More than 500 exotic animals prowl, scamper, and crawl through their expansively recreated habitats at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. In a new exhibit titled Otterly Awesome, guests can interact with and pet two baby otters, Penny and Penelope. The Asian small-clawed otter pups were recently featured on a KENS 5 news segment.
There's plenty else to see there, as well. Guests quake with curiosity as they watch the alligator and crocodile ponds. Patrons can interact with cuddlier critters at the petting zoo, where dozens of fluffy goats, alpacas, and llamas gather to tie-dye their coats. Elsewhere, cackles of hyenas reverberate throughout the grounds, spurring a pack of wolves to emit a more introspective sound by baying at the moon. Wizened tortoises bask in a field of lettuce and racing trophies as a duo of ring-tailed lemurs relax in their environment. They also offer 12 shows per day during the off season and 14 shows during the regular season. During Ghosts of the Jungle, two rare white lions tumble and play. They're not albinos, but uniquely pigmented animals first seen in the Timbavati region in 1938, and they have beautifully colored eyes that flit intelligently around their space.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Extreme Martial Arts New Braunfels helps to tone and tighten bodies while simultaneously improving self-defense skills. Instructors guide groups through sequences of BJJ, kickboxing, and no gi grappling moves, as well as Extreme Martial Arts sessions that combine the techniques.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
Extreme Martial Arts New Braunfels has classes for children as young as 3yrs old and classes for adults of any age.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Our mission is to create a positive measurable difference here in the New Braunfels community.
What do you love most about your job?
Here at Extreme Martial Arts New Braunfels we have a passion for teaching Martial Arts the right way, safety and with an emphasis on family's learning together.
Texas Ski Ranch Cablestock has pretty much cornered the market on action sports. If you can name it, the complex probably has it: wakeboarding, waterskiing, skateboarding, trampoline jumping, rock climbing, and even snowboarding and snow tubing on artificial terrain. But TSR was missing at least one adrenaline-packed activity, which it remedied in 2016.
The ranch's outdoor paintball park comprises two courses suited for all skill levels. They're dotted with obstacles—huge concrete cylinders, a broken-down school bus, piles of tires, pallet structures—where players can dodge the colorful fire or sneak up on their opponents. Visitors can wield their own equipment or rent a brand-new Tippmann marker during open-play sessions and reserved skirmishes. And, if they like the feel of the gear, they can head over to the pro shop to make a purchase. Once their paintball objective is completed, players can refuel at the two eateries alongside Texas Ski Ranch's beach.
Within the McKenna Children's Museum, the laughter of parents and children bounces through the corridors of hands-on educational exhibits. The ever-changing features and activities foster creativity in youngsters while stimulating their interest in science, health, and nature. In a realistic grocery store, shelves full of goods let kids practice nutritional shopping and arguing over the expiration dates of coupons. Further along, the Destination Space exhibit hosts a simulated space shuttle where children can take the helm of important-looking controls. Outside the museum, a colorful maze snakes up a 30-foot climbing structure, and cushy blue building pieces are scattered across the outdoor playground.
A large gift shop packs shelves with interactive toys. A fresh salad bar stretches across the dining room of the onsite bistro, complementing a menu of healthy snacks that fuel wee ones for their day of play and night of blackmailing the boogeyman.
Texas Ski Ranch sends wakeboarders, kneeboarders, and water-skiers skimming across the placid surface of a cable lake—all without the use of a boat. Ropes connected to a circulating cable high above the water pull up to six athletes at a time around the water, with kickers and sliders stationed throughout to provide opportunities for big air, as well as a Little Bro cable system for beginners.
Aside from the cable park, the 70-acre complete action sports complex offers wakeboarding, a 15,000-square-foot city-style skate park, a beautiful beach, an indoor trampoline park, a beach area, a portable rock wall, a pro shop, and Wahoo's Fish Taco restaurant. Even snowboarders can visit to slide down the SnowPark's synthetic surface that mimics real snow, allowing winter sports enthusiasts to get back in the action and tune up their board, or learn to snowboard for the very first time by taking lessons from a crew of seasoned instructors.
Through its camps, clinics, and year-round programs, Ball Hard gives a boost to youth, junior high, and high school hoopsters on their quest to becoming college basketball players. Since its founding, Ball Hard and its team of professional trainers have produced more than 60 Division I scholarship recipients—none of whom were red-shirted, meaning they entered college ready to contribute on the court and did not spend an extra year growing in a giant flower pot. During clinics, many coaches draw from experience coaching NBA, WNBA, and D1 athletes, but Ball Hard doesn’t limit its wisdom to just the hardwood. Away from drills, practices, and games, the company emphasizes academic success and personal advancement, and even offers programs and GPA monitoring to ensure its players become both well-rounded athletes and well-rounded members of society.