I’m moving to Gainesville soon and I love the outdoors. What kind of scenery can I find near Gainesville apartments?

In any apartment in Gainesville, you won't be far from a beautiful outdoor scene. Florida itself is beautiful, warm, and tropical. But Gainesville, in particular, is a hidden gem when it comes to natural scenery.

Natural Attractions

Gainesville is home to a rather famous National Natural Landmark that has been drawing visitors from far and wide since the 1880s. The Devil's Millhopper is the remnant of a sinkhole that is 120 feet deep. The huge cavity in the Earth, over time, was able to cultivate a mini rainforest amidst the sandy Florida landscape. The Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is a great spot for hiking. The plants, streams and small waterfalls make it an awesome place to take in sights and sounds. The park is located just off County Road 232. You'll be close by if you look for an apartment in the 32653 zip code area.

Another great scenic area is Payne's Prairie. It's conveniently located just off the Interstate making it easily accessible from an apartment near I-75. Payne's Prairie has eight trails that are perfect for outdoor activities like biking, hiking and horseback riding. If you're looking to stay active outdoors, Payne's Prairie is a place you can visit multiple times and still see something new each time.

Natural History

If you are a student at the University of Florida, you won't have to go far from your apartment near the University of Florida to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History, as it is located right on campus. Created in 1891, it's Florida's official natural history museum. The main exhibits are filled with interesting plants, animals and fossils unique to Florida. As part of the museum, you can visit the Butterfly Rainforest and interact with hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds. The landscape and affordable cost makes the butterfly rainforest a popular date spot in Gainesville.


Gainesville's Boughman Center is a popular spot for outdoor mediation. Located right next to Lake Alice, the center is large pavilion with 1,500 feet of interesting architecture. If hiking and woodsy areas aren't your thing, the Boughman Center is perfect for just relaxing in the city but away from the hustle and bustle. You can just sit, do some deep breathing, and enjoy the buildings.

There is so much to see and do around the Gainesville. Check out this extensive list of the best scenic attractions in Gainesville. Try some of them out and have fun exploring the city!

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