What to do in Gainesville, FL

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Whether you like to shop up a storm or sample local cuisine, there are loads of fun things to do in Gainesville. This city has a range of thrilling attractions that'll keep your itinerary full and you on the move. No matter your interests, this place has something up its sleeve for you.

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What to do in Gainesville

Free Things to Do in Gainesville

There's no need to max out your credit card in Gainesville. The following won't even cost a penny.

Matheson Historical Center - Round up the whole family and set off on an intriguing adventure through history with one another.

University of Florida Bat Houses - Find out for yourself why animal lovers enjoy spending time here.

Bivens Arm Nature Park - You'll love this attraction if your goal is to let go and join in on the fun.

University of Florida - Stop at this historic landmark and learn a bit about the cultural heritage of the area.

Shands at the University of Florida - Speak to a few locals and find out why many sightseers call in at this place.

Florida National Scenic Trail - You're bound to reconnect with Mother Nature at this stunning place.

Bivens Arm Nature Park - If you're into spending time in the garden, this place will fascinate your green thumb.

Things to Do in Gainesville with Kids

Gainesville is a fabulous destination for a family vacation. Bring the youngsters along and have a go at these family friendly experiences together:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Gainesville on a sunny day?
What to do in Gainesville on a rainy day?
If it’s pouring with rain during your trip, hang up your umbrella and try your hand at these terrific indoor activities:

What is Gainesville famous for?
University of Florida lives up to its reputation as an icon that you can’t miss.
What should I not miss in Gainesville?
To get a real taste of this destination’s vibe, try to stop by these must-do sights:

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

Are there cheap things to do in Gainesville?
What can you do in Gainesville for free?
Your escape to Gainesville doesn’t have to cost a fortune with free things like these to keep you entertained:

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

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