Did you know? Gainesville, Florida was ranked as the place to live and play in the United States by National Geographic Adventure in 2007. Today, Gainesville is home to some of the best restaurants and, shopping and nightlife attractions.
Now that summer is almost here, now is a great time to start planning some fun summer activities for you and the kids. Before you start creating your summer bucket list, here are some sure-fire ideas to help keep the kids entertained and active all summer long.
- Go biking at Paynes Prairie State Preserve
This geologically unique landmark is Florida’s first state preserve with unique wildlife and livestock such as horses, bison, alligators and more than 200 bird species. The whole family will enjoy a one of a kind experience viewing the landscape from the 50-foot-high observation tower. Other fun activities available at the preserve include hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing. The Paynes Prairie Preserve is a great place to take advantage of the coming long summer days.
- Explore nature at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens offers a beautiful experience for the whole family. It is well known for having the largest public display of bamboos in the Southeast. The warm summer months offer the most vibrancy and color. You’ll be graced with the beauty of the giant Victoria water lilies and tubular flowers that only bloom in the summer months. Kanapaha offers five unique gardens – the Bamboo Garden, Hummingbird Garden, Rock Garden, Palm Garden and Cycad Garden; all offering beautiful and unique displays.
- Schedule in some play time at Skate Station Funworks
From bounce houses and rock climbing, to batting cages and roller hockey, Skate Station Funworks in Gainesville offers the ultimate summer adventure for kids. Other fun activities offered include a kid’s adventure area where children under the age of 10 can play until they drop. The kid’s adventure room will also make a great spot to throw a birthday party. Skate Station also offers fun summer events such as the Mother’s Day event where moms get to choose two attractions for free. Other fun summer events includes a Pajama Party and Superhero Sunday. Find out more about events at Skate Station Funworks here.
- Get wild at Canopy Climbers
Do your kids enjoy climbing trees? If the answer is yes, they will love tree-climbing at Canopy Climbers. This will be a fun and active outdoor experience for the whole family. Not only will you learn how to safely climb trees, you will also get a chance to enjoy beautiful views and scenery from the treetops. Although no previous tree climbing experience is required Canopy Climbers provides training courses for those who want to learn to climb trees. With the help of ropes and saddles, you will learn how to safely ascend, descend and explore the forest canopy. There are three climbs to choose from – a group climb, a guided climb or a basic tree climbing course. Find out more about Canopy Climbers here.
- Take the kids to summer camp
Whether your kids love art, sport, music or photography; Gainesville offers a variety of summer camps. The kids will get to enjoy their favorite hobbies while making new friends and staying active. Academic camps are also available for kids who want to have fun while benefiting from learning and education experiences. Here’s a list of part-time and full-time summer camps for children of all ages.
Gainesville, Florida is packed with fun and affordable summer activities. Why not make this summer the best summer ever by surprising the kids with these unforgettable experiences. After all, the more occupied the kids are this summer, the more relaxed you will feel.
In order for your summer plans to go by smoothly, we recommend giving yourself a head start and planning your to do list now. The more prepared you are, the more at ease you will feel. Be sure to include car care in your summer agenda.
The best way to keep your loved ones safe is to get your Honda ready for summer driving. Whether you drive a car, truck or SUV, the best way to protect your vehicle’s engine from Florida’s summer heat is to get an oil change and coolant flush. Doing this will make sure your engine has the fluids it needs for steady heat regulation. Be sure to stop by Honda of Gainesville conveniently located at 3801 N Main St Gainesville, FL 32609. You can also schedule a Honda service appointment by calling us at 866.312.4940.