand opening of Regal Cinemas at Celebration Pointe 10 is happening on Sunday April 8th through April 10th! They are holding a special event with $3 tickets, popcorn, and soft drinks benefiting the March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House, and Child Advocacy Center of North Florida. See the movies and times for the event days here.

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Supporting Families with Gainesville Family Promise

support Family Promise and 2 College Brothers


Help families in Gainesville with Family Promise and 2 College Brothers. Family Promise is a nonprofit that supports families in need of care, food, and a place to stay.

Throughout the year, Family Promise helps the community with donation drives, volunteering, and events. All support goes towards assisting families with a helping hand, meals, and housing assistance. 2 College Brothers moves those needing help with Family Promise into new housing.

Ways to help:

Events:

Keep an eye out for events the on the Family Promise Facebook page. Come out to enjoy an activity, volunteer, or donate items for an upcoming yard sale. Past events have been yard sales, potlucks, concerts, spirit nights, and an annual bed race.

Donation Drives:

Donations are always needed and can be sent directly to Family Promise of Gainesville.

Most wanted items are: new pillows, pillow protectors, mattress protectors, twin size blankets, twin bed sets, toilet bowl cleaner, general purpose cleaner, or any items on their current wishlist.

Volunteering:

Family Promise can always use help from volunteers for events. Contact Family Promise if you would like to volunteer for events like yard sales or family hosting and assistance.

Have some fun and support families at the same time! Come join an upcoming event with Family Promise and 2 College Brothers. Family Promise’s 4th annual bed race is coming up on May 5th, sign up to join today.


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Valentine’s Ideas for Everyone

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Make this Valentine’s Day special for everyone with some heartfelt ideas that will make their day brighter.


1. Create a delicious Valentine’s treat

• Make heart shaped muffins, desserts, or a fruit and vegetable tray to share with everyone.

2. Write a note

• Let someone know you care with a short written note. “Thinking about you”, “Thanks for being you”, or “Happy Valentine’s Day” are a simple reminders you are thinking about someone.

3. Give flowers or a grown gift

• Fresh flowers from a local store always make people smile. Buy a few dozen flowers and attach a small note to each flower. Then give one to everyone you know for a simple gift.

• Also, check out heart shaped fruit for a fun idea for growing or buying fruit you could give to others for Valentine’s Day.

4. Give a compliment or offer to help

• Tell someone you like something about them to let them know you care.

• You could offer to help by pick up everyone’s lunch orders if you are at work, pay for the person behind you’s order at a restaurant, pay for a toll for the next person if you are traveling, hold open a door, pick up dropped items, or say something thoughtful.

5. Spend time together

• Spend time together by going to the movies, taking a walk together, or spending time together just to talk.

6. Do something you have been meaning to

• You planned to go shopping or put together an entertainment center but it was slowly put off. Surprise someone by doing something you planned to do but didn’t have a chance to yet!

7. A thoughtful gift

• Someone you know likes gardening, try bringing them a gardening magazine or something related to their hobby to bring a thoughtful gift.


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11 Gainesville Events to Experience in 2018

Visit an Alligator!

“Basking Alligator” by Reisner Fonseca

1.) Paynes Prairie Preserves Bird Trail Hike

Ever wanted to see the wild side of Florida? Paynes Prairie offers a chance to see Florida’s wildlife up close (but not too close) and personal. A chance of seeing a gator up close shouldn’t be missed! Hikes are held the first Saturday of each month from January 6th through April 7th, with a limit of 20 people per hike. Reserve your spot now at Friends of Paynes Prairie. Hikes are free, parking is $4 per car.

2.) The Royale at The Hippodrome

January 10 through February 11, come see The Royale, a new show at The Hippodrome Mainstage. Follow Jack Johnson’s fight to the top as the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion. Ticket prices range from $30 to $8. Every Tuesday, all tickets are $10.

3.) Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Come visit the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire on January 27th – 28th and February 2nd – 4th. Watch a live chess board, cheer on jousting knights, experience old world activities, rides, and food in a medieval marketplace and event square. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, $8 for youth (5-17), and free for children under five. Make sure to visit on February 2nd for Family Friday when tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for youth (5-17), and children under five are free!

4.) Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival

Try a variety of strawberry dishes for a good cause! Celebrate spring with strawberry shortcake, entertainment, a 5k run, car show, and more at the 5th annual Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival on March 3rd. Admission to the event is free but they would like a donation for parking, food can be purchased at the event.

Tickets for the Strawberry Jam 5k race are $30 per person before the event and $35 on the day of the event. Use the promo code HABITAT for $5 off your 5k registration ticket here in January.

5.) Gator Nationals

Visit the Gainesville Raceway on March 15th – 18th to see the world’s best NHRA drag racers in action. Ticket prices range from $17 to $69 for adults and free to $24 for juniors (12 and under). Tickets include the opportunity to meet your favorite drivers and recieve autographs.

6.) Festival of the Sea

Sample a variety of different seafood dishes at the Festival of the Sea on March 24th. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, $20 on the day of the event. There is a small additional event fee and tax added to the price of the ticket, food is sold separately. A Beer and Wine Garden ticket can be purchased for $40 plus event fee and tax, which includes access to sample a selection of beer and wine and admission to the event.

7.) Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

Walk through a one and a half mile walkway with around 150 vendors for plants and gardening supplies while being surrounded in a spring garden. A great place to have a picnic! No need to bring the picnic supplies, they have a picnic area and food vendors. Tickets for the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival are $8 for adults, $5 for children (3-13 years old), parking is free. The event is held from March 24th through March 25th.

8.) Butterfly Rainforest & Florida Fossils

Watch live butterflies, birds, turtles, and fish in The Florida Museum‘s Butterfly Rainforest and experience ancient discoveries of Florida’s past in the Florida Fossils display. Admission to Florida Fossils and all other Florida Museum displays are free except the Butterfly Rainforest. Tickets to the Butterfly Rainforest are $13 for adults, $11 for Florida residents, college students, and seniors, and $6 for juniors (3-17 years old). They are open year-round (weather permitting), Sunday through Saturday.

9.) Roger’s Farm

Join Roger’s Farm for Octoberfest from September 30th through October 29th. Walk through a spooky trail, 12 acre corn maze, and events for kids and adults. Admission is $10 for the attractions or the corn maze, or $14 for both. Children under the age of three are free.

10.) Alachua County Fair

Visit The Alachua County Fair in October for big and small attractions for kids and adults. Enjoy fair food, games, and rides! Prices vary by day, check back in October for current prices per day. The Alachua County Fair usually offers Midnight Madness from 9pm to 1am for $20 including gate admission and activities.

11.) Pond Lighting

See Christmas lights and activities on December 1st at the North Florida Regional Medical Center’s annual Pond Lighting ceremony! Previous events have included a real snow sledding hill, ornament decorating, letters to Santa, carriage rides, cookie decorating, music, food trucks, and the pond lighting ceremony. Entry to the event is free.


See Gainesville Eventbrite for more events!


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10 Unique Events to Experience in Tampa 2018

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1.) Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Looking for something new and exciting for lunch? Check out the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta on the first Wednesday of every month from 11am to 2pm. Enjoy an amazing lunch in the outdoors!

2.) Gasparilla Pirate Fest & Parade of Pirates

Visit an event unique to the Tampa Bay area, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Parade of Pirates! The event is free for Pirate Fest and Parade of Pirates. Embrace a water going life for a day on January 27.

3.) Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival

Enjoy delicious food and drinks at the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival on February 18th. A variety of beer, bourbon, and bbq will be available for sampling and purchase. Tickets are $39 for regular admission, $25 for designated driver admission, and $75 for the VIP admission ticket.

4.) Lights Fest

Light up the night at Lights Fest on February 24th. Enjoy sending off an environmentally friendly lantern, eating under the stars, and listening to music. Tickets range from $25 to $55 depending on when they are purchased and include a lantern and a marker. Children between 4 and 12 years old have a discounted ticket rate (no lantern included), children under 4 are free.

5.) Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Experience medieval times in Tampa Bay area style at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Listen to live music, eat medieval style food, and experience 16th century entertainment! Visit on the weekend from February 10th to March 25th.

Tickets are $18.95 for adults and $10.95 for children in advance. At the door they are $21.95 for adults and $13.95 for children, parking is free. Discounted tickets can be purchased at participating Walgreens and MOSI.

6.) Bush Gardens Food & Wine Festival

Visit the Bush Gardens Food and Wine Festival on weekends from March 3rd to April 29th for a culinary experience. The entry to festival is included with a one day ticket or season pass. Food and drinks can be purchased at the event. One day tickets to the park are $89.99 and annual passes are $168 online.

7.) 5th Annual Foeder for Thought

Try a variety of samples from breweries around the world at the 5th Annual Foeder for Thought on March 9th. Learn about different beers from seasonal to rustic. Tickets are $100 plus an online service fee.

8.) Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Blues fan? This event is for you! Visit the Tampa Bay Blues Festival on April 6th through the 8th for a soulful experience. Tickets for 3 day admission are $115, Saturday admission is $50, Sunday admission is $40, and VIP tickets are available from $200 to $475 plus a convenience fee online.

9.) Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Step into the view of a storybook scene at the Broadway musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, or see one of the many other shows at the Straz Center. Ticket prices start at $38 from July 5th through 8th.

10.) Christmas Lights

Travel through Christmas light displays in the Tampa Bay area! There are a wide variety of places to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay including: Holiday Lights in the Gardens, Wonderland of Lights, Christmas Trail, and Celebration of Lights. Dates and prices vary by location.


See Visit Tampa Bay for more events!


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Why We’re Thankful to be Your Gainesville and Tampa, Florida Moving Service

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for many of us, it’s a time to visit with friends and family… and overload on food.

It’s also a time to think about the things that are important in our lives and give thanks.

That’s why we’re putting this list together of why we’re so thankful to live and work in Florida. As a Florida moving service serving Gainesville and Tampa Bay, we get to be a part of two of the greatest communities int the world! There’s a lot to love about these communties. From the people to the sights, here’s why we’re thankful to be YOUR Florida moving service for Gainesville and Tampa Bay!

The People

We’re a homegrown group. Starting small as student movers-for-hire, we helped friends, neighbors and others in our community. It’s because of them that we’re where we are today. Bringing that same mindset towards community involvement to Gainesville, we were able to grow along with the community. Now we’ve brought that same commitment to Tampa. We’re so happy to be a part of these two great areas.

We’ve made so many great connections with the people of these communities and we’d like to give a big “Thank You” to all who’ve helped us grow.

Things to Do

Living in Gainesville or Tampa, you’ve got access to tons of awesome things to see and do. From outdoor recreation, to sports, entertainment and nightlife Tampa and Gainesville both have a lot to offer. We are so thankful to live and work in a place that offers the best of what Florida has to offer plus the history and culture to add vibrancy.

In fact, there’s so much to do in both Gainesville and Tampa that we’ve got an entire recurring segment devoted to it in our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segment features the best of Tampa and Gainesville culture and entertainment, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Thank You!

We’re so happy to be a part of these vibrant, growing communities. Our focus as a Florida moving service is to provide professional, personalized support for your move. We believe in being a part of the communties we serve because they are our communities too. We want to thank our clients for welcoming us in and allowing us to grow along side you.

Happy Thanksgiving from 2 College Brothers!

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4 Reasons to Love Living in Gainesville, Florida!

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Living in Gainesville

There’s a lot to love about living in Gainesville. From the abundance of natural beauty surrounding us, to cultural events and of course, Gatornation, living in Gainesville has got a lot to offer.

Here are just a few reasons why we love living in Gainesville!

The Gators

How could this not be first on anybody’s mind? In Gainesville, Gator spirit runs deep. Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll find Gator pride infectious. Sooner than later you’ll end up at a game at the Swamp packed with 90,000 other fans and realize why.

Gatorade

The brand now synonymous with with the term “sports drink” got its start right here in Gainesville. Originally invented as an effective thirst quencher for UF athletes, the drink has grown to dominate sporting culture.

Tom Petty

That’s right, Gainesville’s #1 son is none other than the birthplace of the legendary rocker and much of the original Heartbreakers. While we were all saddened by his sudden passing earlier this year, Tom Petty remains a beloved hometown hero.

Natural Springs

By far, one of the most iconic features of Gainesville and the surrounding area is the high density of natural, freshwater springs. Offering scenic, natural beauty and crystal-clear waters at year-round temps of 72 degrees, the springs are a favorite among residents. Its also a popular spot for tourists visiting Florida.

Check out our list of the top five natural springs near Gainesville!

More Reasons to Love Gainesville!

Of course, these are just a few reason why we love living in Gainesville. With always something happening, there’s so much to see and do!

If you’re considering a move to Gainesville check out our moving blog. Our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ segments provide a breakdown of everything Gainesville has to offer, neighborhood-by-neighborhood. We also offer moving tips and hacks to make your move easier.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

Carrollwood is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) just north of Tampa. While it technically holds autonomy and exists as a separate entity of Tampa, its direct proximity makes it a popular neighborhood for families and retirees. Carrollwood features the convenience of urban amenities and Central Florida’s rural charm.

Great schools, safe neighborhoods and an easy commute into Tampa make Carrolwood great for families, while scenic beauty and convenient shopping and recreation make it popular among retirees. If you’re moving to Tampa, find out why Carrollwood is a great place to live!

Things to do in Carrollwood

Carrollwood is loved among residents for offering a slice of natural natural bounty within minutes of urban convenience and entertainment. In a way, it’s a lot like Tampa’s backyard.

Carrollwood has a lot to offer by way of recreation.

things to do in CarrollwoodLake Carroll

Often cited by Hillsborough County residents as the most beautiful lake in the area, Lake Carroll offers both the majestic beauty of Old Florida and ample opportunity for water sports and activities. Take in a sunset or take the boat out for a day of fun on the water; whatever you like, Lake Carroll has something to offer. You can even soak up some rays on the lake’s white-sand beach!

recreation in Carrollwood FloridaSports

From Carrollwood, you’re only a short, 5-10 minute drive from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During baseball season, save yourself the drive over to St. Pete and catch a game over at George M. Steinbrenner Field, directly across from Raymond James. The stadium is home to minor league team, the Tampa Yankees, in addition to serving as the annual spring training grounds for the New York Yankees.

Places to Eat

places to eat in CarrollwoodCarrollwood has no shortage of great places to eat. Whether you’re looking for international cuisine, quick-service, or casual eats, you’ve got it all in Carrollwood.

Here’s our Top Five spots:

 

 

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Carrollwood is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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Where to Find Fun and Frights This Halloween in Gainesville

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Looking for Halloween Fun?

Who doesn’t love Halloween? From candy and costumes, to scary movies and parties, Halloween is a fun time for everyone.

If you live in Gainesville, you’re lucky enough to be in a town that loves its Halloween festivities. With parties and events for both the college crowd as well as family-friendly, Halloween in Gainesville offers fun for all ages.

Halloween in Gainesville

With events going on all weekend leading up to Halloween, there’s tons of stuff to do. Here’s a list of this year’s events and festivities going on in Gainesville!

Zombie Safari (10/27-10/31)

Got a sharp eye and strong resolution? You’ll need both if you’re gonna join the Zombie Safari at First Strike Paintball this Halloween!

The charity event, put on by Charity Nerds, takes zombie hunters on a train tour through zombie-infested woods and its up to everyone on board to defend the train and clear the woods of the undead horde!

If zombie-hunting isn’t your thing, they’ve also got  family-friendly games, food and entertainment.

Boo at the Zoo (10/31)

Family fun abounds at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo! With 7 “candy zones”, games and animals, Boo at the Zoo has been a family favorite for over 20 years.

The best part is admission only requires one (1) canned food item! Cans are collected and donated to local charities.

Fun4GatorKids Playgroup @ Buy a Pumpkin Feed a Child Pumpkin Patch (10/31)

Join the Fun4GatorKids (F4GK) Playgroup for a day of fun and games at the Buy a Pumpkin. Feed a Child. Pumpkin Patch. This free will feature games, food and a costume contest, with all proceeds going to charity.

The pumpkin patch has also been open to the public since Oct. 1.

Halloween Party at Brass Tap (10/31)

Looking for libations to help celebrate Halloween? Head over to Brass Tap for adult Halloween fun. Make sure to wear a costume – there will be a contest for the best one. In addition to the costume contest, they’ll also have weekly trivia going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tampa Named One of America’s Best Up-and-Coming Cities

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America’s Up-and-Coming Cities

Since 2004, the popular online review platform Yelp has been collecting and recording a massive array of data; tracking consumer trends, business openings, user reviews and other business information; which they’ve scrupulously analyzed and compiled as a part of their recently launched Local Economic Outlook program.

Using this data, Yelp recently released their list of the top 50 up-and-coming cities in the U.S. The list ranks cities based on economic opportunity and growth.

Coming in at number seven is none other than the Cigar City itself.

That’s right, it’s Tampa’s time in the spotlight. It may have been a long time coming – with a lot of hard work – but Tampa is finally earning national recognition for being a great place to live and work.

More and more – including major industries – are finding Tampa and the bay area a desirable place to be. Tampa is beginning to attract a diverse and vibrant economy. And what’s not to love? Tampa has something for everyone. Plus, joint economic and community-building efforts have revitalized business opportunity and growth in the area.

In Tampa, you’ll find great weather, awesome food, and tons of fun! From sports, to culinary and cultural festivals, Tampa offers year-round entertainment.

Moving to Tampa?

There’s a reason why Tampa is one of America’s hottest up-and-coming cities: it’s got a lot to offer! If you’re moving to Tampa, there’s a lot we think you should know about your new city! Check out our blog, where you can find our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ series, which offers a snapshot of the best of Tampa’s food and entertainment scene, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Whether you’re moving your home or business, we can help! Let us handle the moving and logistics while you get to know your new city! Get a moving quote, or contact us to discuss your needs.

 

 

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Tampa Ranks as One of the ‘Best Foodie Cities’ in America!

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What are America’s Best Foodie Cities?

WalletHub recently released its 2017 list of best cities in America for finding good food. The list rated cities based on the accessibility, diversity and affordability and quality of their food options.

Just missing the top 10 cut, Tampa comes in at #11 on the list of best foodie cities in America! And the #11 is nothing to snuff at – Tampa beat out well-established foodie cities like Chicago and Philadelphia for a top spot. It even beat out its sister city across the bay, St. Petersburg (#91)!

Tampa restaurantsFor Tampa residents, the rank really comes as no surprise. Tampa’s diverse history and culture have allowed for a vibrant and thriving ethnic food scene combining Spanish, Latin and Caribbean cuisines to create a thriving foodie culture. What’s more, the influx of innovative, ‘new food’ concepts that have been coming to Tampa recently are pushing the city into the national spotlight.

Tampa’s food scene is ever-evolving, with more great things coming in everyday, positioning it as one of the leading destinations for food-lovers from all over the world.

In honor of making the list as on of America’s top ‘foodie’ cities, here are some of our favorite foodie spots around Tampa. If you’re moving to Tampa, make sure to put these stops on your list!

Cuban

Let’s start with the cuisine that put Tampa on the map – Cuban food. And we’re not just talking Cuban Sandwiches. While Tampa is known for the iconic sandwich, there is so much more to Cuban cuisine. Mixing Latin and Spanish cooking with Caribbean flavors, Cuban food creates unique flavors that will

For some real home-style Cuban cooking, check out La Teresita or Arco Iris.

For traditional Cuban Sandwiches and Medianoches, check out West Tampa Sandwich Shop or head over to Brocato’s Sandwich Shop.

‘New Food’

For lack of a better term, ‘new food’ describes the innovative food movement that has emerged in Tampa recently. New concepts, focusing on fresh, farm-to-table options and seasonal ingredients have reinvigorated whole neighborhoods. The Seminole Heights neighborhood , in particular, has emerged as a local leader in these new culinary concepts.

In Seminole Heights, make sure you check out Ichicoro Ramen or Rooster and the Till. Ichicoro is serving up some of the finest traditional ramen bowls you’ll ever taste and Rooster and the Till is a pioneer in the area for modern, farm-fresh dishes.

A Foodie’s Paradise

Tampa has so much more for all you food-lovers out there – too much to fit in one blog! For even more great restaurant ideas in Tampa, check out our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segments highlight some of the best food options neighborhood-by-neighborhood!

 

 

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