Even the most hardened city dweller can occasionally use a respite from the car horns and mysterious bagpipers whose sounds pollute the urban morningscape. Today's Groupon lets frustrated city folk flee to a fairer scene: Flying L Guest Ranch in Bandera. Purchase one of the following Groupons:
$10 for an adult day pass to the Lone Star Lagoon water park ($19.95), a round of putt-putt ($5), evening entertainment and campfire with s'mores ($5), and an evening wagon ride ($2) (a $31.95 combined value)
$5 for child's (age 3-12) day pass to the Lone Star Lagoon water park ($9.95), round of putt-putt ($3), evening entertainment and campfire with s'mores ($5), and evening wagon ride ($2) (a $19.95 combined value)
Located roughly an hour from northwest San Antonio, the sprawling ranch offers an all-natural taste of Texas country life, with fun, family-friendly activities peppered throughout the grounds. Your Groupon is good for an all-day adventure at Flying L Guest Ranch and includes the use of the water park and many of the ranch's amenities. Though some amenities are an additional charge, you can pack up your gear for several opportunities to challenge a new nemesis to an all-day battle of brawn. Wage your war for neighborhoodly domination by playing tennis before moving to the horseshoe toss. Break beneath a shady tree to trade investment advice with fellow chaperones before resuming your duel on the basketball and beach-volleyball courts, and end with a high-stakes round of putt-putt. Peace-loving visitors can choose to spend the day relaxing on a nature-trail stroll or splashing about in the refreshing pioneer-themed water park.
You and your family or you and a family that you admire can join the nightly entertainment that may include story tellin' or cowboy singin' before capping off the evening with a campfire, s'mores, and a wagon ride with the chance to see hundreds of axis, black buck antelope, and white tail deer under the Texas skies.
No outside coolers allowed in the water park.
- The Flying L is a beautiful setting that combines the expectations of ranch life and amenities that you want for a family vacation. – unclecigar, TripAdvisor
- a fantastic place to stay, totally relaxed, beautiful views, very very nice staff, great food…. – JensOlsson, TripAdvisor
- The Flying L Guest Ranch was such a great place; the staff was great and the water park provided much fun for all of us. – LWCC, TripAdvisor
Flying L Guest Ranch
Jack Lapham strolled all 542 acres of the ranch, breathing in the desert air deeply and squinting at the shrub-speckled hills. On the horizon of this empty Western wilderness, he saw fences for horse stables, hotel suites, shooting ranges, and aircraft runways. The ranch’s owner stood behind him as he surveyed the land. “What do you think?” the owner asked, his voice firm and husky, like gravel. Jack, a former military colonel, turned and smiled a soldier’s wry smile. With a twinkle in his eye, he pulled out his checkbook. “This looks like a place where modern people can go and find themselves in the midst of yesterday.”
Over its next 65+ years as a dude ranch, the Flying L was the setting for aircraft tests, visits from famous authors, and the TV show The Cisco Kid. Today, staffers maintain its desert landscape and historic stone villas—many designed by associates of Frank Lloyd Wright—as a Western family resort. Suites lodge visitors among fireplaces and king-size beds, and modern and traditional decor styles meet inside tile bathrooms and wood-cabin construction. An 18-hole golf course rambles between massive oak trees, and miniature-golf fairways encounter obstacles such as rocky outcroppings and wagon wheels. An authentic ranch stable houses 40 horses, which can carry riders around the fields or on trots along grassy trails and rocky riverside paths. Nearby, a water park battles the desert heat and incites the hurt feelings of mirages with an artificial wave pool, tubing river, and water slides.