Named a Best Bargain Family Adventure by Southern Living magazine, Cascade Caverns encircles visitors in 64-degree corridors where they can see and feel millions of years of terrestrial history. The old and wizened cave was the first of the six major Texas cave attractions to be discovered, and the only one with an interior waterfall, which, at over 90 feet, has inspired awe in throngs of visitors over the years and slowly driven up Batman's rent. Visitors witness millions of water droplets reflecting brilliantly on the Diamond Ceiling, and watch slender stalactite and stalagmite formations slowly work toward their dreams of becoming corinthian columns. While moving from corridor to corridor, spelunkers may spot such unusual animals as cliff and leopard frogs, eastern pipistrelle bats, and Cascade Cavern salamanders.
Though it's only about 25 minutes outside of San Antonio, Enchanted Springs Ranch transports its guests to a totally different world—and to a totally different century, for that matter. Considered an enchanted place by early Native Americans for its rolling hills and flowing rivers, the 86-acre working ranch serves as a living, breathing reincarnation of the Old West. It bustles with activity and has been recognized by Oprah as one of the country's best "Wacky Family Attractions."
Rugged structures, lush pastures, and trickling springs surround guests while they explore the property. Perhaps the best way to do that is not by tossing a saddle on a rocking horse, but by climbing aboard tractor-pulled wagon rides. These tractor tours tote passengers across the premises and past a collection of wildlife that includes longhorns, buffalo, deer, and zebras. On foot, guests may encounter pistol twirlers, bull whip champions, trick ropers, and real cowboys and cowgirls that populate the ranch. Such an authentic experience hasn't been overlooked by film creators or party planners, either: the ranch doubles as a movie set, and can also be rented for wedding receptions, birthdays, and other special events.
In the pens at Fiesta Farm, light scattered by the branches of tall trees warms a menagerie of mild-mannered pets. Youngsters cautiously reach out to touch the wooly ears of a llama or venture into the enclosure to laugh at the guttural babble of potbellied pigs. On the 15-acre ranch, Laredo, a bay-quarter horse, waits patiently to nuzzle guests or provide rides, and bunnies, an emu, and sheep compete for attention across the wooded landscape. Before and after visits, a shaded picnic area hosts pleasantly exhausted visitors, and the farm's barn is equipped with fans and heaters for the comfort of guests and to keep prima-donna billy goats from freezing their perms off in the wintertime.
The Painted Plate is a pottery studio where you create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. You select the pottery, design it and paint it, we over glaze and fire your pottery for you.
You can paint anything from a coffee mug to a serving platter, a candy dish to a trinket box, a popcorn bowl to a kitty cat, a piggy bank to a
Led by a professional artist and New Orleans native, the classes at Creole Canvas are designed to be engaging for those with painting experience as well as welcoming for beginners, with no previous experience required. Students sit down in front of a provided canvas and munch on snacks and beverages they've brought along while the teacher guides them through the steps of creating a work of art. Once they've brushed, daubed, and passionately splattered their pieces to completion, students can take them home to show off.
Now that you've finished celebrating New Year's in Paris, you'll need a way to preserve all that art you "borrowed" from the Louvre. Today's Groupon gets you $100 worth of custom framing at Fastframe for $40. Fastframe will frame pretty much anything, having once framed a 13-foot anaconda skin—use up to three Groupons per order if you need to frame larger items such as Soviet-era propaganda murals, conceptual art installations, and annoying little brothers.