The Best Way to Get Around Gainesville

Before we dive into the attractions, a quick word about transportation. Like most cities, Gainesville can get congested during rush hour or on game days. Finding parking downtown is not always easy. Rather than stress about driving and parking yourself, let Charter Bus Company Gainesville handle it for you! Our charter buses and minibuses provide safe, comfortable transportation around Gainesville and the surrounding area. On board, you’ll enjoy plush reclining seats, climate control, luggage racks, restrooms, TV/DVD, and more. Our experienced drivers know the best routes to avoid traffic. They’ll pick up and drop off your group wherever you need to go. Contact us today at (352) 505-4601 for a free quote on Gainesville bus rentals!

Cade Museum

The Cade Museum is one of Gainesville’s best kept secrets. Dedicated to education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), this museum offers interactive exhibits that fascinate kids and adults alike. One of the highlights is the Creativity Playground. This innovative space allows kids to build structures, make art projects, and engage in open-ended play. Budding engineers will love designing race cars on the custom racetrack. The museum also features a planetarium and regularly rotating exhibits on topics like genetics, robotics, and more. Outside, you’ll find the beautiful Cade Museum Park. Take a walk through the pollinator gardens blooming with bright flowers. The local ecosystem is designed to attract bees, birds, and butterflies. Bring a picnic to enjoy in this urban oasis. The Cade Museum is the perfect destination for a school field trip. But visitors of all ages will expand their curiosity and creativity here. Plan your visit today!
801 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 371-8001

Matheson History Museum

Gainesville has a rich history dating back to the mid-1800s. And the Matheson History Museum brings this history to life through an array of exhibits and programs. Located in a historic railroad depot in downtown Gainesville, the Matheson History Museum contains both permanent and rotating exhibits. Learn about the pioneering Matheson family and the beginnings of white settlement in the area. Other exhibits cover the Civil War history of Gainesville, the vital role of the railroad, and more. The museum also offers educational programs for both children and adults. Family days allow kids to experience history hands-on with activities like churning butter, writing with quill pens, and playing historic games. Adults can attend lectures, walking tours, and workshops on various historical topics. History buffs won’t want to miss this hidden gem. Add the Matheson History Museum to your itinerary, and step back into Florida’s past. We’ll provide easy transportation to this downtown attraction.
513 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 378-2280

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Nature lovers, rejoice! Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is Gainesville’s beautiful backyard. Sprawling over 62 acres, these gardens provide the perfect outdoor space right in the city. Kanapaha’s diverse collections include: a signature herb garden with over 500 varieties of herbs used for medicine, cooking, industry, and more; a vibrant hummock with native plants like saw palmetto, beautyberry, and wax myrtle; fragrant vines and roses winding through the Virginia C. Trosper Rose Garden; towering bamboo stands over 10 feet tall; a colorful perennial garden arranged by color; whimsical topiary sculptures. Wander the brick pathways past ponds, streams, and fountains. Discover lush foliage in the tropical greenhouse. Have a picnic in the pine woods near majestic old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. The gardens also host events like plant sales, art exhibits, and kids’ programs. Leashed pets are welcome to join you on your stroll. With so much natural beauty to take in, you’ll want to spend the whole afternoon at Kanapaha. We’ll provide easy transportation in our charter bus or minibus rental. Contact Charter Bus Company Gainesville at (352) 505-4601 to book your botanical garden visit today.

Harn Museum of Art

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art on UF’s campus houses an impressive collection of over 11,000 works. As the largest museum in North Central Florida, the Harn has something to appeal to every art enthusiast. View an array of modern and contemporary art from all over the world. Highlights include: vibrant late 20th century pop art paintings; african art and artifacts dating back to 1100 AD; ancient ceramic vessels and sculptures from the Americas; 19th century Japanese woodblock prints; contemporary photography exhibits. Don’t miss the museum’s stunning outdoor sculpture garden. Surrounded by peaceful nature, you can get up close with intriguing sculptures by artists like Auguste Rodin. The museum offers free admission, making it easy to stop by on your Gainesville travels. Let our charter bus drop you right at the museum entrance for a convenient art break.
3259 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-9826

Satchel’s Pizza

For a delicious bite with a side of quirk, look no further than Satchel’s Pizza. This Gainesville institution has been serving up pies plus entertainment for over 30 years. The main draw is the whimsical decor. Sit beneath colorful spray paint art, strings of lights, and odd antiques galore. Quench your thirst with a local brew while listening to live music. Outside, you’ll find even more magic in the Secret Garden. Lush foliage and reclaimed folk art come together to form a funky wonderland. And of course, the pizza itself is top-notch. Try a slice of the signature Potato Skin Pizza or a gigantic 30″ pie to share. Vegan and gluten-free options are available too. Satchel’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere and delicious food make it a must-visit Gainesville spot. Let our charter bus shuttle bring your group to this beloved local joint.
1800 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 335-7272

The Bull Gator

For Southern comfort food done right, make your way to The Bull Gator. Tucked away in an old house in downtown Gainesville, this local eatery dishes up classics like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and chicken fried steak. Everything at The Bull Gator aims to transport you back to the flavors of the South. Sip handcrafted cocktails or local craft beers on the charming front porch. Savor shrimp boiled in Old Bay seasoning alongside cheesy hushpuppies. End your meal with a slice of Key lime or pecan pie. The Bull Gator’s cozy atmosphere and stick-to-your-ribs cooking make it a favorite of Gainesville residents. Bring your group by charter bus to experience a true taste of the South.
901 NW 8th Ave A, Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 371-4848

Depot Park

As Gainesville’s newest public park, Depot Park is quickly becoming a beloved community space. The park transforms a historic train depot into a vibrant, family-friendly destination. Kids will love the imaginative playgrounds modeled after Gainesville landmarks. Cool off under the splash pad on hot Florida days. Grab a bite from food trucks and carts lining the park. Attend free outdoor yoga classes or movie nights under the stars. Special events like live music, festivals, and holiday celebrations mean there’s always something happening at Depot Park. Located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, it’s easy to visit Depot Park as part of your city explorations.
Let our charter bus provide convenient transportation to this innovative park. Contact Charter Bus Company Gainesville at (352) 505-4601 to learn more and request a quote!
200 SE Depot Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Plan Your Trip With Charter Bus Company Gainesville

From museums and gardens to restaurants and parks, Gainesville offers hidden treasures for every interest. Avoid the hassle of driving yourself and let our charter bus handle transportation for your group.