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Picnic in the Vines for Two or Four with, Snacks, and Wineglasses at Pilot Knob Vineyard (59% Off)

Pilot Knob Vineyard

Briggs

Vineyard spanning 112 acres of Texas hill country hosts picnics complete with fine cheeses, meats and chocolates ideal for wine pairings

$98 $40

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Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two from Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides (Up to 52% Off)

Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides

Multiple Locations

Take flight in an 8-story-tall hot-air balloon, soaring over scenery for about 1 hour punctuated by a traditional post-landing toast

$399 $199

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Distillery Tour or Moonshine Making Class with Take-Home Bottles at Crystal Creek Moonshine (Up to 65% Off)

Crystal Creek Moonshine

Spicewood

Tour the distillery and take home a moonshine infusion kit, or distill your own batch of moonshine during a hands-on class

$60 $25

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Winery Tour for One or Two from Slowpokes Winery Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Slowpokes Winery Tours

Dripping Springs

Sample 3–4 wineries as you traverse the countryside in a Mercedes-Benz van

$120 $51

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Sightseeing or Moonlight Riverboat Cruise for Two or Four from Lone Star Riverboat (Up to 68% Off)

Lone Star Riverboat

Bouldin

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

$20 $7

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Duck Tour for Two or Four from Austin Duck Adventures (50% Off)

Austin Duck Adventures

Austin Visitor's Center

Guest splash into Lake Austin aboard an amphibious vehicle while guides narrate land-and-water tours of the city.

$55.90 $28

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Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour for Two or Four from Double Decker Austin Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Double Decker Austin Tours

Austin

Double-decker busses drop off and pick up at sites such as museums and restaurants, while guides narrate the trip between points

$70 $35

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six Adults with Walking Tours of Austin (50% Off)

Walking Tours of Austin

Zilker

Take a stroll around Austin while a tour guide tells the city’s history and leads you to scenic Zilker Park and Barton Springs

$30 $15

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Glass-Bottomed-Boat Tour for Two, Four, or Six at The Meadows Center (Up to 39% Off)

The Meadows Center

San Marcos

A glass-bottomed boat glides through the San Marcos Springs and affords views of songbirds above and turtles and fish below

$18 $11

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Gliding Revolution makes it easy for visitors to explore the storied capital of the Lone Star State. Their tour guides pair patrons with easy-to-navigate Segways, orientating them to the apparatus’s settings and ticklish spots before leading them on any number of scenic jaunts. The Early Bird Special tour introduces riders to the city’s sites before rush hour, while the Capitol Pavement tour grants participants insider knowledge on Austin’s history with stops at the State Capital and Congress Avenue.

20 N I H 35
Austin,
TX
US

Around harvest time on Rising Star Vineyards' verdant acres, vines of chardonnay, merlot, and other Old-World grapes hang heavy, ready for their transformation into the small-batch wines the vineyard is famous for. As detailed in the Abilene Reporter-News, the grapes are trellised several feet off the ground, which owner Michael Oubre says “produces superior fruit” for their distinctive blends of Old-World flavor and Texan style. Their Salado cheesery and tasting room serves salads and sandwiches on locally baked bread for lunch, while vending cheese and other sundries exclusively made by Texas producers. In addition to cheese plates featuring fresh chevre from Bonney Goat Cheeses and Watonga flavored cheddars, the shop serves frozen wine margaritas to sip as talismans against the Samarian curses of the hot sun. The winery also holds regular wine-education and tasting classes, from a basic Wine 101 session to a food-and-wine-pairing session.

110 North Main Street
Salado,
TX
US

Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.

15771 South Ih 35
Salado,
TX
US

Weddings at The Vineyard at Florence hark back to an unhurried age, when horse-drawn carriages ferried couples to the ceremony, guests stayed in villas overlooking verdant rows of grapes, and the next morning began with a dip in the infinity pool. The sprawling venue embraces this mix of old-world Italy and modern luxury. Intricate stonework on the Tuscan inns contrasts with the sleek lines of its gym equipment, and the murmurs of a spring-fed creek accompany live musical performances in the amphitheater.

Guests needn't be getting married to explore the setting?there are single-day excursions such as the Sunday yoga class. Of course, estate wines remain a prime focus for the staff and the vineyard's visitors, with tastings held most Thursdays and weekends inside the Villa Firenze, where contemporary culture mingles with antiquated charm. Italian decor and architecture typify the rustic interior, though its main hallways give way to galleries where local artists can exhibit their work. Gigantic wooden barn beams grace the ceiling in the traditional wine shop, and the outer decks afford views of the polo field alongside the arbors and herb gardens.

Rather than preserve their slice of countryside with uninterrupted quiet or a colossal snow-globe dome, the vineyard's tenants strive to fill the hills with life. They host classes on topics from pairing wines to organic farming, and welcome diners to sample handcrafted confections at Bissinger's Chocolate Experience and Caf?. Bands fill the wine-tasting room with new rhythms each week, and festivals such as the Harvest Celebration Weekend?where attendees can glimpse stone carvers at work and dine on homegrown cuisine?imbue the rural expanse with a close sense of community.

8711 W Fm 487
Florence,
TX
US

In 2006, Craig Pinkley traveled to Napa Valley. It started as a business trip, but after a VIP tour of an established winery and a symphony of glass clinks, Pinkley's adventure ended with a career wakeup call. Grapes were his passion, so he set out to make them his coworkers.

Pinkley studied every aspect of wine—"from land, to vine, to vinification"—before deciding on Pilot Knob Vineyard's locale, where rainfall drains ideally and soil presents a balanced mix of nutrients. Spanning 112 acres and perched on a ridge overlooking Texas hill country, Pilot Knob takes its name from an extinct volcano nearby and serves as a romantic location for weddings and events. At Pilot Knob's tasting room, guests can sample the vineyard's wines amid stone fireplaces, high ceilings, and ample windows or step outside to the wraparound porch for far-reaching vistas of the surrounding countryside.

3125 County Road 212
Bertram,
TX
US

Suited for all kinds of aquatic explorers, the enormous fleet of watercraft curated by Austin Boat Rentals ranges from long houseboats to three-person WaveRunners and boats to pull water-skiers. But not only do they rent out boats, they plan parties, offer access to the Volente Beach Water Park, wakeboarding lessons, and even limo service to the downtown area.

16107 Fm 2769
Leander,
TX
US