Things to do in Alachua, Florida

Things to do in Alachua, Florida

Alachua, Florida is the southernmost state in the United States and is always buzzing with activity. It is one of the largest states, home to various cultures and ethnicities, and some very interesting wildlife. So whether you are a nature lover, a big foodie, a history buff, or a diver — Alachua has something for practically everybody. Here is our list of fun activities to partake in.

Mill Creek Preserve:

This is a joint venture between the County of Alachua and the non-profit Alachua Country Forever/ Alachua Conservation Trust program. It encompasses is nearly 1,200 acres of unexpected sights in an area that is known for its disappearing streams. Taking a hike here means that you pass through a thick curtain of pine plantations. Best part? It is free and the only thing to do here is hike!  Here is a look at the Mill Creek Preserve.

Scuba Monkey Dive Centre:

In case ground-level was getting a bit much for you to handle, take a dip below the ocean at the family owned and operated Scuba Monkey Dive Centre. It is PADI certified, which means you can sign up for a diving class, rent gear, or even a diving class! Also, a little birdie tells us that the underwater life here is breathtaking!

O’Leno State Park

Nestled on the banks of the Santa Fe river, visitors can bike, canoe, kayak, fish, swim, watch wildlife and explore hiking and horse trails at the O’Leno State Park.. If you’re lucky and get some good weather, you can even try adventure sports including paddle boarding! Campers can stay overnight with facilities including running water and electricity. If you want to go old-school and throw it back to 1980; you can even use a fire circle that they provide.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens:

The 62-acre garden is the home for over 24 types of plants, including “wong chuk” which is a premium strand of Chinese royal bamboo, Victorian water lilies and snake arums. It is Southeast’s largest herb gardens, and boasts of Florida’s largest public display of bamboos. View the flowers at their blooming best from June to September.

San Felasco Hammock State Park:

This is a fun trail, suitable for outdoor enthusiasts and regular folks who enjoy a small walk. You can either go on a mountain bike trail or ride a horse. Prep yourself to watch some wildlife — including deer, bats, armadillos, and more. Easy access, easy parking, restrooms and showers are available, for both your body and your bike. Don’t forget a bug spray!

Samuel P Harn Museum of Art

Take yourself back to college with the Samuel P Harn Museum of Art, located on the University of Florida campus. It is home to nearly 7,000 works of art — including African, Asian, contemporary and modern pieces. They also have shows and travelling exhibits through the year. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a live poetry reading or a lecture.

4 Reasons Why Alachua, Florida Is A Great Place To Do Business

4 Reasons Why Alachua, Florida Is A Great Place To Do Business

So you are starting your business making foobars and whatnot, but the thought of doing business abroad simply terrifies you. Lucky for you, manufacturing in the US of A is making a comeback.

A report by Fortune 500 companies suggests that American small towns are all the rage these days. Inside the report, it is said that Alachua is one of the up and coming areas that are attracting businesses that you should consider.

Here are four reasons why:

1. Geography

Alachua is located deep inland, in a county that is inland inside Florida. You don’t see this place getting hit by typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, and other natural disasters so soon and so often. If you want a business that needs some geographical stability like data centers, droid manufacturing, or even silicon chip making – Alachua is the place for you.

2. Accessibility

Alachua has access to both I-75 and US-441. Aside from the interstates running through it, you have a CSX rail line. In fact,the city of Alachua was built in the 1884 on a railroad line.

If that still seems inaccessible to you, Alachua is also a stone throw away from the port of Jacksonville.

Getting your equipment and materials in and your products shipped has never been so easier!

3. Workforce

Having the good old UF, or the University of Florida (if you prefer), in Alachua makes for a good stream of educated workers ready to make you the next billionaire manufacturing tycoon. UF has been ranked 9th best university in the country, with its biological engineering course at 3rd best in the country.

There is also the Sta. Fe College which is the 6th in our country to dole out Associate Arts degrees.

You will never run out of smart young people to hire for your up and coming business efforts.

4. Low Cost of Doing Business

Reading the first three reasons seem to have me packing my business documents and capital investment in a suitcase for a flight to Alachua already.

As if these reasons weren’t enough, Alachua is also ranked 12th lowest in terms of doing business for a year by a corporate site selection company researching for Fortune 500 companies. It is a close competitor to New Mexico who clocks in with the lowest operational costs per annum. You will never have it as good!

It probably helps that Gov. Rick Scott did away with taxes for sales on manufacturing equipment and the taxes for recruiting workers! Now you can buy your equipment for churning out those foobars and whatnots, AND start onboarding those UF and Sta. Fe graduates at a much lower cost!

So what are you waiting for? Alachua is ripe for the taking!