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The sprawling campus of the University of Florida is a top attraction in Gainesville. However, there’s much more to see and do, so a rental car ensures you get around comfortably. You’ll want to check off iconic spots including the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the outdoor attractions just a short drive from the city.

You can pick up a car from Orlando International Airport, from providers such as National Car Rental, Advantage, Payless, Enterprise and Budget. Pickup is also available in the city center if you’re traveling for business or holidaying in the heart of the district. Use Orbitz to guide you through the options.

Gainesville and beyond: Three destinations by car

Gainesville is located in the center of Florida, with easy drives to a variety of attractions. Here are three spots to discover by car.

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park

Jump in the car and drive just outside Gainesville, to discover a geological wonder. A National Natural Landmark, the park highlights a sinkhole that’s 120 feet deep and 500 feet across. There’s a nature trail following the rim and a 232-step stairway to take you to the bottom. Inside the walls, you’ll see a thriving miniature rainforest.

Journey time: Around 15 minutes

Distance: Approximately 7.5 miles

Cedar Key

Take a relaxing road trip to the quaint beach town of Cedar Key, for beaches, nature reserves and seafood dining. Admire houses perched on stilts above the Gulf of Mexico, and visit the Cedar Key Museum State Park. Try some tasty clam chowder, then stroll along the waterfront boardwalk for shops filled with arts, crafts and antiques.

Journey time: Around 1 hour

Distance: Approximately 60 miles


The business and leisure facilities of Jacksonville are easily accessible by car from Gainesville. The city is home to the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, and the Veterans Memorial Arena. Take a short drive from downtown and park the car for a swim at one of four main beaches.

Journey time: Around 90 minutes

Distance: Approximately 75 miles