S.A. Kayak Rentals equips its patrons with paddles, life vests, and their very own watercraft for self-propelled jaunts over San Antonio's many public waterways. Paddlers simply pick up their equipment and select a launch point, such as the Mission Reach Zone on the San Antonio River or the dock at Elmendorf Lake Park. Whatever location they choose, kayakers can enjoy a peaceful float amid natural surroundings and wildlife, away from the city noise and the lifeguards who frown on kayaking in public pools.
Since 1971, Car-Vel Skateland has fitted feet with quad skates for enthralling laps around its indoor rink. Inexperienced wheelers can improve their balance and gliding skills during private lessons or get a group together for private or public birthday parties. Named after mom and dad, Carl and Velma, the family-owned business also offers beginner skates and skatemates to assist younger children at an additional cost, as well as parties geared for schools, churches, daycare groups, and fundraisers.
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo bustles with a variety of vendors, bovine-inspired showcases, and activities for the whole family. Legally eavesdrop on live music, which wafts from five separate areas on the spacious grounds, or draw the fashionable wedge between man and livestock by accessorizing at the three shopping areas and the Texas Experience Pavilion, which comes stuffed with shopping, free samples, and exhibits on beekeeping, winemaking, and dairy farming. Meanwhile, the Family Fair lassos tykes with a petting zoo, pig races, and pony rides. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or midnight (depending on weather conditions), though some exhibit hours may vary. Proceeds from the event go toward the community and raising scholarship and grant money to support agriculturally inclined Texan youth.
• For $30, you get one reserved ticket for a seat in sections 201–204 or 228–231 (a $49.75 value before fees, or up to a $61.27 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $41, you get one reserved ticket for a seat in sections 206–208 or 224–226 (a $69.75 value before fees, or up to an $83 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $52, you get one reserved ticket for a seat in the 100 level (an $89.75 value before fees, or up to a $103.97 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
Whichever date you choose, you get a spot in the upper-level seating-area sections 301–314 or 326–328, above the rodeo and superb for spotting man and beast locked in violent embrace. Bull riding distinguishes itself from shark surfing and surgical-laser tag as one of the most dangerous sports in existence. Professional riders employ little more than tight-fitting chaps, a hard leather strap, and incredibly beefy thigh muscles in their attempt to stay fixed for at least eight seconds on nearly one ton of mammalian muscle and ruminant rage.