Festival in Gainesville

Local Gainesville Attractions

Outside of football and racing, Gainesville is home to numerous annual and seasonal events. Enjoy all the fun things to do in Gainesville when you stay at the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel including outdoor adventures, world-class museums and impressive performances.

Nature-lovers will enjoy Payne’s Prairie State Reserve, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens or visiting one of the nearby freshwater springs like Ginnie Springs or High Springs. Animal-lovers will love to visit the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo or the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Step back in time when you come during the famous annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Watch jousting knights, explore the medieval artisan marketplace and enjoy nine stages of mesmerizing entertainment.  

If performances are more your style, catch a show at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Stroll Gainesville’s historic district and shop the local boutiques.

With so much to do, it can be hard to keep track. Make sure to refer to our Calendar of Events and Local Area Guide for more Gainesville events.

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Great hospitality!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Hospitality was some of the best I've had in my career!
Reviewed by Nick Decker, University of Charlotte Football on October 2023 via Mail

I will visit there again

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Everything was just perfect. Great staff, excelled in breakfast, felt safe, room comfortable. Not a new hotel but beautiful. Nice front area to sit. I did not go to the restaurant. Quick hot water & I could control the temp in the room. 

Reviewed by Barbara on September 2023 via Booking.com

Amazing breakfast

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I came to the hotel for work in town and had to stay a few extra days. I felt between the amenities, breakfast and the restaurant, It was a great experience overall! The best thing I can attest to was be sure to get a fresh omelet from the breakfast area!! Great staff.

Reviewed by Traveling Alex on July 2023 via Trip Advisor

5 Stars all the way

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The outpouring of hospitality and love as soon as we arrived was amazing!  We are blessed to have met you and are so grateful for everything you did for us.  The whole staff, Thank-you for your willingness to handle our crew.  Five stars all the way around!

Reviewed by Aly Cramond, Charlotte Football Operations on October 2023 via Mail