A Quick Guide to Downtown Gainesville

Nestled behind the University of Florida, lies historic Downtown Gainesville. A place for locals to lounge, eat, shop and enjoy an event or two.

Students at the University of Florida often spend time in the immediate boundaries of campus; until they discover the Downtown community in which they discover their true passions and find peace within a small lively community.

The Hippodrome Theatre or, as the locals call it, "The Hipp," is known for its live production of plays and screenings of movies. The Hipp offers live theatre, films, gallery exhibits, classes and special events. Acting classes are offered for people who are interested in expanding their talent. On April 14th, 2017, HAMLET opens on the main stage and will run through May 7th.

"The junction of past and future," perfectly sums up Depot Park. An ideal place for families or students looking to take a break, Depot Park offers a diverse experience just by visiting the park.

The park has its own "Pop-a-Top" convenience store, where park-goers can visit to pick up snacks and refreshments. The convenience store also has a cork board with all of Downtown's upcoming events to keep visitors informed.

The Cade Museum will soon be opening at Depot Park. The museum's mission statement is to inspire creative thinking, future inventors, + early entrepreneurs so that communities flourish. The museum focuses on creativity and invention and tells the stories of inventors from the Gainesville community.

When live concerts and events are not occurring on the Depot Park hill, visitors can experience the conservation area. The southern half of the park has a conservation area filled with wetlands and upland plantings. Make sure to always stay on the path!

Perfect for instagramming your tasty meal, Downtown Gainesville offers many rich options when deciding where to satisfy your cravings. At the Downtown tourism office, visitors can pick up a visit Gainesville Dining Guide, which shows all of the restaurants Downtown has to offer.

With a growing Hispanic community here in Gainesville, Flaco's offers a decadent taste of Miami. Hispanic food lovers, and traditional Cubans can rejoice with a bite of the famous, "Pan con Lechon" sandwich at Flaco's. (A pork sandwich on Cuban bread.) Complete with a side of rice and black beans, another Cuban staple.

Bo Diddley Plaza is home to afternoon picnics and Free Friday's Concert series starting April 14, 2017. Bo Diddley Plaza always has something new to do throughout the week. On Wednesday's from 4 - 7 p.m., The Union Street Farmers Market happens gathering up all of the locals. The plaza offers free salsa classes and free Zumba classes on certain days.

For more information on the Gainesville Downtown area, please visit: https://spark.adobe.com/page/lRFG3ySWsGCwE/


Renee Castro

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