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Thrilling St. Patrick’s Day Events Near Gainesville

It might seem like the holiday season has come and gone—most people have already put up the stockings and tinsel—but don’t give up on the holiday spirit just yet. There’s a particularly shamrock-studded festivity coming up soon: St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you are a sports fanatic, theater buff, music aficionado, or plain old fun-lover, there’s something going on for everyone in the Gainesville area when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around. Take a look at these fun St. Patrick’s Day Events happening near Gainesville.


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Fantastic Holiday Events in Gainesville, Florida

Are you guys ready for the magic of the holiday season? With Halloween in the rear-view, the most wonderful time of the year is officially in full swing. There are only 35 days separating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and with all of the family parties and friend gatherings going on in between, that time frame can seem much shorter.

We have a lot of celebrating to fit in, and this year we here at Honda of Gainesville, your hometown Honda dealer near the University of Florida, are going to make it the best holiday season ever. That means taking advantage of all of the events and activities that our amazing Gainesville community has to offer.

If you are looking for some unique activities that are great for bringing the whole family together, then we have just the list for you. Read on to discover just a few of the holiday events going on in your area that family members of all ages are sure to love and remember for a long time to come.


The Nutcracker – December 18 – 20

The Nutcracker is a staple of the Christmas season, as the ballet centers around a young girl and her adventures with her Christmas themed friends like the Nutcracker Prince, Sugar Plum Fairies and her dancing dolls. This quintessential Christmas show will be performed for three days straight at the Phillips Center on the campus of the University of Florida, and is a must-see for people who love traditional Christmas fare. Continue reading

7 Unbeatable 2016 Halloween Costume Ideas

*WARNING, This post includes Game of Thrones spoilers, if you are not caught up and don’t want anything ruined for you, turn back now!

If you are like us, then you know the struggle. All year you are hilarious, witty, and full of good ideas, but once October 31st approaches your mind goes blank. Thinking of Halloween costumes is never easy, especially when you know that the quality of your costume directly correlates to how much fun you will have on the big night.

It seems like the days are long gone when Halloween used to be full of scary costumes like witches, zombies, and scary clowns. Nowadays, things have shifted to include more pop culture references and social satire costumes, and Halloween has become much funnier because of it, almost to the point where it’s like a competition for who can come up with the cleverest idea.

We here at your home for New Honda models near West Hills, Florida, Honda of Gainesville, simply cannot wait for Halloween festivities to begin. That is why we’ve created this short list of costume ideas that are guaranteed to make you the life of the party. Use them, adopt them, make them your own, just have a good time and be safe out there!


  1. Blow-Up T-Rex

If you have an internet connection, then there is no way you haven’t seen the infamous T-Rex costume taking over weight rooms, riding horses, or living like a human. This easy, one piece costume is perfect for impressing your friends and stealing the show at your yearly costume party. It may be difficult to keep on for an entire evening, but if you can take the heat, then the reward will be grand. Continue reading

Gainesville Fourth of July Events from Honda of Gainesville FL

What a time to be alive! Summer has finally arrived, our gorgeous Florida beaches are once again buzzing with locals and tourists alike, and America’s favorite holiday is right around the corner. A certain spirit of happiness seems to sweep the nation around this time every year as we get ready to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence.

For 240 consecutive years, Americans of every background conceivable have come together on the 4th of July and shared a wealth of smiles, laughs, hot dogs, and fireworks. It a beautiful thing, and we here at Honda of Gainesville, one of the leading new Honda dealers near Ocala, Florida, could not be more excited for this year’s festivities. That is why we have put together this small list of some of our favorite 4th of July events near our hometown of Gainesville! Pick your favorite!


The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America- Alachua County

One of our favorite parts about Gainesville is that genuine, small-town atmosphere that brings us together as a community. Everywhere you go, you are greeted with a smile and a wave, or a simple “How’s it going?” It’s the small things throughout the day that remind you how great of a town we are a part of. Continue reading

Florida’s 2016 Spring Training Gets Underway


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The “Boys of Summer” are back, and that means all the excitement of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training is returning to ballparks throughout the Sunshine State. Florida and Arizona are Spring Training headquarters for Major League teams looking to sharpen their skills and prepare for Opening Day, April 4th when most clubs will swing into action.

Here in Florida, the Grapefruit League’s first-class ballparks are scattered throughout the state. Here’s a breakdown of the 15 Grapefruit League teams and their locations: Continue reading

2016 Gainesville Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Love is in the air in Gainesville. And what better time to plan your romantic Valentine’s Day rendezvous with your sweetheart than right now? Here at your hometown Gainesville new and used car Honda dealership, Honda Of Gainesville, we’re feeling the love during this special time of year and would like to help you decide where to take your husband, wife, or significant other out for a romantic night on the town.

The Gainesville dining scene continues to evolve and mature, so there are plenty of great spots for a romantic evening. We’ve selected some of the best nightspots in town for inclusion in our 2016 Gainesville Valentine’s Day Dining Guide.


Manuel’s Vintage Room, 6 S. Main St.

This cozy Italian restaurant offers a delightful menu of Italian specialties, a private cellar stocked with exceptional wines, and an elegant, intimate atmosphere. Continue reading

Fun Things to Do With the Kids This Summer in Gainesville, FL

Did you know? Gainesville, Florida was ranked as the place to live and play in the United States by National Geographic Adventure in 2007. Today, Gainesville is home to some of the best restaurants and, shopping and nightlife attractions.

Now that summer is almost here, now is a great time to start planning some fun summer activities for you and the kids. Before you start creating your summer bucket list, here are some sure-fire ideas to help keep the kids entertained and active all summer long.

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  1. Go biking at Paynes Prairie State Preserve

This geologically unique landmark is Florida’s first state preserve with unique wildlife and livestock such as horses, bison, alligators and more than 200 bird species. The whole family will enjoy a one of a kind experience viewing the landscape from the 50-foot-high observation tower. Other fun activities available at the preserve include hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing. The Paynes Prairie Preserve is a great place to take advantage of the coming long summer days.

  1. Explore nature at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens offers a beautiful experience for the whole family. It is well known for having the largest public display of bamboos in the Southeast. The warm summer months offer the most vibrancy and color. You’ll be graced with the beauty of the giant Victoria water lilies and tubular flowers that only bloom in the summer months. Kanapaha offers five unique gardens – the Bamboo Garden, Hummingbird Garden, Rock Garden, Palm Garden and Cycad Garden; all offering beautiful and unique displays.

  1. Schedule in some play time at Skate Station Funworks

From bounce houses and rock climbing, to batting cages and roller hockey, Skate Station Funworks in Gainesville offers the ultimate summer adventure for kids. Other fun activities offered include a kid’s adventure area where children under the age of 10 can play until they drop. The kid’s adventure room will also make a great spot to throw a birthday party. Skate Station also offers fun summer events such as the Mother’s Day event where moms get to choose two attractions for free. Other fun summer events includes a Pajama Party and Superhero Sunday. Find out more about events at Skate Station Funworks here.

  1. Get wild at Canopy Climbers

Do your kids enjoy climbing trees? If the answer is yes, they will love tree-climbing at Canopy Climbers. This will be a fun and active outdoor experience for the whole family.  Not only will you learn how to safely climb trees, you will also get a chance to enjoy beautiful views and scenery from the treetops. Although no previous tree climbing experience is required Canopy Climbers provides training courses for those who want to learn to climb trees. With the help of ropes and saddles, you will learn how to safely ascend, descend and explore the forest canopy. There are three climbs to choose from – a group climb, a guided climb or a basic tree climbing course. Find out more about Canopy Climbers here.

  1. Take the kids to summer camp

Whether your kids love art, sport, music or photography; Gainesville offers a variety of summer camps. The kids will get to enjoy their favorite hobbies while making new friends and staying active. Academic camps are also available for kids who want to have fun while benefiting from learning and education experiences. Here’s a list of part-time and full-time summer camps for children of all ages.

Gainesville, Florida is packed with fun and affordable summer activities. Why not make this summer the best summer ever by surprising the kids with these unforgettable experiences. After all, the more occupied the kids are this summer, the more relaxed you will feel.

In order for your summer plans to go by smoothly, we recommend giving yourself a head start and planning your to do list now. The more prepared you are, the more at ease you will feel. Be sure to include car care in your summer agenda.

The best way to keep your loved ones safe is to get your Honda ready for summer driving. Whether you drive a car, truck or SUV, the best way to protect your vehicle’s engine from Florida’s summer heat is to get an oil change and coolant flush. Doing this will make sure your engine has the fluids it needs for steady heat regulation. Be sure to stop by Honda of Gainesville conveniently located at 3801 N Main St Gainesville, FL 32609. You can also schedule a Honda service appointment by calling us at 866.312.4940.




Local Holiday Events in Gainesville, FL

The holidays are an exciting time of year here in Gainesville, FL. There are so many fun and festive events and activities for the whole family going on throughout the area. To help make your holiday event planning a little easier this year, we put together a list of the top holiday happenings in Gainesville and the surrounding area.


  1. Greathouse Butterfly Farm Christmas Tree Village – 20329 NE State Road 26, Earleton, FL 32631 – Kids and adults will enjoy an enchanting holiday experience with a bounce house, train rides, and a special appearance by Santa himself. Purchase a premium fresh-cut Christmas tree, or visit the Butterfly Emporium gift shop for unique gifts.
  2. Hipp Holiday Art Market – 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601 – The Hippodrome Art Gallery offers an array of distinctive gifts created by the Gainesville Fine Arts Association. Open Tues – Sun through Dec. 21st.
  3. Winter Wonderettes – The Hipp, 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601 – A delightful and joyful Christmas revue for the whole famile featuring beloved holiday classics like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and more.
  4. Holiday Market – Arbor Green Clubhouse, NW 136th & Newberry Road, Jonesville, Fl – Kick off the holidays by purchasing gifts from a variety of local merchants with a portion of the proceeds donated to Peaceful Paths, an organization that helps families with domestic violence issues.
  5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – 130 NE 1st Ave., High Springs, FL 32643 – Dec. 5 – 21 – A hilarious show for the entire family that tells the story of a couple trying to put on a church Christmas pageant and all its difficulties.
  6. A Christmas Carol – The Hipp, 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601- This Gainesville family tradition returns with a contemporary adaptation of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale.
  7. Rwanda Holiday Extravaganza – Depot Station, 203 SE Depot Ave., Gainesville, FL – This 5th annual fundraiser benefits Rwandan families. Shop for unique gifts created by Rwandan artists and enjoy gourmet food and drinks.
  8. Handel’s “Messiah” Sing Along – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1521 NW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32605 – Dec. 13th at 7:30 p.m. – This is your chance to participate with soloists and orchestra in this holiday tradition featuring Handel’s inspiring musical work.
  9. Fire & Ice, 9315 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL, Dec. 31st 2 p.m. – Play in the snow, glide down ice slides, romp in bounce houses, and enjoy games and activities. Fireworks spectacular at sunset.
  10. Downtown New Year’s Countdown – Dec. 31st – Jan 1, 9:30 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza – Live music from local bands, noisemakers, and more rock in the New Year!

(Dates and times are subject to change.)

Happy holiday savings are our gift to you!

Here at Honda of Gainesville, we’re celebrating the holidays by unwrapping some great deals on our award-winning lineup of new 2014 and 2015 Hondas. Take advantage of our “Happy Honda Days” sales event, going on now. Lease a 2015 Honda Accord LX for just $119 a month for 36 months, OAC. Lease a 2014 Honda CR-V LX for $129 a month for 36 months, or get 0% APR for 72 months. Save on our huge selection of Honda-certified pre-owned vehicles. Honda of Gainesville is “Your Hometown Dealer.” We’re conveniently located at 3801 N. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32609. To schedule a test drive, call 866-314-4987. For service, call 866-312-4940.

Happy Holidays from Honda of Gainesville!