Known as the city where nature and culture meet, Gainesville is an urban city in North Central Florida that tops my bucket list. You might have heard about it, the street art and cultural additions they have been adding to this area have been amazing. There is no other place in North Central Florida that has an art scene as rich as Gainesville, boasting “the only public mural or ‘street’ art of its kind”.
Travel on Your Bucket List? Discover Gainesville Florida
If you are looking for information on what to do, where to go, and what to see in Gainesville, Florida you’ll find it on Visit Gainesville. Don’t miss out on the upcoming block party being held on Friday, February 26, 2016. This party is a celebration of the street art and cultural additions made in the city. For instance, the recent project involving 11 local and regional artist using historic downtown Gainesville walls as a public art canvas is a great example.
Gainesville is truly where nature and culture meet and the city is calling out to all art enthusiasts to come and enjoy all it has to offer. Whether you enjoy the Hippodrome, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Public Urban Art Display or the Annual Spring Arts Festival you can find something year round sure to please your cultural desires.
Later this month (2/12/16 through 2/24/16) you can find the accomplished art of Portuguese artist Add Fuel being highlighted. He will be wrapping electrical boxes in Downtown Gainesville with the mosaic-like art work he is famous for around the world. His work is said to be “brimming with irony and humor” with “an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail”. It’s definitely a must-see for any traveler’s bucket list.
Here are some other highlights for your bucket list:
Some of the most beautiful places to visit are cemeteries and this one was founded in 1856. With over 53 acres to explore you will find some of the most prominent families and historical figures laid to rest here.
Historic Haile Homestead
This 6,200 square foot plantations house was completed in 1856. The Haile family homestead is said to be unique and known for its “Talking Walls” where the family and friends wrote over 12,500 words on the walls in nearly every room, including closets dating as far back as the 1850s. This gives a whole new meaning to the say, “if the walls could talk”.
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Have you ever wondered what a “Cracker” farm was? Well come visit the Dudley Farm, a one-of-a-kind authentic 325-acre working “Cracker” farm and see for yourself. Highlighting the evolution of North Florida farming through the eyes of three generations of the Dudley family; from the pioneer days circa 1850 through the introduction of gasoline-powered equipment circa 1945.
Thomas Center Galleries
Located in the Historic Thomas Center, the Thomas Center Galleries present a wide variety of exhibitions… from contemporary art and regional history to rare antiquities and fine photography.
Mark it off your Bucket List & come Visit Gainesville!