The Gainesville, Florida day trips and one tank trips described in Florida Backroads Travel are all within a 100 mile radius of Gainesville.

We estimate that the average passenger car can go about 250 miles on one tank of gas, so these trips will get you there and back with a few gallons to spare.

If you drive a compact economy car you can even go outside of the Gainesville radius and try Jacksonville, Tampa, The Villages, and Orlando day trips.

Here are some things to do and places to see within 100 miles of Gainesville.

The map below shows you some of the major towns and cities within a 100 mile radius of Gainesville.

Recommended Gainesville Florida Day Trips

Cedar Key is on the Gulf of Mexico and was at one time a major Florida port at the end of the state's first railroad.  This quaint village now loves tourists

Dakotah Vineyards and Winery is a family owned winery in Chiefland. Enjoy the rustic setting and sample some wine.

Daytona Beach is home to the International Speedway and beaches you can drive on in your car.

DeLand is home of Stetson University and is loaded with art galleries and good restaurants.

Fernandina Beach is a port city and one of the state's oldest.  It has a lot of history, and old fort and great beaches.

Flagler Beachfront Winery is north of Daytona and is a fun place to visit while you visit the great sand beaches.

Ginnie Springs Outdoors is a privately owned campground that also has cottages and great canoeing, kayaking and diving. Super clear waters add to your enjoyment.

Jacksonville is one of the south's major cities and straddles the majestic St Johns River.  

Jacksonville day trips is a page on this website that covers many of the destinations on this page and more.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is an unusual display of natural vegetation and trees in Gainesville.

Lake City has many historic homes and buildings and is near some Civil War battlefields.

Leu Gardens in Orlando is one of the finest botanical gardens in Florida.

Live Oak is a small Old Florida town with many historic buildings and homes.

Log Cabin Winery is near Satsuma on the St Johns River and you can taste their wine and take a tour.

Mayo doesn't have a lot to see, but it is the hometown of Florida Gator folk hero Kerwin Bell. There is no clinic here; the Mayo Clinic is in Jacksonville.

Madison is one of the oldest towns in north Florida and has done a good job of hanging onto many of its old buildings.

McIntosh is a classic old Florida town with majestic oaks and historic homes.

Melrose is a Victorian lakeside village with several nice preserved historic homes and a churchs.

Micanopy was once home to a powerful Native American tribe and now has neat cafes and antique shops.

Mount Dora is in rolling hill country on beautiful lakes and is one of the antique centers of the state.

North Central Florida Day Trips is a page on this website that has maps showing several day trip driving routes in the area around Gainesville and the region.

Ocala is a good sized city surrounded by thoroughbred horse farms and rolling pasture land.

Orlando is home to Florida's major theme parks, but also has many quiet and historic neighborhoods away from the noise.

St Augustine is America's oldest continuously occupied city and has preserved many of its old buildings.

St Augustine Alligator Farm is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Gators galore and a zipline too.

Steinhatchee is a fishing village on the Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of the Steinhatchee River.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is a natural slice of Old Florida. It has many folk culture exhibits and is the setting every Memorial Day weekend for the Florida Folk Festival.

Suwannee is a small fishing village near the mouth of the Suwannee River on the Gulf of Mexico.

The Villages is a modern retirement community for active adults and has more than 60,000 golf carts rolling around.

University of Florida is home of the Fightin Gators and was once the largest university in the state.

Whispering Oaks Winery is near the Villages and specializes in wines made from blueberries.

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