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Visitor Information

Shands Hospital at the University of FloridaThe Department of Pediatrics at UF&Shands would like to make your visit to the hospital and clinics as comfortable as possible. We’ve put together this page to help serve as a guide to make your visit with us easier.

Maps & Directions


  • Free parking on weeknights, weekends, and holidays
  • Free parking for patients and their visitors
  • Parking is $10 for non-patients and non-visitors
  • Free valet is available for patients at the Shands Critical Care Center, the Pediatric E.R. and the Chest Pain E.R.

Visiting Hours

Shands Children’s Hospital offers visiting hours between 9 a.m. until 9 p.m, seven days a week.


Shands at UF has a cafeteria and food court located on the first floor of the hospital, northeast of the atrium. The hours are:

  • Opus Coffee Kiosk: M-F, 6:45am – 5pm, Sat. 8am – 2pm
  • Cafeteria: M-F, 6am – 8pm
  • Subway: 7 days/week, 10am – 6am
  • Wendy’s: 7 days/week, 6am – Midnight
  • Hovan’s Mediterranean Deli: M-F, 10am – 7pm
  • TCBY: M-F, 10am – 7pm
  • Chick-fil-A (located on the Sun Terrace): M-F, 10:30am – 3pm, Sat., 10:30am – 2pm
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels (located on the Sun Terrace): M-F, 7am – 3pm, Sat.-Sun., 8am – 2pm
  • Medical Plaza Deli (located on the first floor of the Shands Medical Plaza): M-F, 7:30am – 3pm
  • Panda Express (located on the Sun Terrace): M-F, 10:30am – 8:00pm
  • Starbucks (located on the Sun Terrace): M-Th, 6:30am-6:00pm, Fri. 6:30am – 5:00pm


There are a number of hotel options in Gainesville for patients and their families, but Shands Hospital at the University of Florida also provides a helpful list of places to stay for those needing assistance in finding lodging for an extended period of time.

Visit the Shands Hospital “Visitor’s Information” guide for patients and families.