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Gainesville, Florida

Activities in Gainesville

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Gainesville, FL

Best Things to Do

Gainesville, Florida, is a lively city filled with so many things to do. Not only was the area ranked the #1 place to live in the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked and Rated, but it was also called one of the “best places to live and play” in 2007 by National Geographic Adventure. When we say there’s a little something for everyone in our city, we mean it. Come see why Gainesville, Florida, is the best destination for your next vacation. Want to learn even more about the area? Make sure to view our Blog to help you plan your next visit!

A Few of Our Favorite Gainesville Restaurants

Throughout your stay in downtown Gainesville, you’ll want to check out some of the best restaurants in the area. Discover quick bites and fun hangouts that will turn you into a regular in no time. Treat yourself to the finely-fused flavors of local upscale cuisine, and dine on unique, southern vegan and vegetarian dishes you won’t find anywhere else. You’re sure to uncover your new favorite restaurant here in the heart of downtown Gainesville.

Day-to-Day Bites

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Satchel’s Pizza

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Crane Ramen

Fine Dining

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Amelia’s Italian Restaurant

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Mark’s Prime Steakhouse

Vegan and Vegetarian

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The Top
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Daily Green

The Best Things to Do at Night

Downtown Gainesville is filled with plenty of unique nightlife for you to enjoy. From local performances to a bounty of fantastic wineries, breweries, and bars, you’ll never have a dull evening exploring the city. Come discover all of the exciting things to do at night during a stay in downtown Gainesville!

Bars

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Madrina’s
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Arcade Bar

Performances

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Hippodrome State Theatre
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Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts

Breweries & Wineries

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Swamp Head Brewery
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Magnitude Brewing Company
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Island Grove Winery

Fun in the Florida Sun

Although there’s plenty of things to do at night, there’s also so much to do throughout the day in Gainesville. Embrace the urban lifestyle to better acquaint yourself with the bustling scene downtown, but also be sure to venture into some of the scenic wildlife in the area. You’ll be surprised at the quaint yet breathtaking attractions that are tucked away awaiting you to explore!

Outdoors

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Horseback riding
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The Lubee Bat Conservatory

Downtown

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Bo Diddly Plaza
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Visit the University of Florida

Natural Springs

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Devil’s Den
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Ginnie Springs

Great Things to Do for Free!

Free things to do may seem hard to come by, especially while on vacation. However, taking a trip doesn’t always have to mean breaking the bank. By visiting museums in Gainesville and spending time in nature, you can find plenty of entertainment without overspending. Check out a few of the best free things to do in the city of Gainesville to enjoy your vacation while being mindful of your budget.

Museums in Gainesville

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Florida Museum of Natural History
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Harn Museum of Art

Outdoor Activities

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Hiking
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Fishing
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Birdwatching
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Biking

Take a Dip

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Poe Springs Park
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Beaches Near Gainesville

Romantic Activities

weekend getaway to downtown Gainesville offers some the best opportunities for romance. Take your sweetheart on the trip they deserve with a stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn. You’ll find romantic things to do around every corner ranging from a cozy night in a romantic accommodation to serene outings with your sweetheart that are sure to create everlasting memories. Begin planning your perfect escape today!

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Romance Packages
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A Picnic for Two
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Meals by a personal chef
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Local Wine Tastings
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Florida Fun Bikes Tours
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Romantic Restaurants
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