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Top Things To Do In Gainesville

Whether it’s floating down the river or diving into a natural spring, water is an integral part of the best places to visit in Gainesville. It’s a fun vacation spot for families looking to catch a Florida Gators game or head to museums the kids will want to visit.

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is at the crossroads between sandy terrain and pine forests. Together, the ecosystems create a miniature rainforest that is home to diverse creatures.

Gainesville is home to the University of Florida Gators. Some of its festivals include the Spring Garden Festival, Fifth Avenue Arts Festival, Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival, and ButterflyFest.

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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is named after nearby Lake Kanapaha. It contains Florida’s largest bamboo garden and it also houses the largest herb garden in the Southeast region.

The best restaurants in downtown Gainesville include Original American Kitchen, Daily Green, Sweet Mel’s, The Midnight, and Leonardo’s 706.

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art hosts some of Florida’s best fine art. The Florida Museum of Natural History is dedicated to Florida’s ecosystem and local culture.

Looking to shop in Gainesville? Visit The Oaks Mall, Tioga Town Center, Thornebrook Village, or Mode Salon West for a variety of retailers.