- The list below includes 21 free or cheap things to do in or near Gainesville, Florida, including 35 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, National & State Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas and Parks.
- From Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park to Paynes Prairie, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Gainesville.
Drive 1 Exotics 11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville, FL MoreLess Info
Participants test their driving skills on a track filled with twists and turns during this autocross experience
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18700 S. CR 325, Gainesville, FL 32640 MoreLess Info
Named for Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is managed by the Florida State Parks Department. Rawlings' original house and farm buildings remain on the premesis and are open for touring.
Operating since 1853, covering 2,000 acres and ranking 14 in US News &World Report, University of Florida has no less than 33 buildings on its campus which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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4732 Millhopper Road, Gainesville, FL 32653 MoreLess Info
Visited since the late 19th century, Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is a 120 foot-deep sinkhole filled by a miniature rain-forest. There are trails which lead to the bottom of the sinkhole, while on the top there are designated picnic areas.
Running through some of Florida's most beautiful natural landscape is the Florida National Scenic Trail. Stretching through over three counties the trail is popular for cycling and nature walks to enjoy the beautiful and varied scenery.
Dogwood Park is a 15-acre expanse of green grass, swimming ponds and sand pit digging areas where visitors can brings their furry friends. Dogs are allowed off-leash so that they may run and play freely in a safe environment.
The Butterfly Rainforest features a population of more than 1,000 butterflies, from 60 to 80 different species, from all over the world. There are also exhibited in here birds, turtles and fish, among other creatures.
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8528 East County Road 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 MoreLess Info
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation rescues exotic animals and houses them in natural grass enclosures where visitors can see them during 2 hour guided tours. They have 62 animals of 23 species including many big cats.