Gainesville, FL is Gator country. While that often means University of Florida sports events, the university region also offers culture and nightlife outside of The Swamp. So be sure to wear your blue and orange, but don't be afraid to add some Southern culture to your itinerary to get the best out of Florida's centrally located gem.
Points of Interest
Bivens Arm Nature Park
Enjoy a hike in our nearby park that includes a wildlife sanctuary, picnic grounds, and a nature trail including a 1,200-foot boardwalk.
Engage with nature in the Florida Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Rainforest, featuring the titular pride of the forest, settling alongside an assortment of small birds, turtles, and fish as they share their environment with you.
UF Bat Houses
Witness the nocturnal king of the dark night at the University of Florida's Bat Houses, where you can watch as the sun goes down and these flying mammals emerge by the hundreds.
With 78 shops to meet your every need, Butler Plaza offers affordable options to fill your favorite student's dorm room.
With over 72 shops, you can find everything you need for a little upscale retail therapy at Oaks Mall, a short 15-minute drive from our location.
Official Gator Sports Shop
Stock up on fan favorites at the official University of Florida Gator Sports Shop to get authentic UF merchandise.
Sports & Entertainment
Ben Griffin Stadium (The Swamp)
Watch the University of Florida's top-ranked football team in action and swim in a crowd of loyal orange and blue.
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Check out UF's performing arts scene with a wide variety of performances including modern music, classic dance and opera, and local events.
Hippodrome State Theatre
Get Hipp to Gainesville's regional professional theatre, including a cinema that offers film festivals and international and independent releases.
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Visit UF's Culture Plaza and enjoy art at its finest at the Harn Museum of Art. Featuring rotating collections of international and historic prominence, you'll find culture that comes to life before your eyes.
What's Nearby - Airports, Corporations and Educational Institutions
- Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
- University of Florida
- Santa Fe College