The LSU Tigers are looking to continue their winning season at “The Swamp” as they battle the Florida Gators. The Tigers take on the Gators on Saturday, October 6 at 2:30pm. Some of you might make the drive to Gainesville, well, because you love LSU football that much, and you want a few swamp adventures. We reached out to Domonique Benn, KSLA News 12 evening anchor (and U. of Florida alum) for the best places to visit and great places to eat.
Driving over ahead of time?
Just 30 minutes away from campus is Ichetucknee Family Canoe and Cabins. It’s a lot of fun with RV hookups, cabin rentals, camping options, river tubing, and the water is BLUE! Just south of downtown is the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention. It’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and quipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries.
While your visiting the school…
The University of Florida in Gainesville offers some fantastic museums and sites to see. Within walking distance from each other is the Florida Museum that champions the rich and diverse natural history of the area, the Butterfly Rainforest where you can stroll in a tropical rainforest surrounded by butterflies, and see masterpieces hanging in the Harn Museum of Art. Lake Alice is the backdrop for The Baughman Center. This place is not open on weekends but it is a site to behold. Continue your swamp adventures along the lake to see if you can find the gators.
Where to eat the best gator… (or good food in general)
The Swamp Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. You can try any of the swamp specialties like the Gator Tacos (made with gator tail) or the Hawaiian Pork Quesadilla. If you’re looking for some local brews, check out First Magnitude Brewing Company. They have 22 beers, ciders, and more on tap. Breakfast lovers flock to the Flying Biscuit Café for eggs and, of course, their biscuits. It’s usually packed so you might have to wait. For a great brunch spot, try the Harvest Thyme Café for simple, delicious food made from the freshest ingredients. You’ll have plenty of choices from wraps, to burgers, to sandwiches. After the game, head over to High Dive. They’ve been named one of the “100 Greatest American Music Venues” and is a fun place for good drinks (there’s a beer garden) and music. Take your loved one to one of the most talked about sushi restaurants in Gainesville, The Dragonfly Sushi. Some claim that the Miso Black Cod, Tiger Shrimp Tempura (See there are Tiger fans in Florida 😛 ) and Beef Tataki might look better than your date and they taste amazing.
If you are heading to Gainesville for the game and some swamp adventures, be safe driving. You can check out the great things to do in Baton Rouge with The Louisiana Weekend, in New Orleans check out NOLA Weekend and Biloxi with Gulf Coast Weekend. Check out the Louisiana Film Trail while you’re at it.
Staying home? You can watch the game at 2:30pm on Saturday on KSLA News 12.