Alachua is close to a range of colorful Gainesville’s well-known sights. The Devil's Milhopper Geological State Park and Oaks Mall are just two of the popular places to visit. Two other recommended attractions that are within a short distance of Alachua are the O'Leno State Park and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.
Alachua offers some interesting cultural attractions nearby that make great places to visit. Spend a few hours of viewing the exhibits at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Fred Bear Museum and Matheson Museum. To catch home-grown and touring acts, reserve seats at the Hippodrome State Theatre and the Curtis M. Phillips Center, one of the region’s best-loved performing arts venues. There are a number of excellent galleries to visit near here including the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.
Sports lovers visiting Alachua should get tickets for Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to see the University of Florida Gators doing battle with visiting teams. To fit in, be sure to wear blue and orange, the colors of the University of Florida Gators.
When it’s time to rest up after discovering the charms of Alachua, check in to one of the many local bed-and-breakfast, hotel and short-stay apartment options. The Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites, the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville and the Red Roof PLUS Gainesville are among the best places to find a warm welcome and a good night’s rest.