Things To Do In Austin

Up to 57% Off Group Dance Classes

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 53% Off RC Racing at 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

"Bethany" – Up to 41% Off Play

The Long Center for the Performing Arts - Rollins Studio Theatre

$52.75 $31

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Dark comedy comments on tough economic times through the story of suburban house-sharers Crystal and Gary

Up to 52% Off Kids' Summer Dance Classes

NW Austin

$115 $55

Sign your child up for summer dance classes

50% Off Cooking Class

Cardinal Hills Estates

$158 $79

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Chef Myrna Kallergis teaches ins and outs of home cooking at hands-on classes

Up to 53% Off Pottery Painting

North Austin Civic Association

$35 $17.50

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Construct and paint your own pottery piece under the tutelage of a Texas Tech fine arts grad; party-goers paint a pre-fired piece of pottery

Ed Blaze and Nema Williams – 52% Off Standup Comedy

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 50% Off Flying-Trapeze Lesson at Trapeze Austin

Soccer Zone/Indoor

$90 $45

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

94% Off 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

60% Off Robotics Camp at Robots-4-U

Multiple Locations

$399.95 $159

Instructors teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with challenging robot kits

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

Multiple Locations

$110 $66

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 58% Off at Austin Sports Center

Multiple Locations

$225 $99

Instructors lead kids K–5th grade in a variety of sports, while focusing on developing sportsmanship, learning fundamentals, and having fun

Up to 80% Off Martial-Arts Classes or Camps

Austin

$199 $99

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

80% Off Unlimited MMA Classes

Wells Branch

$290 $59

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

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

AMF Showplace Lanes

$28 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 63% Off Course at 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

Up to Half Off at 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 46% Off Historic Tours from Segway Nation

Downtown

$69 $37

Pick a historic segway tour, such as the extended Executive tour, in one of three Texas cities

Up to 56% Off Museum Admission or Membership

West University

$20 $10

Learn the history and shifting identities of this residence built in 1856 during tours given by staff or trained docent

Up to 55% Off Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

Austin

$19 $8.50

Balance atop stand-up paddleboards while exploring the serene and scenic waters of Lake Austin

Up to 72% Off Personal Training at 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

Up to 78% Off at Get it Girl Boot Camp

Austin

$67 $19

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Enthusiastic trainers lead students of all abilities in boot-camp classes, supplemented by meal plan or nutrition guidance and email support

Up to 93% Off Fitness Classes

Northwest Austin

$300 $25

Functional fitness program emphasizes constantly varied movements executed at high intensity

Up to 50% Off at Chaparral Ice Centers

Northcross Mall

$40 $20

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

56% Off at 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 70% Off Youth Fitness Classes

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 78% Off Running and Triathlon Coaching

Austin

$225 $50

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

45% Off Personal Training

Austin

$750 $413

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

63% Off Kids' Gymnastics Classes

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

53% Off Parkour Classes at 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

Up to 67% Off Personal Training at CM Fit Austin

Multiple Locations

$150 $49

Personal trainers with experience in NCAA Division I athletics work with all ages and ability levels

51% Off Sailing Rental

directly behind the Holiday Inn on Lady Bird Lake

$100 $49

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One or two explore Lady Bird Lake aboard a dinghy sailboat

Up to 67% Off Private or Duet Session at Austin Girl Pilates

Colorado Crossing

$45 $15

Private or duet session with certified Pilates instructor helps clients build lean muscle mass, improve posture, and wellness

Up to 75% Off Hapkido and Boxing Classes

Austin

$100 $25

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

50% Off Services

Windsor Park

$120 $60

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 60% Off Vibrating-Platform Sessions

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

44% Off

Austin

$50 $28

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Up to 51% Off Classes at Traditional Martial Arts Academy

South Austin

$99 $49

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

56% Off Dance Classes

Austin

$45 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Cable-Wakeboarding Package at Quest ATX

Austin

$90 $45

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

Up to 70% Off Boot Camp Classes

Mueller Central

$99.99 $39

Trainers lead cross-training boot camps that include weight lifting, cardio, and resistance training to burn calories and sculpt bodies

Up to 54% Of Boot Camp

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

50% Off Services

Windsor Hills

$50 $25

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

Zilker

$45 $24

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

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

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 76% Off Drop-In Fitness Classes

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 51% Off at Todd Pilates

Barton Hills

$65 $32

Pilates exercises performed on mats or ballet barres help sculpt lean muscles and provide a full-body workout; optional babysitting services

Up to 60% Off at Hot Lava Obstacle Course

Austin

$20 $10

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Visitors train for challenging obstacle-course events in 1,500 sq. ft. Full space is 2500 sq ft with cargo nets, ropes, barricades, and more

Up to 53% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Auditorium Shores between 1st Street and Lamar Blvd

$60 $29

Certified personal trainer leads boot-camp workouts that burn fat and tone muscle while offering advice on proper nutrition

Up to 84% Off Fit Camp from 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

50% Off

Northwest Austin

$100 $50

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Up to 88% Off from Synergy Fitness Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$328 $39

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Experienced trainers inspire campers with outdoor workouts designed to burn fat and build muscle with cardio and resistance exercises

Up to 67% Off at Richard Lord's Boxing Gym

Brentwood

$75 $25

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Renowned local boxing guru trains world champions alongside first-time fighters in a professional yet welcoming gym

50% Off

Austin

$20 $10

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 60% Off Classes at Dance International

Multiple Locations

$79 $35

During group dance classes, accomplished teachers show adult students how to glide, sashay, and spin in ballroom or Latin styles

Up to 54% Off Slot-Car Racing

Austin

$24 $12

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Control mini race cars that speed along slot tracks such as NASCAR, Formula 1, and off-road; time, lap, and position monitored in real time

Up to 67% Off Classes at Dharma Yoga

West University

$150 $49

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

Up to 67% Off Personal Training

East Oak Hill

$80 $29

Expert trainer Chris meets one on one with guests to put them through workouts based on their individual fitness level and goals.

Up to 50% Off Discovery Flight or Flying Lesson

Austin

$130 $65

Introductory flights from a school dedicated to making flying an accessible experience

Up to 77% Off FOGO CrossFit or Capoeira Classes

Riverside

$75 $24.99

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

Half Off at 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

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

West Austin

$75 $38

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Up to 53% Off Indoor Playground Visits

Austin

$24 $13

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Inflatable castles, obstacle courses, and toddler-friendly toys indulge kids' imaginations as parents watch big-screen TVs

47% Off Product

Austin

$15 $8

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 54% Off Paintball Outing at Stunt Ranch

Austin

$70 $35

Paint flies across four realistic combat zones featuring wrecked vehicles, sniper nests and bunkers

Up to 57% Off Golf Lessons at Gabe McGrew Golf

Northwest Austin

$150 $65

Veteran instructor and certified Master Club Builder teaches proper golf swing mechanics to improve the skills of golfers ages 11 and up

Up to 62% Off Gymnastics

Austin

$95 $39

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

50% Off

West Oak Hill

$80 $40

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

51% Off Month of Gymnastics or Cheer Classes

Austin-Southpark Meadows

$65 $32

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

Half Off Standup Paddleboard Merchandise

Austin

$200 $100

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

Up to 78% Off Gym Membership and Personal Training

Parmer Square

$361 $79

A combination of personal training sessions and 24-hour gym access pave the way to achieving fitness goals

Up to 58% Off Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$89 $39

Trainers lead bootcamp classes in the open air

50% Off Kids' Golf Clinics

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

53% Off Movie and Snacks at 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 80% Off Martial Arts and Fitness Classes

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

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Downtown

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Austin's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

50% Off Jet Skis at Austin Boat Rentals

Austin

$190 $95

Jet skis allow riders to speed over lapping lake waters for two solid hours

Up to 60% Off Boot Camp at RocBody Fit

Austin

$75 $40

Certified trainer helps exercisers push past fitness plateaus through intensive boot-camp workouts

65% Off DJ Classes at Dub Academy

East Cesar Chavez

$110 $39

Classes teach students how to use TRAKTOR or Serato DJ software, which allows DJs to put their own spin on a favorite song

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Signature service: Custom picture framing
Established: 1999
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: We custom make frames on the premises.
Pro Tip: Share with us pictures of your home and color palette to get the best results from our designers.

Q&A with Carol Meyer, Owner

Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Clients have family heirlooms and memorabilia that mean the world to them. We preserve them and turn them into amazing art pieces for them to enjoy all the time.

Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We try to exceed expectations by providing design options that give their artwork the wow factor when it is on the wall.

What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
The enormous range of possibilities that there are for a client to choose from. We help narrow down the options to make sure they are not overwhelmed.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We can frame almost anything, from knives and guns and swords to kimonos and scarves and fans. [We also frame] sports and military memorabilia, as well as family portraits and works of art. We provide expert advice and guaranteed craftsmanship.

701 S Capital Of Texas Hwy
West Lake Hills,
TX
US

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

Brass Ovaries' instructors duel gravity with classes, parties, and performances set in a multifunctional aerial arts studio, which garnered the 2010–2011 title of Best Pole Studio in North America's South/Southeast Region from Pole Dance International magazine. An expert staff welcomes physiques of every gender, build, and fitness level to swoop into their seemingly weightless techniques. Courses focus on basic to advanced pole tricks as well as the hangs and twirls of the lyra, and high-heel fitness classes increase endurance for upcoming stiletto marathons.

The studio's title also refers to the name of their vertical performing group, the Brass Ovaries, headed by lead instructor Miss Natasha. The troupe and their educational programs have earned the studio multiple press mentions that highlight the empowering effects of pole mastery, such as enhanced self-esteem and the ability to reach the second floor of a fire station.


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3111 Manor Road
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

Growing up in El Paso near Hueco Tanks led Austin Rock Gym owner Troy Wilson to view rock climbing as a way of life. In order to open his own facility he merged his experience running youth climbing programs and gyms with that of his wife and coowner Erica—a Houston native who has spent years scaling New Mexico's rocky ridges. Specializing in bouldering, belaying, and lead climbing, the duo brings mountain terrain indoors at two Austin area locations. The north Austin gym's 30-foot bouldering wall and colorful climbing routes challenge visitors to traverse steep angles, and its top-rope routes let belayed crag clingers scale to the perfect yodeling height. At the south Austin gym, sculpted, 30-foot textured walls loom over a 10,000-square-foot facility, in which climbers can belay, practice lead climbing, or conquer a bouldering cave.

Veteran climbers at each location teach classes and private lessons for rookie rockers 4 and older. In addition to bouldering, lead climbing, and belaying classes, instructors lead women's only sessions and Powerhouse courses that focus on strengthening the body's core. Troy and Tracy's team of experts also guides groups to outdoor climbing venues and lugs a portable rock wall to construction workers no longer challenged by ladders.

4401 Freidrich Ln
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