The Timucua Indians were the first settlers in Gainesville before the Spaniards came during the 16th century. As cattles were brought by the Spaniards, ranching was done by the Indians who labored for them. The British, who colonized next, destroyed LaChua, the biggest ranch. The place was bestowed the name Alachula in tribute of the Seminole tribes who inhabited the area in the 1700s. It was proposed that the Florida Railroad would connect Fernandina and Cedar Key; however, it eluded Newnansville. The residents in the Alachua county decided that a new town be created along the railroad line and that the new town be created as a new county seat. The new town, which got its name from General Edmund P. Gaines, was established in September 6, 1853. The following year, Gainesville was made county seat of Alachua County. The city was affected during the Civil War, and most especially in the Battle of Gainesville in 1864.

The University of Florida was established in 1905 by the Florida Legislature. One of the biggest universities in the United States, the school developed its educational system, thus bringing in young students from all over, many cultural policies, and a respectable medical center. Gatorade, the sports drink used by athletes, was invented in Gainesville with the efforts of helping the football team of the university. The city continued to prosper into a community with many historical milestones, aesthetic centers, and many recreations involving nature.

Getting There

ourists by car can gain access to Gainesville through I-75, which runs north to south on the west side of the county seat.

If tourists opt for plane ride, they will land in the primary airports in Jacksonville and Orlando. They could also arrive through the Gainesville Regional Airport.

Tourists can also take the Greyhound bus lines, which runs through Jacksonville, Ocala, and Tallahassee. Their new bus station is located on SE 23rd street and SE 1st Ave.

Runway Transportation Company also services two station stops in Gainesville: Gainesville University of Florida (Rawlings Hall on Newell Dr. at McCarty) and Gainesville Downtown (RTS Downtown Transit Station, 700 SE Third St.).


Gainesville is located in the county of Alachua. Average high temperature is 90°F, usually on a July, and an average low temperature of 42°F, usually on a January. The county has an average of 116 annual rainy days.

What to Wear

During summer months, it is advisable to wear light-colored and cool clothing, especially those made from cotton. Women can wear skirts and cool sundresses. Flip flops are definitely something to bring. If you plan to stay outdoors for longer hours, bring along a hat, a pair of shades for eye protection, and apply a generous amount of sunblock with a high SPF, applying every 2 to 3 hours.

When on business meetings, wear appropriate clothing made of light-colored and cool materials. For night outs, it is advisable to wear appropriate outfits.

During the rainy and cold seasons, be sure to have a jacket or sweatshirt.


The bodies of water in Gainesville have the prized fishes that anglers can ever get. Get to know some of the fishes that you can harvest.

largemouth bass
black crappie
sunshine bass


largemouth bass – January to March
black crappie – January to March
bluegill – April to July
redear – April to July
catfish – all year round
sunshine bass – November to March

The following are the most appropriate outfit when going for a fish:

• hat
• sunglasses
• light long sleeves, cool light-colored cotton outfits
• jacket or other rain gear
• boat shoes
• sun screen with high SPF

The following should also be in your A-list:

• camera
• cooler
• water or your preferred beverages
• food
• medicine kit

Attractions and Activities

Museums, theatres, parks, zoos, fishing areas—name it. Gainesville has it all. Listed are some of the places where tourists may want to explore while in Gainesville.

*Thomas Center
302 NE 6th Ave Gainesville, FL 32601
Fax: 352.334.2144…

*The Hippodrome State Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place Gainesville, FL 32601


*Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
3000 83rd Street Gainesville, FL 32608

*Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325 Cross Creek
Gainesville, FL 32640

*Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
SW 34th St and Hull Rd Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-9826
Fax: (352) 392-3892

*Butterfly Rainforest
SW 34th St. and Hull Road,
Florida Museum of Natural History
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
(352) 846-2000

*Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
S.W. Archer Road Gainesville, FL
(352) 372-4981

*Florida Museum of Natural History
Museum Road Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-1721

Where to Stay

Gainesville has a lot of beautiful sights and exciting attractions for tourists. Better end the day with a relaxing hotel room or inn where you can relax and rejuvenate for tomorrow’s activities. Here are some of the accomodations which you can choose from.

*Sleep Inn & Suites
4110 SW 40th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 376-4145

*Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Gainesville
4015 SW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 375-1550

*Comfort Inn West
3440 Southwest 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 264-9793

*Cabot Lodge
3726 SW 40th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608-2349
(352) 375-2400

*Red Roof Inn Gainesville
3500 SW 42nd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 336-3311

*Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Gainesville
6901 NW 4th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 332-8292

*Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites
2900 South West 13th St.,
Gainesville, FL 32608 (Formerly Sheraton Gainesville)
1.877.78.HOTEL (46835)

*Super 8 Gainesville
4202 SW 40th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 378-3888

*La Quinta Gainesville
920 N.W. 69th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 332-6466

Where to Eat

Gainesville’s attractions and fishing escapades will bring excitement to tourists, but of course, the activities will also expend their energy. It’s time for them to treat themselves to some scrumptious meals or some yummy snacks that will surely raise their energy levels up to the maximum. People having business deals can also take advantage of ritzy restaurants where they can enjoy meals while talking with clients. Here are some of the restaurants in Gainesville.

*Manuel’s Vintage Room
6 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601-6215
(352) 375-7372

*Francesca’s Trattoria
4410 NW 25th Place, Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 378.7152

235 S. Main St., Suite 107 (Behind the Hippodrome), Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 373-1919

606 N.W. 75th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 332-6671

*Satchel’s Pizza
1800 NE 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 335-7272

*The Flying Biscuit Cafe
4150 Northwest 16th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 373-9500

*Paramount Grill
12 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 378-3398

*The Jones Eastside
401 NE 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 373-6777

*Yamoto Japanese Steakhouse
526 NW 60th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 332-4466

*The Top
30 North Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 337-1188

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