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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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Historic Thomas Center near the Duck Pond

The Thomas Center is a historical landmark in Gainesville. It is also part of the walking tour of historical homes for third grade history in Alachua County. There is a docent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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238 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Thomas Center is a historical landmark in Gainesville. It is also part of the walking tour of historical homes for third grade history in Alachua County. There is a docent that will teach the children about the home and it's vast history. Local art exhibits are displayed inside as well. The grounds are lovely. Many prom students come to... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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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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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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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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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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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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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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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