Sightseeing in Texas

$20 for Entry for One to CitySolve Urban Race (Up to $50 Value)

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

Historic Dallas Walking Tour for Two, Four, or Six from A Professor's Tour (Up to 58% Off)

A Professor's Tour

Dante's Eatery

$20 $10

Learn about the history of Dallas from university professors while visiting 20 or more of the city's most famous sites and landmarks

Scavenger Hunt Entry for Two or Four from Club Mojo (Up to 50% Off)

Club Mojo

Zilker Park

$50 $25

Teams use clues and riddles to find special locations during a two- to three-hour photo hunt

Cutting Edge Haunted House for Two or Four (33% Off)

Cutting Edge Haunted House

Near East Side

$60 $40

Guinness World Record holder for longest haunted house; top-ranked haunted house in America according to HauntedHouseRatings.com

Downtown History and Mystery Tour for One, Two, or Four from The Ken Hudnall Show (Up to 58% Off)

The Ken Hudnall Show

Camino Real Hotel

$25 $12

Author and radio host Ken Hudnall leads patrons through El Paso's famed and eerie past, stopping at such sites as Plaza and Hilton Hotels

Two Fast-Pass Tickets to Zombie Manor (Up to 36% Off). 12 Date Available.

Zombie Manor

Southwest Arlington

$44 $28

Navigate an interactive horror story within the Manor, featuring movie-quality sets, original special effects, and terrifying zombies

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Central City

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Haunted-Attraction Admission for Two or Four at Halls of Horror (Up to 53% Off)

Halls Of Horror

Lubbock

$38 $19

Killer clowns, psychotic inmates, the undead, and other characters roam the haunted park’s 20,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor premises

$65 for Two VIP Fast-Pass Tickets to Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus ($100 Value)

Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus

Irving Mall Shopping Center

$100 $65

A series of haunted trailers comprises this sinister circus, run by murderous clowns and horrifying freaks

One-Year Membership for Two People or One Family at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center (Up to 50% Off)

Wildcat Bluff Nature Center

Amarillo

$50 $30

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Nature-center members can hit the trails all year to admire the bluffs, learn about the historic Gregg Trail, or spot wildlife

Midday or Evening Pirate Boat Cruise for Two or Four from Osprey Cruises (Up to 50% Value)

Osprey Cruises

Port Isabel

$106 $58

Board the replica pirate ship Black Dragon for a cruise full of swashbuckling tales, onboard entertainment, and dolphin watching

Saturday or Sunday Winery Tour for One from North Texas Winery Tours (Up to 51% Off)

North Texas Winery Tours

Downtown Mckinney

$99 $59

Five- to six-hour tours exploring local vineyards in the North Texas region.

Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Texas Sports Hall of Fame (Up to 50% Off)

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

$18 for Admission for Two to Gator Country ($30 Value)

Gator Country

Beaumont

$30 $18

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Crocodiles, snakes, and gators interact with visitors to a 15-acre reservation run by Gary Suarage, star of CMT's Gator 911

$10 for $18 Worth of Books and a Visit for Two to National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

Original Town North

$18 $10

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Hundreds of lavishly illustrated children's books, some signed by Caldecott Award–winning artists, at illustration center's bookstore

Safari Adventure for Two or Four at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch (Up to 50% Off)

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch

Pilot Point

$24 $12

Safari trams ferry guests across 126-acre park to see and interact with exotic and endangered animals, such as kangaroos, bears, and lemurs

Wildlife-Refuge Visit for 2, 4, or 10 at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge (Up to Half Off)

Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

Tyler

$20 $10

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From behind a double fence, watch more than 40 types of rescued big cats in environs that simulate their native habitats

Distillery Tour for Two or Four at Witherspoon Distillery (50% Off)

Witherspoon Distillery

Lewisville

$50 $27.50

Tour guides give folks behind-the-scenes look at how whiskey and rum are made

Admission for Two or Four, or One-Year Family Membership to the Railway Museum of San Angelo (Up to 50% Off)

Railway Museum of San Angelo

San Angelo

$10 $6

Exhibits trace the evolution of railroads, from the 1800s until today, inside a historic passenger depot

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

Coastal Skies Aero Club

Pearland

$318 $159

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

Admission for Four or Six or One General Membership to Longview Museum of Fine Arts (Up to 53% Off)

Longview Museum of Fine Arts

Longview

$20 $10

Open since 1958, the art museum prides itself on a varied collection of works, many created by regional artists

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

The Texas Zoo

Victoria

$150 $75

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

Zombtober Haunted Trail Paintball Adventure for Two, Four, or Eight at Legends Tactical (Up to 51% Off)

Legends Tactical

Conroe

$50 $29

Zombie hunters must keep watch for demonic creatures as they traverse a half mile of twisting mazes, haunted woods, and a ghoulish cemetery

Historical Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from Houston Ghost Tour (Up to 53% Off)

Houston Ghost Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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

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

Galveston Historic Tours

Galveston

$24 $14

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

Summer Camp, Cemetery Tour, or Membership to The Williamson Museum (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

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

Haunted-House Adventure for Two or VIP Admission for Four at Moxley Manor Haunted House (Up to 60% Off)

Moxley Manor Haunted House

Bedford

$34 $17

Spines chill and hearts race as actors bring murder and mayhem to life amid strobe lights and bloodstains in a 6,000-square-foot facility

Lake Grapevine Off-Road Segway Tour for One, Two, or Four from Segway Grapevine (Up to 56% Off)

Segway Grapevine

Meadowmere

$65 $32

One-on-one instruction sets new riders at ease before groups set out to explore Lake Grapevine's off-road trails on Segway x2s

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

The Meadows Center

San Marcos

$18 $11

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

90-Minute Guided Segway Tour for One, Two, or Four from Segway Fort Worth (Up to 56% Off)

Segway Fort Worth

Multiple Locations

$65 $35

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One-on-one instruction sets riders at ease before groups roll through the Botanical Gardens, Off Road Ranch Experience, or Trinity Trails

Admission for Two, Four, or Up to Eight to Sam Houston Memorial Museum (Up to 47% Off)

Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Huntsville

$8 $5

15-acre museum honors the life and times of Sam Houston through artifacts and historical exhibits relating to the legendary Texan

Visit for Two or Four or Family Membership to International Museum of Cultures (Up to Half Off)

International Museum of Cultures

Duncanville

$10 $5

More than 10 exhibits celebrate contemporary indigenous cultures while educating visitors about their history and challenges they face

Winery Tour Package for Two or Four with Snack and Individual Customized Wine Labels (Up to 54% Off)

Sunset Winery

Burleson

$60 $29

Winery tours explore winemaking and the bottling process while visitors enjoy pizza and sweets; take home souvenir labels

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

$75 $35

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

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

Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Rosenberg

$10 $6

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

Three-Day/Two-Night Texan Getaway for Two at Beaumont Ranch (Up to 59% Off)

Beaumont Ranch

Grandview

$801.90 $329

Explore the ranch’s beautiful grounds as you take advantage of activities, meals, and the area’s tranquility

Picnic in the Vines for Two or Four with, Snacks, and Wineglasses at Pilot Knob Vineyard (54% Off)

Pilot Knob Vineyard

Briggs

$98 $45

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

Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour for Two or Four (Up to 53% Off)

Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour

Granbury

$20 $10

Guides in Civil War costume guide guests to haunted sites around the historic town square while spinning true tales of murder and mayhem

Tour of Replica 1860s Tall Ship for Two or Four from "Compass Rose" (Up to 50% Off)

Compass Rose

Grandpappy Point Marina

$20 $11

Guests trod above and below the decks of a replica 1860s brigantine tall ship at dock to get a sense of 19th-century seafaring life

$12 for a Crocodile Tour for Two at Crocodile Encounter (Up to $23.90 Value)

Crocodile Encounter

Angleton

$23.90 $12

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Guests see Nile crocodiles and feed giant tortoises during hands-on guided tours of reptile show's facility

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

$8 $5

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

Texas Civil War Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Texas Civil War Museum

White Settlement

$12 $7

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This Civil War museum packs galleries with authentic war-era and Texas-tied artifacts including weapons, medical relics, and personal items

Vineyard Tour and Wine Education Class for Two or Four at Arché (50% Off)

Arché

Saint Jo

$30 $15

Groups learn about the crushing, vinification, and aging process of wine-making while in the vineyard

Admission for Two or Four to Thrillvania Haunted House Park (Up to 33% Off)

Thrillvania Haunted House Park

Terrell

$60 $40

Spirits and monsters haunt a nearly 50-acre park, where deranged clowns roam a labyrinth and a towering mansion shoots flames into the sky

30-Minute Segway Experience for Two or Four from Segway Outback (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Segway Outback

Katy Mills

$39.98 $28

Take segway PT's through nine challenging off-road courses at this indoor facility; tracks feature everything from dirt to speed bumps

Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Viejo Pueblo Ghost Rides (Up to 52% Off)

Viejo Pueblo Ghost Rides

San Elizario

$30 $15

Tour sets out on every third Friday of the month, teaching groups about the local history

Winery Tour and Cheese Board for Two or Four at Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery

Kemah

$38 $19

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Tour a winery where varietals are crafted from Texas and California grapes, then taste a variety of wines and cheeses

Individual or Family Membership or Kids' Birthday Party at El Campo Museum of Natural History (Up to 56% Off)

El Campo Museum of Natural History

El Campo

$25 $12

Learn about bears, waterfowl, and jungle animals in exhibits featuring over 500 taxidermied specimens from around the world

Winery Tour for One or Two from Slowpokes Winery Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Slowpokes Winery Tours

Dripping Springs

$120 $60

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

$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Souvenirs and Gifts at Scurry County Museum ($20 Total Value)

Scurry County Museum

Western Texas College

$10 $5

Pick up souvenirs, T-shirts, mugs, magnets, and stocking stuffers at the store inside a museum dedicated to local and regional history

Admission for Two to Reindeer Manor on September 27, October 3, or October 4 (43% Off)

Reindeer Manor

Red Oak

$70 $40

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Visitors reel in fright as ghouls scare and grab them in a haunted house, morgue, and dungeon, which were all inspired by real-life horrors

Museum Visit for Up to Eight at Frontier Times Museum in Bandera (Up to 53% Off)

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

General Admission for Two or Four to Screamworld (Up to 41% Off)

Screamworld

Houston

$58 $35

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Acclaimed seasonal destination features five haunted attractions with disorienting lights, spooky special effects, and costumed actors

Double-Decker Bus Tour for Two, Four, Six, Ten, or a Family of Five from City Sightseeing San Antonio (Up to 57% Off)

City Sightseeing San Antonio

Downtown

$44 $22

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

Haunted House Entry for Two or Four at Slaughterhouse (Up to 59% Off)

Slaughterhouse

Deep Ellum

$48.92 $20

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Revelers get their scares at a haunted house with over 16,000 sq. ft. of horror

One Individual or Team Entry to Social City Dash on Saturday, October 18, at Noon (Up to 51% Off)

Social City Dash

Social City Dash - Austin

$59 $29

Teams use social media to solve clues and complete tasks in a race that takes them by foot all over the city

$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

The Pour House

$90 $45

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

Planetarium Show Admission for Four or Six at The Planetarium at UT Arlington (Up to 50% Off)

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Arlington

$24 $12

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Audiences experience unforgettable stargazing & watch 360 degrees video on one of the largest dome screens in Texas.

$89 for a 24-Hour Segway Rental for Two from MobileManCave.net ($200 Value)

MobileManCave.net

Lubbock

$200 $89

Couples enjoy a full day of adventuring about on a Segway

All-Day Admission for Two or Four to the National Scouting Museum (Up to 50% Off)

National Scouting Museum

Las Colinas

$16 $9

Official museum of the Boy Scouts of America houses more than 600,000 unique items

Admission for Two or Four to Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (50% Off)

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

Downtown Brownsville

$20 $10

See King Tut's gold death mask and other ancient Egyptian treasures inside a 17,000 sq, ft, museum housing more than 350 pieces of fine art

$179 for a 30-Minute Aerobatic Airplane Discovery Flight from Four Winds Aviation ($400 Value)

Four Winds Aviation

McKinney

$400 $179

After you're strapped into the passenger seat, an experienced pilot performs barrel rolls and loops

Visits for Two, Four, or Six to Dr Pepper Museum (50% Off)

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

East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park Admission for Two, Four, or Six (Up to Half Off)

East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park

Grand Saline

$12 $6

Park in which guests can safely view alligators and variety of other wildlife; hands-on experience for people of all ages

One-Hour Tours for Two or Four with Optional Souvenir T-Shirts at Big Thicket Distilling Company (Up to 42% Off)

Big Thicket Distilling Company

Conroe

$20 $12

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

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

Texas Ghost Tours

Historic Galveston

$40 $20

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

Ghost Tour for Two, Two Adults and Two Students or Children, or Up to Eight at D'Vine Wine (Up to 57% Off)

D'Vine Wine

Grapevine

$40 $19

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Attendees learn about Grapevine's haunted history on walking tour; includes glass of wine

$99 for a Two-Hour Introductory Flight Experience at Nationwide Aviation ($215 Value)

Nationwide Aviation

Parker County Airport

$215 $99

Two-hour introductory flight experience includes ground instruction, flight time, and a post-flight lesson

Couple or Family Admission, or Wild West Dinner Show for Two at Enchanted Springs Ranch (Up to 50% Off)

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

$25 for Entry to Houston Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Sunday, October 19 ($55 Value)

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Celtic Gardens

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Guided Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Silverghost Tours (Up to Half Off)

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

Historic Segway Tour in Austin, San Antonio, or Dallas from Segway Nation (Up to 46% Off

Segway Nation

Segway Nation

$69 $37

Pick a historic segway tour, such as the extended Executive tour, in one of three Texas cities

Sightseeing or Moonlight Riverboat Cruise for Two or Four from Lone Star Riverboat (Up to 50% Off)

Lone Star Riverboat

Bouldin

$20 $11

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

Two-Hour Downtown Walking Tour for Two, Three, of Four People from Fort Worth Tours & Trails (50% Off)

Fort Worth Tours & Trails

Multiple Locations

$80 $40

Noted Fort Worth author and historian leads tour through 165 years of Fort Worth history and the city’s historical development

$145 for Airplane Tour for Two from Dallas Fort Worth Air Tours (Up to $295 Value)

Dallas Fort Worth Air Tours

McKinney, TX Airport

$295 $145

A flight over Dallas provides views of lakes, parks, and skyscrapers

Visits for Two or Four to the Children's Museum of Houston (Up to 50% Off)

Children's Museum of Houston

The Museum District

$18 $10

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14 fun and interactive galleries on engineering, environmental issues, and responsibility in the digital world inspire critical thinking

One-Hour Narrated Trolley Tour for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids from The Alamo Trolley (Up to 48% Off)

The Alamo Trolley

Downtown

$50.10 $30

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Trolley tour takes guests past San Antonio's most notable sights such as Market Square, San Fernando Cathedral, and the Alamo

Museum Outing for Two or Four to the Frontiers of Flight Museum (Half Off)

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Northwest Dallas

$16 $8

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Collection of aeronautic artifacts houses the Apollo 7 command module, Hindenburg salvage, and more than 30 vintage aircraft

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

Austin Duck Adventures

Austin Visitor's Center

$55.90 $28

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

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While many children learn by performing hands-on tasks, school systems have yet to figure out how to incorporate gardens, imagination workshops, and towering aqueduct mazes into their budgets. With 90,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, the Children's Museum of Houston sparks creativity by allowing kids to explore 14 learning stations. Ranked No. 1 among the 10 best children's museums in the nation by Parents magazine, named one of the 12 best children's museums in the country by Forbes.com and one of the 10 best by USA TODAY, and voted Best Museum in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by the Houston A-List Poll, the museum has accrued a lot of praise. The Huffington Post has also given a nod to the Children's Museum of Houston, which encourages children to explore their curious nature with a variety of interactive exhibits. Exhibits include the interactive EcoStation, a solar-powered outdoor utopia with activities such as stream creation and leaf rubbing that inspire kids to think about environmental responsibility. At the Invention Convention workshop, kids can explore engineering possibilities with building blocks, propellers, and even basic robotics. The sprawling cityscape of Kidtropolis invites children to participate in a simulated economy. The experience requires them to earn paychecks, budget money on pretend debit cards, vote for political candidates, and learn how to obsessively check milk expiration dates at the onsite grocery store.

1500 Binz St.
Houston,
TX
US

Albert Friedrich poured the first foamer at The Buckhorn Saloon in 1881. Early in his bartending days, Friedrich began accepting horns and antlers in exchange for whiskey and beer, leading to a unique collection now exhibited in The Buckhorn Museum. The historic tavern claims that Teddy Roosevelt once recruited Rough Riders from among its patrons, and it is also rumored as the place where Pancho Villa plotted the Mexican Revolution. An original handcrafted marble-and-cherry-wood back bar and other historic furnishings still reside in the saloon, where guests now swig locally brewed beers and challenge each other to taser duels. Visitors come face to face with the taxidermal heads and other artifacts from more than 520 species, including a 1,056-pound black marlin and a prehistoric irish-elk skull and antlers. The museum also lays claims to a preserved whitetail deer and the rattlesnake rattle artwork of Friedrich’s wife, which guests can show to their own pet snakes as a cautionary example of what happens to misbehaving reptiles.

Adjacent to The Buckhorn Museum, The Texas Ranger Museum houses Texas Ranger paraphernalia such as sawed-off shotguns, badges, and photographs. At Ranger Town, young whippersnappers delight in glimpses of life during turn-of-the-century San Antonio, as depicted by a re-created jail, smith, and telegraph office, as well as the Bonnie and Clyde exhibit, where a '34 Ford V8 Deluxe sits anxiously awaiting its next adventure. On their way out, visitors can drop in at a museum gift shop that traces its own origins to 1920, when it was a curios store.

318 E Houston St
San Antonio,
TX
US

Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill: A User's Guide

Steak and Seafood | Chicago-Style Chophouse Atmosphere | Freshly Baked Popover Starters

Sample Menu

  • Entree (meat): filet mignon with roquefort-bacon-walnut butter and port demi-glace
  • Entree (seafood): miso-glazed salmon with ginger-sake butter
  • Side: mac and cheese with smoked gouda, ham, and white-truffle oil
  • Sunday brunch: crab-cake benedict and a bloody mary

    While You're Waiting

    • Try not to fill up on the popovers. These flaky, fresh-from-the-oven treats begin every meal, and they're known to be quite addictive.
    • Nurse one of the house-specialty cocktails: a Grey Goose martini. The vodka is served at a chilly 28 degrees thanks to the restaurant’s frozen-tap system.

      Inside Tips

      • At Kenny's, the owners pride themselves on their laid-back atmosphere, where their only policy is "to have no policy." If you want to make substitutions, the chef can do that. If you want to split a check, the server can do that, too.
      • Reservations are recommended.

        While You're in the Neighborhood
        Before: Select a predinner drink from the dizzying selection of draft beers at Flying Saucer (14999 Montfort Drive).
        After: Head down the street to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar (4980 Beltline Road) for a night of dancing to the ivory-tickling tunes of A-list pianists.



        If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Kenny’s Burger Joint (1377 Legacy Drive, Suite 120, Frisco, TX), where the owners of Kenny's Wood Fired Grill shift the spotlight to handcrafted burgers.

5000 Belt Line Rd
Dallas,
TX
US

The percussive sounds of water drums and rattling gourds echo across limestone bluffs and the grassy banks of a meandering creek. A cedar-post fence creaks in the breeze. An elegant Victorian farmhouse towers over livestock corrals. Pioneer Farms' themed history sites sprawl across 90 wooded acres, immersing visitors of all ages in exhibits and living demonstrations of Texas history. The grounds also serve as a haven for historic 1800s buildings, many of which were transplanted from their original plots throughout the state and reconstructed with rubber cement.

Offering a snapshot of central Texas's Native American population, an authentic Tonkawa encampment dating back to 1841 welcomes guests to visit tepees and dance to tribal music under a centuries-old oak tree. An 1873 Texian farm, which includes a log-and-board cabin on its original site, provides livestock care and tractor-throwing demonstrations, and the restored rural village of Sprinkle Corner introduces visitors to carpenters, blacksmiths, a general store, and a 19th-century stagecoach house from which more than 12 horse-drawn wagons convey passengers across the farm throughout the day. Wild animals raise their heads above lush grasses near Walnut Creek, and the Scarborough Barn allows children to meet their favorite farm animals. Visitors can further connect to history and nature through the farm's many programs and classes, including workshops focused on traditional blacksmithing, cooking in the buildings' original kitchens, and basic photo red-eye correction using squid ink.

10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Austin,
TX
US

Gene Estes suspects that growing up in the 'dry' precinct of Abilene, Texas may have inspired his alcohol-based ingenuity; he crafted his first batch of wine from Concord grape juice when he was just 23. Years later, after holding various pharmaceutical jobs and putting to use his Masters in Microbiology, Estes' interest in wine re-emerged with a full and passionate force. Today, as the president and vintner of Lost Oak Winery, Gene works alongside resident winemaker Jim Evans to craft a host of award-winning wines. Among them is the 2012 Viognier, which scored a double gold in the renowned San Francisco Chronicle International Wine competition?meaning all five judges awarded the varietal with top scores before gilding the bottle twice in molten gold.

The winery itself offers both guided and self-guided tours, offering visitors a glimpse into the wine-making process complete with samples straight from oak barrels. Additionally, special events draw guests to the lush grounds for live music, wine club events, and the pre-Christmas holiday open house, where they can place preemptive wine orders with Santa.

6925 Confederate Park Rd
Fort Worth,
TX
US

Author and radio host Ken Hudnall leads groups on an informative trek through El Paso's famed, and oftentimes spooky, past during the Downtown History and Mystery Tour. Each traipse through time begins at the Camino Real Hotel, where ominous tales of a distressed bride and the lingering presence of Pancho Villa cast a spectral tone upon the outing's onset. Winding through city streets, Ken and crew stop at the Cortez Building, the Plaza Hotel, and the very first Hilton Hotel, which has hosted several celebrity weddings. As night falls and shadows begin to dance and pants unsuspecting patrons, a stop at the Mills Building—constructed on the site of a hotel that burned to the ground—rounds out the tour's itinerary.

101 S El Paso St.
El Paso,
TX
US