Sightseeing in El Campo

Admission for Two or Four, or One-Year Individual or Family Membership at Matagorda County Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Matagorda County Museum

Bay City

Recreations and real artifacts depict important county events; kids explore a 19th-Century replica town with a schoolhouse, corral, and more

$8 $5

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Rosenberg Railroad Museum (Up to 47% Off)

Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Rosenberg

Explore Rosenberg’s railway-ridden past through a collection of historic railcars and model trains

$10 $6

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Wine-Education Class with Nine Samples for Two or Four at Braman Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Braman Winery

Richmond

Students sip nine 1-ounce wine tastes

$50 $25

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$75 for Primate Encounter for Two Adults and Two Children at The Texas Zoo ($150 Value)

The Texas Zoo

Victoria

Along with general admission, families enjoy a hands-on encounter with the zoo's primates, which includes feeding the lemurs

$150 $75

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$159 for a Discovery Flight Package at Coastal Skies Aero Club ($318 Value)

Coastal Skies Aero Club

Pearland

In spending 60-70 minutes with an FAA-certified flight instructor, pupils learn how to operate a Cessna 172SP Skyhawk and take to the sky

$318 $159

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Downtown Houston Holiday Tour for Two or Four from Discover Houston Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Discover Houston Tours

Houston Visitors Center

Tour Discovery Green, see the skyline, and view other sites as Houston’s taken over by Christmas lights and other Holiday cheer

$60 $30

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"World Trekkers: India" Cultural Festival for 2, 4, or 6 on Friday, December 5 (47% Off)

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Medical Center

Families explore crafts, cuisine, and entertainment at an exhibit that celebrates Indian culture

$20 $12

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Learn About Foraging with a Wilderness Survival Instructor

Foraging Tour in Memorial Park

Washington Ave./ Memorial Park

Mark Suter explains how to identify and prepare edible plants, using Memorial Park as his training ground

$30

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One-Year Individual, Household, or Friend Membership to Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Up to 56% Off)

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Museum District

Memberships to a contemporary art museum with 8–10 exhibits each year includes invitations to openings and discounts at the gift shop

$75 $35

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six or an Annual Family Membership to the Houston Fire Museum (50% Off)

Houston Fire Museum

Midtown

Friends and families learn about the history of fire fighting in the Houston area while enjoying touring exhibits and access to events

$10 $5

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Admission for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at The Printing Museum (Up to 54% Off)

The Printing Museum

Neartown/ Montrose

Part exhibit space and part interactive classroom, the museum strives to preserve and share the history of written communication

$14 $8

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Annual Individual, Family, or VIP Membership to Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (Up to 58% Off)

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Houston

Learn about the history of African Americans in the US military with yearlong memberships that provide access to special events

$45 $19

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Historical Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from Houston Ghost Tour (Up to 62% Off)

Houston Ghost Tour

Multiple Locations

Specter pros lead treks through haunted hot spots of Houston, Humble, Tomball, & Spring, sharing historical anecdotes & spine-tingling tales

$40 $16

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to The 1940 Air Terminal Museum (Up to 50% Off)

1940 Air Terminal Museum

Greater Hobby Area

Museum in art-deco airport terminal charts heritage of business and civil aviation via memorabilia and hangar of restored original aircrafts

$10 $5

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One-Hour Distillery Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Yellow Rose Distilling (Up to 62% Off)

Yellow Rose Distilling

Houston

Tour newly renovated 600-gallon distillery that produces award-winning bourbon and whiskey

$14 $7

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Wine-Education Class with Appetizers for 2, 4, 6, or 10 at La Fuente Winery (50% Off) 

La Fuente Winery

Spring Branch East

Winery producing Chilean wines hosts an educational course on the beverage while pupils sample appetizers

$50 $26

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Admission and Guided Tour for Two or Four at Czech Center Museum (Up to 46% Off)

Czech Center Museum

The Museum District

Museum showcases the culture, art, and people of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, and Slovakia

$12 $7

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Landmark-and-Attraction Tour with Expanded Option for Two or Four from VP Houston Tours (Up to 53% Off)

VP Houston Tours

Afton Oaks/ River Oaks

Tour the city’s local landmarks and attractions by car; includes beverages and snacks

$100 $49

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Distillery Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Whitmeyer's Distilling Co. (Up to 62% Off)

Whitmeyer's Distilling Co.

Independence Grove

Experts take groups through the ins and outs of the distilling process to show how Whitmeyer’s spirits get made

$26 $13

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Full-Day Houston Maritime Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Houston Maritime Museum

University Place

Learn about maritime history by exploring a collection of model ships, maritime artifacts, and an exhibit dedicated to the Port of Houston

$10 $5

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Winery Tour with Optional VIP Membership or Two $50 Gift Cards at Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery

Kemah

Tour a winery where varietals are crafted from Texas and California grapes and sample wines and cheeses or join the VIP club for discounts

$38 $19

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One-Year Membership for Two Adults or Family to San Jacinto Museum of History (Up to 56% Off)

San Jacinto Museum of History

Southeast Harris

Artifacts and artwork from Mexican Texas, the Texas revolution, and the Republic of Texas; memberships include gifts and discounts

$75 $35

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Weekday, Weekend, or Themed-Tour for Two or Four from Galveston Historic Tours (Up to 50% Off)

Galveston Historic Tours

Galveston

Groups board covered shuttle-buses for a tour of Galveston's historic sights under the guidance of a history professor and Galveston native

$24 $14

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Ghost Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Texas Ghost Tours (Half Off)

Texas Ghost Tours

Historic Galveston

Moonlighting as a medium and paranormal investigator, the guide takes guests out after dark to explore for possible lingering spirits

$40 $20

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1-Hour Distillery Tours for 2 or 4 with Optional T-Shirts at Big Thicket Distilling Company (Up to 53% Off)

Big Thicket Distilling Company

Conroe

Distillery tours show off grain to glass whiskey and vodka made from organic, Non-GMO Texas-grown corn

$20 $10

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What was once a jumbled catch-all for the hunting trophies of Dr. E. A. Weinheimer, and a generous donation from Steve McManus, has been streamlined into a collection of well-organized exhibits at the El Campo Museum of Natural History. They feature these trophies along with others in realistic replicas of their original habitats.

  • Size: nine exhibits focusing on natural history and featuring over 100 hunting trophies from as close as south Texas to as far flung as the Arctic
  • Eye Catcher: the Arctic room's 8-foot-tall polar bear towers over guests and tries to steal their hats without detection
  • Don't Miss: the colorful seashells collection, with 600 different species from all over the world
  • Just for Kids: in the Children's Discovery Center, little ones can play at being a vet by throwing on a lab coat and attending to a tiger patient
2350 N Mechanic St
El Campo,
TX
US

It's easy to picture what life was like in centuries past at Matagorda County Museum. That's because the museum highlights the county's most memorable events with both detailed recreations and actual artifacts. Guests can absorb the county's nautical history by viewing a cannon and other artifacts recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of Matagorda Bay. They can also learn about indigenous family life or discover the charms and hardships of life in a covered wagon thanks to exhibits on those topics.

For an even more immersive experience, families need only step in to the award-winning children's section of the museum. There, kids can discover what life was really like more than 100 years ago in a recreation of a late 19th-century town. Newly minted citizens can swing by the town's O.K. Corral to drop off their horses, stop into the barber shop for a shave and a haircut, or head to the one-room schoolhouse to look over education primers. Other places of interest include an opera house, a post office, and, in case anyone at the post office gets caught opening letters not addressed to them, a jail.

2100 Avenue F
Bay City,
TX
US

If it weren’t for the railroad, there would be no Rosenberg. In 1880 the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Company extended their tracks across those of another railway, creating a junction that they named after the railway’s president, Henry von Rosenberg. All that remains of this junction’s original depot, from which the town of Rosenberg grew, is the signal tower, which is now the centerpiece of Rosenberg Railroad Museum’s collection of historic railcars and other railway paraphernalia.

Representing the full spectrum of passenger railcars, the collection includes a caboose—the living quarters of a train conductor—and a Canadian government business car, which in the 1920s had been appointed to transport dignitaries and prime ministers in comfort. At the museum’s education center, an HO-gauge model train gives visitors a macro view of a rail network, and, up in the signal tower, an interlocking machine lets visitors play at train traffic control, using the same switches the towerman flipped back in 1903 to make sure only one train was routed through a junction at a time and no trains were routed down the tracks that just led straight off the edge of the world.

1921 Avenue F
Rosenberg,
TX
US

George Ranch Historical Park, only half an hour southwest of Houston, is more than a representation of Texas history?it?s the hundred-year story of a ranching family who lived their lives on the park?s very soil. The attractions tell their story, beginning with the Jones Stock Farm?a cattle operation circa 1830?where interpreters demonstrate old-fashioned skills amidst a traditional dog-trot log cabin. The Ryon Prairie Home unveils an 1860s image of a Texas Ranch home in the golden age of the cattle drive, and the Davis Mansion contains artifacts from Victorian-era Texas enjoyed by the wealthiest citizens of the 1890s. The final site, the George Ranch Complex, demonstrates ranching life as it happened in the 1930s, including barn structures and daily cattle demonstrations. Guides show off each building and era with historic tours, demonstrations, and living history exhibits such as a working blacksmith shop.

The park?s directors breathe life back into this history with interactive events, as well. They also schedule an array of yearly events such as military reenactments, and holiday-themed history lessons.

10215 FM 762 Rd.
Richmond,
TX
US

In Houston, September beats out July and August for the hottest month of the year—it has nothing to do with the weather, however. The culprit behind the elevated heat level is the Houston Hot Sauce Festival. This annual event brings together exhibitors from across the country to sell and hand out samples of their signature hot sauces, salsas, jams, dips, and other spicy foods. Luckily, vendors also supply plenty of cool beverages, thus eliminating the need for bite-size fire extinguishers.

Live entertainment complements the spicy goods. Blues artists, jazz bands, and other musician play throughout the festival, and each day brings special events, such as salsa eating competitions or fire eating performances.

10505 Cash Rd
Stafford,
TX
US

With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.

8321 Broadway St
Pearland,
TX
US