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Rental unit in Duckpond
Stylish Apartment in Downtown Historic Duckpond
This luxurious and recently renovated apartment is part of a large, Victorian home that was built in 1924. The apartment features stylish and contemporary updates while maintaining its historic charm. A perfect locale for the modern traveler! The apartment is conveniently located in the historic Duckpond neighborhood and is within walking distance to Downtown Gainesville's bars, clubs and restaurants. The University of Florida campus as well as UF Medical Complex is only 1.5 miles away.
$91 per night
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Private room in Gainesville
Private Room - DT - 1/2 mile from UF Campus
This one-bedroom private room has just been remodeled and is located in a charming modern duplex situated in Downtown Gainesville. The house is just under 1 mile from UF Campus and 1.5 miles to Shands Hospital and the VA. Within a few blocks and a quick walk are many of Gainesville's best bars, restaurants, coffee shops, museums and nightclubs. Facilities available are: Amazon Fire TV with access to Netflix and Prime TV; high speed internet; coffee maker, microwave and a mini fridge.
$36 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Downtown Apartment - 1/2 Mile from UF Campus
This one-bedroom apartment has just been remodeled and is located in a charming modern duplex situated in Downtown Gainesville. The apartment is half a mile from UF Campus and 1.5 miles to Shands Hospital and the VA. Within a few blocks and a quick walk are many of Gainesville's best bars, restaurants, coffee shops, museums and nightlife. Facilities available are: a fully equipped kitchen; Amazon Fire TV with access to Netflix and Prime TV; high speed internet; washer and dryer.
$55 per night
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Stay near Gainesville's top sights

Photo of The Oaks Mall
The Oaks Mall60 locals recommend
Photo of Depot Park
Depot Park115 locals recommend
Photo of Celebration Pointe
Celebration Pointe59 locals recommend
Photo of Walmart Supercenter
Walmart Supercenter18 locals recommend
Photo of Butler Plaza
Butler Plaza35 locals recommend
Photo of Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park94 locals recommend

Weekly rentals in Gainesville

Private room in Gainesville
The Cunningham. by Nook+Loft
$26 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Casa De Arte - Close to UF/Downtown/Tom Petty Park
$77 per night
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Private room in Gainesville
Private Rm/Bath/Office/EV Charger: Near Downtown
$48 per night
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Home in Duckpond
Historic Duckpond Cottage
$56 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Modern Bungalow – 1/2 mile from UF!
$81 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Bohemian Rhapsody: Peaceful 1 Bdrm Home & Retreat
$72 per night
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Home in Duckpond
Historic Home- Walk to Downtown
$158 per night
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Private room in Gainesville
Comfy, Casual, and Convenient GNV Private Room
$54 per night
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Home in Duckpond
Cozy Duckpond home near downtown
$88 per night
Private room in Duckpond
Lovely room and bath in historic Duckpond home
$54 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Fire-pit/Cornhole/FREE Check in @2pm/ UF Getaway!
$107 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Little Love Shack
$90 per night
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Gainesville home rentals

Private room in Gainesville
Private room w/ great pool and outdoor space
$52 per night
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Private room in Duckpond
Studio In-law Suite with Private Entrance and Bath
$85 per night
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Home in Duckpond
Cozy Hideaway in the Duck Pond area of Gainesville
$89 per night
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Private room in Gainesville
The Terrazzo. by Nook+Loft
$18 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Heart of Gainesville
$121 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Spacious Condo. Pet Friendly + Ping Pong Table
$118 per night
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Private room in Gainesville
Renovated 1BR in Luxury Home Steps to UF Stadium!
$87 per night
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Private room in Gainesville
Creek House - 4miles to UF
$48 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Charming Cottage with Quaint 1950s Decor
$85 per night
Home in Duckpond
Charming Studio Apt Near Downtown
$81 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Downtown home w/ large yard by UF
$107 per night
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Private room in Gainesville
Budget-friendly cozy room with private bathroom
$30 per night

Your guide to Gainesville

All About Gainesville

With a state park home to wild bison and alligators, a natural history museum with an internationally-acclaimed fossil collection, and a 125-acre wetland park located right downtown, Gainesville, Florida offers more than your typical college town. One hour from Jacksonville, Gainesville is the biggest city in Alachua County, located in north central Florida. The region is best known for its natural areas, which are perfect for outdoor recreation such as biking, swimming, and boating.

However, Gainesville is also home to well-preserved historic buildings, the oldest of which dates back to 1884. For a small city, Gainesville is a lively place with many festivals scheduled throughout the year, as well as a strong arts scene intertwined in the city’s culture. Street art and full wall murals showcase local talent all over Gainesville. A noteworthy spot to visit is the ever-changing Gainesville Graffiti Wall, a 1,120-foot wall that receives new art added nearly every day.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Gainesville?

Many of Gainesville’s most popular attractions are outdoors and best explored in the springtime. Warm Florida weather brings life to an array of wildflowers, including the roadside phlox, which blooms from April to June each year. Spring also gets significantly less rainfall than the summer months, making it a good time to plan outdoor picnics and hiking excursions. Spring is also when the Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival takes place, showcasing local art and live music.

Summer is rainy season in Gainesville, and the days are often warm and muggy. The precipitation eases every October, and the weather becomes more comfortable for spending time outdoors. Winter is brief, mild, and dry and worth a trip for the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire that turns the Alachua County Fairgrounds into a medieval marketplace for two weeks every January.


What are the top things to do in Gainesville?

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Just south of Gainesville is the Paynes Prairie Preserve, a state park that protects the habitat of a wide variety of native animals and birds. You may come across wild horses, deer, and bison when walking in the prairie, or alligators in the park’s marshes. A 16-mile paved path makes it possible to bike through the park for a close up view of Floridian nature. For a panoramic view, a 50-foot-high observation tower is open to the public.

Kanapaha Botanical Garden

The city’s 64-acre botanical garden has 24 collections, including the largest public bamboo forest display and the largest herb garden in Florida. With a map in hand, you can wander through gardens that specialize in botanical varieties, such as the Bromeliad Garden, Fern Cobble, Bamboo Garden, Woodland Trail, and more. Three different waterfalls link up the water gardens to the west of the park.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Learn about the last 65 million years on earth as you progress through five geologic periods in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s permanent Florida Fossils exhibit. Many of the fossils here were discovered within a 100-mile radius of Gainesville. Right at the exhibit’s entrance are several sets of shark jaws, including the nine-foot-wide jaws of the extinct Megalodon. Another permanent exhibit encourages children to learn through interactive activity stations and is open weekdays.

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