Activities in Austin

Blanton Museum of Art – Up to 53% Off Visits

Blanton Museum of Art

Blanton Museum of Art The University

$18 $9

The university's museum houses more than 17,000 artworks, including pieces by Andy Warhol and Henri Matisse

53% Off Movie and Snacks at Southwest Theatres

Southwest Theatres

Northwest Austin

$21.25 $10

Regular and 3D blockbusters broadcast on seven screens at a theater stocked with a full spread of concessions

Up to 48% Off Vintage Bowling at Speakeasy

Speakeasy

Downtown

$30 $16

One or two hours of bowling on reserved lanes inside a three-level club, where live bands and DJs perform nightly

Up to 50% Off Miniature Golf

Daybreak Miniature Golf Park

Hudson Bend

$12 $6

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18-hole miniature golf next to Lake Travis challenges players with water hazards and quirky obstacles, lighting facilitates nighttime play

50% Off a Friday Night Moonlight Riverboat Cruise

Lone Star Riverboat

Bouldin

$20 $10

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Eco-friendly electric boats sail across Lady Bird Lake after sundown, giving passengers a beautiful moonlit view of Austin

Up to 64% Off Fitness Classes Plus Play Visits with Membership

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Southwest Austin

$150 $55

Weekly fitness classes entertain children's mind and body, while play visits give them more time to practice new skills

Up to 51% Off Wine-Education Class for 2 or 4 at House Wine

House Wine

Zilker

$45 $26

Wine-education class bolsters vino fluency and includes snack pairings, reusable wine bags, and travel-ready stemless wineglasses

Ed Blaze and Nema Williams – 52% Off Standup Comedy

Ed Blaze Coming to America Tour with Nema Williams

Hilton Hotel

$25 $12

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Seasoned comedian Williams, featured on BET and Comedy Central, joins Tanzania-born club veteran Blaze for a night of uncensored standup

Up to 51% Off Classes at Pure Yoga Austin

Pure Yoga Austin

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

In 105-degree yoga studios, staff of certified instructors guide students through 26 signature bikram postures

Up to 57% Off Group Dance Classes

Go Dance

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Build dance skills during salsa, swing, country, or ballroom group classes and drop-in newcomer events in a fun, welcoming atmosphere

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

Up to 50% Off at Chaparral Ice Centers

Chaparral Ice Centers

Northcross Mall

$40 $20

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Three- to five-hour public-skate sessions held every day of the week

Up to 56% Off at Austin Public Links

Austin Public Links

Multiple Locations

$90 $40

Five municipal golf courses with a range of styles, from a historical 9-holer to a links-style layout

44% Off Dance Class

Daniela 4 Tango

Austin

$50 $28

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50% Off Choice of Any Horseback Riding Service

Bella Peregrina Ranch

Austin

$60 $30

Lessons show riders how to interpret the horse’s movements, trail rides venture into the open air

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 81% Off at Total Wellness Austin

Total Wellness Austin

Austin

$65 $29

A certified yoga instructor leads classes or provides a private consultation for a one-on-one lesson tailored to individual needs

50% Off New Action Hero Training Day

Stunt Ranch

Austin

$250 $125

Professional stuntmen help guests perform stunts and create special effects explosions in a five-hour workshop

50% Off Home or Office Murder Mystery Party

Murder for Hire, Inc.

Redeem from Home

$600 $300

Professional actors lead party guests through roles as suspects and detectives

74% Off Dance Lessons

Soul 2 Sole Dance Academy

Austin

$90 $23

Talented instructors lead dance classes in a variety of styles and levels for all ages

Up to 74% Off Kickboxing Classes

Fight Club Austin

Austin

$100 $29

Instructors get students moving with high energy music, teaching them to deliver punches and kicks to bags

65% Off Boot Camp

T.n.m. Fitness

East Oak Hill

$240 $84

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Up to 53% Off Living-History Farm Outings

Pioneer Farms

Austin

$14 $7

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Restored places explore Texas history, including areas of west-bound settlers, Native American & German immigrants, across 90 wooded acres

50% Off Watercraft Rental

The Expedition School

Expedition School

$30 $15

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Paddle down the Colorado River for 90-minutes in a kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard rented from a locally owned and grown company

Up to 53% Off Boot Camp at CardioFIT Austin

CardioFIT Austin

On Location

$75 $35

In a park setting, a trainer takes exercisers through routines intended to efficiently burn calories, with fresh moves all the time

Up to 76% Off Drop-In Fitness Classes

Movin' It Studios

West Congress

$50 $12.50

During fitness classes, instructors provide students with individual attention to help them reach their weight-loss and fitness goals

Up to 53% Off RC Racing at Austin Food Park

Austin Food Park

Austin

$45 $22

Fun park guests rev their mini engines and race RC cars on off-road dirt track with remote controls

Up to 70% Off at Your Yoga

Your Yoga

South Austin

$25 $12

Yoga offerings focus on the ashtanga style and include Vinyasa, restorative, Hatha, and power-yoga options

Up to 47% Off Poker and Blackjack Supplies

Texas Poker Supply

Texas Poker Supply

$40 $25

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Host a game night with a wide array of poker and card-game supplies or a blackjack table rental

Up to 57% Off Swing-Dance Lessons

The Lindy Project

Multiple Locations

$45 $22

Explore dance styles from the 1920s and '30s with lessons in East Coast swing, Lindy Hop, and Charleston

Up to 54% Of Boot Camp

Fire Athlete Bootcamp

North Austin

$50 $25

The boot-camp class is designed to get bodies into shape using the same workouts firefighters use every day at the fire station

Up to 52% Off Kids' Beginner Piano or Drum Camp

Capital Music Center

Brentwood

$149 $79

Kids practice their scales and learn fun songs or work on their rhythm tapping out beats during summer beginner piano and drum camps

Up to 45% Off Daytime Rental from Austin Water Bikes

Austin Water Bikes

Hyatt Regency Austin

$22 $12

Vessels that combine elements of bicycles and kayaks take passengers across Lady Bird Lake, with the Austin skyline as a backdrop

Up to 57% Off Golf Training

True Loft Golf

Kyle-Buda

$75 $35

Using a video playback system, the indoor facility's instructors help golfers master swings before perfecting putts

Up to 77% Off FOGO CrossFit or Capoeira Classes

Capoeira Evolução

Riverside

$75 $24.99

Capoeira combines somersaults and martial-arts take downs with dance; CrossFit's varied workouts torch calories with everyday motions

49% Off Mommy and Me Pre-K Music Group Class

New School Of Music

West Austin

$75 $38

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Up to 80% Off Kettlebell Class at Art of Strength

Punch Kettlebell Austin

Northwest Austin

$175 $35

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Armed with classic fitness tools such as ropes, kettlebells, logs, and sandbags, trainers get bodies into shape the old-school way

Up to 63% Off Course at Deep Blue Scuba

Deep Blue Scuba

Northwest Austin

$400 $155

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Instructors review up-to-date dive procedures in refresher course or lead ANDI-certification pool dives and open-water sessions

50% Off Kids' Golf Clinics

Golf In Schools

Butler Pitch n Putt

$20 $10

The clinics are available on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; kids improve their swing and gain valuable on-course experience

Up to 63% Off CrossFit Classes

Fit and Fearless

Austin

$209 $89

Studio named city's best CrossFit facility by "Austin Monthly Magazine" teaches beginners and seasoned veterans the CrossFit method

Up to 41% Off at Art Amore Studios

Art Amore Studios

Austin

$185 $110

Kids of all ages learn drawing and painting skills while learning to express themselves through art

Mexic-Arte Museum – 50% Off Young Latina Artists Exhibition

Mexic-Arte Museum

Downtown

$10 $5

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New, experimental pieces made by Latina artists; two special performances during the opening night only

Up to 64% Off at Sanctuary Yoga

Sanctuary Yoga

Zilker

$45 $20

Small classes of up to 15 students boost flexibility, strength, and overall well-being at nonprofit yoga community center

63% Off Kids' Gymnastics Classes

Jump! Gymnastics

Austin

$135 $49.50

Gymastics classes designed to challenge students within their ability level engage kids between 18 months and 12 years at a new location

Up to 75% Off Hapkido and Boxing Classes

Zen Fit

Austin

$100 $25

Students learn self-defense and other martial arts techniques in hapkido classes, or work on proper boxing form and technique

Up to 84% Off Fit Camp from Sherpa Fitness

Sherpa Fitness

Multiple Locations

$220 $35

High-energy blend of cardio and strength training in boot camps that meet as early as 5:30 a.m. at rotating local venues

Half Off Standup Paddleboard Merchandise

SUP ATX

Austin

$200 $100

Clients hop aboard a handcrafted stand-up paddleboard to ply the waves of Austin's downtown lakes and waterways

43% Off Music Lessons

Classical Guitar Lessons

Brentwood

$80 $46

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One-Hour or Two-Hour Flying-Trapeze Lesson.

Trapeze Austin

Multiple Locations

$47 $25

Experienced instructors guide students through ground lesson & harnessed flying, with opportunity for midair catch in one- or two-hour class

Up to 80% Off Martial Arts and Fitness Classes

Austin Warrior Fitness and Defense

North Austin

$129 $29

Martial arts moves blend with fitness during classes that focus on genres such as krav maga self-defense or high-intensity interval training

Up to 62% Off Gymnastics

Flipnastics

Austin

$95 $39

Pre-schoolers build motor skills, self-esteem, and have loads of fun with a month of children's gymnastics classes

Half Off at Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In

RMMA

$24 $12

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Independent flicks and classic films from the 50s to the 90s fill the screen at Austin's only drive-in movie theater

51% Off Month of Gymnastics or Cheer Classes

Olympia Hills Gymnastics

Austin-Southpark Meadows

$65 $32

Students tumble and twist across padded surfaces or practice cheer routines during gymnastic and cheer classes

Up to 61% Off Virtual Music Lessons

Peace of Mind Music Lessons

Redeem from Home

$20 $10

Communicating via Skype, instructors work with students during music classes that focus on subjects such as vocals, guitar, and theory

55% Off Personal Training

Intense 22 Fitness

Austin

$389 $175

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Up to 80% Off Martial-Arts Classes or Camps

Life Ki-do

Austin

$199 $99

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Instructors promote confidence, focus, and skills to deal with stress while teaching physical self-defense techniques

Up to 78% Off Running and Triathlon Coaching

New Limits Health

Austin

$225 $50

Certified fitness consultants work with clients to create individualized fitness plans; weekly workout sessions and nutritional guidance

Up to 72% Off Personal Training at New Life Studio Fitness

New Life Studio Fitness

East Congress

$240 $69

Certified personal trainer with more than 15 years of experience creates custom workout plans for clients of all fitness levels

53% Off Parkour Classes at Texas Parkour

Texas Parkour

Austin

$75 $35

Expert instructors teach adults and children how to properly leap and land during parkour classes, before moving on to complex acrobatics

45% Off Personal Fitness Program

Austinite Fitness

Redeem from Home

$500 $275

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56% Off at Kelly Personal Training

Kelly Personal Training

Northwest Austin

$135 $65

Through high-tech rehab equipment and a scientific exercise regimen, trainers build strong, healthy bodies with half-hour sessions

Up to 59% Off Boot Camp and Meal Plan

CardioFIT Austin

On Location

$75 $35

In small groups, students cycle through exercises designed to boost strength and tone muscles; a 30-day meal plan maximizes workout results

51% Off Sprint Training

Outright Fitness Speed & Performance

Multiple Locations

$72 $35

Certified trainers and athletes David Braswell and Terrance Simms supervise sprint drills for up to 10 adults or 8 kids ages 12–17

Up to 55% Off Lessons at Austin Tennis Center

Austin Tennis Center

Northeast Austin

$55 $25

With more than a decade of coaching experience, Lincoln Ward oversees tennis programs for players are all ages and skill levels

45% Off Personal Training

Cornerstone Health & Fitness Training Studio

Austin

$750 $413

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Up 54% Off Inflatable-Jousting Rental

Mega Blast Inflatables

On Location

$300 $139

America Gladiator–style inflatable jousting lets friends whale on each other safely with the intensity that jousting offers

50% Off Group Fitness Classes

Fitness 360

The Triangle

$118 $59

Group fitness classes such as barre, cycle, and cardio sessions that combine high- and low-impact exercises, gym membership is included

80% Off Unlimited MMA Classes

Ultimate MMA Fitness

Wells Branch

$290 $59

Students get exercise and learn self-defense without the fear of getting lambasted

Up to 40% Off UT College-Football Game Packages

Official Fan Package

Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium

$323 $249

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The Longhorns' first game of the season features the debut of head coach Charlie Strong and the likely return of QB David Ash

Up to 70% Off Youth Fitness Classes

Sharp End Athletics

Metric Blvd

$88 $29

Trainers help kids build foundational strength, and go through conditioning sessions that also help reduce the risk of injury.

Up to 67% Off Classes at Dharma Yoga

Dharma Yoga

Multiple Locations

$150 $49

Certified instructors at awareness-based studio fuel healing Hatha-yoga classes with Buddhist influences and music

Up to 77% Off Yoga

Blue Honey Yoga

Austin

$75 $19

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Yoga memberships grant students access to classes like power vinyasa and restorative yoga, plus a running club and special workshops

Up to 60% Off Vibrating-Platform Sessions

Vibe Class USA

Located in Innate Beauty

$60 $30

Clients perform a series of functional exercises on a vibrating platform, with the goal of working every muscle in the body at the same time

Half Off MMA or Weapons-Training Classes

Parra Academy Of Martial Arts

West Oak Hill

$80 $39.99

Learn self-defense skills and discipline in a studio formed by a Martial Arts Hall of Famer

Up to 61% Off Personal Training

Corazon Latino Dance Studio

Sweetbriar

$200 $99

Certified trainer Fanny Gonzalez puts pupils through 30-minute training sessions, tracking progress and offering nutritional tips

Up to 51% Off Classes at Traditional Martial Arts Academy

Traditional Martial Arts Academy

South Austin

$99 $49

Instructors teach both traditional martial arts forms and practical self-defense techniques

Half Off Cable-Wakeboarding Package at Quest ATX

Quest ATX

Austin

$90 $45

Cable park provides endless opportunities for wakeboarders to practice riding or trick combination on placid lake

50% Off Services

Texas Ukidokan

Windsor Hills

$50 $25

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Up to 50% Off Martial Arts Lessons

Impact Martial Arts

Northwest Austin

$100 $50

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The percussive sounds of water drums and rattling gourds echo across limestone bluffs and the grassy banks of a meandering creek. A cedar-post fence creaks in the breeze. An elegant Victorian farmhouse towers over livestock corrals. Pioneer Farms' themed history sites sprawl across 90 wooded acres, immersing visitors of all ages in exhibits and living demonstrations of Texas history. The grounds also serve as a haven for historic 1800s buildings, many of which were transplanted from their original plots throughout the state and reconstructed with rubber cement.

Offering a snapshot of central Texas's Native American population, an authentic Tonkawa encampment dating back to 1841 welcomes guests to visit tepees and dance to tribal music under a centuries-old oak tree. An 1873 Texian farm, which includes a log-and-board cabin on its original site, provides livestock care and tractor-throwing demonstrations, and the restored rural village of Sprinkle Corner introduces visitors to carpenters, blacksmiths, a general store, and a 19th-century stagecoach house from which more than 12 horse-drawn wagons convey passengers across the farm throughout the day. Wild animals raise their heads above lush grasses near Walnut Creek, and the Scarborough Barn allows children to meet their favorite farm animals. Visitors can further connect to history and nature through the farm's many programs and classes, including workshops focused on traditional blacksmithing, cooking in the buildings' original kitchens, and basic photo red-eye correction using squid ink.

10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Austin,
TX
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At Dharma Yoga’s recently erected, 2,400-square-foot studio, flickering candlelight gives the earth-tone hues and gleaming hardwood floors an inviting glow. Like stumbling into a lounge-singer convention, the studio’s comforting vibes relax the mind with calming music as the band of certified instructors gently guides students of all experience levels through a series of healing physical postures. Though classes vary in style—ranging from vigorous early-bird Vinyasa flow to relaxing end-of-day Dharma nightcaps—each session explores traditional Indian yoga and Buddhist practices, referring to itself as an "awareness-based mindfulness and relaxation practice." Between the original Dharma Yoga and the new Dharma Yoga East Side, students can choose from 50 weekly classes, held throughout the day.

In the course of more than a decade of teaching and practicing yoga, Dharma Yoga founder Keith Kachtick, an Austin native, has served as the senior instructor with the Lineage Project, a nonprofit that offers meditation and yoga practice to prisoners in the New York City area. Keith has also contributed his yogic philosophies to publications such as Yoga Journal, Newsweek, and the New York Times. His codirector, Camilla, has a master’s degree in social work and a background as a clinical therapist. These experiences fuel her nurturing teaching style, especially in yoga-therapy sessions, which are designed to help to release physical, emotional, and mental tension.

3110 Guadalupe St.
Austin,
TX
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The tale of the Austin Children's Museum begins in 1983, when a band of parents and teachers started setting up educational exhibits and children's activities throughout the city. This “museum without walls” stretched into schools, parks, and malls, delighting children and families with a sense of whimsy and a place where play was rewarded. In the years that followed, the museum shed its nomadic beginnings and found a permanent home inside the pleasant green walls of the Dell Discovery Center. Firmly rooted, its exhibits have entertained and enlightened more than 800,000 youngsters and their parents while earning praise from the writers of Little Austinite.

Today, the sprawling 12,500-square-foot facility is a kaleidoscope of color and lights, where whippersnappers play with giant building blocks, cobble recycled materials into crafts, and marvel at golf balls as they soar through loops and shoots. Others explore the miniature Global City, where they take on roles such as veterinarians in the pet clinic, cooks in the diner, or stray raccoons hiding in the grocery store.

Throughout the week, a team of educators leads Discovery Time, guiding lads and lasses through kid-friendly science experiments that launch paper helicopters and make slime. The museum also hosts Storytime, where grownups read playful stories aloud to encourage creativity and instill a love of literature in young readers.

201 Colorado St
Austin,
TX
US

Kenneth Threadgill stood in line all night to be the first person in Travis County to get a beer license. It was 1933, and the bootlegger and country-music connoisseur had plans to evolve his filling station into something bigger—though even Threadgill probably couldn't have anticipated how big it would become.

It started with touring musicians stopping in for drinks after their shows. By the ’60s, Janis Joplin was on stage, polishing her unpolished sound for crowds from all walks of life. The evolution continued, with Threadgill's hosting artists from Jerry Lee Lewis to Captain Beefheart and expanding into a Southern-style restaurant where the love of music ironed out disagreements and engendered an atmosphere of tolerance.

Today, the original location on North Lamar harks back to Threadgill's beginnings, with current owner Eddie Wilson decking the place out with decor that evokes the Austin of the 1930s to the 1960s, including vintage signs that say, “I can’t wait for the internet to be invented.” The second location on West Riverside celebrates the 1970s music scene that thrived at the Armadillo—Wilson's former establishment at that location. At both venues, chefs churn out classic Southern food, such as chicken-fried steak and fried green tomatoes, while frequent live music entertains guests.

301 W Riverside Dr
Austin,
TX
US

Shakespeare. Keats. Tennyson. The University of Texas at Austin had already acquired manuscripts and first editions by these notable authors by the time Harry Huntt Ransom founded the Humanities Research Center in 1957. Rather than continue to mine the Renaissance and Romantic eras for artifacts, Ransom ushered the archives into the 20th century by obtaining the collections of literary legends such as James Joyce and Dylan Thomas. Under the curatorial eye of current director Stephen Enniss, the facility––known these days as the Harry Ransom Center––includes the archives of Robert De Niro and David Mamet, Magnum Photos, David Foster Wallace, Ed Ruscha, and the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers.

All told, the center contains 42 million leaves of manuscript, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and 100,000 works of art, which, according to Frommer's, are available for any visitor's perusal. Inside the building's galleries, exhibitions showcase material alongside permanently displayed items such as one of five complete copies of the Gutenburg Bible. The Harry Ransom Center also hosts a range of public and academic programs, events, and symposia annually.

300 West 21st Street
Austin,
TX
US

Three-time Masters Champion Jimmy Demaret states, “I simply followed the natural features of the land” to explain the genesis of his brainchild, the Onion Creek Club. Here 18 holes of championship golf—designed by course architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore—sprawl alongside tennis courts and a clubhouse with a fitness center and junior-Olympic-size swimming pool. The par-70 course’s claim to fame is having hosted the inaugural Senior PGA event in 1978, four years after the greens’ bermuda grass first whimpered under cleated feet. Its signature third hole invites golfers to play aggressively with their drivers in order to vault orbs onto a landing strip guarded by trees and a creek, or to grip their irons and aim for a narrow green that has notoriously uncommunicative air-traffic controllers.

In addition to the course and its accompanying driving range with 30 hitting stations, Onion Creek Club invites racket-wielders to take advantage of lighted hard and clay tennis courts. The clubhouse’s fitness center challenges muscles with Cybex strength machines, and its junior-Olympic-size pool allows 9 irons to slip into their bikinis and go for a splash.

2510 Onion Creek Pkwy
Austin,
TX
US

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