41 days in Gainesville & Dade City Itinerary

41 days in Gainesville & Dade City Itinerary

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41 days in Gainesville & Dade City Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Drive:  2​h
— 22 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Dade City
— 18 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Orlando


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). Explore Gainesville's surroundings by going to Silver Springs State Park (in Silver Springs), St. Augustine (San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine Distillery, & more) and Ocala (The Corkscrew Winery, The Gypsy Gold Farm, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Stetson Mansion, stroll through Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, ride a horse along Equestrian Adventures of Florida, and tee off at TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gainesville online attractions planner .

Orlando to Gainesville is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in March, Gainesville is little chillier at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dade City.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Augustine, Ocala, Jacksonville, Micanopy, Cedar Key
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

Dade City

Dade City ©
Dade City is a city in Pasco County, Florida, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dade City: Crystal River (Crystal River, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, & more), Yalaha (Green Acres Fernery & Citrus, Yalaha Bootlegging Co., & more) and Clermont (Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Showcase of Citrus, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, see the interesting displays at Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center, trek along Flat Island Preserve, and grab your bike and head to West Orange Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dade City driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Gainesville to Dade City in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Dade City can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dade City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Crystal River, Homosassa, Inverness, Clermont, Yalaha
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Giraffe Ranch ©
Giraffe Ranch
Stand-Up Paddleboarding