Hotel Is near Shands Hospital and Gainesville Sights
Guests at the Country Inn & Suites Gainesville can take advantage of the hotel’s central location to visit the area’s cultural, historical and natural attractions. The hotel is situated just two miles from the University of Florida, so it’s perfect for families or alumni visiting the campus. Nature lovers appreciate the hotel’s proximity to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, Paynes Prairie State Preserve and the Florida Museum of Natural History. If you’re a fan of the arts, see a play at the Hippodrome State Theatre or browse the collections at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. The hotel is also near Shands Hospital and other Gainesville healthcare facilities like the VA Hospital and North Florida Regional Hospital, which reduces stress and driving time for patients, families and friends who want to stay nearby. The hotel is located near the following attractions:
- Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park (11.3 miles)
Completely different from the surrounding vegetation, this tropical rainforest formed naturally inside a 120-foot deep limestone sinkhole. Visitors have found fossilized shark teeth and ancient shells inside.
Phone: +1 (352) 955-2008
- Florida Museum of Natural History (2.5 miles)
As the official state natural history museum of Florida, this facility educates visitors on the area’s history and features a butterfly garden and a limestone cave.
Phone: +1 (352) 846-2000
- Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail (7.8 miles)
Cyclists and runners can get some fresh air and exercise along this 16-mile stretch of trail, which winds through beautiful natural areas.
Phone: +1 (352) 466-3397
- Hippodrome State Theatre (5.6 miles)
Founded in 1972, this acclaimed state theater presents operas, musicals, plays, films and concerts. Check the schedule on the website to see what’s playing during your stay.
Phone: +1 (352) 375-4477
- Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation (3 miles)
For reasons unknown, the owners of this antebellum plantation, the Haile family, wrote more than 12,500 words on the walls of their 19th century home. See for yourself and take a tour of the “Talking Walls.”
Phone: +1 (352) 336-9096
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (1.1 mile)
Experience Florida’s lush natural vegetation in this picturesque setting. Kids love to explore the garden’s attraction like koi ponds, giant lily pads, a labyrinth and a hummingbird garden.
Phone: +1 (352) 372-4981
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Site (28 miles)
Set in a citrus grove, this site is the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her book The Yearling in 1939. Visitors can see the restored house, complete with period artifacts.
Phone: +1 (352) 466-3672
- Paynes Prairie State Reserve (12.5 miles)
This 21,000-acre reserve became Florida’s first state preserve in 1971 and is home to wild horses, alligators and bison.
Phone: +1 (352) 466-3397
- Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (2.5 miles)
Art enthusiasts enjoy exhibits like “A Sense of Place: African Interiors” and “Highlights from the Modern Collection” at this regional museum.
Phone: +1 (352) 392-9826
- San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park (22 miles)
Visitors to this 6,000-acre state park can hike, bike, ride a horse and view local birds. You may also spot deer, boar, bobcats and foxes.
Phone: +1 (386) 462-7905
- Santa Fe Community College (8.3 miles)
A member of the Florida College System, this community college offers two-year and four-year degrees and was founded in 1965.
Phone: +1 (352) 395-5000
- University of Florida at Gainesville (2 miles)
Take a tour of campus, attend an artistic performance or cheer on the Gators at this large, public, land-grant university, located minutes from the hotel.
Phone: +1 (352) 392-1365
For more information on things to do in Gainesville, check out this guide