Area Attractions

Revel in the local Gainesville food scene at the 4th Avenue Food Park or one of the six craft breweries. Our downtown hotel, near UF’s Health Shands Hospital, provides the ease of walking through the history of a college town and enjoying the beauty of the University of Florida campus. All paths lead to something adventurous and fun when you stay at our walk-friendly location.

Hyatt Place Gainesville Downtown

212 SE 1st Street
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32601



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Local Food + Drink

Mark’s Prime Steakhouse

Honored to serve North Florida the finest beef, freshest seafood, and stellar wines since 2002, Mark’s Prime is worthy of any occasion. An evening here is sure to please. Offerings on the chef’s table rotate with the seasons and you can savor not just wines but an extensive list of cocktails including well-aged bourbon and Scotch—all just steps from the hotel’s front door.

Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company

Settle into a cozy booth amid an impressive and chic setting—to enjoy menu items such as miso black cod, buerre blanc tuna flatbread, or tempura shrimp, krab delight, and avocado—better known as The Bomb. This is the place to take a date or impress work colleagues, or your parents.

Prum’s Kitchen

A casual vibe complements the food at this family-centric restaurant. Offering unique Cambodian fusion cuisine, they specialize in dishes like Ba-Bong, noodles with stir-fried beef and onions, and traditional beef or chicken stir-fried bowls. From rice dishes to traditional pairings, Prum’s showcases Cambodian spices for their take on comfort food.

Wyatt’s Coffee

Here is where you’ll find “insanely good coffee” and more. Predicated on the idea of offering a loving and kind gourmet cup of coffee for all, the owners are proud and humbled to craft well-made (and great tasting) coffee for the downtown Gainesville community.

Local Attractions

University of Florida

Located less than two miles from our downtown hotel, this top-ranked university is known for its verdant and picturesque main campus. The research-based school of the University of Florida in Gainesville, is also home to the award-winning Health Shands Hospital, nationally recognized for excellence in clinical care.

The Hippodrome Theater

A community mainstay with a steadfast commitment to the performing arts, the historic Hippodrome Theater offers elite educational programs, local events, and cinematic programming that both reflect and foster diverse cultures in the North Florida region.

Depot Park

Setting the standard for excellence and nationally recognized as innovative, Depot is the place to go for an exceptional public urban park experience offering outdoor activities and a host of events for all age groups and interests. Walk, cycle, read, run, people watch, fly a kite or chill, there’s no shortage of things to do or discover.

Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

Doing more to spark wonder and create possibility—the museum proudly puts on exhibits that engage and offers classes and programs they hope will lead to new ideas and innovations. With a mission to nurture a creative mindset, Cade Museum delivers.

Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

The Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena located on the campus of the University of Florida. It serves as a hub for various sports events, concerts, and gatherings, offering modern facilities and a dynamic atmosphere.

Arts & Culture

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a renowned cultural venue situated at the University of Florida. With its striking architecture and exceptional acoustics, it hosts a diverse array of performances, ranging from classical music and theater productions to contemporary concerts and artistic showcases.

Harn Museum of Art

The Harn Museum of Art is a distinguished cultural institution located at the University of Florida, dedicated to showcasing a diverse collection of artworks from around the world. With its extensive range of exhibitions and educational programs, the museum offers a captivating exploration of global artistic expressions spanning various periods and mediums.

Thomas Center

The Thomas Center is a historic building located in Gainesville, Florida, recognized for its architectural significance and role in the city's cultural scene. Once a grand hotel, it now serves as a cultural center and venue for various events, housing art galleries, meeting spaces, and preserving the city's heritage.

Outdoor Activities

Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a serene nature preserve situated in Gainesville, Florida, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant ecosystem. Visitors can enjoy walking trails, observation points, and a variety of wildlife while learning about the vital role wetlands play in maintaining environmental balance.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a captivating natural area in Florida, encompassing diverse habitats from wetlands to uplands and showcasing a wide array of wildlife. The park offers visitors opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and outdoor exploration, with the iconic prairie vista serving as a centerpiece of its scenic beauty.

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is a unique educational facility located in Gainesville, Florida, providing hands-on learning experiences about various animal species and conservation efforts. As the only teaching zoo in North Central Florida, it offers visitors a chance to connect with wildlife while supporting student training and wildlife preservation initiatives.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a captivating botanical oasis nestled in Gainesville, Florida, known for its stunning collection of diverse plant species and serene landscapes. Visitors can explore themed gardens, meandering pathways, and tranquil water features, creating a peaceful and educational environment for nature enthusiasts of all ages.

Medical Hospitals

University of Florida’s Health Shands Hospital

Our Gainesville hotel is conveniently near the University of Florida’s Health Shands Hospital campus, with 1,200 UF College of Medicine and local physicians, along with skilled nursing and staff that provide comprehensive patient care with their primary doctors, urgent care facility and complex medical condition treatments.