What's Happening

Enjoy a night at the theater, an evening of chamber music, a day trip to the art museum and more. Go to The Gainesville Sun's Gainesville Entertainment & Events Calendar for an excellent guide to arts and leisure in the area.

Visit the Gainesville Downtown Owners and Tenants page for the latest info on downtown shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment.

Gainesville has its own charm with a historic downtown in walking distance from The Magnolia Plantation. Click here for a Tour of Downtown Gainesville.

Our Inn's central location also provides easy access to other surrounding historic towns. Enjoy a day trip to one of the many quaint towns surrounding Gainesville. These towns feature shops, antiques, restaurants, beautiful homes and historic sites. Click here to Tour historic Alachua County.

Enjoy fresh air and experiencing nature first hand? How about visiting places of historical significance? Gainesville has a lot to offer. Click here for a list of Natural and Historic Sites in Alachua County.

Pressed for time? There are a variety of ways to spend an enjoyable couple of hours in the Gainesville area. Click here to get some ideas about touring our area.

The Hippodrome State Theater and Cinema — Ongoing Movies and Theater walking distance from the Inn. For a current listing go to thehipp.org

For University of Florida events, click here to view the University of Florida Events Calendar

Dudley Farm Historic State Park — Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park demonstrates the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid-1940s-through three generations of the Dudley family. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of eighteen buildings, including the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. Park staff in period clothing perform daily chores, raising crops, and tending to livestock. The farm features seasonal cane grindings, corn shucking, and heritage varieties of livestock and plants. Deer, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, and bluebirds are still seen in the fields. www.floridastateparks.org/dudleyfarm

Butterfly Rainforest at the University of Florida — Come face-to-face with exotic, vibrant butterflies fluttering atop a lush tropical canvas of foliage and flowers as you experience the Butterfly Rainforest, at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The screened vivarium houses subtropical and tropical plants and trees to support 55 to 65 different species and hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Guests can stroll through the Butterfly Rainforest on a winding path and relax to the sounds of cascading waterfalls year-round. For more information visit. www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflies

Ichetucknee Springs State Park — The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U. S. Department of the Interior. From the end of May until early September, tubing down the river is the premier activity in the area. October through March scuba diving is available in the Blue Hole only. www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings

Magnolia Plantation Inn
Magnolia Plantation Inn

The Magnolia Plantation Inn is a magnificent Victorian Painted Lady built in 1885. It features beautiful gardens, a central foyer, period kitchen, formal dining room, two sitting rooms, and five guest rooms:

Jasmine Azalea Heather
Gardenia Magnolia

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The Carriage House
Carriage House

Photos/Info—One bedroom (queen bed), fireplace, one bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and fireplace, separate sitting room, second story, 600 sq. ft., wraparound balcony overlooking two gardens. Perfect for honeymooners.

Miss Huey's Cottage
Miss Huey's Cottage

Photos/Info—One or two bedrooms (one queen bed and one double bed), one bathroom, fireplace in living room, front and back open porches with large yard. Some pets are OK.

Jessica's Courtyard
Jessica's Courtyard

Photos/Info—One or two bedrooms (one queen bed and two twin beds), one bathroom with a jacuzzi tub, living room, sunroom and private courtyard.

The Secret Garden
Secret Garden

Photos/Info—One or two bedrooms (one queen bed and two twin beds), one bathroom with a jacuzzi tub, living room, sunroom and private courtyard.

Sugar Plum Cottage
Sugar Plum Cottage

Photos/Info—Can be split into three separate rental areas called Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg. Combinations include one or two bedrooms (queen beds) and one or two bathrooms (one with a jacuzzi tub), fireplace, large living space, kitchen, open porch overlooking gardens.

Beth's Courtyard
Beth's Courtyard

Photos/Info—One bedroom (queen bed), one bathroom with large walk-in shower, living room, kitchen and private garden.

Key Lime Cottage
Key Lime Cottage

Photos/Info—Two or three bedrooms (two queen beds, two twin beds) and one or two bathrooms, large living space, front and back open porches with garden access. Great for two couples with kids.