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Address: 302 NE 6th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
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Description: Enjoy a delightful visit to The Thomas Center. Listed on the National...
Enjoy a delightful visit to The Thomas Center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is a beautifully restored Mediterranean Revival-style hotel. Stroll through the lovely gardens and view the art in the two galleries. You can experience the past through the 1920’s period rooms and local history exhibits. Listen to the interesting history of the property and the Thomas Family with a free cell phone tour.
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A nice place

Some of the trouble of the place comes when you're trying to take photos inside the building, but for photos outside, this is a great place for all sorts of photographic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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122 reviews 122 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Some of the trouble of the place comes when you're trying to take photos inside the building, but for photos outside, this is a great place for all sorts of photographic adventures.

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I live fairly close by so when I walk my dogs we usually walk through the gardens and lawn. A lovely large fountain is the centerpiece. Inside is beautiful as well and various events are held including art exhibits. At Christmas the tree-lighting ceremony is a family event. I feel blessed to have this property in my neighborhood.

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Mechanicsville, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Location is just superb with the ambience greenery spring flowers and intriguing architecture The audio for the wedding was good and the rooms generous in size. Services were impeccable

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Gainesville, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I loved touring the Thomas Center, and especially like the "speaking" rooms that give you a history of the rooms. The grounds are very well kept and worthy of exploration. Plan at least a half day to take it all in!

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Nuevo Vallarta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Beautiful for weddings outdoors & reception indoors. No live fire or throwing rice or streamers on the grounds. Neighborhoods surrounding has small streets & looks a little shady at night but over all beautiful

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Ocala, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The gardens were beautiful and you call a number to get a guided tour instead of a person. I have never seen it done like that before but the building was beautiful. I loved hearing how it used to be a hotel with 94 rooms and a family lived here for many years with their five children. It is worth... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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194 reviews 194 reviews
54 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This old private home-hotel-municipal office building-art gallery is impressive to visit for any reason. Look for an art exhibit, for example.

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florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Thomas Center is a very attractive historic building and gardens Near the Duckpond area and close to downtown Gainesviile. The building is impressive and well maintained in and out. There are fountains and colonnades and lawns open to the public and its a nice place to stop if you are biking or walking around town. It's a good place to... More 

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Tampa, FL
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63 reviews 63 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I was told that this was once a large estate, then a hotel, and now a center for large gatherings. We were there for a wedding and the atrium is decorated beautifully for such events. The porch area was excellent for an outdoor bar and seating. The gardens provide backdrop for the photographs that follow such an event. I would... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Private residence, hotel, government building with a touch of elegance, the Thomas Center is all these things. A portion of the Thomas Center houses city of Gainesville offices is somewhat cramped almost dingy fashion. In stark contrast however are the public spaces. The gardens and public rooms are elegant reminders of turn of the century opulence. This Mediterranean Greek Revival... More 

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