Are you planning a trip to Florida soon? Are you still trying to decide on a time and location? Is so, you’ve landed on the right page. In this blog, we’re going to show you why Gainesville is an excellent choice all year round (and reveal to you when the best time to visit Florida is). Will you go for summer vacation? A fall foliage getaway? Winter wonderland retreat? The choice is yours, and we’re here to help. Read on, take notes, and start making your trip a reality.
Learn more about Gainesville’s top attractions in our free Vacation Guide. This planning tool features some of our favorite local restaurants, shops, museums, events, outdoor activities, and more.
Is There One Best Time to Visit Florida?
Average temperature: 68-70 degrees
Winter is a good time to visit Florida– especially Gainesville if you’re not a fan of the heat. We’re a hot state, but we also have some colder months that are perfect for escaping the crowds. You can go hiking or horseback riding, then do some antique shopping in the beautiful town of Micanopy (20 minutes away from Gainesville).
Average temperature: 77-88 degrees
Not a fan of cool weather but still want to avoid the humid Florida summers? Spring is your best bet for a successful trip. Gainesville comes back to life with all of the beautiful blooms around town, which makes spring a great time to visit local parks, (including Sweetwater Wetlands Park). This beautiful nature area in the heart of Gainesville offers splendid views of the marsh and a peaceful retreat to soothe your daily stress.
Average temperature: 70-91 degrees
If you’re brave enough to face the heat, humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms, then you won’t mind summers in Gainesville! It’s even better if you find ways to fight the hot temperatures. Cool down with an elegant wine tasting at Island Grove Winery, check out some local breweries like Magnitude, and enjoy dining at some of our favorite local restaurants!
Average temperature: 60-90 degrees
Fall is the perfect season for festivals. With Halloween around the corner, you can indulge in some serious fall madness and mingle with the locals for a fun afternoon. One of our favorite events is the Lubee Bat Festival. The Lubee Bat Conservancy is a non-profit organization that strives to protect local bats and their environment, and, every fall, they have their highly anticipated fall festival. Expect delicious food, live music, bats, and fun activities.
Rain or Shine, Gainesville Is Always a Good Idea
Have you picked a season to visit yet? If so, it’s time for the fun part: finding the coziest place to stay! Sweetwater Branch Inn is one of the top B&Bs in Gainesville, and one of the loveliest. We are located at the heart of downtown and boast gorgeous Victorian architecture. We don’t simply want you to visit—we want you to get the full Sweetwater experience.
Take a look at our variety of accommodations. We have both gorgeous rooms and cottages to satisfy your needs. Whether you’re traveling with your partner or friends, you belong at Sweetwater Branch Inn. You’ll love our high-end amenities and serene atmosphere. Our mattresses are so soft you’ll sleep like a baby (and get a delicious, homemade breakfast when you wake)!