Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday's Tips

We're having such a great time on our trip that I thought for this week's Tuesday's tips that I'd highlight a few of the great places we've been and things we've done in and around the Gainesville, FL area.

Mario's Wine Bar & European Bistro
a delightful place to dine with friends in Thornebrook Village
great food, excellent service, and lots of fun. If the weather's nice, sit outside on the patio.
always a pit stop for every visit
yummy BBQ, delicious sweet tea, and an endless salad bar
also a must-eat for every visit
good homestyle food with the fast-food convenience. enjoy scrumptious fried chicken or salads or breakfast bar with outstanding rolls and yummy veggie side dishes (bonus: they also have a drive-thru!)
salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and more
really good if you're in the mood for lighter fare. they also have lots of shakes, smoothies etc. which I've never tried but look really good
Sweet Tomatoes - actually located in Orlando
we stopped here on the way in from the airport - generous buffet with salad bar, baked breads, muffins, a variety of soups, pastas, fresh fruit, sundae bar, etc. SO good and you can eat way more than you intended!
Family Friendly Activities
a fun indoor play area for kids of all ages. featuring a costume corner, ball pits, foam pits, an infant/toddler room, interactive video games, enormous legos, a play kitchen, a multilevel climbing structure, gymnastics rooms, outdoor playgrounds, a cafe, and more. lots of fun and they offer summer classes, preschool, etc. some features remind me of the wonderful children's museum in Baltimore (Port Discovery) - also worth a visit if you're in that area
a family friendly outdoor adventure that discovers Florida wildlife. Located in Ocala, Silver Springs boasts glass-bottom boats over the crystal clear springs, jeep safaris, other boat rides, a petting zoo, children's play area, a carousel, and a few rides. However, the best part (at least for the younger crew) is the animals. There are wild animals galore but they also have an alligator lagoon (though we saw wild alligators as soon as we were parking the car), white alligators, crocodiles, lots of birds, flamingos, giraffes, bears, Florida panthers, cougars, river otters, snakes, turtles, birds, ducks, monkeys, and more. You name it, they've got it! They also have some beautiful gardens, scenery, and do occasionally host concerts (usually country but a great place to see a show).
As you can see, we're finding lots to do and enjoying ourselves tremendously though we really miss Dennis and our doggie. Happy Tuesday!!

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