Goby.com Helps to ‘Create Your Own Adventure’

October 17, 2009 Updated: October 1, 2015

 (Screenshot taken by Frank Yu)
(Screenshot taken by Frank Yu)
Looking for something to do? A new Web site helps users find events, activities, and even places to eat in almost every U.S. locale.

At Goby.com (pronounced “GO be”), users can enter the type of activity they’re looking for, their preferred location, and time, and the site scours the Web, searching everything from blogs, calendars and press releases to find attractions, restaurants, and events across the United States.

The site uses a proprietary search engine technology developed by experts from MIT and is surprisingly thorough. Although one could start using Goby as soon as they find the site, their home page offers a helpful tutorial on how to get the most out of Goby.

Want to go rock climbing near Vegas, or skydiving in California? Perhaps you’re seeking live music in Detroit. Whatever your city, Goby.com can help you get there.

For certain large cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, Goby.com separates listings down to the neighborhoods. But with any search on Goby, you also have access to an interactive map to find other activities near the event you’re looking for.

I tested the site by searching for “history museums” in Manhattan, New York.

The search returned some obvious results, such as the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side and the Museum of the City of New York on the Upper East Side, but it also returned some not-so-common points of interest such as the Jewish Museum on 5th Avenue and the American Museum of the Moving Image in nearby Astoria, Queens.

"Our mission at Goby is to allow users to spend less time searching and more time doing the things they want to do," said Mark Watkins, co-founder of Goby.com in a statement. "Goby enables you to turn ordinary weekends or weeklong getaways into something memorable or extraordinary, by eliminating the need to hop around from site to site and wade through information that’s often incomplete or irrelevant."

The Web site’s tagline is “create your own adventure,” and it certainly lives up to its billing. It instantly finds events and activities that might otherwise elude you.

So what’s your adventure? Just ask Goby.