About Gainesville

Paynes Prairie

Gainesville, Florida.  Perhaps best known as home to the University of Florida Gators, is also a quaint city where people at UF Health Florida Recovery Center find peace and refuge in a private environment conducive to healing. Gainesville is about one hour from Florida’s west coast and an hour and a half from its east coast. Gainesville Regional Airport offers non-stop service to Dallas, Charlotte and Miami. Gainesville is also within about two hours from major airports in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.

Recovery in peace

The UF Health Florida Recovery Center campus, about two miles from Florida’s Interstate 75,  is adjacent to the Bivens Arm nature sanctuary in southwest Gainesville just near Paynes Prairie Preserve Florida State Park. People who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction find Gainesville to be an ideal place to break away from destructive environments and behaviors.

Gainesville highlights

Parks & Nature

Bike, Hike or Just Change Your View – Explore Gainesville and Alachua County’s Bountiful Outdoor Open Spaces.

LaChua Trail

Arts & Culture

Alachua County is home to a diverse and exciting range of arts and cultural opportunities.

Hippodrome exterior

Nearby Towns

Alachua County is home to the Gator Nation, and so much more!

The town of Alachua

Local Events

Find What’s Good this weekend and explore our weekly event guide to find fun things to do in Gainesville and Alachua County.


Local Hotels

Whether you prefer the convenience of a property right off I-75, or the charm of a historic B&B, Gainesville has the right place at the right price for every guest. 

Best Western Hotel

Call today for help! Recovery is possible.