Welcome to Alachua County

Alachua County is a vibrant and diverse destination with a rich history, thriving arts scene, abundant natural beauty, and endless entertainment options.  We have something for everyone.  Home to a dynamic arts community, Alachua County is home to world-class museums, galleries, theaters, and music venues.  The Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention are just a few of the cultural gems that showcase the region’s artistic and historical heritage.

Alachua County is also home to some of Florida’s most unique and exciting attractions, including the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, and the Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park.  Visitors can explore ancient sinkholes, stroll through beautiful gardens, and get up close and personal with rare and endangered species. 

Nature lovers will find plenty to explore in Alachua County, with over 80 parks and natural areas to choose from.  Hike or bike along the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail, paddle down the Santa Fe River, or take a leisurely stroll through the Sweetwater Wetlands Park, a 125-acre nature preserve teeming with wildlife. 

Alachua County is a hub of entertainment, with a wide range of options for visitors of all ages.  Catch a show at the Hippodrome Theatre, take in a concert at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center, or groove to live music at one of Gainesville’s many music venues.

Retail therapy and dining experiences are abundant in Alachua County.  From the charming boutiques and shops in downtown Gainesville, to the sprawling outdoor malls like Celebration Pointe and Butler Plaza, visitors will find everything they need.  Foodies will be delighted with diverse culinary options, from farm-to-table restaurants to international cuisine.

After dark, Alachua County comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene.  Award winning craft breweries like Swamp Head Brewery and First Magnitude Brewing Company offer a variety of locally brewed beers, live music, and food trucks.  Nightclubs, bars, and pubs can be found throughout the county, offering an array of entertainment options for all. 

Alachua County is a must-visit destination that offers a unique blend of culture, arts, attractions, parks, nature, entertainment, retail, dining, and nightlife.

Visit Gainesville

Enjoy world-class museums, performing arts, and live music. Explore 8 state parks with more than 100 miles of trails for biking, birding and hiking or cool off in crystal-blue freshwater springs.

Celebration Pointe

Memorable moments are everywhere at Celebration Pointe. We’re the one destination in Gainesville where you can walk to everything: restaurants, movies, concerts, shopping, entertainment, Gator events, you name it. There’s More to the Pointe. And you’re invited to experience it all.

Alachua County Sports & Events Center

The Alachua County Sports and Events Center is North Florida’s premier sports and events destination, providing state-of-the-art facilities, exceptional services, and unforgettable experiences for visitors and residents alike. Whether hosting a tournament, special event or looking for local programs, we invite you to make the Alachua County Sports and Events Center your choice!

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