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Never be short on things to do in Gainesville, Florida

Find everything the great outdoors has to offer in Gainesville town, located between Newnans Lake and San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, Florida. A green paradise of national parks and surrounding lakes, Gainesville is also home to the mighty University of Florida and Florida Gators football team. The thriving live music scene and plentiful eateries mean your vacation is never short on entertainment. Under a two-hour drive from Jacksonville and Orlando, Gainesville is an easily accessible destination for those who want to experience a break from larger cities.


Attractions

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

The largest stadium in Florida, this is the home turf for the Gators. Catching a game here involves high noise levels and crowds, but if you prefer to visit at a quieter time, you can always take a tour of the grounds when there is no game being played.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Perfect for spending time with the kids, some of the most notable exhibits here are the Florida Fossil exhibit and the Library of Life. The Butterfly Rainforest boasts free-flying butterflies, adding a magical experience that you and your children are sure to remember for years to come.

The Devil's Millhopper

Spend a day outside of the city exploring the geographical state park, The Devil's Millhopper. Take advantage of photo opportunities while hiking through the mini forests of Florida until you arrive at the famous sinkhole. Little streams sink directly into the ground, a wonderful and curious example of how nature occasionally goes off-course. Many fossils of shark teeth and other marine creatures from the prehistoric era are displayed inside the local museums.

A visitor's center is available for those who need additional information upon arrival. For those who brought the furry members of the family along, pets are allowed inside the park. Picnic areas are also provided for resting and regaining energy before heading out to conquer one of the many hiking trails available.

Wild Bill's Airboat Tours

With their launching point an hour outside of Gainesville, Wild Bill's Airboat Tours are well worth the bus ride. The airboat takes you through swampland, where you can spot the alligators that Florida is famous for. You might even get a tour guide who interacts with the alligators by jumping in or feeding them bits of chicken.

You can choose to book a private ride for you and your small group at a higher rate, or ride with a larger group and share the experience at a cheaper price. If you wish to see alligators at their most active time, seeing them at night is suggested. Shuttles and taxis are able to bring you back to your hotel afterward.


Travel to Gainesville

Although Gainesville does have a regional airport (GNV), flights are cheaper if you choose to fly into a major airport, with the closest one located in Jacksonville (JAX). From here, you can take a bus from Greyhound bus lines, Runways Transportation Company or Redcoach from Jacksonville to Gainesville. The bus will drop you off in the middle of downtown, providing easy access to Gainesville hotels available in this area.


Where to stay

Downtown

Be in the midst of the bustle in the heart of the city. Walk through the Bo Diddley Community Plaza and take in the sounds of live music acts, visit the Union Street Farmer's Market to taste some local fare, and treat yourself in one of the boutiques or restaurants. You can even catch a show at the Hippodrome State Theatre.


Climate

Gainesville experiences high amounts of humidity year-round, with the most humid time of the year being between June and September. Gainesville also experiences frequent thunderstorms during this time, leaving many days hot, humid and wet. Temperatures during the summer average about 80 degrees Fahrenheit during midday, but be sure to pack your umbrella, just in case.

The average temperature for the winter months, December through February, is about 66 degrees, and only very occasionally goes below freezing.

Recently Rated Gainesville Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Sleep Inn & Suites University/Shands
4.1 / 5
31 reviews
2 stars $76
Days Inn Gainesville I-75
2.3 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $45
Americas Best Value Inn University of Florida Shands
2.6 / 5
38 reviews
2 stars $49
Knights Inn Gainesville
2.1 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $36
Americas Best Value Inn I75 Gainesville North
2.4 / 5
27 reviews
2 stars $49
Comfort Inn University
3.9 / 5
28 reviews
2 stars $89
Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites
3.4 / 5
182 reviews
3 stars $59
La Quinta Inn Gainesville
3.0 / 5
92 reviews
3 stars $62
BEST WESTERN Gateway Grand
3.8 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $89
Days Inn Gainesville University
2.5 / 5
55 reviews
2 stars $50

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Featured Gainesville Hotels

From $59

1 Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites

3 stars
3.4 / 5 182 reviews

2900 SW 13th Street Map

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The Paramount Plaza Hotel and Conference Center stands out amongst the best accommodations in Gainesville, Florida. The Plaza is ideally located only minutes from the University of Florida and... More

Better than expected!
We booked the hotel at last minute so we weren't expecting much. We were blown away! Fantastic service, room was clean, comfortable and just the right size.
Dec 2, 2014
From $36

2 Knights Inn Gainesville

2 stars
2.1 / 5 40 reviews

2820 NW 13th Street Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Welcome to the Knights Inn of Gainesville, FL. Located just 1.5 miles from The University of Florida and 6 miles from Gator National Raceway and Archery Tournament Grounds. 8 Minutes from the... More

ROACHES!!!!!
I will never stay there or at any brand by them. housekeeping never cleaned or made my bed. the towels were dirty. on the morning of my check out, there was a roach on the nightstand next to my...
Dec 10, 2014
From $49

3 Americas Best Value Inn University of Florida Shands

2 stars
2.6 / 5 38 reviews

1900 SW 13th Street Map

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Welcome to Americas Best Value Inn of Gainesville FL conveniently located three miles east of I-75. We are less than a mile south of the University of Florida and its award winning football team.... More

Ok Hotel next to campus
I just needed to stay close to campus for one night. I think this was the closest hotel and very economical. Nothing fancy, good to stay a night or two if going to conference or meeting.
Dec 16, 2014
From $69

4 Quality Inn University

2 stars
3.5 / 5 33 reviews

2435 SW 13th St. Map

University of Florida 1.5 miles. Shands Hospital 1 mile. Pool. Jacuzzi suites and kitchen rooms available. Several restaurants nearby. FREE wireless and hard wired high speed Internet access,... More

Business trip
Room was good fot the value. Beds were firm and comfy. Close to university. No bugs. Would stay again.
Nov 13, 2014
From $104

5 Holiday Inn GAINESVILLE-UNIVERSITY CTR

3 stars
3.4 / 5 34 reviews

1250 W. UNIVERSITY AVE. Map

Gainesville Hotels Location Directly Across the Street from the University of Florida The Holiday Inn University Center Gainesville hotel is surrounded by local shops restaurants, boutiques and the... More

Overpriced for what it is
This room would have been great if it was about 80 dollars less. The room and bathroom were small, but clean. The lobby was itty bitty so we skipped the breakfast to avoid a crowd. I think the...
Jun 29, 2014
From $50

6 Days Inn Gainesville University

2 stars
2.5 / 5 55 reviews

1901 SW 13th Street Map

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Welcome To The Closest Days Inn To The University Of Florida. Our Hotel Is Located Just South Of The Campus On 13th Street. In Gainesville And The Surrounding Areas, You Can Explore The Beautiful... More

OK
The staff was great and location was good for football. Overall the hotel was dated, I would only suggest staying here if you are just here to watch football.
Nov 17, 2014
From $76

7 Sleep Inn & Suites University/Shands

2 stars
4.1 / 5 31 reviews

4110 SW 40th Boulevard Map

The new Sleep Inn & Suites of Gainesville, Florida is situated off of I-75 and Archer Road (Exit 384), and is centrally located to shopping, dinning and entertainment venues. This 100% Non-Smoking... More

Good night's rest!
Stayed there one night, was on my way to Tampa. There was a target store close by, I needed somethings for my trip, the waffle the staff made me for breakfast was great. Would stay again.
Dec 19, 2014
From $59

8 Econo Lodge University

2 stars
2.3 / 5 4 reviews

2649 S.W. 13th St. Map

The Econo Lodge University is located one mile from the Florida Museum of Natural History, Shand's Hospital and the University of Florida. With easy access to Interstate 75, this Gainesville hotel... More

Football Weekend
4 stars for the price. Located on 13th St near the intersection of SW 16th Ave. next door to the historic Bambi motel. 5-10 minutes by car from campus and downtown. Not walking distance but for the...
Oct 20, 2014
From $175

9 Sweetwater Branch Inn

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

625 E University Ave Map

The Sweetwater Branch Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic downtown Gainesville is part of a Victorian complex which offers all the amenities you would expect in a worldclass bed and breakfast and... More

From $79

10 The Lodge at Gainesville

3 stars
3.8 / 5 13 reviews

3726 SW 40th Blvd Map

One of Gainesville's best hotels, Cabot Lodge Hotel in Gainesville, Florida is ideally located with easy access to the University of Florida Gainesville, Shands Medical Center and the Veterans... More

Appointment at Shands
We had to stay for an appointment at Shands and it was very convenient.
Jul 20, 2014
From $101

11 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville, FL

3 stars
4.3 / 5 34 reviews

4015 SW 43rd Street Map

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Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Indoor Heated Pool and Spa, Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access throughout the hotel, all rooms have microwave and refrigerator, electronic... More

Convenient
This hotel was in the perfect location for us. It had a nice breakfast and clean rooms. The beds could have been softer. Overall, a nice place and we will stay again.
Jul 17, 2014
From $67

12 Red Roof PLUS Gainesville

2 stars
3.5 / 5 60 reviews

3500 Southwest 42nd St Map

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The Red Roof Inn PLUS Gainesville, Florida is a pet friendly, family friendly hotel. This hotel is close to the I-75, the University of Florida, Kanapa Botanical Gardens, the Fred Bear Museum, the... More

Gaineville Best Value
Red Roof In Brand new rooms secondary to renovation. Clean, comfortable, as well as, affordable!
Oct 23, 2014
From $107

13 Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville

3 stars
4.0 / 5 14 reviews

3333 SW 42nd Street Map

Free hot breakfast and high speed internet access

Come Home to Gainesville, We'll be Waiting for YouRelax in your home away from home at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Gainesville. Our all-suite, extended stay hotel in Gainesville, FL is located... More

Perfect for visiting UF students
Great. It was clean, the staff was very nice, the breakfast was good. It was close to restaurants and the driving to UF was short. I had no problems during my stay.
Oct 31, 2013
From $79

14 Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville

3 stars
3.8 / 5 6 reviews

3700 SW 42nd Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

The Bistro is here! The Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville FL hotel near Archer Road & I-75 is home to the University of Florida and Gator football. Nearby you'll find more than just the... More

Meets expectations
This hotel pretty much delivers what you'd expect. Clean room, friendly staff, meets basic overnight needs. Because it was "move in" weekend for UF in Gainesville, we overpaid -- i.e. it wasn't a...
Aug 18, 2013
From $48

15 Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL

2 stars
3.4 / 5 39 reviews

3820 S.W. 13th Street Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Take the family on a fun trip to this Howard Johnson Express Inn conveniently located off Interstate 75 near the University of Florida. Spend a day in the great outdoors hiking, biking or boating... More

Good location for a visit to UF
You get what you pay for. The room rate was very competitive. The hotel is located in a great location close to UF. The rooms are basic but clean. The breakfast is a waste of time but a good I Hop...
Sep 24, 2014
From $66

16 Extended Stay America - Gainesville - I-75

2 stars
3.1 / 5 50 reviews

3600 SW 42nd St Map

At Extended Stay America, guests find a friendly home away from home, whether for a day, a week or a month. Each of our 120 spacious suites offers a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, and a flat... More

Sufficient
It's in a good location. It's affordable. I wouldn't advise traveling alone after dark.
Jul 20, 2014
From $57

17 Baymont Inn & Suites Gainesville

2 stars
3.3 / 5 47 reviews

6901 NW 4th Blvd Map

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Enjoy the sunny southern hospitality at this Baymont Inn and Suites Gainesville, just off Interstate 75 and convenient to the University of Florida, City College, the Gainesville Raceway, Ben Hill... More

awesome
Very clean and great breakfast. Staff was very friendly. Accommodations were better than any hotel in the area. Can't wait to stay there again
Nov 6, 2014
From $98

18 Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville

3 stars
4.4 / 5 20 reviews

4075 SW 33rd Place Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

The Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville hotel in Florida, is situated off of I-75 and Archer Road, and is centrally located to shopping, dining and entertainment venues. In addition, our Gainesville, FL... More

Fabulous hotel!
From the manager, to the desk staff, servers & housekeeping, this is a great hotel. The food was excellent, the beds so comfy, the pool was clean & the coffee was delicious. We stayed for four days...
Jun 24, 2014
From $42

19 Super 8 Gainesville

2 stars
3.3 / 5 34 reviews

4202 SW 40th Blvd Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Welcome to the Super 8 of Gainesville. All new rooms in 2008 - tastefully furnished for your business or leisure needs. Conveniently located off Exit 384. Close to the University of Florida,... More

Visiting UF
Daughter and I were in town for UF tour. Stayed at Super 8, which is near campus and had everything we needed. Very good value!
Aug 26, 2014
From $69

20 Quality Inn Gainesville

2 stars
3.2 / 5 5 reviews

3455 S.W. Williston Road Map

The Quality Inn hotel located next to I-75, offers a daily complimentary continental breakfast served from 6:00am to 9:00am. All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing... More

Graduation
Everything was great but needs new carpet in bedrooms!!! Get rid of OLD bedspreads.
May 4, 2014