Sightseeing in Leander

Up to 50% Off Historic Train Rides

Austin Steam Train Association

Cedar Park

$50 $25

Vintage trains pulled by an Alco diesel locomotive rumble across a wooden trestle bridge on a choice of rides through the countryside

Up to 50% Off Activities from The Williamson Museum

The Williamson Museum

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Kids' summer camp and cemetery tours take curious guests on fun history jaunts and family memberships get you and loved ones special perks

Mexic-Arte Museum – 50% Off Young Latina Artists Exhibition

Mexic-Arte Museum

Downtown

$10 $5

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New, experimental pieces made by Latina artists; two special performances during the opening night only

50% Off a Friday Night Moonlight Riverboat Cruise

Lone Star Riverboat

Bouldin

$20 $10

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

Up to 56% Off Museum Admission or Membership

Neill-Cochran House Museum

West University

$20 $10

Learn the history and shifting identities of this residence built in 1856 during tours given by staff or trained docent

Blanton Museum of Art – Up to 53% Off Visits

Blanton Museum of Art

Blanton Museum of Art The University

$18 $9

The university's museum houses more than 17,000 artworks, including pieces by Andy Warhol and Henri Matisse

Austin Zoo – Up to 50% Off Visit

Austin Zoo

Southwest Travis

$18 $9

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Nonprofit rescue zoo and sanctuary provides a home for more than 300 animals and 100 species

Mayborn Science Theater – Up to 50% Off a Show

Mayborn Science Theater

Killeen

$8 $5

Digital shows for adults and children on subjects like volcanoes & biodiversity shown on a 60-foot dome screen that wraps around the theater

McKenna Children's Museum – Up to Half Off Admission

McKenna Children's Museum

New Braunfels

$30 $15

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Families explore exhibits that foster creativity & learning, clamber up 30-foot structure & participate in educational activities

Frontier Times Museum – Up to 53% Off Visit

Frontier Times Museum

Bandera

$10 $6

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40,000 artifacts, including art & furniture, glimpse the cowboy & pioneer cultures of the Old West in a museum built in 1933

Up to 50% Off Visit or Dinner Show at Enchanted Springs Ranch

Enchanted Springs Ranch

Boerne

$28 $14

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Amble along an authentic ranch that recreates the Old West with wildlife and performers such as pistol twirlers and trick ropers

Up to 50% Off at Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

$14 $7

Museum space holds more than 35,000 square feet of legendary sports memorabilia from Texas' best athletes and sports moments

Dr Pepper Museum — 50% Off Visits

Dr Pepper Museum

Brazos

$16 $8

Museum in former Dr Pepper HQ houses 3 floors of exhibits dedicated to Dr Pepper and the soft drink industry

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Waxy O'Connor's

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

45% Off at the Great Room Escape

13th Floor Haunted House San Antonio

The Great Room Escape

$39.95 $21.95

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In the course of about one hour, small groups must solve puzzles to escape a terrifying room before zombies close in on them

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

CitySolve Urban Race

Arsenal

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Up to 57% Off Double Decker Bus Tour

City Sightseeing San Antonio

Downtown

$44 $22

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Aboard a double-decker tour bus, for 50-minutes recorded commentary enriches sights of the city's museums, markets, restaurants, & landmarks

Up to 46% Off Pony Rides at Fiesta Farm

Fiesta Farm

Far West Side

$14 $8

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Potbellied pigs, llamas, emu, bunnies, ducks, cows, and goats spread out on a 15-acre ranch

Up to Half Off a Guided Ghost Tour

Silverghost Tours

Downtown

$36 $18

Guides sprinkle a 90-minute tour with stories of spooky apparitions from south Texas lore, culminating in a trip to an Alamo gravesite

Up to 58% Off a Grand Double-Decker Bus Tour

Grand Double Decker

Tour Ticket Office

$47.52 $22

Tour-goers can hop on and off double-decker buses as many times as they want on 50-minute excursions that visit 50-plus San Antonio locales

Up to 47% Off from Bad Wolf Ghost Tours

Bad Wolf Ghost Tours

San Antonio

$30 $17

Explore San Antonio's spooky past during nightly ghost tours or pub crawls that pair paranormal activity with drink specials

Up to 50% Off Admission to Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

Downtown

$21.90 $11

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750-foot tower grants guests 360-degree views of the city below; visits include access to an educational history exhibit and a 4-D ride

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In 2009, Linda and Greg Racino were reaping the benefits of more than two fast-paced decades in the tech industry. Something was missing, though—creativity. So in February of that year the couple left behind the cold digital world for a brightly colored studio warmed by a blazing kiln. Lining their shelves with finished and unfinished clay and glass pieces, the Racinos today deal solely in creation. They guide customers through pottery painting and glass fusing—from picking out a blank bisque piece to arranging a unique design of glass pieces. Guests can also check out the calendar of events to learn about upcoming discounts and special projects, or to find out what day it is.

13500 Galleria Cir
Austin,
TX
US

The tale of the Austin Children's Museum begins in 1983, when a band of parents and teachers started setting up educational exhibits and children's activities throughout the city. This “museum without walls” stretched into schools, parks, and malls, delighting children and families with a sense of whimsy and a place where play was rewarded. In the years that followed, the museum shed its nomadic beginnings and found a permanent home inside the pleasant green walls of the Dell Discovery Center. Firmly rooted, its exhibits have entertained and enlightened more than 800,000 youngsters and their parents while earning praise from the writers of Little Austinite.

Today, the sprawling 12,500-square-foot facility is a kaleidoscope of color and lights, where whippersnappers play with giant building blocks, cobble recycled materials into crafts, and marvel at golf balls as they soar through loops and shoots. Others explore the miniature Global City, where they take on roles such as veterinarians in the pet clinic, cooks in the diner, or stray raccoons hiding in the grocery store.

Throughout the week, a team of educators leads Discovery Time, guiding lads and lasses through kid-friendly science experiments that launch paper helicopters and make slime. The museum also hosts Storytime, where grownups read playful stories aloud to encourage creativity and instill a love of literature in young readers.

201 Colorado St
Austin,
TX
US

When Archer M. Huntington donated 4,000 acres of land to The University of Texas at Austin, it was no surprise that the husband to renowned sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington stipulated it be used to support an art museum. Today, Blanton Museum of Art—named Best Museum in the Austin Chronicle's 2013 Best of Austin Readers' Poll—honors Archer's request by providing access to more than 17,000 works and a variety of rotating exhibitions. The museum's collection of prints, paintings, and sculptures comprises more than 4,000 pieces from America and 1,800 from Latin America, and it even includes the Suida-Manning Collection—a group of 230 paintings and 400 drawings by Baroque and Renaissance masters that was much sought after by other museums, according to Frommer's. With these pieces as backdrop, the museum hosts Third Thursday events such as artist talks and Yoga in the Galleries, the latter of which finds instructors twisting sculptures into poses that will be easier on their spines.

200 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin,
TX
US

Everyone has a different vision of how their living space should look, which is why ART on 5th fills its three-level, 6,000-square-foot gallery with art to suit all tastes. Works by notable names such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Theodor Seuss Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—rub shoulders with rotating collections from some 60 lesser-known artists.

In addition to displaying fine paintings, ART on 5th offers custom-framing services, and backs each of its frames with a lifetime guarantee. The store’s artisans meticulously choose a flattering frame for each piece from more than 3,000 styles—helping artwork mesh stylistically with its destination, be it a living-room wall or an endless hall of mirrors. They eschew colored, paper mats in favor of neutral-toned, hand-wrapped linen mats, leaving some wiggle room between art and frame and imbuing each piece with richness and depth. Each frame is hung with kevlar, a bulletproof material that prevents damage caused by rusted hanging wires and showboating ’80s action-movie stars.

3005 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin,
TX
US

1020 Glass Art and Decor takes its name from its mission to provide exquisite artwork to everyday people by often pricing its handmade glass creations between $10 and $20. Behind the downtown Austin’s space-age art-deco storefront, their sales team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable designers and art experts as they amass a collection of more than 5,000 glass vases, drink sets, bowls, figurines, and chandeliers. As a locally-owned business, 1020 takes pride in its community and boosts the city’s culture scene by employing 10 highly trained in-house art consultants. They also give back through charitable functions and support of area nonprofits, such as Project Transitions’s hospice and housing care for HIV and AIDS patients. The designers even show their love for their home state through their inventory, with a number of Texas-themed pieces available for purchase, such as a majestic longhorn steer, a golden-horn wine stopper, or a miniaturized Lyle Lovett imprisoned in a crystal paperweight.

208 Colorado St
Austin,
TX
US

More than 500 animals inhabit the grounds at Capital of Texas Zoo, a haven for wildlife education and a breeding ground for more than 14 endangered species. The zoo's residents include zebras, ringtail lemurs, and a rare white tiger, not to be confused with a ghost tiger. Other appearances from the animal kingdom include peacocks, kangaroos, turtles, and lions.

Educational animal shows highlight a specific member of the zoo, such as the Wings show, which stars eurasian eagle owl Hedwig, who has made appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and in the movie Furry Vengeance. The zoo also takes to the road with traveling animal shows that involve a cast of six exotic reptiles, mammals, and birds, which makes appearances at birthday parties, schools, or events. With lessons catered to the age of the audience, the animals teach children to respect other living things and remind adults why they can’t keep falcons as pets.

376 Jenkins Rd
Cedar Creek,
TX
US