Gainesville, Florida, is a musical and youthful student city with plenty of natural beauty. Well known for its indie and punk rock scenes, the city is packed full of quality live venues where music of all kinds can be enjoyed every night of the week. The second largest university in the States keeps Gainesville's finger firmly on the pulse and ensures that there are plenty of budget places to eat and drink. With a backdrop of national parks and geologically interesting landscapes the city is also a popular starting point for outdoor adventures in the region. Catch a Gators football game then head to a gig for the definitive Gainesville experience.
Florida in general is extremely popular during the summer months and flight prices rise at this time. Visit during off-season in May and June or September and October for warm temperatures and lower prices. Gainesville is a football town and it is always packed on game weekends when advance reservations are needed.
Gainesville Regional Airport is served by a number of US airlines. A connecting flight will need to be taken in another US city to reach Gainesville from the UK. Journey time is therefore in the region of thirteen hours upwards. Taxis from the airport to the centre cost around $20 and there is also a local bus service as well as several hire car offices.
Gainesville is just one of many popular destinations in Florida. Why not compare prices to other Florida airports to see how you could make the most of an extended trip to the state?
Heading to a Gators game is definitely the way to get to the heart of Gainesville and its people. Football season is from August to November but make sure you plan your trip to Griffin Stadium well in advance to ensure you can get tickets and accommodation.
Visit Lillian's Music Store, the city's oldest bar, for live bands, music and drinks late into the evening. Other popular music venues include 1982 Bar, Market Street Pub and Common Grounds.
Gainesville's natural wonders are another major draw to this city. Check out the Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site for a truly unique outdoor experience where a flight of wooden steps takes you into the depths of a funnel-shaped rainforest.
Enjoy the beauty of Paynes Prairie Lake Preserve...
But watch out - there are alligators about!
The University of Florida has some lovely buildings
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