Although it’s based in a calm, rural area in Florida, Gainesville is the ideal place to visit for a change of scenery—especially if you love the outdoors. The college city is home to a young population that indulges in graffiti murals, coffee shops, outdoor concerts, and a stunning outdoors. That’s right; Gainesville’s calm countryside is precisely what makes it an outdoor hotspot. From pristine rivers to freshwater springs and nature reserves, you’ll find plenty of locations near Gainesville for outdoor activities like kayaking, paddling, and hiking. Start your vacation below by choosing one of our pet-friendly cabins that allow for you and a furry friend to hit the outdoors of Florida together.