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Welcome to Gainesville Florida
The city of Gainesville Florida really does have everything. As the home of the University of Florida, locals have a great sense of pride and community and often come together for events and outdoor activities. If you go to watch the Gators play football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium then you’ll feel the city come to life. Outside of Gainesville’s cosmopolitan downtown, you’ll be charmed by the towns and villages nestled throughout the area’s rich landscape. You’re also never far from hiking trails or a place to set off in your canoe for a relaxing day surrounded by nature.
Weather in Gainesville
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Hotels in Gainesville
Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville, Downtown
The Hampton Inn provides guests with a comfortable stay where guests can truly relax. The hotels excellent location makes it the ideal spot for any traveller wanting to explore all that Gainesville has to offer.
Laurel Oak Inn
Hotel Rating: Quaint
The charming Laurel Oak Inn is a Queen Anne-style Victorian bed & breakfast. The rooms are elegantly decorated with antique furniture and feature private bathrooms, period fireplaces, flat screen TVs and complimentary WiFi. There are even rooms fitted with whirlpool tubs if you so wish. Enjoy a cooked breakfast every morning during your stay as well as free drinks.
Things to do in Gainesville
History of Gainesville
Florida Museum of Natural History
See exhibits that acknowledge the unique and diverse habitats of Florida and learn about the state’s culture and natural history through the interesting permanent and temporary displays. Prepare to be dazzled by the Butterfly Rainforest, where you’ll get up close and personal with hundreds of live butterflies in their beautiful plant-filled enclosure.
Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
Archer Railroad Museum
History buffs will enjoy this museum’s displays celebrating the important advancements that came with the construction of rail lines from the Civil War onwards. A fascinating lens through which to understand local history.
Hawthorne Historical Museum
Matheson History Museum
Micanopy Historical Society Museum
Culture, arts & crafts in Gainesville
Harn Museum of Art
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
This intimate local theatre champions diversity and community through an eclectic programme of classical plays and original pieces from local playwrights. You’ll love its quirky setting in the Baird Center, an old industrial building with protected status.
Artisan’s Guild Gallery
There’s no better place to discover the local arts scene and support local businesses and craftspeople than the Artisan’s Guild Gallery. Treat yourself or buy unique souvenirs for friends and family from the great selection of homewares, jewellery, gifts and original art pieces.
Black C Art Gallery
Gainesville Community Playhouse
Somewhere Along The Way, Art Gallery Coffee House
The Gainesville Master Chorale and Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Center Galleries
University of Florida Performing Arts
Full Circle Gallery
Limelight Studio and Gallery
Mattie Kelly Arts Center & Gallery
Special Touch Gallery
National, historical & state parks
Morningside Nature Center
Bivens Arm Nature Park
A haven for keen birdwatchers, Bivens Arm Nature Park has boardwalks over a salt marsh where many species of wading birds can be spotted, as well as owls and migratory songbirds. An observation deck and picnic grounds make it a welcoming spot for families too.
Boulware Springs Nature Park
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
You’ll feel like you’ve entered another world when you explore a sinkhole that’s 120-feet deep. Full of rich plant life, trickling streams and waterfalls, you’re guaranteed a rainforest oasis even in the height of summer.
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Gum Root Park
John Mahon Nature Park
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
O’Leno State Park
Palm Point Nature Park
Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park
Poe Springs Park
River Rise Preserve State Park
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Entertainment in Gainesville
Paint The Coast
Destin Magic Dinner Theatre at La Paz Restaurant
Northwest Florida Ballet
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Southern Hands Market
Stage Crafters Community Theatre
BARR Hammock Preserve
With shorter and longer trails depending on your preference, the BARR Hammock Preserve protects 6000 acres of prairie and forest. Explore the area on foot, by bike or on horseback and discover the birdlife and nature from the various elevated viewing points.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Lake Santa Fe
Mill Creek Farm
Gainesville sporting activities
Auto Plus Raceway
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Match day at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home of the University of Florida football team, is an experience you’ll remember. Join in with the local traditions and absorb the thrilling atmosphere. Famous for its loud and enthusiastic crowds despite the sweltering temperatures, you’ll be cheering along in no time.
Fred Cone Park
Hal Brady Recreation Complex
North-East Multipurpose Complex
Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
Newnans Lake State Forest
West End Golf Club
Ironwood Golf Course
Meadowbrook Golf Club
Fine dining in Gainesville
A great introduction to the area and all the amazing food on offer is to join the Gainesville Food Tour. This walking tour will give you a brief and interesting initiation to the history of the town, as well as showing you the top places to eat out in downtown Gainesville.