Things To Do In Gainesville

45% Off Giant Swing Ride at ZipNTime

ZipNTime

Helen

$20 $11

Drop from 50 feet in a giant swing overlooking the scenic Nacoochee Valley and Mount Yonah

Up to 57% Off at Funtastik!

Funtastik!

Gainesville

$52.97 $25.99

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

Up to 56% Off Zipline Tour or Teepee Stay

North Georgia Canopy Tours

Lula

$89 $44

(10)

Three hours of ziplining on 1+ miles of cable, including a 695-foot dual zip; stay in a teepee with provided linens

Up to 50% Off Flyboarding for One or Two at Mountain Wake

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

Up to 54% Off Acting/Improv Group Classes

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

50% Off Racecar Driving Experience

Velocity Motorsports

Velocity Motorsports

$299 $149

At speeds reaching over 100 MPH, cruise around the track at Atlanta Motorsports Park behind the wheel of a supercar

50% Off Personal Training Services

Anytime Fitness

Gainesville

$100 $50

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Half Off Fly-Fishing Outing with Expert Guide

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

Up to 31% Off a Dragster Experience

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

Up to 51% Off Gun-Range Packages

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

Up to 59% Off a Supercar Driving or Ride-Along Experience

Xtreme Xperience

Atlanta Motorsports Park

$239 $99

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

81% Off Martial Arts

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.

44% Off Personal Trainer Services

Iron Beast Barbell

Gainesville

$90 $50

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62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

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

Up to 54% Off Music Lessons

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

Up to 64% Off Circus

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

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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 Skywater 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 Victoria Bryant State Park, 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

Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.

210 Marina Way
Dawsonville,
GA
US

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