If you have additional time available and want to see some local sights, here are a few options near the hotel:

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

While the stadium does not offer tours, it is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. via Gate 18 (The stadium is a 40 minute walk/15 minute bus ride from hotel). The Bill Heavener Football Complex is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Cost: $0

University of Florida Bat Barns and Bat House

The World’s Largest Occupied Bat Houses are located on the north side of Museum Road across from Lake Alice on the UF campus. The bats normally emerge during a 15- to 20-minute period after sunset, before total darkness on calm, warm evenings when temperatures are above 65 F. Bats may swoop near those observing the emergence to eat insects attracted to the carbon dioxide in human breath, however they will not attack or harm people when left alone. High winds, heavy rain or cold temperatures will keep the bats in the house for the evening. On warm winter evenings, the bats may come out for a drink of water at the lake and exercise; however they can eat only when bugs are flying. (20 minute walk/5 minute cab ride from the hotel).
Cost: $0

Florida Museum of Natural History & the Butterfly Rainforest

The Florida Museum of Natural History is located directly across the street from the Hilton University of Florida hotel. This is one of the nation’s top five natural history museums in the country! From fossils, waterways, & wildlife to the Butterfly Rainforest* – there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Cost: $0 for self-guided museum tour

Harn Museum of Art

Also across the street from our hotel, and adjacent to the Natural History Museum, is The University of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. This museum collaborates with university and community partners to inspire, educate and enrich people’s lives through art. The museum brings the joy of experiencing great works of art to diverse university, community, national and global audiences through relevant and enlightening art collections, exhibitions and learning opportunities.
Cost: $0

Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club

Haile Plantation’s championship golf course offers you Gainesville golf at its finest. Great care was taken to integrate this country club’s course into the spectacular natural setting. The course offers you the exciting challenge you desire but in a breathtaking natural layout. Part of the Club Corp Network.

The Gainesville Country Club

The Gainesville Country Club golf course was designed in 1963 by George Cobb, a course architect who is credited with famous designs such as East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, the Par 3 course at Augusta National and dozens of other world-renowned layouts. The public may book tee times up to 2 days in advance.

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