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How To Make the Most Out of the First Time Visiting Gainesville, FL

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Are you visiting Gainesville, Florida, for the first time? Planning a vacation to a destination that you’ve never been to before can be overwhelming. We’re here to help! Our city is filled with so many exciting outdoor activities, museums, restaurants, attractions, and more! Check out our tips for things to do during your first time visiting Gainesville, FL 

For a more extensive Gainesville itinerary, refer to our complimentary Vacation Guide. It offers a detailed list of the best things to do and see in the area! 

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Your First Time Visiting Gainesville: Things To Do 

How will you make the most out of your first time to Gainesville? Discover our recommendations below and start creating the ultimate Gainesville bucket list! 

Explore Fascinating Museums and Exhibits 

Did you know that Gainesville is rich in history and culture? The area is filled with a wide array of museums, exhibits, and historical sites. Some of the most popular places to visit include: 

Check Out the University of Florida Campus 

One of the most popular attractions in Gainesville is the University of Florida. This sprawling campus is known for its rich history of academic and athletic achievements and offers many opportunities for culture and education. Plus, the grounds are absolutely stunning! 

Reconnect With Mother Nature 

Sweetwater Wetlands Park path

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Gainesville is the perfect place for you. Our area’s beautiful landscape is filled with numerous parks and lakes and features endless opportunities for outdoor adventures 

Sign Up for Some Gainesville Tours 

Do you want to explore Gainesville with a local? Sign up for a tour! No matter your interests, there’s undoubtedly a Gainesville tour that will satisfy your whole group.  

  • Mudslinger Tours – Guided outdoor adventures featuring creek tours and fossil tours 
  • Gainesville Brew Bus – Gainesville’s first Brew Bus delivering fun and meaningful experiences on a custom outfitted bus as it tours the menagerie of breweries found within the Greater Gainesville area 
  • Segway Tours by Tour Gainesville, LLC – Guided Segway tours around Gainesville most popular attractions 

Stay In the Best Accommodations Gainesville Offers 

Patio Chairs with floral pillows and a bottle of beer in betweenWe know that when it comes to vacation planning, you’re bombarded with accommodations options after one online search. Make the easy decision and stay in Gainesville’s best inn—Sweetwater Branch Inn. Our historic property exudes elegance and charm and offers everything you need to feel at home. We offer spacious guest rooms and suites, in addition to private cottages. Plus, we’re conveniently located in the heart of Gainesville, keeping you close to the area’s best restaurantsshopping, and attractions.  

It’s always the best time to visit Gainesville! Check our availability and start planning your getaway today! 

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