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Gainesville Attractions

Whether you'd prefer to shop up a storm or educate yourself on local history, there are tons of fun things to do in Gainesville. This city has a range of thrilling attractions that'll keep your travel itinerary full and you on the hop. Whatever your interests, this place has a surprise in store for you.

If you're ready to explore Gainesville, join a few of the top tours & day trips on offer, and have a friendly guide show you some of the most popular sites. Offering free cancellations and no added fees, our top 14 fun activities in Gainesville are also worth browsing through.

Things to Do in Gainesville with Kids

Gainesville is a wonderful place for a family vacation. Take the kids along and try these popular family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Gainesville

There's no need to endlessly reach for your wallet in Gainesville. The following won't even cost a cent.

Matheson Historical Center - Brimming with interesting objects and exhibits, this place is heaven for minds that burn with curiosity.

University of Florida Bat Houses - Animals are incredible, and you'll be able to keep company with some interesting ones here.

Bivens Arm Nature Park - Make this place one of your first ports of call if you're chasing fun during your escape.

University of Florida - Roam around this historic place and find out a few secrets from yesteryear.

Shands at the University of Florida - Widely renowned among local residents, this place is worth dropping by.

Florida National Scenic Trail - Let nature's rugged beauty restore your mind.

Bivens Arm Nature Park - Organize a picnic and enjoy a walk around the trees and shrubs.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Gainesville

University Heights

While University Heights isn't home to many top sights, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (The Swamp) and Thomas Center are some notable places to visit nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Gainesville on a sunny day?

What to do in Gainesville on a rainy day?

There's no need to splish, splash and splosh your way through a damp day when there are plenty of wonderful indoor activities like these on offer:

What is Gainesville famous for?

Get a family happy snap at University of Florida — it's an iconic local attraction.

What should I not miss in Gainesville?

Don't forget your camera, because this trove of attractions is just waiting to be explored:

  • Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Are there cheap things to do in Gainesville?

What can you do in Gainesville for free?

You'll hardly have time to pull your wallet out of your pocket with so many free attractions:

  • University of Florida
  • Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Shands at the University of Florida
  • Devil's Den