Alachua County is located in North Florida, 85 miles from the Georgia state line, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Alachua County was established in 1824 from a portion of St. Johns County and named for a Spanish ranch existing in the vicinity in 1680. The name comes from a Seminole Indian word meaning "sink" and possibly was named for a large sinkhole in Paynes Prairie.
Alachua County was established in 1824 from a portion of St. Johns County and named for a Spanish ranch existing in the vicinity in 1680. Two derivations have been proposed for the name: La ("the" in Spanish) and Chua ("sink" in Seminole) and Luchuwa ("jug" in Seminole). The name possibly comes from a large sinkhole in Paynes Prairie.
Outstanding academic achievement is a hallmark of Alachua County Public School. The public schools here boasts some of the highest SAT scores in the state of Florida and above the national average. Out of most school districts in Florida, Alachua public schools have the highest ratio of passed Advanced Placement tests. These are just some of the examples of the academic excellence that has been a part of Alachua County for decades. With the goal of extending education achievement beyond high school, Alachua has formed close partnerships with hundreds of local businesses and organizations, including the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, which has lent a hand in making it feasible for students to pursue secondary education.
Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium popularly known as "The Swamp" is located at the University of Florida in Gainesville Florida. Home to the universities Florida Gators football team and hosts other university events throughout the year as well as high school football playoffs. With a seating capacity of 88,548, The Swamp is the 12th largest stadium in American college football.
The Alachua County Library District has 12 branches located in Alachua, High Springs, Newberry, Archer, Micanopy, Hawthorne, Waldo, and Gainesville. Five branches are located in Gainesville including the Headquarters, which is the largest library. The district also has two bookmobiles, which bring books to other locations throughout the county.
City College is a Florida college with locations in Altamonte Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Hollywood, and Miami. It offers associates and bachelors degrees in the fields of business, heath, and legal/justice.
Sample beers from various local, regional and national breweries along with some of the best food and cuisine from local restaurants and caterers. This festival showcases local Florida craft breweries and brewpubs, offers beer seminars and homebrewing demonstrations.
Vam York Theater is a theater in Gainesville that has been housing the Gainesville Community Playhouse since 2006. The Gainesville Community Playhouse is one of the oldest community theater programs in the country, they produces their first play in 1927.