Taking a trip to the University of Florida? The campus encompasses over 2,000 acres, or 3.125 square miles, and has the fifth most actively enrolled students of all public universities in the United States. Whether you’re a prospective student, tourist, or looking to move to the area, the campus has a lot to offer! Gainesville, affectionately called Gatorville or G-ville after the university’s mascot, is a great place to visit.
The University offers a great number of structured tours for prospective students. General two-hour tours are available most weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Group tours, tours for high-achieving high school students, and tours of specific Colleges of interest may be available upon request. A campus map is available online through the University of Florida website if you’re looking to take a self-guided tour.
But if these tours aren’t available during your visit, or you’re less interested in the campus from the viewpoint of a prospective student, there’s plenty to discover from exploring the campus on your own. The area the northeast corner of the campus to the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium has been designated the University of Campus Historic District. The campus as a whole has over thirty buildings on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. If you’re interested in learning about the rich architectural history of the campus, be sure to check these out.
Need to grab a bite to eat? A number of options are available at both the Hub and at the J. Wayne Reitz Union, and additional programs and events can be found at the Union throughout the year. Want to enjoy the sunny Florida weather? A number of nature areas dot the campus, notably the Liberty Pond by the Reitz Union, public trails at the Natural Area Teaching Library, and the nearly 130-acre Lake Alice at the center of campus. Hume Field and Flavet Field and Courts are also available for open recreation. No visit to Gainesville would be complete without checking out the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the north of campus. Go Gators!
Whether you choose a structured tour or want to venture out on your own, there’s plenty to enjoy on the University of Florida campus. You can also find a historic Gainesville inn to stay at if you’re looking to explore the campus for more than one day.