Things To Do In Gainesville

Up to 54% Off Paintball Packages

First Strike Paintball

Trenton

$40 $20

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

Up to 60% Off Gym Membership

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

Up to 54% Off Golf

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

50% Off Riding Lessons at Victory Sport Horses

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

Up to 71% Off at Florida Fencing Academy

Florida Fencing Academy

Gainesville

$120 $39

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

Up to 50% Off 5K Armageddon Ambush Mud Run

Armageddon Ambush

Waldo Motorsports

$90 $45

Extreme 5K mud run mixes professionally constructed obstacles with mud and color ambushes; after-party features live music and beer

Up to 53% Off Capoeira Classes

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

48% Off Canvas-Painting Class

Do Art Studios

Gainesville

$25 $13

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

Up to 75% Off Small Group Training at Axis Training Studio

AXIS Training Studio

Gainesville

$741 $223

Clients can schedule small-group exercise classes through Axis Training Studio's mobile app

Up to 56% Off Outdoor Fitness Classes

Fitness Driven Results

Green Tree Park

$80 $40

Outdoor classes use surroundings such as baseball fields to help people lose weight, tone muscle, and increase endurance while having fun

Up to 66% Off Sake Tasting at Stage 7 Karaoke & Lounge

Stage 7 Kareoke

Gainesville

$28 $10

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Sample up to seven courses of sake in tastings for two or four people at this karaoke lounge

Up to 54% Off Fine-Arts Classes at Pathways Arts

Pathways Arts

Gainesville

$85 $40

Classes include dance, yoga, and claymation lessons for kids and manga, acting, and photography lessons for teens and adults

Up to 50% Off Drinks and Hookah at Infinity Lounge

Infinity Lounge

location

$20 $11

Guests down drinks and savor hookah on comfortable couches as electronic dance music plays in the background

Up to 53% Off Karate at Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Gainesville

$261 $130.50

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

50% Off Belly-Dance Classes at Ethnic Dance Expressions

Ethnic Dance Expressions

Gainesville

$25 $12.50

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

Up to 52% Off Zumba at IndepenDance Studio

IndepenDance Studio

Gainesville

$60 $29

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

45% Off Five Salsa or Bachata Classes

Ritmo Y Sabor Salsa

Gainesville

$40 $22

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

Up to 70% Off Karate Classes

Star Martial Arts

Gainesville

$150 $49

Classes include karate for kids and adults

Up to 91% Off Online Guitar or Bass Lessons 

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

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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
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Our Mission Gainesville Creative Kids provides a necessary outlet where children can express themselves through the arts. Our role is to respect and nurture each child as an intelligent, unique, whole person. Our belief is that each child should be at the center of their experience, allowing them to imagine and create.

6814 Northwest 43 Place
Gainesville,
FL
US

Suwannee Guides encourages its guest to paddle a kayak or canoe along the watery pathways for a half-day tour of Manatee Springs State Park, a wildlife sanctuary where crystal-clear springs merge with the tranquil Suwannee River. Riders can explore this aquatic Arcadia in single or double kayaks or a sturdy two- to three-person canoe, leaving civilization behind to lift their paddles in natural rhythm with warbling birds and beat-boxing trout. Guides outfit each rider with a boat, paddle, life jacket, and harpoon gun to be prepared for run-ins with bathing Sasquatches. Once secured in the aquatic vessels of their choosing, small groups can dart about the tranquil waters and scan the river and reservoirs for majestic blue herons and jumping sturgeons leaping out of the water in search of talent agents.

11650 Northwest 115 Street
Chiefland,
FL
US

Gainesville Fashion Week invigorates the community with five days of events flaunting fashion, art, music, and culture. To kick off Fashion Week, the ticket package includes an exclusive invitation to Wednesday's private, opening-night art show ($18 value). Watch the red-carpet procession and imbibe in live music, DJ jams, and drinks specials while perusing art. General-admission tickets to the runway shows on Thursday and Saturday (up to $18 value each) let fashion fans gape as models parade the catwalk in concepts executed by national and local designers, spot lighting emerging designers as well as local boutiques, artists, musicians, and miniature figurine mavens.

109 South Main Street
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