For rising college freshman, there is nothing more exciting than touring universities and planning for your future. If you’re planning to attend a college in the Southeast, consider a trip to Gainesville for a University of Florida tour! This prestigious school offers an array of phenomenal programs and research opportunities for students. Additionally, the UF Gators sports teams excel on the field as well as in the classroom. It doesn’t hurt that the school situates itself in a beautiful region of Southern Florida, surrounded by so many amazing things to do and see. Learn more about the best things to do in Gainesville during your stay in our thoughtfully composed Vacation Guide!
The Ideal University of Florida Tour
Tour the Campus
Schedule a Student-Led Tour
There’s no better way to experience the University of Florida than through the eyes of a student who currently attends the school. Schedule a student-led tour to see all that you have to look forward to when you attend this prestigious institution. The tour lasts about two hours and gives you an in-depth glance into your future! You might even learn about some of the university’s traditions while you’re there too! Join up to 100 other prospective students on a group tour or opt for a more personal experience. Just be sure to coordinate with the Welcome Center and schedule the visit 6-8 weeks in advance.
Utilize the Self-Guided Tour Map
Maybe your schedule doesn’t allow for a scheduled student-led tour. Perhaps you want to tour the campus even further. Either way, check out the self-guided tour map and lead yourself around campus and take it all in. It’s a great opportunity to spend more time at the different buildings that interest you the most! Because the student-led tour doesn’t take you to the dorms, this map is an excellent way to check those out as well!
Look into Special Visit Opportunities
Some specialized schools programs and offer their own personalized tours for students interested in specific majors! Some of these programs include:
- School of Art & Art History
- Digital Worlds Institute
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- Honors Program
- College of Journalism and Communications
- School of Music
- School of Theatre & Dance
- College of Veterinary Medicine
- & more!
Take the Virtual Tour for a Sneak Peek
The University offers an excellent virtual tour option that allows prospective students to get a sneak peek of what’s in store for them when they visit!
UF boasts amazing attractions on campus, such as the Baughman Center, but there’s still much to see off campus! While you’re in town for the University tour, you might as well take the time to explore the best things to do in Gainesville! Some things you might like to check out include:
- The Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
- Satchels Pizza
- The Lubee Bat Conservancy
- The Top Restaurant
- Florida Museum of Natural History
- San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
- The Arcade Bar
- & so much more!
Stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn
Stay in the heart of downtown Gainesville at Sweetwater Branch Inn while you’re in town for a University of Florida tour. Not only do we offer an array of beautiful suites within the McKenzie House and Cushman House, but we also offer spacious cottages, perfect for families! Victoria’s Cottage features its own back porch, Jacuzzi tub, a king-size bed, twin daybed, and a large bathroom. Start planning your trip today!