Let me start off by introducing myself. My name is Will Hoover, and I’m your 12-year-old guide to Gainesville. I just started 6th grade at the Lyceum magnet program at Lincoln Middle School. In Gainesville there are a lot of great schools that offer some amazing magnet programs.
I am, surprisingly, not a Gator fan even though I live 8 blocks away from the stadium, but Gainesville is a great place to go if you love college sports. Also, despite the loud teenagers, living in a college town has its benefits. My favorite thing about it is that you get UF homecoming off from school! On homecoming weekend there is a huge parade! They have a ton of cool floats! I have always wanted to be in the homecoming parade!
I also like that while it’s not a polluted or overcrowded city, it’s at least somewhat urban. We even have cellphone service! I think it achieves perfect balance. It also has plenty of fun stuff. There’s a skating rink, bowling alley, and 3 WONDERFUL public pools! The pools have water slides, diving boards, and one even has a climbing wall that you can climb over the deep end and fall in! They really come in handy in the hot summer heat. There are also some amazing nature experiences. There are beautiful springs that stay 72 degrees year round! There is also a huge prairie with bison and horses! You can go tubing on the nearby Ichetucknee River and canoeing on the Suwannee River — with rope swings! And of course who can forget all the theme parks within a couple hours’ drive of us! There’s Disney World, Universal, and Sea World just to name a few. Gainesville is a GREAT place to live! I highly recommend it. Expect more posts from me and some other kids on various Gainesvilleriffic topics.