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Things to do in Gainesville

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
American Restaurant
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“American - Great food, great service, funky-cool atmosphere, local beer on draft, lively. Family-owned, Gainesville staple.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Theatre
“great local Regional and National shows as well as art exhibits and crafts fairs during the season”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great downtown location, right in the hustle and bustle of it all, fun atmosphere, great cocktails and yummy food!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Usually has food trucks, indoor and outdoor seating, children's play area outside. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“P&G is just a quick walk away and has awesome food and drinks and a lovely outdoor patio to enjoy them. It's our go-to!”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“We do not mind driving across town and waiting a few minutes to eat this wonderful food for brunch. The beignets, the Farmer’s Market sandwich and that Hibiscus tea! Keep the refills coming! Outside dining available *Cash Only”
  • 15 locals recommend
Nature
“Depot Park is a signature city park in downtown Gainesville providing a space for unique public outdoor enjoyment. Depot features a children's adventure play area with a custom splash pad of waterfalls, water soakers, and ground jets. A water's edge promenade hosts special events like food truck rallies, art festivals, and musical performances. The park is fully staffed and free of charge.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Stadium
“You can walk around and exercise by going up and down stadiums Monday through Friday. Go after 430pm and parking is easier.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“This park is a great place to take a walk and see the beauty of the wetlands. With loops that vary from less than a mile to more than 5 miles, there is something for everyone (and you might see a gator too!) For birders, this is definitely the place to be!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Another great addition to the craft beer scene, Cypress & Grove will satisfy the the most discerning of hopheads!”
  • 9 locals recommend
College Football Field
“GO GATORS!! 35 min to the stadium. Need a ride? Uber apx $30 or ask me, I may be available to drive you.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This is probably the best coffee shop in the downtown area. Great atmosphere to sit and do some studying or work.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This little place tucked away behind downtown is a gem for hungry vegans seeking delicious and creative food made with the finest ingredients and at a reasonable price! Even non-vegans will find something to love here.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Fun for kids and adults, Depot Park features a large children's playground (and splash pad!), walking trails around the wetlands, and offers one of the best sunsets in Gainesville. Pop-a-Top Downtown Market offers hot pressed sandwiches, drinks, and snacks.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Museum
“This is on my list to do when I have a few spare hours. It's less "museum" and more learning by doing. I hear it's really entertaining.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Local campus favorite. Historic bar/restaurant that won't be around for much longer as its slated to be demoed in 2020.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“American - Great food, great service, funky-cool atmosphere, local beer on draft, lively. Family-owned, Gainesville staple.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Bar
“Great downtown location, right in the hustle and bustle of it all, fun atmosphere, great cocktails and yummy food!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“P&G is just a quick walk away and has awesome food and drinks and a lovely outdoor patio to enjoy them. It's our go-to!”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“We do not mind driving across town and waiting a few minutes to eat this wonderful food for brunch. The beignets, the Farmer’s Market sandwich and that Hibiscus tea! Keep the refills coming! Outside dining available *Cash Only”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This little place tucked away behind downtown is a gem for hungry vegans seeking delicious and creative food made with the finest ingredients and at a reasonable price! Even non-vegans will find something to love here.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Local campus favorite. Historic bar/restaurant that won't be around for much longer as its slated to be demoed in 2020.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Noodle House
“A tiny Japanese spot with really good ramen made with area-sourced ingredients. They also have a decent cocktail list.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“BEST Mexican with the funkiest vibes. Awesome margs with all-natural ingredients.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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