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.

Where to stay in Gainesville

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, 32608
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $78 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
$78
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gainesville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,328 reviews)
"Excellent hotel"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

hom hotel + suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
3.5 out of 5
1514 Southwest 14th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32608
The price is $161 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
$161
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Gainesville. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (932 reviews)
"the property was very nice, but I was in town for work and my time at the hotel was more less for overnight housing only. I was there for 5 nights, and the room was not refreshed once (fresh sheets/coffee bar replenished). I requested some items for the coffee bar at the front desk in person once ..."

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gainesville, FL
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gainesville, FL
3 out of 5
4015 Sw 43rd St, Gainesville, FL, 32608
The price is $105 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
$105
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Gainesville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,061 reviews)
A place to rest your weary head.
"Great place to stay. Firm beds, nice desk to work at, and it may seem trivial but there was a great shower head! Plenty of restaurants and shops nearby and only an eleven minute drive to the UF Health Shands campus."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2023

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gainesville, FL
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Walk to UF! Historic King Bed Loft w/ Private Deck
Walk to UF! Historic King Bed Loft w/ Private Deck
Gainesville, FL
Stay at this apartment in Gainesville. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions University of Florida Bat Houses and Stephen C. O'Connell ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great spot with everything you need
"This is a quaint but modern loft space that is exactly as it’s described. It’s very comfortable and everything is provided. The sky lights are a beautiful touch to this space and it does feel like home in so many ways. I wish we’d had more time to enjoy all the amenities provided but we’ll be back ..."

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Walk to UF! Historic King Bed Loft w/ Private Deck
Cozy off Archer
Cozy off Archer
Gainesville, FL
Stay at this vacation home in Gainesville. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Dogwood Park and Fred Bear Museum are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Perfect!
"Perfect for a gator game day. The host was awesome and let us check in early and drop bags as we drove up from Miami for the night. Very clean and spacious, I will be back for future gator games! Thank you!!"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Cozy off Archer
Vintage Cottage walking distance to University of Florida
Vintage Cottage walking distance to University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Stay at this vacation home in Gainesville. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Thomas Center and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Perfect Location
"My husband was a patient at the UF hospital. This house was just about 1.5 miles away and in an area with food available. The beds were incredibly comfortable and the shower outstanding. This rental eased my stress."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Vintage Cottage walking distance to University of Florida
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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