Gainesville Area Event Venues

CELEBRATIONS ANNOUNCES NEW VENUE – THE LAZY TURTLE LODGE in High Springs!

https://www.lazyturtlelodge.com

The Lazy Turtle Lodge is a private 10 acre wooded estate located on the Santa Fe River in North Central Florida between High Springs and Fort White, providing a beautiful “Old Florida” backdrop for weddings on the banks of the river.  The estate is nestled in a beautiful wooded hammock containing oaks, hickories, cypresses and lots of spanish moss. Wildlife includes deer, wild turkeys, turtles, otters, and an occasional fox and coyote. 

 
Set on the banks of the Santa Fe, a lush spring fed river that flows into the Ichetucknee and then the Suwanee River, the location provides great access for kayakking, canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing, swimming or merely watching the river go by.  The Lazy Turtle Lodge sits between Poe Springs and Ginny Springs – – …the perfect place to contemplate and enjoy nature and de-stress!


The vast back yard on the river bank can accommodate a large tent area and separate sitting area for the wedding ceremony. Space under the house can be used for cocktails, food prep and  food disbursement as well as dancing. 

Purchased in 2007 by Gator Alums Pam Smith and Lance Scott, the property included three trailers and a 28′ Cardinal RV Camper which have been converted to cozy, shabby chic river vacation rentals.  These can be booked direct or through Air BnB, FlipKey and VRBO. The main house, which is the fulltime residence of the owners, was built in 2011 and sits on stilts 12 feet off the ground, and is available to the wedding party.

Please call us at Celebrations Catering at 352-377-0787 for venue pricing at the Lazy Turtle Lodge!

Venue Contact List

Alachua Senior Recreation Center

5701 NW 34th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32653
Website: https://eldercare.ufhealth.org/senior-recreation-center/senior-center-rental-information/
Phone: (352) 265-8739
Nick Hauzer (Event Coordinator): nhau0001@shands.ufl.edu

Alachua Women’s Club

14565 Main Street
Alachua, FL 32616
Website: https://alachuawomansclub.org/clubhouse-rental/
Phone: (386) 462-5204
Email: alachuawmns@aol.com

Austin Cary Forest: Stern Learning Center

Austin Cary Forest Wedding

10625 NE Waldo Rd
Gainesville, FL 32609
Website: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forestcampus/rates-policies/
Phone: (352) 846-0857
Matt Pollard (Event Coordinator)

Baughman Center

982 Museum Road
Gainesville, FL 32611
Website: https://performingarts.ufl.edu/venues/baughman-center/
Phone:(352) 294-0049
Email: baughmanevents@performingarts.ufl.edu

Bella Rose Weddings and Events

2109 Raiford Road
Starke, Florida 32091
Website: https://www.facebook.com/bellaroseweddingvenue/
Phone: (352) 235-7686
Email: bellarosegardens@gmail.com

Bellemoor Plantation

Bellemoor Plantation

3500 SE 107th Place
Ocala, Florida 34480
Website: http://www.plantationparkevents.com/index.html
Phone: (352) 553-8595
Email: bellemoorplantation@reagan.com

Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville

201 SE 2nd Ave #101
Gainesville, FL 32601
Website: Coming Soon!
Phone: (352) 225-3593
Lynn Long: lynn@bigtopbrewing.com

Blackadder Brewing Company

618-A NW 60th Street
Gainesville, FL 32606
Website: https://www.blackadderbrewing.com/home-2
Phone: (352) 339.0324
Chris or Patricia Hart (Owners): chris@blackadderbrewing.com

Cade Museum

cade-museum event catering

811 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Website: https://www.cademuseum.org/rent-the-cade.html
Phone: ( 352) 371-8001 ext. 1104
Amanda Hamilton: rentals@cademuseum.org

Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens

4990 NE 180th Ave
Williston, FL 32696
Website: http://www.cedarlakeswoodsandgarden.com/rentals.html
Phone: (352) 529-0055
Olyvia Ciulla (Event and Marketing Coordinator): olyvia@cedarlakeswoodsandgardens.org

Clark Plantation Venue

clark-plantation event catering

3682 SW 202nd St
Newberry, FL 32669
Website: https://www.clarkplantation.com/
Phone: (352)-222-3906
Email: Clarkplantationevents@yahoo.com

Cypress & Grove Brewing Company

1001 NW 4th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32601
Website: https://cypressandgrove.com/event-hosting/
Phone: (352) 448- 9375
Anna (Event Coordinator)

Drury Inn Gainesville

drury-inn-banquet-room catering

4000 Southwest 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Website: https://www.druryhotels.com/bookandstay/groupsandmeetings
Phone: (352) 372-5600

Emerson Alumni Hall

1938 W University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32603
Website: http://eah.uff.ufl.edu/
Phone: (352) 846-2324 (Events Line) or (352) 846-3601 (Main Line)
Travis Hurst (Event Manager): thurst@uff.ufl.edu
Troy Bell (Associate Director of Facilities): tbell@uff.ufl.edu

Fairfield Inn and Suites

3877 SW 37 Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32608
Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gnvsw-fairfield-inn-and-suites-gainesville-i-75/
Phone: (352) 745-7777
Ally Williams (Event Coordinator): allyson@lakecityhotels.com
Ethan Plummer (Event Coordinator): ethan@lakecityhotels.com

3877 SW 37 Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32608
Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gnvsw-fairfield-inn-and-suites-gainesville-i-75/
Phone: (352) 745-7777
Ally Williams (Event Coordinator): allyson@lakecityhotels.com
Ethan Plummer (Event Coordinator): ethan@lakecityhotels.com

First Magnitude Brewing Co.

First Magnitude Brewery Wedding

1220 SE Veitch St.
Gainesville, FL 32601
Website: https://fmbrewing.com/event-hosting/
Phone: (352) 727-4677
Chelsea (Event Coordinator): chelsea@fmbrewing.com

Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road — Powell Hall
UF Cultural Plaza
Gainesville, FL 32611

Website: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/rentals/
Phone: (352) 273-2045
Amber Tison (Event Coordinator): rentals@flmnh.ufl.edu

Gainesville Country Club

7300 SW 35th Way
Gainesville, FL 32608
Website: https://www.gainesvillecc.com/weddings-banquets
Phone: (352) 372-1458 ext. 204
Katharine Allee (Events Director): events@gainesvillecc.com

Gainesville Garden Club

1350 NW 75th St
Gainesville, FL 32605
Website: http://www.ggcfl.org/ggc_rentals.htm
Phone: (352) 331-0426

GFWC Gainesville Women’s Club

2809 W University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32607
Website: https://gfwcfl-gainesvillewomansclub.org/index.htm
Phone: (352) 376-3901
Email: gwcwomansclub@att.net

Herlong Mansion

402 NE Cholokka Blvd
Micanopy, Fl 32667
Website: https://herlong.com/
Phone: (352) 466-3322
Email: info@herlong.com

Harn Museum of Art

3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, Florida 32611

Website: http://www.harn.ufl.edu/rentals
Phone: (352) 294-7079
Hillary Fares (Event Coordinator): hfares@harn.ufl.edu

Hippodrome State Theater

25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, FL 32601
Website: https://thehipp.org/rentals/
Phone: (352) 373-5968 x 217 (Events Line) or (352) 373-5968 (Main Line)Shaina Worhacz (Event and Rental Coordinator): sworhacz@thehipp.org

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

kanapaha botanical gardens catering

4700 SW 58th Drive
Gainesville, FL 3260
Website: http://kanapaha.org/rentals/
Phone: (352) 372-4981 ext 103 (Events Line)
Email: kbotanical@gmail.com

Little Forest Farms

15500 SW 15th Avenue
Newberry, FL 32669
Website: http://www.littleforestfarm.biz/ Phone: (352) 474-6132
Email: edandkris@littleforestfarm.biz

O’Leno State Park & River Rise

410 SE O’Leno Park Road
High Springs FL 32643
Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/oleno-state-park
Phone: (386) 454-1853

Plantation Hall at Haile Village Center

haile-plantation-hall

5100 SW 91st Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32608
Website: https://www.plantationhallgnv.com/events
Phone: (352) 371-1600
Bethany Patterson (Event Coordinator)

Santa Fe River Ranch

santa-fe-river-ranch catering

29220 NW 122nd Street
Alachua, FL 32615
Website: https://santaferiverranch.com/
Phone: (352) 317-0276 (Events Line) or (386) 365-9966 (Main Line)
Jake Hitchcock (Owner’s Son/Events Manager): jakehitchcock12@gmail.com

Seven Hills Farm

3270 SE County Rd 337
Trenton, FL 32693
Website: https://www.sevenhillsfarmtrenton.com/
Phone: (352) 745-0602 (Cori)
Cori (Events Coordinator): sevenhillsfamtrenton@gmail.com

Southern Pines

397 SW Oyster Shell Gln. (Branford Hwy)
Lake City, Florida 32024
Website: https://www.facebook.com/southernpinesvenue/
Phone: (386) 623-2451

Steinhatchee Landing Resort

315 Hwy 51 NE
Steinhatchee, FL 32359
Website: http://www.steinhatcheelanding.com/special-occasions/
Phone: (352) 356-2916
Email: gnatdaddy@yahoo.com

Swamp Head Brewery

3650 SW 42nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32608
Website: https://swamphead.com/events/
Phone: (352) 505-3035
Amanda Howsare: amandah@swamphead.com

The Barn at Rembert Farm

13014 NW 174 Avenue
Alachua, FL 32615
Website: https://www.rembertfarms.com/home
Phone:  (352) 317-4363
Email: rembertfarm@gmail.com

The Depot Event Space (Depot Park)

201 SE Depot Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Website: http://www.thetophub.com/thehub_depotevents.html
Phone: (352) 278-1178
Email: woolydowntown@gmail.com

The Historic Thomas Center

thomas center event catering

302 NE 6th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

Website: http://www.historicthomascenter.org/celebrate-here/weddings/
Phone: (352) 393- 8539
Erica Chatman (Facility Coordinator): chatmanej@cityofgainesville.org
Jordan Weber (Coordinator Assistant): weberjh@cityofgainesville.org

The Wooly

20 N Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Website: http://www.thetophub.com/thehub_wooly.html
Phone: (352) 278-1178
Email: woolydowntown@gmail.com

University Air Center

4701 NE 40th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32609
Website: http://uac.aero/contact-us Phone: (352) 335-4681
Debbie Frederick (GM): debbief@universityaircenter.com

West Light Farm LLC

29031 NW 182nd Avenue
High Springs, FL 32643
Website: http://www.westlightfarm.com/ Email: events@westlightfarm.com