Gainesville has many sites and activities unique to USA and more specifically, Florida.
Points of Interest in the Gainesville area
There are many interesting areas of Gainesville that are surrounded by nature including:
- Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
- Payne’s Prairie State Preserve
- Hawthorne Trail
- Santa Fe College Zoo
- Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- Silver Springs
The internet and fellow students can tell you more details about these locations and how to travel there. Some may require a car.
The Reitz Union hosts GatorNights many Friday Nights. The Gator Nights program offers free:
- Newly released movies
- Activities and crafts such as making sandals, designing a picture frame, or customizing a road sign.
- Midnight Breakfast
- All events are free with your Gator 1 card. Look for Gator Nights posters for the week's events or check the website listed above.
The Harn Museum and Student Government hosts Museum Nights Thursdays in which art is celebrated. Admission is free and events are found on their website.
Art Galleries & Museums
The University of Florida's largest museum is the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. The Harn is located at SW 34th St. and Hull Rd. The Harn has permanent collections of art as well as temporary exhibitions. The Harn also hosts guest lectures. Admission to the museum is free.
The Florida Museum of Natural History is located in Powell Hall on the western edge of campus near the corner of SW 34th St. and Hull Road. The museum houses permanent exhibitions with fossils, Florida history, and more. Admission is free.
The Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Reitz Union and features student, faculty, staff, and alumni exhibitions. Admission is free.
To see plays, there are several theater venues located within Gainesville and on-campus.
- Constans Theatre is located next to the Reitz Union on the UF campus. The Constans Theatre is the performance venue for the UF School of Theatre and Dance.
- The Center for Performing Arts is located on the UF campus next to the Harn Museum of Art at 315 Hull Road. The Center for Performing Arts hosts plays, classical and popular music concerts and dance performances.
- The Gainesville Community Playhouse is one of the oldest community theaters in the State of Florida, having produced our first show in 1927. Each year our season consists of six shows - usually three musicals and three dramas or comedies. College students with a valid student ID may purchase "rush" tickets for $10 beginning 30 minutes before show time if seats are available.
- The Hippodrome State Theatre is the city's largest theatre. They offer discounted tickets and season passes for students. Check the website for show information.
- Acrosstown Repertory Theatreis located at 619 S. Main St., Gainesville. Performances, workshops, and film festivals are held at the theater.
Local Movie Theaters
Going to see a movie is a popular entertainment choice in Gainesville. You will discover this if you try to see a new movie and find that all the shows are sold out! There are two large movie theaters in town, Royal Park and Regal Butler Cinemas, as well as two smaller ones, the Reitz Union Cinema, and Gator Cinemas. Below is a listing of these movie theatres:
- Reitz Union Cinema: Located on the second floor of the Reitz Union. Ask the Reitz information desk for a calendar of movies.
- Royal Park Stadium 16 Cinema: 3702 Newberry Road
- Regal Butler Plaza: 3101 SW 35th Street (located behind the Wal-Mart on Archer Road)
- Gator Cinemas: 6741 W Newberry Rd. (Oaks West Plaza)
Trips outside of Gainesville
For trip planning online, visit www.visitflorida.com for hotel listings and lots of other information. You can also get directions and maps online.
- Micanopy- just 11 miles south of Gainesville, this small town is the second oldest town in the U.S. Micanopy has many historic homes and antique shops.
- Cedar Key - a small fishing village on the West Coast located one-hour's drive from Gainesville. Cedar Key is quaint, with shops and restaurants around a fishing pier. An annual seafood and arts festival is held in October of each year.
- St. Augustine - The oldest city in the U.S. located on the East Coast about one and a half-hour from Gainesville.
- Ocala - Silver Springs attraction and Wild Waters water park.
- Orlando - Disney/Universal/Sea World and many other tourist attractions.
- Daytona Beach - Visit the world's most famous beach, where vehicles are allowed to drive on the beach.
- Tampa - Busch Gardens Theme Park.
- South Beach, Miami - lots of nightlife and restaurants!
- Key West - visit the southernmost point in the U.S.