Explore Gainesville!

 


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EXPLORE GAINESVILLE

Gainesville is more than home to the Florida Gators. It offers many diverse and unique experiences not found anywhere else. Below are a few that our staff and residents have suggested as “MUST Dos”…


pic of ben hill stadium

Bill Hill Griffin Stadium
University of Florida Campus
157 Gale Lemerand Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7a.m. – 10p.m.
Phone: (352) 375-4683
https://floridagators.com/facilities/?id=1


pic of devils milhopperDevil’s Millhopper
4732 Millhopper Road, Gainesville, FL 32653
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 9am-5pm
Admission: $4 per vehicle, up to 8 visitors per vehicle.
Pedestrians and bikes are $2
https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/devils-millhopper-geological-state-park


pic of paynes prariePayne’s Prairie – La Chua Trail
Off US 441/SW 13th St, Gainesville
Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Parking: $2 per vehicle
https://floridahikes.com/paynes-prairie-lachua


picture of the hippodromeHippodrome Theater
25 SE Second Place, Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: (352) 375-4477
Call for show times.
https://thehipp.org/


pic of lake wauburgLake Wauburg
US 441/13th Street, just S of Payne’s Prairie
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: All activities free with valid student ID
Phone: (352) 294-7090
http://recsports.ufl.edu/outdoors-adventure/lake-wauburg


pic of cade museumpic of depot parkCade Museum for Creativity and Invention and Depot Park
904 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Phone: 352-371-8001
https://www.cademuseum.org/


pic of bat housesUniversity of Florida Bat Houses
3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-846-2000
https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/bats/


picture of butterflies at butterfly museumUniversity of Florida Natural History Museum & Butterfly Rainforest
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-846-2000
https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/butterfly-rainforest/


picture of bo didley plazapicture of downtown farmers marketBo Diddley Plaza
111 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL
http://www.bodiddleyplaza.com/bo-diddley-plaza/

Farmers Market
Hours: Every Wednesday, 4pm – 7pm
Admission: Free

Fridays Concert Series
Hours: Every Friday night, 8pm – 10pm
Admission: Free


pic of animals at carson springs wildlife conservation foundationCarson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 County Rd 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 7pm
Phone: (352) 468-2827
Admission: Suggested Donation of $25 per adult, $8 under 12
http://carsonspringswildlife.org/


Florida Springs
http://www.floridasprings.org/

There are many to choose from, but here are some of the locals’ favorite. pic of blue springsBlue Springs State Park
7450 NE 60th Street, High Springs, FL
Hours: Daily 9:00am – 6:00pm
Admission: $6 per vehiclepic of gennie springsGinnie Springs
5000 NE 60th Ave, High Springs, FL 32643
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 4pm
Friday – Sunday, 8am – 8pm
*Summer hours are extended*
Admission: $14 per person and $6 per tube rental pic of ichetucknee springsIchetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27, Fort White, FL 32038
Hours: Daily, 8am – Sunset
Admission: $6 per vehicle
https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/ichetucknee-springs-state-park


Food Options

Breakfastpic of flying biscuit Flying Biscuit
4150 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone: (352) 373-9500
http://www.flyingbiscuit.com/locations-2/gainesville/


Lunchpicture of satchels restaurantSatchel’s Pizza
1800 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: (352) 335-7272
https://www.satchelspizza.com/


Dinnerpic of the top - downtown restaurantThe Top
30 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: (352) 337-1188
http://www.thetopgainesville.com/


Out of Town Options

pic of the cedar key pic of downtown at the cedar key

Cedar Key, FL  |  West/Gulf side of Florida
Distance from Gainesville:1 hour 11 minutes

Old Florida vacation spot – one that offers lovely beaches, productive fishing opportunities and lush natural preserves. Cedar Key’s houses and stores perch above the Gulf of Mexico on stilts, with the water lapping at their bellies. It’s easy to find a tasty clam chowder and a cold brew in Cedar Key.


picture of ocean at st augustinepicture of st augustineSt. Augustine, FL  |  East/Atlantic side of Florida
Distance from Gainesville: 1 hour 38 minutes

With more than twenty miles of beaches, St. Augustine is the perfect place relax in the sun. Visitors can see why when they stroll along the brick-lined streets and delight in the city’s European flavor, with centuries-old buildings, horse-drawn carriages, hidden courtyards, and so much more. St. Augustine has plenty of history to explore — more than 450 years of it!