Being a Florida Gator

Gainesville About Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville is located in Alachua County, Florida and is the largest city in the region of North Central Florida. It is home to the University of Florida, which ranked 9th-best public university in the United States by US News & World Report in 2018. Gainesville is surrounded by beautiful nature with its natural springs, trails, and Paynes Prairie State Park. Whether you enjoy spending time on the water or on land, Gainesville offers numerous activities that allow you to enjoy the sun shine state. This town is also filled with art and history with the Florida Museum, and multiple performing arts centers. Alachua county offers excellent public schools, a low cost of living, and not state income tax. Gainesville has its own airport which makes traveling easy, and convenient for its residents, and is also an hours drive from other major cities in Florida including; Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

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Perk’s of being a Florida Gator

Discounts through Shand’s Hospital

Receive various discounts for Dining, Entertainment, Fitness, and Auto purchase & repair!

GatorPerks Discounts

The UF GatorPerks discount program provides exclusive discounts for UF Faculty and staff. UF employees have the opportunity to save at various businesses and retailers.

Education and Child Care

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Public Schools-Alachua County

Alachua County Public Schools is consistently rated as a high-performing district by the Florida Department of Education. Their vision is for their students will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics to be lifelong learners and independent thinkers.

Alachua County Public Schools

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Private Schools- Alachua County

Alachua County private schools

Child Care

Baby Gator Child Development Centers offer high quality care to children ages six weeks to five years. Children grow and learn in a safe and healthy environment with a caring and attentive staff of well-trained early childhood educators.  Curriculum is designed to encourage children to experience the world around them. Baby Gator addresses the needs of all children and fosters growth in social, behavioral, cognitive, and physical skills and early literacy skills. If you have questions or comments, please contact baby gator at

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