Things To Do In Gainesville

Bowling with Shoe Rental and Laser-Tag Passes for Two or Six at Funtastik! (Up to 57% Off)

Funtastik!

Gainesville

$52.97 $25.99

24 gleaming bowling lanes; 3,500-square-foot laser-tag arena comprises two floors

Choose an Exotic Supercar to Ride-Along or Drive on a Professional Racetrack (Up to 59% Off)

Xtreme Xperience

Atlanta Motorsports Park

$239 $99

Test drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Aston Martin, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

Zipline Tour for One or Two at ZipNTime (Up to 51% Off)

ZipNTime

Helen

$49 $24

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Up to 70 feet above the forest floor, zipliners soar between treetop platforms as certified guides recount the history of local moonshiners

$199 for Four-Hour Fly-Fishing Outing for Two with Expert Guide at Sweetwater Outfitting Company ($399 Value)

Sweetwater Outfitting Company

Multiple Locations

$399 $199

An expert guide leads four-hour fly-fishing trip down one of the companies streams in search of trout

Gun-Range Package for Two or Four at Cedar Creek Gun Range and Shop (Up to 51% Off)

Cedar Creek Gun Range and Shop

Greater Gainesville Area

$46 $23

Six 45-foot shooting lanes in a range with a HEPA air-filtration system and a closed-circuit TV system so spectators can watch

Three, Six, or Nine Acting/Improv Group Classes at On Set Actors Studio (Up to 54% Off)

On Set Actors Studio

Gainesville

$90 $45

Celebrity coaches from popular television shows lead students in exercises to improve their acting skills and help them think on their feet

30-Minute Flyboarding Session for One or Two at Mountain Wake (Up to 50% Off)

Mountain Wake

Hiawassee

$110 $55

While attached to a propulsion apparatus at the feet, participants fly high above the water before diving back into the surf

Exotic-Car Driving Experience or Ride-Along from Adventure Supercars (Up to 51% Off). 14 Options Available.

Adventure Supercars

Atlanta Motorsports Park

$99 $49

Customers experience driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, BMW, or McLaren themselves around a track

One or Two Months of Group Instrumental or Voice Lessons at Passion Music Institute (Up to 54% Off)

Passion Music Institute

Gainesville

$70 $34

Learn how to sing or play instruments such as the piano or guitar in a school equipped with a student lounge and a performance hall

$50 for $100 Groupon — Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

Gainesville

$100 $50

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Dragster Ride-Along or Drive from Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience (Up to 31% Off). Four Options Available.

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

$169 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

$50 for $90 Groupon — Iron Beast Barbell

Iron Beast Barbell

Gainesville

$90 $50

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$30 for $160 Worth of Martial Arts — Rock Solid Karate

Rock Solid Karate

Gainesville

$160 $30

Martial arts for children—aged 3.5 and older—and adults. One month of unlimited lessons and a uniform.

Introductory CrossFit Program or 10 CrossFit Classes at Conflict CrossFit (Up to 61% Off)

Conflict CrossFit

Gainesville

$100 $39

On-ramp classes teach new students the techniques required for CrossFit, which uses a variety of high-intensity movements to burn calories

Loomis Bros. Circus for One Kid, One Adult, or Four Adults on July 11–15 (Up to 64% Off)

Loomis Bros. Circus

Multiple Locations

$9.43 $5

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Traveling circus delights audiences with clowns and acrobats, as well as trained tigers and elephants

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

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At the summit of Mount Yonah, hikers bask in the dying sunlight and soak up views of verdant foothills that span the horizon. Before the sun dips below the peaks, they meander back down the craggy trail toward Habersham Vineyard, where they can toast to a wholesome day of hiking. This scenic hike is one of dozens of possible routes led by Georgia Wine Hiking’s knowledgeable guides. They draw upon their knowledge of the region to showcase the best trails and wineries during daylong tours. Based on each group’s fitness level, interest, and ability to tolerate photo-bombing sasquatches, guides can plan easy-going three-hour hikes around Stone Mountain, or embark instead on a 10-hour journey up the steep foothills of Standing Indian. Regardless of the tour route, guides take time to point out local flora and fauna, and energize groups’ with a light lunch.

7025 South Main Street
Helen,
GA
US

After designing more than 100 golf courses in countries including Spain, South Africa, Japan, and Scotland, architect Denis Griffiths set his sights on the mountains of North Georgia. He carved out a course that Golf Georgia hailed as “entirely unique” for its landform variety and dune-inspired topography. The course’s layout takes players on a journey through hidden landing zones, scattered bunkers, slopes reminiscent of Scotland, and wetlands full of politely clapping salamanders. Golfers looking to gussy up their game can visit one of 20 hitting stations at a double-tiered grass range that stretches 400 yards. Two short-game target greens and a full putting green round out Old Union Golf Course's practice facilities.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,681 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 76.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 144 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Scorecard

78 Scores Point Dr
Blairsville,
GA
US

Byron Herbert Reece's life may have been short, but his body of work has endured the test of time. In his 40 years, Reece wrote five volumes of poetry inspired by nature and the Bible, as well as two novels. Before his death in 1958, he had been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won the Georgia Writers Association’s Literary Achievement Award five times.

The Byron Herbert Reece Historic Homeplace celebrates this legacy. The grounds encompass a restored barn, the renovated and relocated Reece family home, and other structures quintessential of the rural south. They serve as the location for the Reece Family Museum and its various exhibits. Nearby, the aptly named Poetry Trail wanders past six stone boulders, each inscribed with one of Reece's poems and filled with a secret candy filling.

8552 Gainesville Highway
Blairsville,
GA
US

Though the two squadrons of the 706th Fighter Wing operate from under Fighter Wing Virtual Air Combat's single roof, the divide between them couldn't be deeper. The blue Virtual Vipers fly their F-35A jets into never-ending battle against the red Crazy Ivans, who dive into the fray with the MiG-29 Fulcrum. These dogfights take place on the screens of realistic flight simulators, the same used by the USAF for training, replete with the dozens of gauges, buttons, and tactical cup holders that populate an actual fighter's cockpit. As visiting airmen become more familiar with such skills as landing and navigation, they might find themselves thrown into daring missions against enemy planes, vital ground targets, and even their fellow pilots.

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Dahlonega,
GA
US

The Range
  • Six 45-foot shooting lanes
  • Accommodates rifles, shotguns, and handguns
  • Closed-circuit TV system lets spectators watch
  • HEPA air-filtration system
The Rentals
  • Pistols
  • Rifles
  • Traditional and themed targets
At a Glance

Sometimes, a regular bullseye just won't cut it. That's the case at Cedar Creek Gun Range and Shop, where themed competitions regularly takeover the gun range. On Tuesdays, shooters fire at bowling pins. They aim at poker cards on Friday and Saturday nights, and then compete in shooting games that mimic the classic board game, Battleship. Cedar Creek also hosts NRA pistol classes, while its onsite armorers and gunsmiths maintain and upgrade customers' firearms.

4042 Chamblee Rd.
Oakwood,
GA
US

Throughout the summer days and winter afternoons, Chattahoochee Stables leads horseback trail rides throughout the northern Georgia terrain. The year-round guided tours are open to visitors five years or older and of all skill levels, and lead groups on a leisurely, 3.5-mile route that the well-trained horses navigate. The 60-minute trips traverse the surrounding hills and lush valleys, and, during the warmer months, even include a quick splash through the Chattahoochee River.

2180 Highway 17
Sautee Nacoochee,
GA
US

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