UF Health Shands Hospital Patient Guide: About Gainesville

HippodromeWelcome to Gainesville! Gainesville is the home of UF and offers many cultural and fun activities. Sixty-five percent of the county includes a wilderness of forests, scenic lakes and wetlands.

UF Health Shands, an academic medical center affiliated with the University of Florida College of Medicine, cares for patients from around the world. Physicians practicing at UF Health Shands Hospital are UF College of Medicine faculty. Gainesville is located in north-central portion of Florida. Yearly temperatures average a moderate 71 degrees with summer highs in the 90s and winter lows in the 40s. Gainesville offers a variety of fun events and is within driving distance from several amusement parks, lakes, and fresh water springs.

Below is a list of some activities in Gainesville you and your family might enjoy while you are visiting UF Health.

Become Familiar With Gainesville

Sports and Recreation



Performing Arts

Visual Arts