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Victory Sport Horses sets up shop on 92 sprawling acres, where riders test their skills during both lessons and trail rides. Here, the emphasis is on English riding—ideal for new riders, as it helps them learn balance, train the right muscles, and become comfortable with their horse, and requires the horse to wear a feedbag full of tea leaves. Students can practice this riding style for hunter/jumper competitions, or simply canter around the grounds on a leisurely trot.

14004 NE State Rd 26
Gainsville,
FL
US

The Easton Foundations' first-ever Harvest Hoedown corrals families for an afternoon of live music, archery, and spooky amusements. Beginning at 5 p.m., Root Redemption twangs out live bluegrass jams, and country tunes performed by special guest Bryce Carlisle cuddle up to eager eardrums. Children and adults can flex their bow muscles at the Try Archery station, and face painters coat features with colorful designs and forged presidential seals. Settle into the straw for a hayride through the surrounding woodland property, which, come nightfall, transmutes into a frightening trail. After harrowing drives through the forest, youngsters aged 13 and younger can tote candy bags or emptied-out urns around the festival to haul in trick-or-treat confections, complementing a supply of fall snacks and fare from Kazbor's Grille available for purchase. Guests are advised to bring their own blankets and chairs, and children aged 6 and younger gain free entry.

24820 NW 16th Ave
Newberry,
FL
US

Families explore sundry smile-inducing attractions within Skate Station Funworks' bright interiors. Guests can strive to beat high scores in the arcade, which houses such felicity infusers as air hockey, basketball hoops, and skee-ball to sharpen hand-eye coordination. Visitors skirt over to the roller-skating rink to glide as smoothly as velvet-covered curling stone over the rink's expansive wooden floors beneath effulgent, dancing neon lights. Players ages 10 and younger can head to Wally's Playground to explore the two-story, 30-foot, soft play zone that piques curiosities with a forest, slide, and kitten pit.

1311 NW 76th Blvd
Gainesville,
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

Clattering pins echo off the colorful walls beaming over Alley Gatorz’ synthetic lanes, which host a hurtling horde of orbs until 1 a.m. on the weekends. Multicolored kicks safeguard toes for rounds of celebratory pin punting during cheerful games of knock-the-pins-down.

2606 NE Waldo Rd
Gainesville,
FL
US

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.

Sw 34th St & Hull Rd
Gainesville,
FL
US