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Gainesville Travel Guide

The expert team at Orbitz are here to help you bundle up your flights and hotels to save money. Just choose an option and get packing for your perfect escape to Gainesville. So, what are the benefits? Combine your hotels, rental cars, airfares and experiences with us and you can save up to $369^! Along with that, you'll be happy to know that you can customize your trip by choosing from 500 partner airlines and no less than 500,000 hotels across the globe. There are limitless available options to suit you and your distinctive style. All you need to do is select your package and get ready to experience an extraordinary vacation.

Where is Gainesville?

Learning a bit about your destination before you get there is a good way to prepare for your trip. Ready to discover where Gainesville is on the map? This destination is approximately 130 miles southeast of Florida's capital, Tallahassee. Gainesville is also 25 miles southwest of Starke. Approximately 120,000 people reside in this area of Northeast Florida, so there are plenty of opportunities to make some new buddies.

Places to Visit in Gainesville

Kick-start your adventure by exploring the University of Florida. Every year, tourists head to Gainesville to take in this spectacular sight. This locale is home to terrific attractions, like the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Stop at Ironwood Golf Course and meet some of the local members back at the clubhouse. Seeking some more options? Thomas Center boasts a broad variety of local art exhibits, live music shows and courses. Stop by and see what's going on. But that's not all! Whether it's a comedy, tragedy or musical, a night at Hippodrome State Theatre is one of the best ways to while away a few hours.

Car Rentals in Gainesville

Nothing compares to exploring somewhere new with your own wheels. If you're looking for car rentals in Gainesville, Orbitz is here to help. If you're keen to begin your adventure as soon as you land, pick up a car from the Gainesville Regional Airport area. Situated nearby, Budget and National Car Rental are both good choices. Enterprise is positioned in the heart of the city at 730 W University Ave. This makes it a handy option for those staying central.

Where to stay in Gainesville – Hotel Accommodation

If you're a well-versed traveler, you'll understand the advantage of booking ahead of time. There are 33 hotels in Gainesville — let Orbitz assist you to find the hottest deal! Don't want to waste time deciding where to stay? Let us make things a little easier! Our suggested accommodations here are the Sweetwater Branch Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville Downtown.

Nearest Airports to Gainesville

On your way to Gainesville and want to know more about the airport you're flying into? Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) is the most convenient terminal, sitting 4 miles to the northeast of the downtown area.

Popular Places to Visit Near Gainesville

If you've checked out all the highlights in Gainesville and have more time to spare, don't worry. There are interesting attractions right on your doorstep. You might be unaware that you're only 50 miles away from Cedar Key. It's the perfect base point to get to Cedar Key Museum State Park. This attraction is adored by tourists of all ages and stages.

No Cancellation Fees

Has life taken an unexpected turn recently? Got to change your booking? No dramas — we won't expect you to pay a fee.^ Be aware that your selected airline and hotel might charge though, so don't wait around to contact them!

Top things to do in Gainesville

Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Florida
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Florida

$20
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Florida
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Florida

$10
Per adult

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