Gainesville is a haven of discovery. Explore the unique wildlife inhabitants and eco-adventures in North Central Florida during your stay. Set off paddleboarding along our scenic rivers or take a dip in one of the crystal-clear freshwater springs near our hotel.
From soft-adventure activities, like birding, biking, and botanical gardens, to vigorous activities, such as tree climbing and zip lining, the Gainesville area offers a plethora of thrilling adventures for all ages. Browse our guide to see and experience a lot more in the vicinity of Hotel ELEO, located on the University of Florida campus.
Climb a Tree
Want to tap into your inner child and climb trees again? Canopy Climbers is an award-winning tree-climbing school. They offer a one-day "HitchClimber" course and several two-day courses. For a tree adventure that is more fast-paced, Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours in Ocala is sure to thrill at 155 feet high and 1,150 feet long as it crosses over Lost Spring Lake.
Ride a Bike
Biking in Gainesville is available at all levels. Wind through the college campus on the UF Campus Greenway, which connects to the Waldo Road Greenway/Depot Avenue Rail Trail (cross the DNA-inspired bridge on this trail). Pedestrians and cyclists can explore the tree-lined Gainesville-Hawthorne Trial (a favorite of writer Bonnie Gross of FloridaRambler.com). For challenging off-road rides, explore multiple intermediate and difficult mountain bike trails.
See Birding Spots
Birding in Gainesville will exceed your expectations. Whether you are an avid birder or not, the variety and quantity of feathered friends in the area are worth exploring. There are so many great trails and resources to read; we wrote a detailed blog about it.
Take a Hike
Take a hike or a gentle stroll through the many beautiful parks in the Gainesville area. Visit Gainesville is the convention and visitors bureau for Alachua County, which offers great information about the destination, including parks and trails.
Spring Into Action
Natural freshwater springs pepper the landscape of North Florida. These environmental treasures offer a cool escape all year long. Walk the trails, tube, paddleboard, or sit and relax. The choice is yours, and there are a lot of springs to explore.
See the Gardens
Wilmot, Cedar Lakes, Dreamers, and Kanapaha are just a few of the impressive gardens in Gainesville. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is home to the giant Victoria water lilies, an enormous herb garden, and huge bamboo. Wilmot Garden is about healing plants, and the UF Teaching Area is about research. Dreamers is a sensory garden designed for visually impaired people. Grab your sunscreen and hat, and head out to discover the green side of Gainesville.