Gainesville, Florida is most widely known for being the Home of the Fighting Gators, the college football team that’s won multiple SEC and National College Football Championships. But this beautiful small town in North Central Florida has a lot more to offer than just a great college football team.
First of all, it has everything you need to raise a family. The school system benefits from the many teachers who graduate from the University of Florida College of Education and decide to stay here. The environment here is very healthy, too. Gainesville’s weather is mild and the natural beauty and “green spaces” are abundant, no matter what the season.
Sports is obviously a big deal in this part of Florida. If you’re a sports enthusiast, there are lots of opportunities to be a spectator or a participant. For the sports watchers, football draws a lot of fan attention, but UF also boasts a world-class basketball team that has won its fair share of trophies. In fact, the UF Baseball team recently made it to the College World Series. The UF women’s sports teams have also earned a place at the top of the list for many championship teams over the years including basketball and gymnastics. If you want to participate in sports, Alachua County voters (where Gainesville is located) recently approved a “Wild Spaces” tax that supported parks and sports venues for residents and visitors to use.
Second, there is an increasing number of opportunities for business growth as evidenced by a recent partnership between the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and the University of Florida. It’s called Innovation Hub, centered in the downtown area and focused on developing the Tech Industry that is fueled by UF graduates with awesome tech and entrepreneurial skills who want to stay in Gainesville after they graduate.
Third, Gainesville is a great place to relax and get away from it all. There’s a variety of accommodations to choose from, whether it’s at one of the Bed and Breakfast places in the downtown area or one of the many hotels that are closer to the UF campus.
There’s plenty to do even if it’s not football season when you decide to visit. Gainesville is surrounded by many small towns that offer activities for just about every type of tourist. You can go tubing down the Itchetucknee, kayaking at one of the many Springs, or antiquing in Micanopy.
No matter where you are in North Florida, whether it’s Tampa, Orlando, or Jacksonville, Gainesville is centrally located and only a short 2 hour drive away.