Gainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County in the U.S. state of Florida. It’s the largest city in the region of North Central Florida with plenty of fun things to do.

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Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, the nation’s seventh-largest university campus by enrollment, as well as to Santa Fe College. If you’re here during the fall, you won’t want to miss singing the school’s fight song at one of UF’s football games. The Gainesville area was ranked as the #1 place to live in the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked and Rated. Gainesville was also ranked as one of the “best places to live and play” in 2007 by National Geographic Adventure.

Devils MillhopperGetting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine state is one of the best things to do in Gainesville, FL. Visit the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to view the giant water lilies, rose garden, and other native Florida plants. Another park that’s worth visiting is Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park. It’s a popular place for hiking and viewing fossils that were gathered from the 120-foot-deep sinkhole in the park. Once it gets warmer outside, head to Ichetucknee Springs State Park for a swim in the natural spring and tubing through the wetlands.

If you would rather stay indoors during your Gainesville vacation, check out the Florida Museum of Natural History, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art or one of our other favorite museums in Gainesville. Those who love wine and beer will enjoy sipping drinks at Bluefield Estate Winery and Swamp Head Brewery.

There are also local events happening every week, so you know there will be something exciting happening in Gainesville every time you visit. With so many things to do in Gainesville, FL, you’ll want to come back every year to experience what our town has to offer. Browse our complete list of attractions and activities in and around Gainesville below.

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See all the fun things there are right here on the grounds at Sweetwater Branch Inn!