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  • Texas Skydiving Center
    Cindy Gibson hears a lot of ecstatic exclamations from first-time jumpers—including gratuitous use of the words "awesome" and "amazing"—but one of the most memorable remarks she ever heard came from a woman celebrating her 81st birthday. After landing, Cindy asked her why she waited so long to try skydiving. The woman replied that her husband never let her. Then she cracked a sly smile and said, "But now he's dead." Cindy certainly understands the lifelong desire to skydive. "I don't remember a time when I didn’t want to jump out of airplanes," she says. But growing up, she figured you had to be paratrooper to do it. Then as a waitress in college, she overheard some customers talking about going skydiving, and she convinced them to take her along. The more she went, the more ways she found to improve the experience. With this newfound love and knowledge of the skydiving business, she sought out a parcel of land and a passionate team and founded Texas Skydiving Center. Today, she and her team of instructors lead tandem jumps, static-line jumps, and solo free falls thousands of feet above their picturesque facility. Beyond using equipment and instructional methods that are compliant with the United States Parachute Association's standards, the instructors' claim their chief difference lies in the individual attention they give each client. Groups are kept small so that all are on a first-name basis, and the instructors ask each person what they hope to do in the air. A bunch of flips? Maybe a zen-like float? On the way down, they can even record the jumps with several filming options. An eco-friendly dropzone then awaits skydivers, where chattering guinea fowl snatch up insects, colorful songbirds flit through wildflowers, and a llama and alpaca knit their own wool into a commemorative scarf for each successful skydiver.
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    1055 Private Rd. 7022
    Lexington, TX US
  • Art Outside
    The seventh annual Art Outside Festival quenches creative appetites with live music, artists, and a plentitude of interactive workshops and performances. Over 70 bands ally to form the three-day musical lineup, featuring musicians such as Hobotech, Stereo Is A Lie, and Pumpkin. Austin-area youths Residual Kid will move crowds with driving beats even though they aren't old enough to apply for learner's permits, and lots house art cars and geared wildlife from the Austin Bike Zoo to occupy vehicle aficionados. Lay hands on creativity through interactive video displays or marvel at artists filling the tented gallery with freshly painted pieces. Aerial-acrobatic and fire-sculpture demonstrations stretch the imagination as yoga classes stretch the body, and giant artworks stretch canvas over dilapidated barn doors.
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    9112 N Fm 908
    Rockdale, TX US
  • SkyDon Flight Services
    Certified pilot and instructor Don Arsenault is equipped with a personal fleet of whirlybirds and nearly 10,000 hours of flight time. Each of his flight lessons commence with 45 minutes of group ground instruction, bolstering up to four students' understanding of basic helicopter operation and barrel-roll execution before they strap themselves into the cockpit. Gravity is then defied during 15 minutes of individual flight time, with Arsenault providing one-on-one feedback and revving up students by yodeling "Ride of the Valkyries" directly into their ears. Following the flight, students receive a certificate for their training, and, although not included in the value of today's Groupon, have the option to purchase a video of their skyward excursion ($30).
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    303 Airport Road
    Taylor, TX US
  • Brushy Creek
    Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Brushy Creek in Thorndale and embrace the mess. Health-crazed eaters may have to stick with water, though, as Brushy Creek offers delicious grub that's far as can be from low-fat fare. Brushy Creek will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours. Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options. The average check at Brushy Creek will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
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    707 E US Highway 79
    Thorndale, TX US
  • Pepper's Cantina
    Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Pepper's Cantina. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night. It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Pepper's Cantina for a great bite.
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    7401 Fm 112
    Taylor, TX US
  • The Brushy Creek Inn
    Craving finger food? Head to Taylor's The Brushy Creek Inn and chow down on classic pub fare. Diners are expected to enjoy their meal to the fullest, so items low in fat are not available. Save time and money with nearby parking options at The Brushy Creek Inn. Hitting the mid-range mark, The Brushy Creek Inn's prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
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    619 County Road 129
    Taylor, TX US

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