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Written by Chris Kirschner
With more than 53,000 fellow students at the University of Florida, there will inevitably be a facility that tickles your fancy. There are gyms for the workout junkies, a game room for the game aficionados, a swanky coffeehouse that hosts events nightly, and even a beach. While it's not technically a beach, the area north of Broward Hall is dubbed "Broward Beach" due to the frequent number of sunbathers you can find in and around the pool. The Reitz Union is home to Gator Nights every Friday night, an event-filled evening with free midnight breakfast and a recently released movie in the Reitz auditorium. Don’t forget about Lake Wauburg! If you’ve ever wanted to go on a picnic, here’s your best shot. And, of course, like all UF facilities, Lake Wauburg is free.
If it’s not just substance you’re looking for—if you want a pretty face to go with it, as well—UF has that, too. The “noble gothic walls” and “lovely vine-clad halls” mentioned in the alma mater are not figments of the songwriter’s imagination; this place has got the classic look and feel of an historical college campus (that’s why Steve Martin’s movie "Parenthood" was partially filmed here—the director wanted his setting to look like a traditional Northern school). Basically, keep your feet moving and your eyes open because there’s plenty to do on campus and plenty to look at while you do it.
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