Visitor Information

A view of the UF Bat Barns as called the Bat Houses.

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The City of Gainesville, Florida is located in Alachua County in North Central Florida, and it is home to the University of Florida. It is located 1 hour and 49 minutes north from Orlando, 1 hour and 33 minutes from Jacksonville and 2 hrs and 25 minutes south from Tallahassee, the state’s capitol.  The University of Florida is where Gatorade was invented and where the Gators play football. There are two major arts festivals each year:  the Spring Arts Festival and the Downtown Festival and Art Show. Gainesville also has some very unique sites for visitor’s to see such as the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art, both located at UF. The Florida Museum of Natural History is also home to the Butterfly Rainforest, which is a living exhibit featuring hundreds of butterflies and birds from around the world. Also on campus is the Lake Alice Conservation Area and the UF Bat Houses, located right across from the lake. Groups of people gather daily as the sun is setting to watch the bats emerge from their coops to feast on insects. The Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Art is also located on campus and hosts a diverse repertoire of musicals, operas and plays from around the world. Explore Downtown Gainesville with its many restaurants, shops and theaters. There’s lots to do in town, even if you are here for just a short amount of time. Explore the following websites for more information on how you can make your stay enjoyable.

Visit Gainesville

Florida Museum of Natural History

Butterfly Rainforest

Harn Museum of Art

Lake Alice Conservation Area

UF Bat Houses