Gainesville, FL
Florida
By Peter Zink

Home to the University of Florida, the city of Gainesville is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. Generally regarded as the city “where nature and culture meet,” Gainesville has a vibrant college town atmosphere, cultural diversity, and a variety of activities.
   
You have three airports to choose from near Gainesville. The closest one is the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). Situated just outside of downtown Gainesville, everything is a short cab ride to the best hotels and sights the city has to offer. Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is less than 100 miles away, and if you’re coming or going to Walt Disney World, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is just over 120 miles away as well. As your best source for great travel deals, WhatsCheaper.com offers you competitive rates for all of these airports and more. Just click this link to book with WhatsCheaper.com (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). WhatsCheaper.com can also help with finding you an amazing hotel. Click here to start your search with us (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).
   
If you’re culturally inclined, Gainesville has plenty of options. With a population just a little over 125,000 residents, the University of Florida greatly increases the amount of cultural facilities you typically see in a city of its size. Some major sites include the historic Hippodrome State Theatre, Harn Museum of Art, and Florida Museum of Natural History. Gainesville is also home to the oldest theater group in Florida, the Gainesville Community Playhouse. In addition, the University offers a wide variety of performing arts and lectures at little to no cost to the greater Gainesville community. WhatsCheaper.com recommends attending during one of the two annual art festivals held during the year, the Spring Arts Festival in April, and the Downtown Festival and Art Show in the fall.
   
If you’re looking to relax and have fun, WhatsCheaper.com knows there’s a lot that Gainesville has to offer. If you want to hit the links and enjoy some golf, you have a nice variety of courses to choose from. In terms of sports, if your timing is right, you can catch the UF Gators in action on their home turf. There’s also the Gainesville Raceway - experience screaming hot rods as they drag race around the track! They even offer racing lessons.
   
You have a variety of dining options to choose from in Gainesville, and no description could do them all justice. There’s the Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company (201 SE 2nd Ave, Union Street Station), a hip Japanese restaurant that features fresh sushi, traditional cooked Japanese dishes, and local artwork from Gainesville’s established and up and coming talent. If you’re seeking some Latin-inspired dishes during your time in Florida, don’t forget to check out Emiliano’s (7 SE 1st Ave.) for outdoor dining and zesty tasting dishes. Featuring Spanish tapas, traditional Cuban fare, and fresh seafood, it’s hard to go wrong with anything on the menu. And if you’re looking for great fine dining, the Paramount Grill (12 SW 1st Ave.) is a solid choice. Owned and chef Clif Nelson offers a fun and interesting spin on traditional favorites - who can turn down sampling a cheese couscous?
   
WhatsCheaper.com believes Gainesville is a great destination for you and your family to check out. The great dining options, cultural diversity, and Gator-inspire fun make this is one place you don’t want to miss!

MUST SEE IN Gainesville, FL LIST:

  • 1. Butterfly Rainforest
  • 2. Harn Museum of Art
  • 3. Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
  • 4. Florida Museum of Natural History
  • 5. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
  • 6. Hippodrome State Theatre
  • 7. Florida National Scenic Trail
  • 8. Thomas Center
  • 9. Bat House
  • 10. Paynes Prairie

Gainesville, FL EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Hoggetown Medieval Faire - January/February
  • 2. Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival - April
  • 3. Florida Monarch Festival - September
  • 4. Florida Annual Bat Festival - October
  • 5. Heart of Florida Asian Festival - October
  • 6. Slamfest Car & Truck Show - October
  • 7. University of Florida Holiday Crafts Fair - November
  • 8. Gainesville Jazz Festival - November

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Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville
4075 SW 33rd Place Gainesville, FL
By Adam J. Mohney

Enjoy a stay in the popular college-town setting of Gainesville, Florida by booking Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville on WhatsCheaper.com. Located seven miles from the Gainesville city center and only a couple miles from the Florida Museum of Natural History, Harn Museum and the University of Florida, Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville offers access to all of the area's most popular attractions.

Rooms booked at Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville on WhatsCheaper.com include comfort and connectivity no matter what option you choose. With in-room climate control, morning coffee and Serta Suite Dreams Bedding, guests will rest and wake up easy each morning. Rooms at Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville also feature a 26-inch HD LCD television, two telephones with voicemail, free wireless internet access and a USA Today each morning to keep you connected to the home and the world.

Guests of Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville will also enjoy the facilities the hotel has to offer for all types of lifestyles. The business center connects working travelers to the office, while the fitness rooms allows guests to keep up with their daily workout routines at no charge. The swimming pool and whirlpool provide the perfect place to relax after long days in the hot sun. If you find yourself with an empty suitcase, Hilton Garden Inn also has coin laundry available.

A great start to great day in Gainesville begins in the lobby of Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville. Guests can enjoy a buffet or order from the menu at the Great American Grill, which offers breakfast in a casual atmosphere. The Pavilion Pantry provides snacks, sandwiches and refreshments for your room 24 hours a day. Room service is also available for those looking to eat in the comfort of their Hilton room.

Gainesville, Florida provides a Florida vacation in a college setting. With access to the university, local museums and offering comfortable rooms and suites, Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville is one of WhatsCheaper.com's top choices for lodging in Gainesville. Book your room at Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville on WhatsCheaper.com now by clicking the following link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville
3333 SW 42nd Street, Gainesville, FL
By Katelyn Mohney

Located only 11 miles from the Gainesville Regional Airport and nearby the University of Florida, Homewood Suites by Hilton® Gainesville offers both comfort and convenience. Check-in ends at 4:00 p.m.

Choose from a variety of suites offering either one or two bedrooms featuring either queen or king beds or both. Because every suite features both living and sleeping space and full kitchen and bathroom, you will always have ample space for work or relaxation. Each kitchen includes everything you could ask for: refrigerator, oven, microwave and even a dishwasher. Televisions with premium cable packages and HBO® channels are stationed both in the living area and bedrooms. Adjust the thermostat or air conditioning directly from the comfort of your room for total climate control. High speed internet access is available throughout the hotel, including all guest rooms for no extra charge. Homewood Suites by Hilton® Gainesville welcomes pets so guests can forget the troubles of leaving pets behind for their trip.

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast every day of the week and a light dinner Mondays through Thursdays, provided by the hotel. Because it is open 24 hours a day, you can stop in at the hotel’s Suite Shop for a snack any time, any day. Have your complementary USA Today delivered directly to your room in the morning, or stop by the news stand to select the newspaper of your preference. Stay in shape with a workout in the fitness center or a game of basketball on the hotel’s basketball court and afterwards, cool down in the hotel’s pool. Handicapped accessible rooms are available. Check-out are at 12:00 p.m.

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Gainesville makes your stay as comfortable and convenient as you can imagine. WhatsCheaper.com will assist you in booking your room today (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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