What you’ll come to know about experiencing life in Gainesville -
It's a great place to live, work and to enjoy. Whether it's walking in Tumblin Creek Park only steps from Innovation Square on one of Gainesville's more than 220 days of sunshine each year or taking off to spend time to experience nature's playground locally, the landscape of natural beauty in and around Gainesville has always been providing people activities that simply don't exist anywhere else. With over 140 miles of hiking, jogging and biking trails, four lakes within 10 miles, 40 state historic parks within 50 miles, and an abundance of reserves preserving wildlife in its natural environment, the Gainesville area is an outdoor destination for all.
Residents and visitors enjoy taking a day to enjoy the historic beaches of St. Augustine, visiting Walt Disney World, experiencing world-renowned artists at the Phillips Center or catching the latest play at the historic Hippodrome Theater. Watching a rare butterfly species float in front of you at the Butterfly Rainforest after you've checked out the latest art shown at the Harn Museum next door, and then finding the music roots of Tom Petty and Bo Diddley in venues downtown that keep performing artists calling Gainesville home, is part of Gainesville's unique urban forest charm in such a natural setting.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy participating year‐round locally in leagues for kids to amateur athletics for adults and watching collegiate level events of all kinds. There are also numerous opportunities for outdoor and leisure activities, enjoying many recognized health & fitness centers and participating in youth sports programs, which are abundant throughout Gainesville. And, for those who want to experience major professional sporting events, there are a number of teams in the central Florida region to follow and enjoy.
Being called the best commute in Florida has its perks with a model regional transit and modern traffic management system that make the city easy to get around in. Listed in many publications, Gainesville's quality of life has been recognized over the past 20 years for affordable cost of living, high education levels, and success in creating a place, destination, and lifestyle for all.