The Imaginarium of South Texas stimulate the minds of youthful guests with a year's supply of curiosity-inspiring interactive exhibits, workshops, and events. Next year's rocket scientists and quantum theorists are exhaustively vetted with visits to the new permanent Thinking Tinkering exhibit, which invites junior brainstormers to enhance the design of missiles, art cars, and dryer-resistant teddy bears. Fulfill conductor-centric dreams in the Union Pacific interactive model train, complete with a matching miniature wooden set for toddlers, or foster fledgling creative impulses in the Shadow Room light and laser studio. Kids can get an early prep for the logic and physics sections of the SAT with the magnetic Wonder Wall, which features gear chains to construct and Sudoku puzzles to crack. In addition to a year of free admission for parents and their children, a passport membership grants discounts on birthday parties, workshops, and camps, entrance to special events, admission to or discounts on more than 150 other institutions that participate in the Association of Children's Museums's reciprocal membership program, and more. See the site for a full list of benefits and to plan your educational excursion.
Hugging the banks of the blue-green Medina River between its craggy bluffs, Paradise Canyon gives kayakers, fishers, and picnickers a breathtaking backdrop that echoes the sounds of falling water, rustling trees, and hooting owls. As summer readers laze atop a blanket along the shore, they can watch river riders drift past in tubes ($7 rental) or kayaks ($30 rental), or the saddled backs of freshwater mermaids. The canyon's abundant avian life will have bird watchers scrambling for their field guides, and umbrella-covered tables accommodate a family-sized picnic spread. Dedicated outdoorsfolk can also arrange to spend the day fly-fishing before retreating to a lantern-lit canvas tent for a night of s'mores and scary PowerPoint presentations. Otherwise, reserve Paradise Canyon's three-bedroom, four-bathroom log-cabin lodge and create a rustic setting for the next family reunion, wedding, or quilting retreat.
In business for 32 years, Border Sporting Goods carries a huge range of outdoor-appropriate clothing, equipment, and accessories to prep people for trips through Texas backcountry or daring journeys into indoor freezers. The store carries accessories and apparel from Browning, Nikon, Swarovski, Remington, Zeiss, Winchester, and other brands, ensuring something for every enthusiast. Shop for camo gear and clothing ($19+), bring the outdoors in with hand-carved sculptures and figures from Mill Creek ($20+), or show some Texas collegiate pride with apparel for the Aggies or the Longhorns. To keep customers satisfied, Border Sporting Goods can order a product if it's not already in stock.