While Gainesville is our region’s largest city, it’s still relatively small compared to Florida’s “mega-cities” like Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater. Gainesville’s size is largely due to its central location, its access to US Interstate 75 and to the fact that it’s home to the University of Florida, our “flagship” university. Gainesville is the county seat of Alachua County and despite its urban feel, it’s really a rural place. Here, you can shop in upscale stores, eat at fine restaurants, see symphonies and operas, visit world-class museums and still get into the heart of rural Florida by just driving a few miles in any direction.
We’ve just shown a few examples of what Gainesville has to offer visitors. Needless to say, things change and events are added on an almost daily basis. Luckily, our fine local tourism group, Visit Gainesville/Alachua County has an excellent website that’s kept up-to-date. Be sure to visit it regularly, as well as their Facebook page!