With a rich history and breathtaking scenery, Gainesville boasts plenty of romantic ways to spend this lover’s holiday together. Whether you love to dine and savor wine, or prefer to take in the scenery outdoors, this little college town has enough charm to win your heart.
Picnic Lunch at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
With 62 acres of natural beauty to explore, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a top choice for a romantic afternoon with your love. Get some fresh air, or bring a picnic lunch to share. Kanapaha is also pet friendly, so bring your furry sweetheart, too. Discover a variety of plant life while exploring the water gardens, the herb garden, the hummingbird garden and even a ginger garden.
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Stroll Down Cholokka Boulevard in Historic Micanopy
Sometimes known as “the little town that time forgot” historic Micanopy (pronounced mick-ah-NO-pee) is thought to be one of Florida’s first inland towns. “Dedicated on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, Cholokka Boulevard, once an Indian trading route, is Micanopy’s main street, and the Town’s primary tourist destination famous for its antique shops.” Micanopy was also voted as one of “The Cutest Small Towns in America” by Huffington Post and is located only 20 minutes to the south of Gainesville.
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Sample Craft Beers and Tour Swamp Head Brewery
If you’ve been living under a rock, you probably still know craft beers are greatly displacing “mainstream” national beers by storm. Are hops and barley your thing? Then an afternoon tasting some of Gainesville’s unique brews is for you. Tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis on Tuesdays at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. They get pretty creative with their concoctions, too. At the time this article was written, there was a “Coconut Curry Stump Knocker” Pale Ale in the tasting room. Swamp Head is a must-visit for the craft beer lover in Gainesville.
photo credit: swamphead.com
Valentine’s Day Couples Tour at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation
If you want to take a walk on the wild side, Carson Springs is offering a wildlife tour package this Valentine’s Day. They are primarily a conservation and educational facility, rescuing exotic animals in need. This Saturday and Sunday (Feb 13 & 14) Carson Springs is offering a tour featuring complimentary drinks, warthog races (what!!?), feeding demonstrations and a special gift for only $65.00 per couple. LEARN MORE!
photo credit: carsonspringswildlife.org
And Last But Not Least, a Romantic Dinner for Two at Piesanos
Gainesville’s favorite Italian food and pizza is right here adjacent to the Holiday Inn UF. Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza Pints and Pies features your favorite pies and Italian delicacies, but also features over 40 taps, pouring a variety of local craft beers and national brews, plus a wine selection that will win your heart. No Valentine’s Day is complete without good food. Especially good Italian food!
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