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Residence Inn Gainesville I-75

3275 SW 40th Boulevard · Gainesville, Florida 32608 USA

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Attractions

The University of Florida

The University of Florida is less than three miles away and is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Gainesville. The Florida Gators Football program has earned world-wide recognition for winning three national championships, eight SEC titles, and fostering three Heisman trophy winners. Home games are heavily attended celebrations with turnouts reaching close to 90,000 fans at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ("The Swamp").


Aside from the University's achievements in athletics, UF is also home to prestigious medical education programs. The UF Health Shands Teaching Hospital specializes in dentistry, nursing, medicine, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy.

Harn Museum of Art

Art enthusiasts visiting Gainesville will not want to miss scheduling a tour at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. This building is one of the largest public university art museums boasting more than 9,000 art pieces and over 40,000 square feet of exhibit space. The museum houses a permanent collection of modern, foreign, and contemporary art as well as a range of temporary collections, exhibits, programs, and events throughout the year.

Historic Thomas Center

The Historic Thomas Center is a cultural events community center that was originally a private residence. The center features multiple art galleries, exhibits, meeting spaces, gardens, and event spaces that host weddings, concerts, and social gatherings.

Butterfly Rainforest

One of the most popular attractions in Gainesville is the Butterfly Rainforest, an enclosed outdoor facility connected to the Florida Museum of Natural History. The display houses approximately 70 species of butterflies and moths with over one-thousand active samples from all over the world. The space is a living exhibit, complete with tropical plant life and water falls that guests can stroll through and interact with the butterflies directly.

Outdoor Adventures

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Take the nature lover in your life on a walk in the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, a 62 acre public botanical garden with more than a mile of paved walkway. The gardens feature 24 major collections, which includes Florida's largest display of bamboos and the biggest herb garden in the Southeast. Guests visiting the gardens between June and September will see the most colorful displays, highlighted by park benches, gazebos, and picnic areas. The space hosts annual gardening and horticultural events. They are a popular venue for weddings, meetings, conferences, and other social activities.

Devil's Millhopper

Gainesville is a paradise for nature lovers looking for unique and exciting experiences such as the landmark sinkhole, Devil's Millhopper. The park features multiple terrains including sandy areas, pine forests, swamps, and a miniature rain-forest at the bottom of the sinkhole fed into by twelve springs which support the unique lush vegetation.

O'Leno State Park

Running along the banks of the Santa Fe River is the O'Leno State Park, one of Florida's first-ever state parks. Adventure is available around every corner, where patrons can enjoy exciting activities such as, horseback riding, fishing and boating. Enjoy stunning natural visual elements such as the park's signature sinkholes, swamps, and animals that call the park home.

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Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Located on the University of Florida campus next to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art is the Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. This facility includes a four-section, 1,700 seat proscenium hall, as well as a 200 seat black box theater. The Phillips Center hosts everything from emerging acts, musicals, and national headliners that travelers to Gainesville will be sure to enjoy.

Paynes Prairie Preserve

One of southern Florida's most recognized nature parks is Payne's Prairie Preserve, a 22,000 acre preserve that offers fishing, hiking, camping, and nature watching. The park is registered as a National Natural Landmark with over 20 wildlife communities. Visitors will see bison, alligators, horses, and over 200 species of birds. Adventure is available around every corner, where patrons can enjoy exciting activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and boating.

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