Cheer on the Gators at the University of Florida
Book hotel rooms at the Country Inn & Suites, Gainesville to be within 10 minutes of the UF campus and the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home of the Gators. Take in the area’s beautiful natural surroundings by hiking Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail or Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park. If you enjoy the arts, catch a performance at the Hippodrome State Theatre, or browse the galleries at the Harn Museum of Art. History buffs won’t want to miss seeing the “talking walls” at the Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation and learning about local animals at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Add these attractions to your schedule:
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (1.1 miles)
Founded in 1978, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens features 24 themed gardens, including an arboretum, a vinery, a rose garden and a butterfly garden.
Phone: +1 (352) 372-4981
- University of Florida at Gainesville (2 miles)
In addition to being a large research university with a beautiful 2,000-acre campus, the UF is home to the champion Florida Gators football team.
Phone: +1 (352) 392-3261
- Florida Museum of Natural History (2.5 miles)
You can learn about Florida’s flora and fauna at this museum owned by the University of Florida. All of the exhibits except for the traveling displays and the Butterfly Rainforest have free admission.
Phone: +1 (352) 846-2000
- Harn Museum of Art (2.5 miles)
The Harn Museum of Art is one of the largest university-owned art museums in the South. Its collection boasts 6,200 works by artists like Ansel Adams and Claude Monet.
Phone: +1 (352) 392-9826
- Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation (3 miles)
Open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays, this historic homestead was built in 1854 by the Halle family. During your visit, you can see more than 12,500 words written on the walls by the owners.
Phone: +1 (352) 336-9096
- Hippodrome State Theatre (5.6 miles)
Located in the heart of Gainesville’s historic district, this local theater hosts film screenings, art exhibits and movies throughout the year. To purchase tickets or to see current performances, visit their website.
Phone: +1 (352) 375-4477
- Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail (7.8 miles)
This 16-mile path is an ideal place to hike, run, rollerblade or bike. Parking is available at four locations along the trail. Check the website for more information.
Phone: +1 (352) 466-3397
- Santa Fe College (8.3 miles)
Cheer on the Santa Fe Saints sports teams or tour the beautiful 175-acre northwest campus at this state college that is home to more than 15,500 students.
Phone: +1 (352) 395-5000
- Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park (11.3 miles)
A hidden rainforest in a 120-foot deep sinkhole, this verdant oasis is filled with lush vegetation and fossilized artifacts.
Phone: +1 (352) 955-2008
- Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (12.5 miles)
When you first arrive at this 21,000-acre savannah, stop by the visitor’s center to watch an informative video before climbing the 50-foot observation tower or hiking the trails.
Phone: +1 (352) 466-3397
- San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park (22 miles)
San Felasco Hammock Preserve is a 6,500-acre state park with 20 miles of mountain biking, hiking and equestrian trails.
Phone: +1 (386) 462-7905
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park (28 miles)
This 1930s homestead is where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling. While there, you can walk scenic trails and explore the seasonal garden.
Phone: +1 (352) 466-3672
Want more information about things to do in Gainesville? Take a look at this helpful guide.
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