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Gainesville vacation rentals

A Florida college town filled with culture

The roar of sports fans and the riffs of live music make up the soundtrack in Gainesville, one of the liveliest college towns in the Sunshine State. It’s home to the University of Florida, and the student population gives the town its laid-back, live-for-the-moment feel. While there’s buzzing nightlife to get stuck into, not to mention cultural attractions to stimulate the intellect, the area is also known for its serene, natural beauty, and opportunities to spot wildlife. Gainesville vacation rentals, which include spacious family homes with hardwood floors and antique furnishings, will make you feel right at home, no matter how long you’re staying.

Getting out and about in Gainesville

While it may be tempting to spend a lot of time just relaxing in your Gainesville vacation rental, there’s so much to lure you out and about this part of Florida. There’s Gainesville’s downtown district, a quaint warren of independent shops and bustling eateries, where you wander the tree-lined streets and snack on artisan pastries. Football fans should catch a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, which is dubbed the Swamp and is home to the Florida Gators. If peace and quiet is what you’re after, head to the Morningside Nature Center to see turtles, deer, and countless birds, and visit a living history farm evoking life in the 19th century.

Art and culture in Gainesville

Gainesville vacation rentals always place you within strolling distance of major cultural attractions. One of these is the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, which proves you don’t have to go to a major city to feast your eyes on serious masterpieces. You’ll find works from Africa and Asia here, as well as iconic images from names like Ansel Adams, William Hogarth, and Claude Monet. Meanwhile, the Florida Museum of Natural History features fossils and bones as well as a Butterfly Rainforest and a special Discovery Zone where children can get their paws on interactive activities.

Spring and fall in Gainesville

Things can get mighty hot in summer, so if you prefer more moderate temperatures, head over in the spring or fall. Spring is particularly enjoyable, thanks to the vivid azalea blooms, clear blue skies, and big events that bring the community together, including the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival. Fall, meanwhile, lets you wander the forests and take in the attractive golden hues of the season, and – if you’re here at the right time – catch live shows and public performances at the Downtown Festival and Art Show.

Exploring the Florida wilds near Gainesville

Gainesville may have plenty of urban pleasures, but it’s also nestled amid grand, natural landmarks. Newmans Lake lies just to the east, while south of the city center sits Sweetwater Wetlands Park, which has over 125 acres of ponds and wetlands – a rich, fertile habitat where colorful birds and butterflies, not to mention fearsome alligators, call home. The trails and boardwalks make this a hiker’s paradise. Meanwhile, to the north, you can also visit Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, with its fragrant pine forests.