Uncover the unexpected in North Central Florida. Gainesville's combination of college-town vitality and protected natural beauty makes it unique —a place “where nature and culture meet.” Gainesville offers 30+ miles of biking and hiking trails while spotting wildlife like birds, bison, wild horses or alligators in seven area Florida state parks. Canoe or paddleboard scenic rivers, or take a dive into one of our crystal clear freshwater springs. Floating down the spring-fed river at Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a can’t miss warm-weather tradition.
Spend an afternoon antiquing in surrounding small towns, and then grab a bite downtown at some fine local farm-to-fork dining establishments. Wash it all down with a beverage from one of four local breweries, and catch some theater or local music before calling it a day. A rich melting pot, Gainesville is full of college town fun, inexpensive and often free attractions for the family, and peaceful, relaxed outdoor experiences for those seeking a slower pace.