Local Area Information

The symposium will be held in Gainesville, Florida - home to the University of Florida, and host location of the Reitz Union on the UF campus. The University is situated on a beautiful campus in the City of Gainesville which combines college-town vitality and protected natural beauty, making it one of a kind—a place “where nature and culture meet.” Hence, it has been voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. Gainesville is served by Gainesville Regional Airport with frequent flights to/from Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Miami and it is a short flight or two-hour drive from major international airports in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

Area Information

Visit Gainesville

Visit the official Visit Gainesville website for information on Alachua county, FL. Find out about hotels, restaurants, things to do, events, maps and more! Gainesville is home to the Gator Nation with 7 exits along the I-75 corridor and just a short ride away to top-ranked attractions, theaters, year-round springs, swimming, craft breweries, live music, a butterfly rainforest, botanical gardens and more.

Travel Information

Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)

Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) is located on the northeast side of Gainesville at State Roads 222 and 24, five miles from the heart of downtown and 15 minutes away from the University of Florida and UF Health (Shands Hospital.) The primary access to the Airport from the north and south is Interstate 75 (10.6 miles), along with U.S. Routes 441 (5.5 miles) and 301 (10.2 miles.)

Nearby Attractions

Florida Museum of Natural History
Florida Museum of
Natural History

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UF Bat Houses
Bat Houses

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Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Devil’s Millhopper
State Park

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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens

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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Paynes Prairie
State Park

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Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

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