Uncover the unexpected in Gainesville…"where nature and culture meet." This beautiful city offers 30+ miles of biking and hiking trails while spotting wildlife like birds, bison, wild horses or alligators in seven area Florida state parks. Canoe or paddleboard scenic rivers, or take a dive into one of our crystal clear freshwater springs. Floating down the spring-fed river at Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a can't miss warm-weather tradition. A vibrant downtown delivers a host of local restaurants that ranges from sushi to steak and every flavor in between. Gainesville is also the home of the only professional theater in Florida, a professional orchestra, and a nationally known dance company. Museums, theaters, and galleries fill its heart with history, art, science, music, and dance. Among Gainesville's many museums, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Butterfly Rainforest are among the most interesting.