Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/Tomb Rider 3D, 329 Alamo Plaza San Antonio TX, (210)226-2828, www.haunted-guinness-crockett.com. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a multi-million dollar haunted house featuring live actors, animatronics and bone chilling special effects. Guinness World Records Museum is a state of the art, interactive experience that brings the world famous book to life. Tomb Rider 3D is a multi-million dollar, special effect 3D interactive, adventure ride! Summer hrs: (Memorial Day through Labor Day) Sun-Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am midnight. Winter hrs: (September through May) Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Admission: adult $18.99/$21.99/$26.99, kids 4-12yrs $10.99/$13.99/$16.99 (1attraction, 2 attractions, all 3 attractions.

Tower of the Americas Observation Deck & Skies Over Texas 4D Theater Ride www.toweroftheamericas.com.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not & Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Alamo Plaza & Crockett St. San Antonio TX,(210)224- WAXX, www.plazawaxmuseum.com. This is one of the finest wax museums in the US and the world’s most unusual museum with 500 exhibits in themed galleries. See movie stars, historic figures, and famous athletes. Hours Mon-Thurs 9:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm. Admission: adult $18.99/$21.99, kids 4-12 $9.99/$12.99 (one attraction/both attractions).

Nightmare on Grayson Street, 201 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX(Seasonal: Nov only) www.nightmareongrayson.com. San Antonio’s longest-running and popular haunted house. An experience for tweens and teens. Seasonal for Hallowe’en only so check website.

Fiesta Farm – The Pony Party Place, 8497 FM 1560 San Antonio TX, (210)316-3166, www.fiestafarmlc.com. Farm/ranch activities and pony rides, plus a petting zoo with ponies, donkeys, ducks, llamas, pot-bellied pigs, chickens and more. A fun adventure with educational aspects for young children. Call for party planning, or open to the public 9am-12pm Wed & Sat mornings. Admission: $6 per person.

The Magik Theatre, 402 S Alamo St. San Antonio,TX (210)227-2751, www.magiktheatre.org. In 1994 the Magik Theatre was created as a voice for young people and families throughout the region. Plays are based on books children read in schools and each show is accompanied by study guides, stimulating children to think clearly and creatively. Check website for plays & times. Admission: adults $10, kids 3-17 $8, lap kids $2.

Rio Trans Barge Ride, www.riosanantonio.com

San Antonio Zoo www.sazoo-aq.org 3,500 animals of 750 different species found in one of the premier zoos in North America in natural habitat settings, built in former rock quarry in 1914. Membership for entire family $65/annually.

Charros de Bejar www.sacharro.com, 6126 Padre Dr San Antonio TX, (210)846.8757

Dude Ranches:  Most of these are found in Bandera TX, the self-proclaimed Cowboy Capital of the World. Rodeos are scheduled weekly from late May to early September. Country & western music and dance halls abound, such as Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar. Dude ranches can be found in the surrounding hill country.  Also check out the Cowboy Artists of America Museum, 1550 Bandera Hwy in Kerrville TX www.caamuseum.com.

Enchanted Springs Ranch www.enchantedspringsranch.com. Actually in Boerne TX, this 86 acre working ranch has much to excite the kids on a day trip, with longhorn cattle, buffalo, deer, and exotic species. There are over 30 buildings in the old Western style & the ranch has been used as a location for many television shows and commercials. Entertainment includes tractor hay rides, stagecoach rides, stunt shows, trick ropers, gunslingers, Woodrow the Longhorn, Pistol Packin’ Paula with her bullwhip & gun twirling tricks, and special events such as Cowboy Christmas. 242 Hwy 46 West, Boerne, TX  78006, (830) 249-8222.

The Dixie Dude Ranch www.dixieduderanch.com. Still  a working 725 acre ranch with longhorn cattle, cashmere goats, and pigs, your bunk beds and meals are provided during a 2nite min stay, along with your choice of planned activities such as horseback riding, swimming, catch & release fishing (we provide gear), hiking, hayrides, campfire sing-alongs, dancing and lots of Western fun. Also available are outdoor activities such as basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, ping-pong, tether ball, & washers.  When the chow bell rings, you'll come running to savor our home-cooked meals, an endless variety of outdoor barbeques, Sunday fried chicken, and an occasional cowboy breakfast served on the range.

For more information on dude ranches offering day trips, overnight stays, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, etc. in the area surrounding San Antonio, please follow this link: http://www.banderacowboycapital.com/Lodging/DudeandGuestRanches/pagen.html

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