Located in North Central Florida, Gainesville resides in beautiful Alachua County and is the proud home of the University of Florida. There is so much to do and see in the vibrant college city from getting lost in nature at the bottom of a sinkhole to tasting award wining craft beer. This is a short list of our favorite things to do in Gainesville.

First Magnitude Brewing Gainesville

Things to Do in Gainesville

Award Winning Beer at First Magnitude Brewing

Joe’s favorite beers are Drift English Mile Ale and Nightfall Robust Porter. If you can’t decide on a beer, order a license plate tasting tray. The brewery has a beer garden setup for relaxing under the Florida sun and an indoor tasting room stocked with board games.

First Magnitude License Plate Tasting Trays

Giant Sinkhole at Devil’s Millhopper State Park

Go on a guided ranger tour to see the giant great shark’s tooth found at the giant sinkhole and hear the stories behind the name of the park. My recommendation is to go early in the morning when the weather is cooler. Tip: check the park website to make sure the sinkhole boardwalk is open.

Devil's Millhopper State Park gainesville, florida

Artisan Breads and Pastries at Uppercrust

For regular readers of our travel guides, you know we love to find artisan breads everywhere we go. The most popular loaf at Uppercrust is the rosemary, which also happens to be our favorite. In addition to freshly baked breads, the bakery also has a wide selection of pastries ranging from croissants to savory tarts.

.Uppercrust Gainesville Fresh Bread

Butterflies and a Mammoth at Florida Museum

Stand in front of a Columbian Mammoth from the last ice age or relax on a park bench inside the Butterfly Rainforest. During our visit, we found out butterflies love to land on Joe’s head. There is a fee to see the butterflies unclose, but general admission to the museum is free.

Butterfly Rainforest Florida

Where to stay: book a stay with Hotels.com or find a campground with Campendium.

For more places to explore, head over to our Travel Destinations Page.

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