Things To Do In Gainesville

Harlem Globetrotters Game at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Stephen C. O'Connell Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$41.55 $23

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Two-Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two or Four at Alley Gatorz (Up to 71% Off)

Alley Gatorz

Gainesville

Gleaming wood lanes surrender bowling pins to speeding orbs until 1 a.m. on weekends

$53.98 $16

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Drag-Racing Spectator Pass for Two or Four at Gainesville Raceway (45% Off)

Gainesville Raceway

Waldo

Legendary 1/4-mile drag-racing track hosts car, truck, and motorcycle speedsters

$20 $11

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$206 for $375 Groupon — Studio Athletica

Studio Athletica

Gainesville

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

$375 $206

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$7 for $15 Groupon — The by Ear Musician

The By Ear Musician Studio

Gainesville

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

$15 $7

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One, Three, or Six Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Next Level Sports and Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Next Level Sports & Fitness

Pleasant Street

Boot-camp-style workouts tone and melt fat with a regularly refreshed array of cardio, strength, and plyometric exercises

$140 $39

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Two or Four Weeks of Beginner English-Style Riding Lessons at Victory Sport Horses (Up to 50% Off)

Victory Sport Horses

Gainsville

Twice a week, students practice English-style riding—which uses a flat saddle and encourages both hands on the reins—on a 92-acre horse farm

$140 $70

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$50 for $100 Worth of Services at Secret Pastures

Secret Pastures, Llc.

Newberry-Archer

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

$100 $50

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One or Three Private or Small Group Billiards Lessons at Play Great Pool (Up to 63% Off)

Play Great Pool

Play Great Pool

During two-hour sessions, a billiards expert teaches up to four pupils professional shots and strategies for sinking balls into pockets

$250 $99

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One or Three Months of Martial-Arts Classes at The Academy of Japanese Martial Arts(50% Off)

The Academy of Japanese Martial Arts

Gainesville

Dedicated instructors help clients increase their confidence, bringing judo's philosophy of focus and discipline into everyday life

$50 $25

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One Month of Karate for One or Two, or Three Months of Karate at Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Gainesville

Martial artists learn Renshinkan Shorinji Ryu karate techniques in classes organized to give each participant individual attention

$261 $130.50

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Complimentary Wine Tasting for Two or Four One Take-Home Bottle Per Person at Island Grove Wine Company (47% Off)

Island Grove Wine Company

Ocala/Gainesville

Complimentary tasting helps in the selection of bottles of fruit wine engineered by expert winemaker Chase Marden.

$34 $19

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Butterfly Tour for Four or Six at Greathouse Butterfly Farm (50% Off)

Greathouse Butterfly Farm

Earleton

In addition to learning how the 45 native species are farmed, guests can hand feed them and see them thrive in every stage of development

$60 $30

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3, 6, or 12 Belly-Dance Classes at Ethnic Dance Expressions (50% Off)

Ethnic Dance Expressions

Gainesville

Students of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities shake and shimmy their hips in belly-dance classes

$25 $12.50

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10 or 20 Zumba or Zumba-Toning Classes at IndepenDance Studio (Up to 52% Off)

IndepenDance Studio

Gainesville

Zumba classes link Latin rhythms with choreography for a fun, upbeat workout

$60 $29

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Three, Six, or Nine Pole-Dancing or Fitness Classes at Elegant Body Pilates (Up to 57% Off)

Elegant Body Pilates with Jacqueline Valdez

Gainesville

Professional trainer leads ladies through dance routines that fuse cardio & strength training

$125 $54

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5 or 10 Fencing Classes at Florida Fencing Academy (Up to 71% Off)

Florida Fencing Academy

Gainesville

Decorated coaches help students finesse their fencing technique and bolster their physical fitness

$120 $39

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One or Three Months of Instrument or Voice Lessons at Studio Percussion Music and Dance Center (Up to 51% Off)

Studio Percussion Music and Dance Center

Gainesville

Because of the organization's work in the community, its founder's family was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2009

$120 $60

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Downriver Kayak Trip with Shuttle for Two or Four from Anderson's Outdoor Adventure (Up to 50% Off)

Anderson's Outdoor Adventure

ANDERSON'S OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Customers guide their kayaks through scenic river views, with paddles, life jackets, and shuttle pickup and drop-off included

$90 $50

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Thought it was opened just in 2012, the Harn Museum of Art's 26,000-square foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing has quite a bit of history on its hands. There are nearly 700 works on display, all chosen from the museum's collection of more than 2,000 pieces. Dating from the Neolithic period to today, the pieces hail from countries such as India, Persia, Vietnam, and Japan.

Asian art makes up a quarter of the Harn's more than 10,000 works, which, along with travelling exhibitions, fill 32,800 square feet of gallery space. You’ll walk past African wooden masks, metalwork, and ceramics, as well as almost 1,000 modern prints, drawings, and paintings—including canvases by Claude Monet.

Breaking the tradition of many art museums’ “Do not touch” signs, the Bishop Study Center has exhibit-related objects that can be gently touched, though you are not allowed to break apart any sculptures in search of hidden treasure maps. Beyond exhibits, the Harn hosts frequent events including lectures, film screenings, live performances, and interactive programs for students and families.

3259 Hull Road
Gainesville,
FL
US

Comprised of dieticians, physiologists, and personal trainers, the fit staff members at LifeStyle Wellness all share the same belief: prevention is the best medicine. That's why they anchor their philosophy on the benefits of regular exercise, pairing their expert nutritional counseling with yoga, Pilates, and group fitness classes. The well-roundedness of this approach is evidenced in fitness expert Laura Acosta's Living Lean program, an eight-week class exclusive to LifeStyle that combines customized meal plans with personal training and group support. By eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach to any of their programs, LifeStyle's staff members are able to provide personalized attention and custom-made programs for every client. Additionally, each group fitness class is capped at about five students to ensure instructors bestow each pupil with individualized tips and a pair of monogrammed workout socks.

519 NW 60th St
Gainesville,
FL
US

Up to 22 gas-powered go-karts at a time can hug the twists and turns of Skate Station Funworks' more than 800-foot track. While the go-kart course is the park's longest attraction, it's not the tallest?that honor goes to the indoor rock-climbing wall. Besides climbing and driving, fun at Skate Station ranges from hitting homers in batting cages to putting balls past a landlocked airboat on the swamp-themed mini-golf course. Children aged 10 or younger can explore the three levels of the Kid's Adventure soft play space, whereas guests of all ages can compete in classic games such as air hockey at the arcade. All these attractions share a home with Skate Station's namesake, an indoor roller-skating rink where visitors can groove to Top 40 hits or learn skating fundamentals during lessons.

1311 NW 76th Blvd
Gainesville,
FL
US

Alter Ego Fitness's facilities are designed to make exercise efficient and engaging. User-friendly gear from manufacturers such as Precor and MedX lines weight-training and cardio rooms. To keep minds engaged during workouts, Precor cardio machines are equipped with headphone outlets hooked up to flat-screen televisions.

The facility houses two separate free-weight rooms, each designed with a different ambience to invigorate iron pumpers and barbells tired of floating up and down all day. The ladies-only weight and cardio room lets women sweat and socialize in peace, while the saunas offer a place for all gym-goers to unwind their newly acquired physiques. A spacious group-fitness room hosts Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes set to upbeat or tranquil music as the lesson dictates.

101 SE 2nd Pl
Gainesville,
FL
US

During the Superhero Scramble, racers of all fitness levels tear across arduous terrain littered with body- and mind-challenging obstacles. Participants must wade through mud and, to reach the finish line, persevere through a barrage of Super Slime generously donated by retired Ghostbusters.

Upon completing the race, athletes ride their endorphin high into a party stocked with ice-cold beer. There, they can mingle with other contestants, sway to live music, and see awards doled out to the fastest runners in each age bracket. Male and female Scramble Gamble contestants compete for prizes that can cover the cost of replacing the engines in their sneakers. The benefits of the race extend beyond the Gamble winners, too?the organizers donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.

16258 U.S. 301
Waldo,
FL
US

With an inventory of canoes and kayaks?as well as a choice launch point on the banks of the Santa Fe River?Santa Fe Canoe Outpost is a starting point for a wide range of aquatic day trips. There are adventures of varying length, from the 7-mile down-river trip to Rum Island to multi-day canoe camping trips to the furthest destination, 39 miles away. Gliding down the river, paddlers may spy some of Florida's famous springs, including the Poe, Devil's Eye, or Lilly, or can peer back at nocturnal wildlife on one of the monthly Full Moon trips. At the conclusion of each outing, a Canoe Outpost team member arrives to safely transport both guests and vessels back to home base.

21410 NW Hwy. 441
High Springs,
FL
US