A family outing fosters lifelong memories and gives houses the chance to molt in private. Leave your domicile to its own devices with today's Groupon: for $30, you get one ticket to a Family Fun Picnic ($60 value) at the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne. The picnic takes place Saturday, July 16 from 4 p.m.–8 p.m.
For more than 50 years, the longhorn-cattle filled Don Strange Ranch has hosted many a social club and wedding—including the recent nuptials of country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert—with southern hospitality and down-home eats. As music sets heads a-bobbing, fuel up for a day of family-friendly hayrides, frisbee golf, bingo, water slide, ping pong, and fire-safety filmstrips with a buffet of slow-smoked brisket drenched in Don's famous barbecue sauce, hill-country sausage, double-fudge brownies, and borracho beans, among other homemade salads, relishes, and slaws. Cooking demos and samplings spark the brain-ovens of aspiring chefs, and though not included in today's Groupon, craft beers, margaritas, and snow cones are also available.
Don Strange Ranch's setting adds a few new activities to the traditional picnic playbook, such as feeding longhorns and painting barns with surrealist murals depicting Super Mario Bros. levels. Kids can face off in sack races as their parents play tug of war to determine who gets the last brownie. Foresighted fams who bring towels will get to plunge down the inflatable waterslide, and those who bring bikes can explore the surrounding trails.
Don Strange of Texas
The low-hanging branches of southern live oak trees stretch out over the house and pavilion areas at Don Strange Ranch, dappling parties, weddings, and corporate team gatherings with splashes of sunlight. Since 1952, the 125-acre longhorn ranch in the Texas Hill Country has hosted myriad events, including scenes from the PBS music documentary series Live from the Artists Den and the wedding of country music stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
More than just a picturesque backdrop, the ranch’s rugged natural surroundings host outdoor activities such as ropes courses and kayak trips down the Guadalupe River. And the friendly staffers who man 350- to 400-foot ziplines work to ease guests out of their comfort zones, like a mother bird pushing her young out of the nest for their first extreme base-jumping lesson.