Gainesville Florida Attractions Guide

Your Gainesville Florida Travel Guide for Fun Things-to-Do!

Gainesville, Florida, with its sunny Florida weather and abundant scenic beauty, is a great place to take a vacation or hold a business convention. It is located in North Central Florida, off I-75 on US 441, and only a short drive from the Gainesville Regional Airport.


Many come to Gainesville to enjoy the abundant outdoor opportunities that are offered at the golf courses, parks, lakes, and nature preserves in and around the Gainesville area. Other things to do in Gainesville include shopping, dining, sports, and live entertainment.


Gainesville Sports Venues

Sports enthusiasts will be happy to learn that one of the top collegiate teams in the nation is from Gainesville, Florida - the University of Florida Gators. Enjoy the Gators play football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and compete in track & field events, swimming, and more in their large, state-of-the-art stadiums and arenas.


Gainesville Outdoors: Water Sports, Golf, Parks, Trails and Fun!

Gainesville offers outdoor fun for everyone. A great climate with lots of Florida sunshine makes Gainesville the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. There are many parks and trails,where people can ride bikes or horses, walk, hike, jog, or camp. The hotel is set on the edge of beautiful Lake Bivens and the Bivens Nature Preserve. There are also several nearby golf courses, and a few lakes for boating, fishing, and water sports.


Gainesville Arts & Culture

Gainesville has multiple art galleries to visit, and several performing arts venues, where you can enjoy live theater, ballet, symphony, or choir presentations. The historic, state-renowned Hippodrome Theatre is located only a short drive from the Plaza Hotel & Conference Center.


Gainesville Museums and Historical Attractions


Gainesville is home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the highly-rated Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, both located less than five miles from the The Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in the UF Cultural Plaza.


There are also a few unique museums which feature such exhibits as big game trophies from around the world, a real Florida cotton plantation from the 1800's, and an authentic working farm from showing the evolution of farming from the mid-1800's to the 1940's. These are all located less than eight miles from the hotel.


Enjoy Gainesville Shopping

Even the pickiest shopper is sure to be satisfied with the shopping choices in Gainesville. The Plaza Hotel & Suites is located only a mile and a half from Butler Plaza, the largest retail center in the Southeastern U.S. Here you will find many department stores, shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Also nearby is the Oaks Mall, and the upscale Union Street Station, both under five miles from the Gainesville Plaza Hotel & Conference Center.


Annual Gainesville Cultural Events & Fairs

Gainesville holds several festivals throughout the year, including a couple of arts festivals, a jazz festival, and even a midieval fair. In the warmer months on Friday nights, the Downtown Community Plaza features local talent and other cultural events under the stars. The performances are free and include live bands, theater groups, dance performances, Movies on the Plaza, and much more.


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