Gainesville, Florida


Gainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County, Florida, and the principal city of the Gainesville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Gainesville is the largest city in the region of North Central Florida. Gainesville was ranked as one of the "best places to live and play" in the United States by National Geographic Adventure.Gainesville is home to the University of Florida Gators and their enthusiastic fans. Beyond college sports, Gainesville offers a lively downtown area, intriguing museums, and countless events and outdoor activities. The city’s striking natural features, rich wildlife, excellent dining, rich cultural environment, historic downtown and youthful, artistic energy bring visitors back again and again. Among the enticements: Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville's premier nature park, with more than seven miles of trails; Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, with 62 acres of lakeside forests and specialty gardens; thirteen museums and galleries, including the Thomas Center Galleries, Harn Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History.


Hotels

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  • Americas Best Value Inn
  • Baymont Inn & Suites
  • BEST WESTERN Gateway Grand
  • Comfort Inn, University
  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Courtyard
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Extended Stay America
  • Gainesville Lodge
  • Hampton Inn
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express/I-75 SW
  • Holiday Inn, University Center
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton
  • Homewood Suites
  • Howard Johnson Express Inn
  • La Quinta Inn
  • Quality Inn, University
  • Red Roof Plus+
  • Reitz Union Hotel
  • Residence Inn, I-75
  • Sleep Inn & Suites
  • Spring Hill Suites
  • Super 8
  • TownePlace Suites
  • Wyndham Garden


Things to Do

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  • Butterfly Rainforest Many species of butterflies & birds roam free in this Natural History Museum interactive exhibit. At the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, you’ll come face-to-face with exotic free-flying butterflies within a large screened enclosure. Visitors can stroll through tropical foliage and flowers to the sound of waterfalls.
  • Florida Museum of Natural History The Florida Museum of Natural History is the State of Florida's official state-sponsored and chartered natural history museum. Its main facilities are located at 3215 Hull Road on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Paynes Prairie Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park, encompassing a 21,000acre savanna in Micanopy, Florida, south of Gainesville.Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
  • University of Florida Bat House These structures house hundreds of thousands of bats that emerge on warm evenings just after sunset.
  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden in Gainesville, Florida, operated by the North Florida Botanical Society. Their name comes from nearby Lake Kanapaha.
  • Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is a Florida State Park located in the northwestern-most part of Gainesville, Florida, off County Road 232, northwest of the University of Florida. Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole, disappearing through crevices in the ground. Lush vegetation thrives in the shade of the walls even in dry summers.
  • Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation Not for profit exotic animal rescue and endangered species animal park and breeding center. Large beautiful nature park with 24 species, 65 animals including big cat feeding demonstration.
  • Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo houses 70 species, and 250 individual animals in its collection, including white handed gibbons, red ruffed lemurs, ocelots, bald eagles, Galapagos tortoises, African grey parrots, and Matschie’s tree kangaroo. The personalized tours are designed to give visitors a more educational and enjoyable experience and to give zoo students more experience working with guests.
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, popularly known as "The Swamp", is the football stadium for the University of Florida and the home field of the university's Florida Gators football team.
  • Sweetwater Wetlands Park Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it's a way to protect our environment. Sweetwater Wetlands Park is filled with vast numbers of plants and animals, including birds, butterflies, alligators and Florida cracker horses.
  • Thomas Center Enjoy a delightful visit to The Thomas Center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is a beautifully restored Mediterranean Revival-style hotel. Stroll through the lovely gardens and view the art in the two galleries. You can experience the past through the 1920’s period rooms and local history exhibits. Listen to the interesting history of the property and the Thomas Family with a free cell phone tour.
  • Swamp Head Brewery Local brewhouse offering craft beers in a low-key taproom & weekly tour of its facilities.

Restaurants

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  • Amelia's Restaurant
  • East End Eatery
  • Embers Wood Grill
  • Liquid Ginger
  • Paramount Grill
  • Gator Corner Dining Center
  • Albert's Restaurant
  • The Top
  • Fresh Food Company
  • Sushi Matsuri
  • The Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge
  • Momoyaki
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Red Lobster
  • Olive Garden
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • Rank Quality Restaurant
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Gainesville (39th Ave) Florida Sonic Drive-In
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Checkers
  • Wingstop
  • Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen
  • Wendy's
  • PDQ Gainesville
  • Adam's Rib Co
  • Ruby Tuesday

Hospitals

  • North Florida Regional Medical Center
  • Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
  • UF Health Cancer Center
  • Shands Hospital: Infirmary Department
  • Shands Children's Hospital
  • Select Specialty Hospital – Gainesville
  • VA Hospital
  • Large Animal Hospital, UF College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Shands Hospital Rheumatology
  • Shands Florida Surgical Center
  • UF Health Bone Marrow Transplant Shands Hospital
  • Student Health Care Center
  • Gainesville VA Medical Center Pharmacy
  • Invision North Fl Outpatient


Airports

  • Jacksonville International Airport
  • Daytona Beach International Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Gainesville Regional Airport
  • St Augustine
  • Valdosta Regional Airport
  • Ocala International Airport
  • Lake City Gateway Airport
  • Cross City Airport
  • Cecil Field Nas

Military Bases

  • Army Corporation Engineers
  • National Guard Recruiter
  • Us Naval ROTC


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