Gainesville Parks & Preserves

FAMILY FUN | MUSEUMS & ART | NATURE PARKS

If you're looking a roadtrip from Gainesville, FL for the day, try these great places which are just an hour or less away from Gainesville, FL. Discover a new place with family, friends or solitude.


Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park

Alfred A. Ring Park

A hiking trail runs through this densely forested park with a wildflower garden & play area.

Cypress Point Park

Bivens Arm Nature Park

Nature park featuring restrooms, trails, picnic tables, grills, a playground & more.

Lykes Gaslight Park

Loblolly Woods Nature Park

This 159-acre forested open space featuring paths & boardwalks is popular for bird watching.

Rowlett Park

Morningside Nature Center

Morningside Nature Center is a 416-acre nature park located in Gainesville, Alachua County in the U.S. state of Florida and overseen by the City of Gainesville.

Lettuce Lake Park

Cofrin Nature Park

Forested area with a half-mile hiking trail & wetlands fed by Beville Heights Creek.

Lowry Park

Sweetwater Preserve

Woodland park with wetlands, wildlife viewing & 3 mi. of unpaved walking trails.

MacFarlane Park

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park in Alachua County, Florida. It is located northwest of Gainesville, Florida on CR 232, just south of the town of Alachua.

Gadsden Park

Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is a Florida State Park located in the north-westernmost part of Gainesville, Florida, off County Road 232, northwest of the University of Florida.

Flatwoods Park - Bruce B Downs Entrance

Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Manmade wetlands habitat with birds, crocodiles, boardwalk nature trails & ranger-led tours.

McKay Bay Nature Park

Clear Lake Nature Park

The trails in this small park invite the visitor to slow down and soak up the majestic sweep of ancient live oaks, the peaceful seclusion from Gainesville's busy streets, and the musical chirping of birds hidden among the wetland fringes.