Things To Do In Gainesville

50% Off at The Ark School of Fitness

Gainesville

$150 $75

Seasoned coaches help exercisers get in shape at a gym that specializes in Olympic weightlifting and conditioning

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Gainesville

$20 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Half Off Comedy Show at 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

Up to 66% Off Aikido Classes

Gainesville

$100 $39

Sensei Tom Huffman guides students through the flowing motions and fluid take-downs that characterize aikido self-defense

Up to 54% Off Fine-Arts Classes at 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 Half Off at Bluefield Estate Winery

Gainesville

$16 $9

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Sip up to eight wines brewed from blueberries or muscadine grapes in a winery nestled on a scenic horse farm

50% Off Inshore Gulf Fishing or Suwannee River Tour

Multiple Locations

$350 $175

Fishing trips on an 18 ft. center-console boat include tackle and natural and artificial bait; eco-tours traverse the Suwannee River

Up to 71% Off Bowling at Alley Gatorz

Gainesville

$53.98 $16

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

Up to 54% Off Private Flute, Saxophone, or Recorder Lessons

Gainesville

$80 $40

Students learn the flute, saxophone, or recorder in one-on-one lessons conducted in person or over Skype

45% Off

Gainesville

$375 $206

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53% Off

Gainesville

$15 $7

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Up to 75% Off Fitness Classes

Pleasant Street

$140 $39

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

50% Off Services

Newberry-Archer

$100 $50

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Up to 55% Off at West End Golf Club

West End Golf Club of Gainesville

$66 $32

A 3,940 yd. course offers day and night playing with a fully lit, par 60 golf course and driving range

Up to 63% Off Billiards Lessons

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

50% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Gainesville

$50 $25

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

Up to 53% Off Karate at 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

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

Gainesville

$60 $29

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

Up to 57% Off Pole or Burlesque Dancing

Gainesville

$125 $54

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

Up to 71% Off at Florida Fencing Academy

Gainesville

$120 $39

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

Up to 50% Off Downriver Kayak Trip

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

45% Off Five Salsa or Bachata Classes

Gainesville

$40 $22

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50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Gainesville

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Gainesville's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

High Dive – Up to 49% Off Rock, Reggae, and Rap Shows

High Dive

$17.35 $11

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Beach-themed acts such as Ballyhoo!, Authority Zero, Aer, and the original king of the surf guitar, Dick Dale, storm Gainesville in April

Up to 51% Off Instrument or Voice Lessons

Gainesville

$120 $60

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

Up to 81% Off Krav Maga or Kickboxing Classes

Ocala

$100 $19

Krav maga and cardio-kickboxing classes grant students defensive skills and a thorough workout

75% Off CrossFit

Ocala

$140 $35

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47% Off Martial Arts

Ocala

$66 $35

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Up to 61% Off Zumba Classes at Pulse Fitness Studio

Ocala

$45 $20

Easy-to-follow dance moves set to Latin beats burn calories while sculpting muscle

50% Off Services

Ocala

$129 $65

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50% Off at Appleton Museum of Art

Ocala

$12 $6

The 80,000 square-foot museum on a 44-acre site houses European paintings, masterpiece sculptures, and rotating specialty exhibits

67% Off at CrossFit Pinnacle

Ocala

$225 $75

CrossFit focuses on bettering physical fitness in cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, and power

43% Off

Ocala

$30 $17

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Up to 58% Off Paintball

Ocala

$94 $44

60-acres of outdoor paintball grounds; 15 playing areas strewn with forts, planes, and obstacles

Up to 56% Off Fencing Classes

Ocala

$20 $10

Students of all skill levels learn the modern Olympic sport of fencing from a former national champion

Up to 89% Off Classes at Martial Arts World

Multiple Locations

$230 $25

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Martial arts classes burn calories while boosting confidence; uniform included

Up to 61% Off Fitness Sessions

Ocala

$100 $51

Todd Miller leads participants through boot-camps or personal training sessions with sandbags and tires while listening to rock music

51% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Ocala

$80 $39

Instructors provide one-on-one attention during 30-minute lessons that are based on English-style riding and customized to your skill level

Up to 67% Off Yoga Classes

En Guarde Fencing Club of Ocala at the Training Center of Ocala

$150 $49

Certified instructor strives to inspire mental and physical awareness in students of all abilities as she leads asanas linked with breathing

Up to 55% Off at CrossFit Ocala

Ocala

$50 $25

Trainers with more than 10 years of experience lead constantly changing, high-intensity workouts that focus on functional fitness

Up to 56% Off Horse-Farm Walking Tour

Ocala

$20 $10

Tour introduces visitors to rare horses & delves into vibrant subculture that began breeding them

Up to 60% Fitness Classes at Ocala Barbell

Ocala

$74 $35

Strength trainer emphasizes proper form in strength and fitness classes that mix cardio with intensive deadlifts, squats, and bench presses

Up to 53% Off Paranormal Tours

Ocala Downtown Square

$30 $15

Paranormal tours head through a historic district while guides divulge information about hauntings and investigations

Up to 79% Off Paintball Package

Multiple Locations

$40 $10

Paintball Promos packages include choice of several area fields, admission, and all necessary equipment

Up to 69% Off from Paintball International

Splatman Paintball

$60 $19

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

Up to 59% Off Santa Fe River Canoe Trip

Fort White

$45 $20

Canoers head out on their own during one of four daily trips to explore the Santa Fe River for three to four hours

61% Off CrossFit at Steel Mill Crossfit & Gym

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Rep-based CrossFit workouts are scalable to challenge students of any fitness level

70% Off Boxing Lessons

Fleming Island

$50 $15

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Up to 75% Off Personal Training

Multiple Locations

$99 $25

30-minute training sessions are personalized for each exerciser's individual needs

Up to 55% Off Sunset Yacht Cruise or Day Cruise

Amity Marina

$60 $29

Aboard a retired military boat with a frozen-drink machine, guests cruise along St. Johns River and soak up the sunset at Doctor's Lake

Up to 53% Off Golf Lessons at Panigoni Golf

Wildwood

$50 $25

PGA-certified instructor teaches ideal swing mechanics to players of all abilities and swing types

Up to 55% Off Private Golf Lessons and Practice

Belleview

$72 $35

Former golf director at Hofstra University conducts private lessons, teaching concepts golfers can then try out in practice driving sessions

50% Off Pan- or Bass-Fishing Trips

Carney Island

$240 $120

Guides take anglers on the water for six-hour fishing trips

Half Off Sleepaway Camp

Piney Woods

$199 $100

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54% Off Manatee Snorkel Tour

Crystal River

$59.50 $29

Manatee tour furnishes snorkeling equipment and in-water guides for up-close manatee encounters in the Crystal River

Up to 64% Off Manatee Swimming Tour

Crystal River

$90 $35

Snorkel or swim alongside manatees in crystalline 72-degree waters

55% Off Classes at BTY Fitness

Dunnellon

$55 $25

Rigorous workouts include X Fit, boot camp, Tabata Interval Training, and cardio classes

Up to Half Off a Four-Hour Private Manatee Tour

Homosassa

$350 $175

The houseboat boasts satellite TV and a hearty breakfast spread, although swimming alongside manatees trumps those amenities

58% Off Scuba Certification from Adventure Diving

Crystal River

$399 $169

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Certification dives and open-water training combine with a CD-ROM for at-home study to leave students with SDI certification

Up to 50% Off RV or Tent Camping at Lake Rousseau RV Park

Crystal River

$50 $25

Hook-up site water, sewer, cable, WiFi, electricity, and trash services

Up to 71% Off Hot-Yoga Classes

San Marco

$120 $35

Studio offers Vinyasa and Bikram hot yoga to yogis of all levels during 60-, 75-, and 90-minute classes

Up to 63% Off Family Expo

Midtown

$20 $10

Expo features speakers, vendors, a kids’ zone, fun giveaways, a live band, and fashion runway shows

Up to 51% Off Muscle-Car-Driving Experience

Deercreek

$199 $99

Driver and friend cruise in a classic muscle car, such as '69 Chevy Camaro or a '66 Mustang Fastback, without the hassle of owning one

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 53% Off Surfing Lessons

Jacksonville

$60 $30

Beginner-level lessons cover surfing fundamentals; two-person lesson with pro surfer teaches advanced techniques

Up to 55% Off Bike Rental

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Eight-hour bicycle rentals help visitors explore Amelia Island

52% Off Introductory Kiteboarding Course

Southide Estates

$99 $49

Hour-long class gets singles and couples acquainted with a kiteboard's basic maneuvers, from self-launching to flying and landing techniques

Up to 52% Off Belly-Dancing Party for Kids or Adults

Avenues

$375 $180

Attached to private parties such as birthdays, girls nights out, or bridal showers, guests learn to belly-dance while watching a performance

Up to 48% Off Private Party, Summer Camps, or Open Jump Session

Jacksonville

$24 $13

Bounce houses and obstacle courses thrill kids during open play and summer camps; plan parties for up to 30 with refreshments and jump time

50% Off Romantic Dance Date

Jacksonville

$299 $149

Couples have the ballroom to themselves, enjoying appetizers and wine at a candlelit table before learning how to waltz, tango, or rumba

Up to 72% Off Yoga, Meditation, and Zumba Classes

Bayard

$105 $30

Students stretch and bend their way through yoga poses, calm their minds in meditation sessions, and dance to upbeat tunes in Zumba classes

Up to 70% Off a Sailing Lesson or Sunset Cruise

Mandarin

$300 $90

Captains take groups out for a cruise in waters frequented by manatees and ospreys; accredited instructors teach hands-on sailing techniques

Up to 86% Off Tae Kwon Do Classes

Jacksonville

$170 $25

Build confidence and self-defense skills in classes led by international-level black belt instructors

Up to 69% Off Dance Fitness Classes

Multiple Locations

$125 $39

Choreographers marry street-style dance with cardio as students of all ages tone muscles and melt fat in high-energy classes

Up to 58% Off Barre Fusion Fitness Classes

Southeast Jacksonville

$100 $49

Classes fuse the motions and poses of yoga, barre work, and Pilates to tone bodies

53% Off Martial Arts

Jacksonville

$135 $63

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Up to 91% Off Boot Camp Classes

Jacksonville

$269 $39

Expert trainers assess physical ability before training participants in boot camp and speciality classes

56% Off

Murray Hill

$90 $40

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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.

34th & Hull Rd
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

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

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 daytrips. There are adventures of varying length, from the 7-mile down-river trip to Rum Island, to multi-day canoe-camping trips to their 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.

2025 Northeast Santa Fe Boulevard
High Springs,
FL
US

At Splitz, bowling is never the same as it was the day before. That's because the fun-focused bowling center rolls out a slate of nightly specialties such as family nights, bowling and laser-tag nights, team trivia, and karaoke. Abuzz with festive lights and the din of toppled pins, Splitz also makes an ideal spot for shindigs such as birthday parties, company parties, and bachelor parties for soon-to-be married bowling balls.

1311 NW 76th Blvd
Gainesville,
FL
US

An endless amount of stories flicker across the screen at these cinemas, which offer stadium seating and digital sound. The theater plays films chosen from Hollywood’s newest releases, featuring stars just plucked from the vines where they grow in the California hills. Between whispered critiques of each preview, audience members can wash down fluffy kernels of popcorn with soda from the concession stand. The theater also opens its doors for birthday parties and large private screenings for up to 300 guests.

6741 West Newberry Road
Gainesville,
FL
US