Gainesville, FL

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Equal parts scenic oasis and cultural hub, this vibrant college town is one of the gems of sunny northern Florida.

The home of the University of Florida is one of the region’s most popular destinations. Gainesville has outdoor attractions, cultural offerings and a lovely tropical climate.

Many of Gainesville’s attractions are located at the University of Florida, which occupies the town’s southwestern corner. Admire a selection of the 6,000 pieces of artwork at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art or watch a dance performance at Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Cheer on the Gators football team at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium or stroll around the campus and admire the historic buildings.

In the downtown area, browse through shops and galleries or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the bistros or restaurants. Stop by the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which hosts live music and the weekly Union Street Farmer’s Market. When the sun goes down, join locals enjoying the nightlife in bars and clubs or catch a musical at the Hippodrome State Theatre.

Within a 20-minute drive from downtown are plenty of opportunites for outdoor recreation. At Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, see bison, alligators and hundreds of bird species thriving in their natural environment. Climb the observation tower to enjoy panoramic views of the wilderness.

Spend the day swimming or fishing in the warm waters of Lake Wauberg. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, head to San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, where you can bike along 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) of trails. Stroll through rainforest at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park.

See fossils and interactive exhibits at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Walk through the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit and find yourself surrounded by more than 70 colorful species. Head to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo to learn how keepers interact with the animals.

Gainesville Regional Airport is a 15-minute drive from downtown. The nearest Amtrak station is in Waldo, a 20-minute drive from Gainesville. Enjoy Gainesville’s sunny days and warm weather all year-round. Head to “Gator Country” for outdoor fun and cultural activities in a friendly, college-town atmosphere.

hom hotel + suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
hom hotel + suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
2.5 out of 5
3905 Sw 43rd St, Gainesville, FL
The price is $90 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fred Bear Museum, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, and University of Florida. Samuel P. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,404 reviews)
"Newly renovated. Rooms look fresh and clean . Breakfast buffet is limited but adequate in my opinion. Service was friendly"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

hom hotel + suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
DoubleTree by Hilton Gainesville
DoubleTree by Hilton Gainesville
4 out of 5
3726 Sw 40th Blvd, Gainesville, FL
The price is $93 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fred Bear Museum and University of Florida. Shands at the University of Florida is ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"I really liked the hotel but I think they should improve the prices a little for the people who frequent it"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Gainesville
Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
1514 Southwest 14th Street, Gainesville, FL
The price is $144 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Gainesville, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital and University of Florida. Shands at the University of Florida ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (468 reviews)
"This is a beautioful property in a great location. It was quiet and easy to check in with valet parking included it made everything super fast and easy. The rooms have a great layout that feels more like an apartment then a hotel room."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville
Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville
3 out of 5
3333 Sw 42nd St, Gainesville, FL
The price is $88 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Situated in Gainesville, this aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from University of Florida and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Shands at the University of Florida. Fred Bear ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (558 reviews)
"no real sense of welcome, except from the breakfast staff. great room design."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville
Home2 Suites by Hilton Gainesville
Home2 Suites by Hilton Gainesville
3 out of 5
2115 Southwest 13th Street, Gainesville, FL
The price is $108 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in the heart of Gainesville, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital and Shands at the University of Florida. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (550 reviews)
Relaxing and peaceful
"Our stay was very comfortable and the staff was accommodating to our every need."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Gainesville
Gainesville Oasis A-21!  Walk to UF & Shands.
Gainesville Oasis A-21! Walk to UF & Shands.
Gainesville, FL
The price is $94 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated in Gainesville, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of University of Florida and Shands at the University of Florida. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Great experience
"Booked the place to spend Christmas near my daughter who studies/work at UF. The apartment was fully equipped, all 5 of us were very comfortable. Nicely decorated and clean, and communication with owners was excellent. Recommend 100%"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Gainesville Oasis A-21! Walk to UF & Shands.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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