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Where Can You See the Best Sunset in Gainesville, FL?

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Find fun and unique activities on your upcoming trip with your better half. The hustle and bustle of everyday routines seldom leave time to be romantic so why not turn the romance up during your next getaway? Treat yourself and your significant other to a stunning experience and watch the best sunset in Gainesville! Not only is it simple to organize, but also unforgettable. In this blog, we’ll share three of our favorite spots that are ideal to catch the best sunset in Gainesville, FLor for early rises, a morning coffee sunrise! Are you ready? Read on, take notes, and get ready to be dazzled. 

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Spots to Catch the Sunset in Gainesville, FL 

Paynes Prairie 

Paynes Prairie is one of our favorite spots to watch the sunset in Gainesville. It’s part of Sweetwater Wetlands Parkand although it’s located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, Paynes offers a unique outdoor experience. You won’t believe you’re within city limits! Make your way along the La Chua Trail and find a spot to lay out your blanket or some chairs by the lake. We recommend bringing an antipasti basket, too. 

Local Tip: Be sure to get to the park long before sunset as it closes soon afterward. You won’t want to be rushed out! 

Depot Park 

Another beautiful downtown location where you can see the sunset is Depot Park. This park is more man-made than Paynes Prairie but offers a gorgeous setting, nonetheless. Take a sunset stroll on the paved path before stopping by the Depot Station and grabbing a bite to eat by the old train tracks. You may even be able to catch some live music if you’re in luck!  

For the Early Birds: Micanopy 

Are you more of an early riser? Switch things up and enjoy a beautiful Gainesville sunrise! Head out to the little town of Micanopy, just 20 minutes from downtown Gainesville. Witness a stellar sunrise as you drive through the vast wetland area that separates the two towns. Plus, at this time of the day, you won’t have to deal with too much traffic so you can take time to marvel at the view from your window. Once you get to Micanopy, enjoy a delicious breakfast at one of the quaint restaurants on Main Street and take time to walk around this charming town hidden in the forest.  

Return to Sweetwater Branch Inn for an Even More Memorable Evening 

Maes Cottage BedroomDid we get you excited about watching the sunset or sunrise in Gainesville? Good! Now, let’s help you plan what to do next. If you’re traveling with your better half, fuel your romance with a romantic evening at one of the top B&Bs in town. Sweetwater Branch Inn welcomes you for a lavish and relaxing stay. Focus on reconnecting with each other. Browse our selection of beautiful rooms and cottages. Pick the one you prefer, and pamper yourselves with one of our romance packagesWalso offer a delicious, homemade breakfast each day. It will make you wish it were morning all day long. 

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