Andy's on River Road supplies inflatable fun for leisurely glides through the gently rushing waters of the Frio River. Hop on a shuttle (a $5 value/person) that transports floating pairs from the free parking area to the float-trip drop-off point. Several styles of tubes ($5 value each) gently guide float trippers from the river's edge to its molten middle for a day of buoyant fun; choose from air-stuffed donuts with or without bottoms, or opt for styles equipped with headrests to offer hard-working necks a well-deserved respite. After a long day of kicking back, floaters can kick back in a return shuttle.
Tucked within 50 unblemished acres in the peaceful hill-country valley, the Kerrville Folk Festival has spent nearly 40 years enchanting ears with an eclectic mix of folk, blues, country and Americana performances spread out across 18 melodious days. Music-lovers on May 27 can spend the evening air-tromboning along with Austin Klezmorim, known as one of the Southwest's oldest klezmer bands, or crooning along with Seth Glier, a gifted young piano plinker from western Massachusetts. Legendary member of Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow, headlines the festivities on June 3 and Atlanta's Girlyman subvert its namesake on June 10 with muscular three-part harmonies and competitive bass-drum bench presses.
This spring, the Twin Elm Guest Ranch hosts the Bandera Chuckwagon Races in a three-day-long equi-centric event that gratifies guests with food, camping, arena events, and more. The ranch spans across more than 250 acres of scenic hills, woods, trails, and rivers, which guests can easily access by teaming up with a horse and doing their best centaur impressions ($35 per hour). On Friday, May 13, the festivities will begin with the 8 a.m. chuck wagon breakfast, and later that night, ticket holders can enjoy the 8 p.m. Twin Elm Buckle Series Rodeo. In addition to watching bull riding, barrel racing, and calf roping, guests can enjoy mounting their own saddled sidekick for a 9 a.m. trail ride on May 14 before cheering on the chuck wagon racers.
While some would look upon a timbered field and see possible farmland or a housing development, Shane Heffernan and Regan Land saw a potential paintball battleground. Rolling up their shirtsleeves and soliciting the help of friends with promises of cupcakes, the duo hauled in obstacles such as industrial-size cable spools, oil drums, and stacks of tires to construct five fields, including two woodsball fields and a full-size PSP course bedecked with inflatable obstacles. A picnic area offers players a place to relax between games, and Adrenaline's staff anticipate visitors' questions on a FAQ page.
The undulating landscape of Texas's hill country isn't just for gazing at or journaling atop?it's also for conquering. That's why The Thunder Dash descends upon the postcard-pretty and cardiovascular-challenging stretch of land for a hybridized fitness challenge. Participants meander on winding paths for a 5K obstacle course, where they'll sprint through natural mud pits and climb into 30-foot quarries. They can also tackle the 5K fitness challenge, which pairs racing with a series of calisthenics?such as burpees, jumping jacks, and Electric Slides?performed at stations every half mile.
Nestled in Texas Hill Country, Fest Out West treats audiences to a weekend-long lineup of crooners. Performances take place in Luckenbach and Kerrville's Y.O. Ranch Hotel, which ensconces guests in Old West luxury with walls covered in mounted antlers, chandeliers crafted from old branding irons, and trough bottle service for VIP horses.