11 days in Jacksonville & Gainesville Itinerary

11 days in Jacksonville & Gainesville Itinerary

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11 days in Jacksonville & Gainesville Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
1
Jacksonville
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gainesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Jacksonville

7
nights
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. as well as Little Talbot Island State Park. Visit Crescent Beach Public Beach and Vilano Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore and learn at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and The Ximenez-Fatio House. Get out of town with these interesting Jacksonville side-trips: Ichetucknee Springs State Park (in Fort White), Gainesville (Butterfly Rainforest & Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation) and Fort King George Historic Site (in Darien). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Big Talbot Island State Park, steep yourself in history at Kingsley Plantation, enjoy the sand and surf at Atlantic Beach, and stroll through Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jacksonville online attractions planner .

Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Augustine, Gainesville, Crescent Beach Public Beach, Fernandina Beach, Ichetucknee Springs State Park
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park ©
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Vilano Beach ©
Vilano Beach

3
nights
Gainesville

Gainesville ©
Gainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County, Florida, United States, and the principal city of the Gainesville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Juniper Springs Recreation Area, then get a new perspective on nature at Florida Museum of Natural History, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Rainforest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, then trek along La Chua Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Sweetwater Wetlands Park.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gainesville trip planner .

You can drive from Jacksonville to Gainesville in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Gainesville are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Juniper Springs Recreation Area, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
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Juniper Springs Recreation Area ©
Juniper Springs Recreation Area
Sweetwater Wetlands Park ©
Sweetwater Wetlands Park

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