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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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Moving to Gainesville

moving to gainesville, fl florida gatorsImage Credit: Rudi Riet

Are you considering moving to Gainesville, FL? Learn more about Gainesville and see if it is a match for you.

History:

Today Gainesville is expanding with roughly 131,000 people as of 2016. Recent expansions are in progress around the new Butler Town Center on Archer Road. Roughly half the population of Orlando, Gainesville has a wide variety of people to meet.

Gainesville transformed since being founded in 1869. It was founded as a small railroad throughway and slowly grew from a swamp-land into an a medical and educational center.

What’s in Gainesville:

Visit Gainesville for the Florida Gators, UF, Shands, Gatorade, Prayne’s Prairie, Gainesville Raceway, Lake Alice, and Ginnie Springs. Gainesville is full of activities like close-by springs, lakes, walking trails, alligators, downtown, theaters, and sports activities. Don’t pet the alligators!

Moving to Gainesville 101:

Gainesville works to be a healthy and eco-friendly city that is friendly to biking, natural landmarks, and animals. If you enjoy being outdoors, pack your bike and a swimsuit. Gainesville is about an two hours from Daytona Beach or nearby several springs. Other items you might want to pack: sunscreen, an umbrella, beach chair, orange & blue, a fishing pole, shorts, flip flops, and maybe a season pass to Disney.

Moving to Gainesville, FL is a great idea if you like the Gators, beaches, Disney, outdoor activities, a variety of cuisine, researching, or assisting others in a medical practice.

Companies in Gainesville:

The top employers in Gainesville are UF, Shands, Veteran Affairs, Alachua Country School Board, City of Gainesville, Publix, North Florida Regional, Nationwide, Alachua Country, and Santa Fe College. Gainesville is home to a wide variety of medical, educational, agriculture, and start-up technology companies. Also, 2 College Brothers hires in Gainesville, if you would like to help as a mover!

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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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Where to Find Fun and Frights This Halloween in Gainesville

Halloween in Gainesville

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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Top 5 Natural Springs Near Gainesville

One of the great things about living in Gainesville is how much access you have to North Central Florida’s natural attractions. The area’s unique geography and temperate climate provide for some of the greatest outdoors recreation in the U.S.

One of the area’s most treasured features is the extensive natural springs system. These freshwater springs pump crystal clear water up from the ground year-round. Several springs feed into rivers, offering a variety of water recreation. At 72 degrees any time of the year, the natural springs are beloved among locals and tourists alike.

North Central Florida is choc full of springs, and there are tons open to the public! From Gainesville, you’re just short drive from many of the finest natural springs the area has to offer. If you are moving to Gainesville, be sure to check out these top-rated springs!

Top 5 Natural Springs Near Gainesville

Ginnie Springs

natural springs near GainesvilleGinnie is one of the most popular springs in the area, especially among the college crowd. The privately owned site features several impressive springs that all empty into the Santa Fe River. You can swim in the springs or meander down the river on tubes. The more adventurous (and properly trained) explore the extensive underwater cave system

Ginnie Springs is a popular camping spot year-round and at a roughly 30 min. drive from Gainesville, it makes a perfect day trip too.

Ichetucknee Springs

tubing near GainesvilleFor some serious floating, you’ve got to hit Ichetucknee Springs. Tubers can choose from either a 3 1/2 hrs. float or a roughly 1 hr float down the Ichetucknee River. Crystal clear waters, scenic foliage and abundant wildlife make this one of the most relaxing, enjoyable floats in the area.

Ichetucknee State Park is about a 50 min. drive from Gainesville.

 

Blue Springs

things to do in GainesvilleYou wouldn’t expect to see a beach in North Central Florida, but at Blue Springs, that’s exactly what you’ll find. These natural springs feature a stretch of white sand beach in addition to boardwalks and nature trails along the Santa Fe River. With four natural springs on-site, Blue Springs is a popular recreation spot year-round.

Blue Springs offers day access as well as camping and is about a 40 min. drive from Gainesville.

Otter Springs

natural springs FloridaNestled along the Suwanee River sits Otter Springs. The springs site and sprawling park offers ample options for tent and RV camping. They also offer cabins. You can swim in the springs, or float or paddle along the scenic Suwanee River.

Otter Springs is about an hour drive from Gainesville.
 

 

Alexander Springs

freshwater springs near GainesvilleOne of the few first-magnitude natural springs in the area, Alexander is a favorite among families. The large, sloping spring pool provides ample wading and splash pad-type activities for younger children.

Alexander Springs is located in Ocala National Forest, about 1 1/2 hrs. drive from Gainesville.

 

 

 

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10 Life-Hacks to Make Moving Easier

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Moving… It’s something no one likes to think about, let alone do.

Whether you’re leaving home for the first time or a life-long renter, moving is never fun… and it never seems to get any easier. First, there’s going through the house and taking inventory of what we need and don’t need – if you’re like me, then the need pile always seems to get bigger. Then there’s the packing and loading, and inevitable house cleaning that follows – and let’s not forget having to schedule a move or organize truck pick-up…

As professional movers, we’ve seen the stress that moving can cause on people. In an effort to save people some of the aggravation associated with moving, we’ve put together this list of 10 life-hacks to make your next move easier.

Moving Life-Hacks

  • Create a Schedule or Timeline
    • Make it as strict or loose as you like, but having a written plan in place really really helps to cut down on the amount of stuff to keep track of.
  • Get Your Supplies Together
    • A week or two before your move, start getting together the packing supplies you will need. Make sure you have enough boxes, tape, plastic wrap, moving blankets, etc. before your moving day.
  • Take Pictures of Your Electronics
    • This will save you the headache of trying to remember how your stereo, cable box and television were all plugged-in.
  • Use Your Drawers as Moving Boxes
    • Instead of emptying all the clothes out of your drawer or bureau and putting them in a box, you can save time and space by keeping everything in them and wrapping them completely in plastic wrap.
  • Keep Your Packing Organized
    • Don’t start throwing things from your bedroom into boxes for the living room. You’ll go insane unpacking after the move trying to find where you put everything. It may help to label, or list the contents of your box
  • Put Screws and Bolts in Bags
    • If you need to dismantle anything, make sure to keep screws and bolts organized in clearly labeled bags so you don’t lose them.
  • Use Soft Padding Around the House for Packing
    • Instead of buying bubble wrap or saving up newspaper, you can use soft items around the house for packing, like towels, jackets, blankets and pillows.
  • Use Paper Towel Rolls to Prevent Tangling
    • You can string electronics cords and wires through paper towel rolls to keep them from tangling during moving. Toilet paper rolls can also be used for necklaces and jewelry to prevent tangling.
  • Update Utilities and Addresses
    • Switch over your internet and turn on utilities for your residence before moving. Make sure any mail subscriptions or online accounts are updated with your new address.
  • Pack a 1st Day Box
    • Pack a dedicated box of items you will need immediately after moving: clothes for the week, toiletries, quick meals.

An easier move.

While moving is never totally stress-free, these tips will definitely make your next move a lot easier. Don’t forget, professional movers are here to help. We take the utmost care in moving our clients, whether it’s a residential or commercial move. Let us handle the stress, contact us before your next move.

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