Things To Do In Gainesville

Hopper or Player Paintball Packages for Two or Four Players at First Strike Paintball (Up to 54% Off)

First Strike Paintball

Trenton

$40 $20

Players have fun and learn life lessons while strategizing on five paintball fields

Tickets for One or Two to the Gainesville Zombie Crawl (50% Off).

Zombie Crawl USA

Gainesville

$40 $20

Guests donning their best zombie looks sip complimentary cocktails on a bar crawl that ends in a costume contest for cash and prizes

One- or Two-Month Gym Membership at The Ark School of Fitness, Inc. (Up to 60% Off)

The Ark School of Fitness, Inc.

Northeast Neighbors

$150 $69

Get moving and sweating as a member at not-for-profit gym; includes fitness classes, massage, and community yoga

One or Two Months of Capoeira Classes at Brazilian Cultural Arts Exchange (Up to 53% Off)

Brazilian Cultural Arts Exchange

Pleasant Street

$80 $40

Male and female instructors with extensive experience performing and practicing capoeira, an art that combines combat and dance

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

Gainesville Raceway

Waldo

$20 $11

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

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

Victory Sport Horses

Gainsville

$140 $70

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

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

Florida Fencing Academy

Gainesville

$120 $39

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

Concert or Comedy Show at High Dive (Up to 55% Off). Seven Shows Available.

High Dive

Gainesville

$13.25 $6

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Prog metal, punk, ambient indie rock, country, standup, or a two-day music festival

Comedy Show and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. (Half Off)

Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar

Gainesville

$24 $12

Nationally touring comedians transform piano bar into a sanctum of side-splitting jokes while guests sip on delicious cocktails

Eight-Hour Basic or Advanced Handgun Safety Classes at Real Combative Solutions (Up to 51% Off)

Real Combative Solutions

Gainesville

$200 $99

Certified instructor with more than a decade of experience in martial arts, corrections, executive protection, and law enforcement

$206 for $375 Groupon — Studio Athletica

Studio Athletica

Gainesville

$375 $206

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

Canvas-Painting Class for One or Two at Do Art Pottery & Art Studio (48% Off)

Do Art Studios

Gainesville

$25 $13

Instructors provide all necessary supplies and take classes step-by-step through the creation of a playful painting

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

$140 $39

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

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

Play Great Pool

Play Great Pool

$250 $99

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

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

$90 $50

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

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

$34 $19

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

6 or 12 Yoga Classes with Three-Hour Introductory Workshop at Tool Shed Training, LLC (Up to 53% Off)

Tool Shed Training, LLC

Gainesville

$152 $75

A program ideal for yoga beginners features a three-hour introductory workshop and multiple classes for practice

10 or 20 Classes at My Yoga Connection (Up to 63% Off)

My Yoga Connection

Gainesville

$80 $39

Yogis lead small, intimate classes for beginner–advanced skill levels

18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental and Drinks at Chiefland Golf & Country Club (Up to 54% Off)

Chiefland Golf & Country Club

Chiefland

$70.50 $35

18-hole, par-72 course stretches to a distance of 6,495 yards; alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks

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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

Years ago, Rebecca Barborak went to a BYOB painting class and found that it combined her love for art and red wine. She decided to start her own paint-it-yourself studio, where students of all skill levels bring forth flowers, animals, and landscapes in painting classes in both BYOB and child-friendly varieties. The studio also hosts casual open sessions where visitors can work at their pace on canvas and pottery pieces. Beneath the paintings that festoon the walls and cover the dozens of mysterious safes, private parties and camps can reveal the secrets of painting.

530 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

Standing still in a cloud of free-flying butterflies, exploring the depths of a limestone cave, and gazing at the 14-foot bones of a 16,000-year-old Columbian mammoth skeleton—visitors can do all of this in just one afternoon at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Since starting in 1891 as a professor’s teaching collection of fossils, minerals, and human anatomy models, the museum has transformed into the home of more than 40 million specimens, creating a library of life that features one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Reflecting the museum’s impressive collection of winged beauties, some of its exhibits focus on the butterflies and moths that, unlike humans, can survive long flights without eating a single package of peanuts. At the Butterfly Rainforest, more than 1,000 butterflies from 60 to 80 species take to the air among tropical trees, orchids, bromeliads, and waterfalls cascading into a pond that bustles with fish and turtles. Feeding stations with freshly cut fruit dot the 6,400-square-foot screened enclosure, letting guests get up close as the butterflies feast. Live butterfly releases daily at 2 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. let onlookers watch them fly into an outdoor butterfly rainforest, and among the indoor butterfly exhibits, curious audiences can peer into a rearing lab where staff unpack and sort newly arrived pupae.

Rounding out the museum’s focus on Floridian biosystems, the Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife exhibit invites visitors to wander through a full-scale recreation of a hammock forest, and the South Florida exhibit takes guests down the peninsula with a mangrove boardwalk and a palm-thatched Calusa leader’s house. The museum's internationally acclaimed fossil collection includes highlights such as "shark jaw row," extinction dioramas, and full skeletal mounts and sculptures. Meanwhile, outside, petals unfurl in the wildflower and butterfly garden.

SW 34th St & Hull Rd
Gainesville,
FL
US

When golfers walk the fairways at Mark Bostick Golf Course, they’re not just following the path of their ball—they’re also tracing the footsteps of champions. The home of the Florida Gators’ men’s and women’s golf teams since 1962, the Donald Ross–designed course has served as the stomping ground for five NCAA Championship teams and 21 teams that have captured SEC titles. It has also honed the game of several alumni who have gone on to win on the PGA Tour.

Though the par 70 course measures a modest 6,701 yards, its shrewd combination of contoured terrain and water hazards make it a challenging layout for golfers of all abilities. Its tree lines add to the difficulty and cast shadows over the fairways, thwarting those trying to bleach their golf balls even whiter in the sun.

After rounds, golfers can refuel with a snack from the clubhouse’s snack bar. The clubhouse also features a pro shop and display cases filled with the Gators’ championship trophies and the dinosaur teeth early humans used as divot tools.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,701 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 128 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard

2800 SW 2nd Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

Coon Hollo cultivates seasonally themed, hands-on agricultural experiences for visitors young and old. The family-owned property has passed through the fingers of four generations, each of which has grown up herding cattle, planting corn, and hunting down needles in haystacks as sport. In 2009, after poor weather destroyed the farm’s rye crop, the family decided to repurpose that land, turning it into the Coon Hollo corn maze. The corn maze takes center stage during autumn months, supplemented by a cornucopia of other fall activities, including hayrides, a farmyard obstacle course, and a mini-golf course assembled from antique farming equipment. When fall gives way to winter, the farm hosts Christmas-themed events, complete with pictures with Santa and movies under the stars.

22480 N hwy 441
Micanopy,
Florida
US

When Island Grove Ag Products found that they had blueberries that weren't able to be used for fresh produce, winemaker Chase Marden stepped in and, to the delight of all, started turning the berries into "Kind of Dry", "Sorta Sweet" and a Blueberry Moscato wine. Now, he runs the Island Grove Wine Company at its 10,000-square-foot winery, pressing the fruit of his labor into a lineup of vinos made from blueberries, strawberries, apples, raspberries, blackberries, and peach. While visiting the winery, guests can participate in free tastings held throughout the week, tour the facility, and stock up on bottles filled with wine from tanks just steps from the fields from which they were harvested.

24703 Southeast 193rd Avenue
Hawthorne,
FL
US