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.
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.
More than 30 wineries dot the idyllic Texas Hill Country, the historically rich backdrop for ARC’s Wine Plus’s tours. The company’s signature excursion, the wine tour, makes stops at three or more wineries, where guests can swig samples as guides share facts about wines, specifically those born in Texas. Brew tours, on the other hand, showcase Texan beer and its history. During tours of local breweries, groups can soak up the guide’s exhaustive knowledge with their brain sponges while sampling local suds.
From 1927 until 2009, the Piper Aircraft company produced 144,000 airplanes. Of those, 90,000 are still flying. One is a 1978 single-engine Saratoga that can often be seen soaring over the hills and lakes of the Texas landscape.
Inside that Saratoga, the Air Tours Texas pilots lead up to five passengers on scenic tours and adventures, sharing scenic aerial views of Lake Travis, Canyon Lake, Austin, San Antonio, and Enchanted Rock with their awestruck human cargo. The group of pilots also offers sunset flights, stunningly romantic marriage-proposal flights, and copilot experiences that introduce aspiring pilots to flight basics.
On durable, all-terrain Segway x2 Personal Transporters, nature-seekers can spot wildlife or sample an off-road experience during two-hour tours at the Central Florida Zoo. Informed by tour-guide narration conveyed via wireless heads, zoo tours encounter a menagerie of animalian personalities such as Gus the camel, Elmo the macaw, and a skulking pair of rare Amur leopards, with riders briefly veering off onto unpaved landscape. Off-roading tours venture entirely upon forested paths, eschewing animal exhibits and braving the surrounding woodland landscape with the two-wheeled spirit of Davy Crockett’s penny-farthing. Both tours begin with a safety video and orientation, and stride-free sightseers are encouraged to bring a camera or photographic memory to remember the experience.
In 1910, Louis Bush led his first tour of Washington, DC, loading passengers into the refurbished chassis of a Mack truck that he had painted blue and gray. From this humble beginning, Louis expanded his Gray Line tours throughout the United States and abroad. The company currently hosts tours in more than 700 destinations across six continents and all three moons. However, Gray Line's expansive international scope isn't nearly as important as its commitment to a narrow, regional focus. Each tour aims to introduce visitors to some distinctive facet of the city's identity, from the ghosts of Savannah, Georgia’s, historic district to the towering redwoods of San Francisco’s Muir Woods. During the chauffeured sojourns, guides dole out intriguing tidbits of local knowledge, giving the groups some invaluable insight into the areas’ histories and cultures.