O’Leno State Park

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Are you looking for another outdoor activity to get out and enjoy our beautiful North Central Florida area?  Head on over to O’Leno State Park.  O’Leno is one of Florida’s first state parks and was developed in the 1930s.

The park is situated along the banks of the Santa Fe River and features sinkholes, hardwood forests, swamps, and sandhills.  The river actually disappears into a sinkhole and travels underground for more than 3 miles before reemerging at River Rise Preserve State Park.

Visitors can experience hiking along the river and through the forest or biking along paved trails.  You can also swim, fish, or paddle a canoe along the river. This is a great place to visit if you are into birding or seeing wildlife. There are picnic tables to enjoy a picnic with friends and family.  There is also a full-facility campground for staying overnight.  You will find plenty to do here so why not check it out?

Canopy Student Apartments

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We are excited to share with you Canopy Apartments, our Fall 2019 cover community.  Canopy is a beautiful community offering the best in luxury student living.  These fully-furnished apartments offer all-inclusive living giving you the ultimate student living experience.

Canopy offers 2, 3, and 4 bedroom options that come fully furnished with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, full-sized washer & dryers, hardwood style flooring, and a 42″ flat screen tv in the main living area.  Each bedroom has its own private bathroom, so no sharing a bathroom like you might have to do in other student housing.  If you need help finding a roommate they can help you locate a roommate with roommate matching for interested Santa Fe College or University of Florida students.

Another perk of student living is the type of lease offered, which is an individual lease. This means you are only responsible for your portion of the lease even if one of your roommates doesn’t meet their end of the deal or if they have to relocate.

Would you like to know about amenities?  Boy do they have the amenities to impress!   There is a brand-new fitness center with a dedicated cardio room with fitness on demand and a 20’ custom made rock climbing wall! (Yes, you read that right.)  Test your strength with Aktiv Gym and TRX suspension training in the all new weight training gym. The 24-hour clubhouse is perfect for entertaining friends with a full kitchen and virtual golf course, along with billiards, ping-pong and other activities.  There is a gorgeous lagoon-style pool with zero entry access and a section for playing volleyball in the pool.  They also have several poolside hammocks, corn hole games, bar, fire pit, grilling areas, poolside study areas with electrical connections.  There is an indoor basketball court, 2 Volleyball courts, tanning rooms with stand-up beds, study rooms with Wi-Fi, and more.  Did we mention they were Pet Friendly?  They have a Pet park for your furry friend to enjoy.

Canopy also has garages and reserved parking spaces available if you are looking for that.  Just check with them and they will be happy to hook you up.

With so much to enjoy in this resort-style community what are you waiting for?  Hurry on over and take a tour today.  They are located at 4400 SW 20th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32607.  Or give them a call at 352-367-8383.

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Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

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Not only are there many indoor activities to keep you busy in Gainesville, but there are also many more activities outdoors to get you going and enjoying our beautiful North Central Florida.  Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is one such area. This 16-mile long trail is actually built over an old rail trail that was first built in 1881.  You can catch glimpses of railroad history on the trail with concrete and whistle markers.  There is also an old concrete railway trestle still remaining at the LaChua Trail.  This was built to allow farmers to move their cattle in and out of the prairie with ease.

The Trail runs from Gainesville’s Boulware Springs, another historical site, to Hawthorne passing through Paynes Prairie and Lochloosa Wildlife Management area.  This trail is excellent for biking, hiking, running, rollerblading and even horseback riding as parts of the trail have a grassy equestrian trail running along side the Trail.  Most of the trail is shaded as it runs through natural forested areas.

You will enjoy scenic vistas, native plants, and wildlife spottings in addition to getting in your cardio.  The park is open from 8:00 am to sundown every day of the week and it is FREE to use giving you no excuses to get out there and have some fun.

The address is 3400 SE 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641

More Summertime Fun (Springs Fun)

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Another fantastic summer time treat is visiting one of our natural springs to enjoy the beautiful landscape and cool down at the same time. Florida is home to more than 700 springs and you can find several right here in our own back yard.  8 billion gallons of water flow from the Florida Aquifer every day into these springs and they emerge at a cool 72 degree temperature.

Here in North Central Florida you are just a short drive away from Gilchrist Blue Springs and Ginnie Springs in High Springs, Ichetucknee Springs in Fort White, Madison Blue Springs in Madison, and Silver Glen Springs in the Ocala National Forest.  There are many more not listed here.  One of our favorite activities is to try and visit them all.  Here is a great article from Authentic Florida with many more details.

http://www.authenticflorida.com/articles/where-to-go/our-15-favorite-freshwater-florida-springs/

 

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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Did you know Gainesville has a gardener’s dream with our very own Kanapaha Botanical Gardens?  Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections throughout 1.5 mile paved walkway. These include the state’s largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast.  June through September prove to be the most colorful in the Gardens.

Kanapaha offers guided tours of the Gardens every first Friday of the month. Tours begin at 10:00 am.  You may also enjoy a picnic in the Gardens.  Bring your picnic basket and find a perfect spot in one of the lawns, picnic tables, or gazebos.  Drinks and snacks may be purchased in the Summer House.  Want to bring Fido?  Dogs are welcome on a leash most of the year except during special events.

The Gardens is also a great location for events such as weddings, receptions, and retreats as they offer indoor and outdoor spaces for rent.

Kanapaha hosts many special events throughout the year including a Bamboo Sale and North Central Florida’s premier horticultural event, the Spring Garden Festival. Another must-see is our Moonlight Walk when the paths and meadows are illuminated by special laser lights and more than 1500 luminaries; live music is featured as well.

4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville FL 32608  Telephone: 352-372-4981