San Antonio Zoo Lights
November 30, 2016
We don’t play around when it comes to holiday festivities, and that’s why we found the best events taking place in central Texas. Home to some of the biggest cities in the state, the region has some amazing holiday events that you can’t miss!
The San Antonio Zoo is hosting the Christmas light extravaganza known as Zoo Lights. Get ready to see the zoo transformed into a Christmas wonderland complete with an ice skating rink and even camel rides! The festivities last until January 1st, which gives you ample opportunity to get a picture of your kids riding a camel—they’re going to love it.
Bat Fest in Austin this Weekend
August 15, 2016
It may be known for live music and a burgeoning food scene the other 364 days of the year, but this Saturday, Austin will be all about the largest urban bat colony in North America under the Congress Avenue Bridge as part of the 12th annual Bat Fest. Fest organizers recommend having your bat-watching spot picked out by 7pm, with a bat flight predicted anywhere between 7 – 8:45pm. General admission is $15—cash only—at the gate, or you can purchase online in advance here. If you want to make a day of it, show up around 4pm to enjoy more than 15 bands on three different stages through midnight.
The Treaty House
August 10, 2016
As if Fredericksburg couldn’t get any cuter, the city’s newest bar and lounge, The Treaty House, is now open! The new establishment features craft cocktails, excellent fine wine, cigars and small plates. The Treaty House’s sophisticated-yet-welcoming space makes for great ambiance for a relaxed night out with friends or an elegant evening. Conveniently located near the Visitor Information Center, stop by The Treaty House and sip in style!
Why Tyler is the Ultimate Summer Escape
July 21, 2016
Escape the Texas heat without leaving the state! Located only an hour and a half east of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Tyler is the perfect weekend getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Surrounded by pine trees and that East Texas breeze, ditch the triple digit temps for this charming oasis. Plan to stay at an Instagram-worthy historic bed & breakfast, indulge in delicious sips and eats, enjoy some of Texas’ finest shopping and maybe even tee up on the golf courses.
Catch Some ZZZs
For a charming retreat, book a room at The Woldert-Spence Manor. This historic home has been beautifully restored to its original grandeur and features stunning stained glass windows and doors, pine-wood floors and crystal chandeliers.
If you dream of being surrounded by nature, try the beautiful High Hills Farm resort. Nature trails and spa services are available on site, as well as a pool that overlooks the vineyard.
For a more high-end getaway, Kiepersol Bed & Breakfast offers one of the most relaxing and luxurious experiences in Texas. Take a dip in the hot tub with beautiful views or a romantic walk through the vineyards that are located on site
Get Your Foodie On
Start your day by grabbing breakfast at The Diner, serving fried favorites as well as gluten-free and Paleo dishes. For lunch, check out The Grove Kitchen and Gardens, a concept that has multiple dining options to suit everyone in your group: The Grove for a farm-to-table meal, Smoke Shack for Texas BBQ, Grab N’ Go home-cooked options and The Bar Lounge for cocktail hour! For dinner reserve your table at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse. From steak to crab cakes, everything at Jack Ryan’s is hand-crafted and prepared with the freshest ingredients in town.
Friday Pie-Day? Yes, please! Every Friday beginning at noon, The Foundry Coffee House serves fresh pies shipped straight from the delicious Emporium Pies in Dallas. Grab a slice before they’re all gone as well as a cup of the best coffee in town. After that sugar rush wears off, cool off AND satisfy your sweet tooth at Andy’s Frozen Custard. Beware, you might have to stand in line, but it’s so worth it. If lines aren’t your thing, swing by Sister 2 Sister Cookies for a straight from the oven, mouth-watering treat. Indulge into a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, or stick to a Chocolate Chip cookie, all made fresh daily!
Shop ‘til You Drop
Tyler is a surprising fashion destination with retail that rivals some of the bigger cities in Texas. A local boutique favorite, Mary V’s offers high-end women’s apparel, accessories, shoes and gifts. Whether you need an outfit for a special occasion or just want some fun Kate Spade heels, Mary V’s will be your style guide!
If your style includes classic denim and forward trends, be sure to check out Jewel! Truly a hidden gem in Tyler, the Jewel carries chic clothing, accessories and features high-end jewelry from the Kismet and Rona Pfeiffer. With an entire wall dedicated to denim jeans, you are certain to find the perfect pair!
Cole and Co is an exceptionally unique store for its home décor and gift variety. Shop jewelry lines such as Kendra Scott and Lagos, tableware from Vera Wang and Waterford, and so much more! Whether you need a gift for a friend or yourself, Cole and Co has a curated selection to make your shopping easy.
More to See & Do
The Kiepersol vineyards and winery offer a unique opportunity to explore Texas wine, fine dining and luxury accommodations in one spot. The 63-acre vineyard produces red and white wines that capture the spirit of Texas and the distillery, with its four farmer-designed stills, gives you a taste of East Texas. If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly community brewery, check out True Vine Brewery. With special events and tastings held on site, it’s sure to be a memorable time!
For the golfers in your family, you won’t want to miss Tyler. The city offers some of the finest golf courses in the state (many with a green fee you’ll love).
Explore Willow Brook, designed by 40s and 50s PGA golfers. This course impresses and challenges. Eagle’s Bluff was ranked #1 of the top 100 courses in Texas and Hideaway Lake has hosted a plethora of special events and tournaments.
Grab the fam and get ready for a great weekend getaway in Tyler. Escape from the metroplex and step into a turn-of-the-century setting with all the trappings of a trendy city. No extra charge for being close by, affordable and 10 degrees cooler!
Texas Cool Downs
July 6, 2016
If you’re seeking thrills and adventure with slides and tubes, then Schlitterbahn is the place for you! Located in Galveston, New Braunfels, South Padre, and Corpus Christi, it is easily accessible for everyone! Water slides, water coasters, lazy rivers, wave pools, leisure pools, and so much more are waiting for you and your family at Schlitterbahn! For more information about tickets and locations, please visit the Schlitterbahn website!
SummerBlast – Grapevine
Looking for fun ways to beat the Texas heat? Come out to Grapevine for the SummerBlast and have fun with the whole family! There is something for everyone from catching outlaws on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, to splashing in the largest indoor water park in Texas at Great Wolf Lodge. Maybe you want to have a day at the Grapevine Museums and then check out the deep-sea creatures at the SEA LIFE Grapevine aquarium. Shop until you drop at one, or all, of the many shopping centers and malls that Grapevine has to offer. There is something for everyone at the SummerBlast in Grapevine!
BSR Cable Park – Waco
Home to the world’s tallest water slide and the world’s longest lazy river, BSR Cable Park is the water park of the summer! Pick one of three water slides to race down with your friends and get launched into the air before splashing down in the 15-foot pool. The smallest slide is more of a bunny slope and the largest slide has a 100-foot drop for the more adventurous riders. Kick back, relax, and be lazy on the ¾-of-a-mile-long lazy river. Bring your own tubes or rent one. If you feel like bringing a cooler with you while you float downstream, cooler floats are also available for rent. In addition to all of the water activities that Cable Park offers, there are seven cabins that you can rent right on site! Come make a splash this summer with your family and friends!
Things to Do This Summer
June 8, 2016
There’s so much going on this summer! From outdoor fun to evening entertainment at the Eisemann Center, you’ll find the perfect place for family fun in Richardson. Before you come check out these great hotel rates: Book a Room.
If it’s shopping you want, make the most of Richardson’s central location for easy access to metroplex shopping hotspots: NorthPark Center, Galleria Dallas and Allen Premium Outlets! Click here to download the most current discount coupons.
If it’s the outdoors you love, take your bike out and enjoy the 40 miles of trails. Or enjoy a nice picnic in the Spring Creek Nature Area after a hike. Playgrounds for children and lakes to feed ducks are not in short supply, so take your family out and enjoy all of the beautiful nature Richardson has to offer.
For a more sophisticated evening out, check out the Eisemann Center. Click here for ticket information.
For those of you who love glam and all things sparkly, Richardson is hosting the 2016 Miss Texas Pageant. Beginning June 24, come out to the Charles W. Eisemann Center and watch the statewide contestants show their talents and beauty.
Richardson’s Family Fourth Celebration is the perfect way to spend our nation’s birthday! Come out to Breckinridge Park to soak up all of the patriotism, live music, and sun. After a day of family activities, sit back, relax, and enjoy an incredible firework show.
For more information and any questions you may have, please visit http://richardsontexas.org.
Stargaze at ATX Television Festival this Weekend
June 6, 2016
A weekend pass to ATX Television Festival is a small price to pay for a little weekend “star” gazing. This June 9 – 12, various locations around Austin will host a wide variety of star-studded panels to include Adrianne Palicki of Friday Night Lights and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and The News Room, America Ferrera of Ugly Betty, Katey Segal of Sons of Anarchy and so many more—check out the complete list of panelists here. While this weekend’s panelists are a highlight for most, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained throughout the festival as well that include a Tailgate Community Screening of Friday Night Lights, a Dawson’s Creek Writers’ Room Reunion at Paramount Theater and a presentation of the The Evolution and History of The Simpsons at State Theater.
Main Street Fest + Craft Brews in Grapevine this Weekend
May 17, 2016
Plan for an all-out party this weekend in Grapevine, where Main Street Fest will feature a special Craft Brew Tasting Experience to celebrate American Craft Beer Week this week.
The whole family will enjoy Grapevine’s Main Street Fest happening this Friday through Sunday, featuring a Carnival & Midway plus a KidCave with children’s shows and special family-friendly museum exhibits. Adults will appreciate one of the many premium wine areas around the festival featuring Texas Wine—including the Texas Wine Pavilion—plus the separate ticketed Craft Brew Experience on the festival grounds with more than 50 craft beers to taste.
You’ll also be able to shop a lineup of marketplace and artisan vendors within the festival, or stroll through Grapevine’s Historic Main Street before or after the fest for an amazing selection of locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and more.
Buy your Main Street Fest tickets online in advance here, and be sure to pick up your ticket to the special Graft Brew Tasting Experience online here if you’re looking for some extra fun this weekend!
Crossroads of Texas Film Festival this Week
May 16, 2016
Come out and celebrate four days of Texas-made films in Waxahachie this week as part of the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival. The festivities officially kick off on Wednesday at 11:30am with a luncheon at Chautauqua Auditorium that includes a panel discussion from industry professionals on music in film. There will also be plenty of showings of films like Selena, Two Step and Secondhand Lions with special guest appearances throughout the week, culminating in closing night activities on Saturday May 21 that include food trucks, street dance and an 8pm showing of Grand Champion. Purchase your tickets to the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival online in advance here.
Paddle the Preserve in Beaumont
May 13, 2016
Looking for a fun weekend adventure? This Sunday, experience the natural beauty of Beaumont by joining park rangers on a FREE canoeing excursion down the waters of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Canoes and paddles will be provide, so all you need to bring are some friends and an adventurous spirit! Because trip space is limited, call 409-951-6700 to register for the weekend’s excursion or click here for more information.
Carnival Houston Show and Parade
Carnival Houston celebrates life and diversity in a 4-day parade and festival extravaganza as part of Houston’s annual summer kick-off June 9-12. This year’s Carnival Houston features a Masquerade Bash, Paint Party, Street Parade, Festival, and After Party, where Latin America, the Caribbean, and New Orleans cultures are blended together in a colorful weekend of fun. The event highlights the diverse cultures in Houston and is an exciting explosion of music, cuisine, revelry, costume parade and performances. Houston will welcome over 5, 000 enthusiastic carnival goers and over 900 participants to its parade. During the parade you can watch or participate while dancing to Calypso, Soca, Samba, and Steel Pan music, as well as sample food and drinks from the Caribbean, Central and South America. Purchase your tickets today for an exciting weekend of cultural celebration here, for the Costume Ball, Paint Fest, and the grand Parade and Festival.
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