Gainesville is conveniently located in North Central Florida between two of the state’s main thoroughfares, Interstate 75 and US Highway 441 and is equidistant from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Gainesville is located approximately 129 miles from Tallahassee; 96 miles from Orlando; 118 miles from Tampa and 298 miles from Miami.
Gainesville is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination offering world-class venues for snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking, incredible hiking and biking and even bird- watching. Paynes Prairie State Park Preserve, located just 20 minutes from historic downtown Gainesville is a 21,000-acre wilderness preserve and home for more than 800 species of plants and 430 species of vertebrates including 271 species of birds. Although an incredible sanctuary for natural Florida wildlife such as alligators and bald eagles year-round, visitors in mid-October to Late November can marvel the annual fall migration of the Sandhill Cranes. Bison and wild Spanish stallions roam freely in this lush natural North Florida sanctuary.
Located in northwest Gainesville, the 7,000-acre San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is one of the finest examples of climax mesic hammocks remaining in Florida. With rolling hills, short climbs, sinkholes, upland forests, hammock and prairie, San Felasco offers prime hiking, biking trail and the equestrian trails. With the largest number of high-magnitude springs in the world as well as several pristine rivers within less than an hour drive, the Gainesville area offers a wealth of snorkeling, scuba, and kayaking, and rafting adventures. With Gainesville’s seasonal sub- tropical climate coupled the natural springs annual average temperature at 72 Fº, a trip to crystal clear springs is an inviting adventure year-round.