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Things to do in Gainesville, Florida

Main Street of old Downtown Gainesville speaks to once what was and what could be once again. As Gainesville the community gathers, it leaves a pocket of opportunity for small business owners to come in and set up shop.Take a few minutes to explore what each downtown has to offer by viewing our directory below.

Downtown Gainesville offers on-the-go dining when you visit your favorite food truck. Pick up some corn tortilla tacos with freshly made pico with a fresh squeeze of lemon to give your day a boost. Food trucks can offer a wide variety of niche ethnic blends.

Downtown Gainesville has that special dining venue and you are sure to find something to please with numerous meals served to satisfy each palette. A wide variety of restaurants and delis are available to choose from with a nice selection of entrees and especially desserts.

Downtown Gainesville is a great place to rent a bike and take it for a ride around downtown. There are many bike shops that sell bike and accessories as well as provide service and tuning on your ride. Don't forget your helmet and other protective gear such as reflective gear, headlight and horn.

Downtown Gainesville has the perfect game shop for both young and old. Your friends and family will enjoy hours of entertainment with a wide selection of board games, card games and games of skill. A perfect stop for travellers with kids and those seeking a new adventure for game night.

Why do you love downtown?

So unique!

Randy Swansen
We haven't been before, but we're looking forward to coming down next week!

Carrie AGNEW
why not?

Kristin Miller
Things you can't find anywhere else

Aimee Cavill
Love to wander through this beautiful town and I love the wineries!

Restaurants in Gainesville, Florida

All Star Crab Shack

1818 Ne Waldo Road
Downtown Gainesville

Baja Tortilla Grill

Reitz Union
Downtown Gainesville

101 Cantina

1632 West University Avenue
Downtown Gainesville

Beef O'Brady's

1250 West University Avenue
Downtown Gainesville

5th Ave Soul Food

1008 Nw 5th Avenue
Downtown Gainesville

Arto Morro

1618 Nw 1st Avenue
Downtown Gainesville


1999 Nw 43rd St
Downtown Gainesville

Adam's Rib CO

1515 Sw 13th St
Downtown Gainesville

Alissa, Jamil

6419 W Newberry Road # G3
Downtown Gainesville

Adam's Rib CO

2111 Nw 13th St
Downtown Gainesville

101 Cantina

300 East University Avenue # 210
Downtown Gainesville

13th Street Palace

4400 Nw 39th Avenue Apartment 441
Downtown Gainesville

Bagels & Noodles

1222 West University Avenue
Downtown Gainesville

2 Guys & Bag Of Chips

5141 Sw 92nd Court
Downtown Gainesville


235 South Main St # 107
Downtown Gainesville

43rd Street Diners

4401 Nw 25th Place # C
Downtown Gainesville

Downtown Gainesville Hotels

Finding the best hotel in Downtown Gainesville can make or break the experience of your entire trip. Take a few minutes to explore what each hotel has to offer by viewing our directory below. Here are some tips to consider:

Always announce during booking if the trip is for a special event, anniversary or reunion. Group rates can be pre-negotiated and you may qualify for a lower cost and better upgrades for your stay. If you are the one setting up the event, always work directly with the front desk manager to make sure the best service is offered to your party.

Elevators are notorious for being a nuisance so ask to be roomed on the top floor and as far away as possible. Most hotels book nearby rooms last so hopefully they have availability elsewhere.

Policies vary on the availability of pet friendly rooms to it is wise to be open, honest and upfront during the booking process. You may find yourself kicked out or even paying a large deposit if you are not in a pet-friendly hotel and bring one anyway. New ADA laws are fuzzy though as service animals are not required to be documented and proprietors are legally not allowed to ask if the animal is a pet vs. a service animal.

Days Inn Gainesville I 75
7516 Newberry Road/I-75


Econo Lodge University
2649 Sw 13th St

Sweetwater Branch Inn
625 East University Avenue

Quality Inn University
2435 Sw 13th Street


Quality Inn Gainesville
3455 Sw Williston Rd

Comfort Inn University
3440 SW 40th Blvd

The Lodge at Gainesville
3726 Sw 40th Blvd

Red Roof PLUS Gainesville
3500 Southwest 42nd St

Rodeway Inn
3459 SW Williston Road

Super 8 Gainesville
4202 Sw 40th Blvd

Hampton Inn Gainesville
4225 Sw 40th Blvd