Stay in one of our hotels in Gainesville, Florida, where you’ll be in easy reach of the University of Florida’s monumental football stadium and free concerts on lively downtown streets.
Our hotels in Gainesville are near University of Florida museums. Kids love to follow the free-flying butterflies in the Florida Museum of Natural History. Take a free tour of the Harn Museum of Art, filled with African masks, Asian pottery and impressionistic European paintings. The University of Florida Gators football team battles opponents in “The Swamp”: the legendary Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Gators’ home games quickly sell out, but off-day stadium tours are free. Flocks of birds nest in the Paynes Prairie wilderness, a short drive south from our Gainesville hotels; look closely to spot mammoth alligators sunbathing in the marsh.
Guests of our Gainesville hotels can join the congregation of college students shopping and listening to free concerts in downtown’s Bo Diddley Community Plaza. It’s the site of the bustling Union Street Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays. The surrounding streets are chock-a-block with trendy boutiques and vintage clothing shops, as well as the city’s best restaurants. Enjoy a deli sandwich at lunch, a serene sushi spread at dinner or a delectable cheese plate with wine after hours. Gainesville’s thriving rock clubs and dance parties go all night, though plenty of inviting cocktail lounges and humble pubs welcome those looking for a quiet evening out.
Book a room in our Holiday Inn® Gainesville hotels in April for the Spring Arts Festival or in November for the Downtown Festival and Art Show, two citywide arts fairs. You can root for the Florida Gators football and basketball teams in the city’s lively sports bars year-round.