There are advantages to having to grown children. One of those is that they can participate in night time adventures, such as those that involve adult libations. Check out this fun mother/daughter activity that Southern TravelingMom and her daughter do while visiting one of Florida’s iconic college towns – Gainesville.
Florida Fun Bikes: A Fun Mother/Daughter Activity
Pedaling adventures are gaining popularity across the country, so it was only fitting that my adult daughter Taylor and I partake in one while visiting Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville’s pedaling adventure is with Florida Fun Bikes. We opted for the basic tour, but added the food and beverage option. Taylor and I had never done this type of activity together before and I was anxious for us to try something new.
Reading their tag line “Exercise your right to party,” we knew the Florida Fun Bikes were going to be just that, a party! The 16-passenger pedal-powered adventure on wheels offers an eco-friendly way to see Gainesville. Bikes of this nature were developed in the Netherlands and have been catching popularity in the states for the last few years. Florida Fun Bikes offers three tours in Gainesville: downtown, midtown, and mix n’ mingle.
Taylor and I met up with the owners of the Florida Fun Bikes, Amber and Derrick (who refers to himself as “chief pedal guy”), and 12 other guests for a night of fun and networking. The 16 of us hopped aboard the fun bike and started our journey through downtown Gainesville. There are two stationary seats on the bike over the wheels and three seats on a bench; so five people do not have to exert any energy at all, aside from engaging in conversation. Laughing and giggling, the rest of us pedaled down the streets of Gainesville listening to fun facts from Amber and singing along to the music. Don’t worry, it doesn’t feel like work at all!
We Brake for Food!
Our first stop of the evening was to Mojo Hogtown Bar-B-Que, a very cute restaurant/bar, where we ordered cocktails of our choice. Taylor and I both chose cocktails that were fruity, fun, and made for great photos. A heaping tall plate of nachos and crispy onion rings were brought for us to share. Those nachos were so tasty! They were loaded with ooey-gooey cheese and fresh jalapeno slices, just like I like them. It had been years since I had eaten an onion ring and clearly, I had been missing out. The tasty batter with a thick slice of cooked onion tasted heavenly dipped in Mojo’s homemade ranch dressing. Fried pickles were also in the mix, but I am not a fan so I passed on them.
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Back on the bikes, we went a short distance to our second stop, the Palomino Pool Hall. Drinks at this establishment run the gamut from Nitro Coffee to Pimms Cup, and everything in between. We opted for a glass of house wine and a draft beer. At this point of the evening, we were all chatting each other up and sharing lots of laughs. There was no food at this stop.
Our third and final stop of the evening was to Whiskey House, which is unfortunately now closed. Here, we had fried mozzarella, tantalizing garlic knots, and pizza. These all paired perfectly with our last round of drinks. Taylor and I concluded our evening aboard the Florida Fun Bike by pedaling back to our starting point and saying our goodbyes. We had a fun filled evening!
Eat. Drink. Be Merry
During our tour, Taylor and I visited downtown Gainesville and saw impressive street art along Main Street and the cobblestone streets that surround Bo Diddley Plaza. The urban street art initiative in Gainesville is referred to as 352 Walls and was created three years ago. The public art project includes 27 walls and 7 utility boxes that beautify their landscape.
Spending our evening with Florida Fun Bikes was a blast! It was a great mother/daughter activity. Whether you are vacationing in Gainesville or visiting your child at The University of Florida, the Florida Fun Bike is a wonderful activity to participate in.