Trip to Gainesville
Top 5 things to do on a Gainesville trip
- Check out the Florida Museum of Natural History
- See the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
- Tour the University of Florida campus
- Explore Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
- Visit Ichetucknee Springs State Park
If you’ve never been to Gainesville, you owe yourself a proper adventure of exploring the history and culture it provides.
Offering historic neighborhoods, outdoorsy excursions, and museums, there is plenty to explore in Gainesville.
In addition, numerous tours can help you navigate Gainesville and there are plenty of attractions, such as the Florida Museum of Natural History and Ichetucknee Springs State Park.
Throughout Gainesville you’ll be able to marvel at its historic architecture, shop and dine downtown, visit museums, and much more.
We’ll try to help simplify your Gainesville trip by providing some our favorite hotels, shops, and restaurants listed below!
Transportation options in Gainesville
Our bus to Gainesville takes you to the Rosa Parks Downtown Transfer Center.
Learn more about our most popular routes to Gainesville.
Upon your arrival, getting around on your Gainesville trip will be a breeze. Besides downtown being easily walk-able, there are many transportation options.
Take advantage of Gainesville's public transportation via the Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS).
Alternatively, taxis and Ubers are readily available as well.
Best places to stay in Gainesville
After your long exhaustive day of sight-seeing, you’re going to need a place to crash. Gainesville is widely known for its amenities and extensive hotel accommodations.
There are plenty of hotels to choose from, making a Gainesville trip accessible for any traveler.
The most lavish hotels in Gainesville would be the Hilton Garden Inn or the SpringHill Suites, putting you in a central location to many of the city’s sights.
Alternatively, many hotels such as Best Western, Motel 6, or Airbnb’s are available at a lower cost and offer plenty of travel options for your trip to Gainesville.
Nightlife in Gainesville
Gainesville’s nightlife is constantly growing and so especially lively, you’ll find it may be hard to stay in one place.
If you’re looking for a Gainesville local bar, make sure to visit the Midnight for a great environment.
To catch a game and get an order of wings and a beer, check out Mother's Pub and Grill.
For live music, make sure to check out the Fest for an outstanding venue to round out your Gainesville trip.
Where to shop on your Gainesville trip
Whether you’re seeking retail therapy or the perfect souvenir, downtown Gainesville will be sure to meet your needs.
There will be no shortage of shopping options while you’re in the limits of Gainesville.
The nearest mall would be the Oaks Mall, offering many major retail chain stores.
You can find local shopping in Haile Village with boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants, and a weekend farmer's market.
Best free things to do in Gainesville
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
- Paynes Prairie
- Tour University of Florida's campus
- Butterfly Rainforest
- Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
Even the most frugal of travelers will find something to love on their Gainesville trip.
Home to many lakes and parks, the outdoor attractions are of no cost to you.
Tour University of Florida or traverse Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.
You can even soak in the culture on your trip to Gainesville by walking downtown and through Haile Village, where it often will be buzzing with activity.
Benefits of taking a bus trip to Gainesville
- free Wi-Fi and personal power outlets
- free onboard entertainment with Megabus RIDE
- reserved seating
- fares starting at just $1*
When booking a Gainesville trip, you’re looking for the lowest costs, trip flexibility, and the best means to arrive comfortably and safely.
Look no further, because megabus offers the easiest and most affordable options for traveling to Gainesville, with fares as low as $1*.
With the money you save on bus tickets to Gainesville, you’ll be left with more to spend on your upcoming Gainesville trip.
Megabus serves more than 100 cities and university campuses across North America, allowing you to choose the bus stop nearest to you and select your flexible schedule for your Gainesville trip.
This will ensure that when you arrive, you can immediately begin exploring the beauty of Gainesville.
On your Gainesville trip, you’ll be offered the highest level of comfort and safety as well as amenities such as onboard restrooms, individual power outlets, three-point seatbelts, reclining seats, free Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment subject to availability.
So if you’re planning on taking a Gainesville trip, book your ticket with us today to reserve your seat and see our first-class amenities firsthand.