About Gainesville

Gainesville, nestled in North Central Florida between the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico, embodies a vibrant university community that thrives on the area’s natural splendor. With majestic live oaks gracing the landscape and an abundance of springs, lakes, and rivers, the region beckons outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Parks dot the city and its surroundings, offering a playground for residents and their families—swimming, boating, fishing, biking, camping, and an array of sports await. The climate is an ally, encouraging an active lifestyle in every season.

This city is the perfect fusion of big-city excitement and small-town ease, offering the best of both worlds. The University’s influence enriches its cultural tapestry, infusing it with diversity and dynamism. Its population of around 111,000, accompanied by a surrounding community of 220,000, creates a lively yet close-knit environment.

Gainesville boasts a rich cultural scene, exceptional public schools, and a cost of living that makes it an inviting and affordable place to call home. It’s no surprise that it earned the coveted spot as Livability.com’s #1 choice in the Top 10 College Towns: Great Cities for School & Life After Graduation.


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Fun in Gainesville

Dance, Musical, and Theatrical Performance Venues

UF Performing Arts

The Curtis M Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Squitieri Studio Theatre, Upstage at the Phillips Center, The University Auditorium, and The Baughman Center hosts a variety of musical and theatrical events in these venues.

Phillips Center

University’s Florida Players

Florida Players is an exploratory student-run theatre company that provides diverse opportunities for artistic and professional growth through hands-on work in live theatre. We produce engaging works that challenge both our members and audiences. Members will collaborate on all aspects of live theatre, including but not limited to: direction, design, performance, playwriting, stage management, and leadership.



Cade Museum

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, a museum in Gainesville, Florida, is committed to transforming communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries.


The Florida Museum of Natural History

In 1891, The Florida Museum of Natural History (formerly known as the Florida State Museum) got its start when Frank Pickel, a professor of natural science at Florida Agricultural College in Lake City, purchased research collections of minerals, fossils, and human anatomy models as aids in teaching biology and agricultural sciences.


The University Gallery

University Gallery is comprised of three art galleries that play an integral role in the teaching mission of the School of Art + Art History, College of the Arts at the University of Florida, as well as serving the entire UF and Gainesville community.

university gallery

Santa Fe College Art Galleries

Comprised of the Santa Fe College Gallery, the President’s Hall Gallery, the Student Life Gallery, and the Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall Gallery, support the college’s mission of adding value to the lives of our students and enriching our community by exhibiting quality artwork in gallery and public locations.

Santa Fe Gallery

Matheson History Museum

Located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, the Matheson History Museum is home to the 1867 Matheson House, permanent and temporary exhibits on Alachua County and Florida history, and a local history library and archives filled with resources for the researcher and the curious alike.


Athletics and Outdoor Activities

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a stunning 68 acre facility located in Gainesville Florida. The gardens feature 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 1/2 mile paved walkway. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is home to Florida’s largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast.



Gainesville has many choices for the foodie in you. From locally owned to large chains.

Gainesville Festivals


Housing in Gainesville