Things To Do In Gainesville

$159 for a Tandem Skydiving Jump with a Souvenir T-shirt from DC Skydiving Center ($329 Value)

DC Skydiving Center

DC Skydiving Center

Tethered to an instructor, skydivers free-fall at up to 120 miles per hour before floating to earth and earning a souvenir T-shirt

$329 $159

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All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental for Up to 4, 6, or 12 at Paintball International (Up to 82% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$100 $19

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WMZQ Fall Fest with Darius Rucker, David Nail & More at Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday, October 4 (Up to 58% Off)

WMZQ Fall Fest

Jiffy Lube Live

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Grammy-winner Darius Rucker headlines a festival of country superstars featuring David Nail, Eric Paslay, Cassadee Pope, and Chase Bryant

$33 $15

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions or Five Weeks Plus a Fitness E-Book at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 87% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

$123.50 $29

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$31 for $125 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — So Won Sool Hapkido - Self Defense

Northern Virginia Sin Moo Hapkido Institute

Gainesville

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

$125 $31

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18-Hole Rounds of Golf for One from Raspberry Golf Management (Up to 49% Off). Four Courses Available.

Raspberry Golf Management

Multiple Locations

Play one of four picturesque courses, such as Augustine's hardwood forest backdrop or the water hazard-lined Bull Run

$79 $44

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Virginia Wine Festival for One or Two on September 13 or 14 (50% Off)

Virginia Wine & Food Festival

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Local wineries dispense samples of their vintages, while a seminar tent hosts tutorials on wine tasting and choosing a glass; live music

$30 $15

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Augustine Golf Club's award-winning course was sculpted to reflect its natural beauty with its distinctive par 4s sculpted by course architect, Rick Jacobson. Although the greens at Augustine declined for a few years, recent renovations have restored the course to its former glory, once again luring golfers to its babbling streams and forest. Farther north, rivals Augustine's sister course, Raspberry Falls. Course architect Gary Player remarked that the Falls, once an 18th-century plantation, “was made for a golf course.” Inspired by this ideal setting, he dreamed up the links-style course at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, whose meandering brooks, stone walls, and stacked-sod bunkers evoke Scotland, while its vista of the Catoctin Mountains remind players they’re in Virginia.

These golf havens have more than picturesque views in common—they are two of six award-winning courses united by Raspberry Golf Management’s portfolio, which stretches from Virginia to Pennsylvania and skips over to Arizona. Gary Player’s design team for Raspberry Falls included Tim Freeland, who went on to design two of the firm’s other courses: Royal Manchester Golf Links, whose bentgrass fairways sidle up to the Susquehanna River, and Old Hickory Golf Club, a parkland-style course crisscrossed by Beaver Creek. The management company's other gems include The Legacy Golf Resort, where cowboys used to ride their rocking horses around a 7,500-acre ranch, and Bull Run Golf Club, which sprawls across more than 450 acres of meadows and woodlands at the foot of the Bull Run Mountains.

3520 James Madison Highway
Haymarket,
VA
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Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

7800 Cellar Door Dr.
Bristow,
VA
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The chefs at Desiderio Italian-American Grill hand-roll meatballs, sprinkle spices into the house marina, and fill plates with ravioli shells. They craft every dish using the family recipes of owners Rick Marrero and Victor Rodriguez, creating ricotta cheesecake and Grandma Joanie's meatballs, which blend veal, pork, and beef. What isn't crafted in-house is still handmade—the cannolis arrive fresh from Artuso Pastry, a bakery in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Bronx. The restaurant's dining space extends to an outdoor patio, which shades patrons with an awning, trees, and a cumulus cloud tethered to the roof.

7960 Crescent Park Dr
Gainesville,
VA
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A very "Cheers" type of neighborhood sports bar. Lots of regular customers. The type of place you can go to alone and leave having made a friend.

7901 Heritage Village Plz
Gainesville,
VA
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While the Corn Maze in the Plains has yet to receive many reviews, The Washington Post and Washingtonian recommend it as a fun fall activity.

4501 Old Tavern Road
The Plains,
VA
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The vintners at Vint Hill Winery craft nuanced wines out of ripe fruit plucked from California, Washington, and Virginia. Tint your taste buds with two flights of wine per person while lounging on the balcony, which overlooks a barn that was used to intercept messages during WWII and shelter stray cats in 1991. Vint Hill sends sommeliers on their way with a bottle of french-oak barrel-fermented 2008 chardonnay and a 2008 merlot—an herbaceous red with harmonious notes of wild fruit, tobacco, and black pepper. Adopted quaffs may be sipped from the provided, decorative wine glasses or poured down the gullet of a timid schooner before its maiden voyage.

7150 Lineweaver Rd
Warrenton,
VA
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