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DEEP ELLUM BREWING COMPANY
To Never waste your time with gimmicks
To Let our beer do the talking
To never live or work in a dry county
To remember our roots
To never serve a single glass of bad beer
Southern Star Brewing Company was founded in July 2007, located in Conroe, Texas. We were the first craft brewery in the great state of Texas to can craft beer. Due to the dramatic increase in popularity of our brews, we were provided the opportunity to move our operations in to a brand new, custom built facility in 2016. We now sit on over 13-acres of woods property, with an extraordinary tap room to overlook the production brewhouse, an outdoor Biergarten with a live music stage and a disc golf course. We love entertaining our guests Thursdays through Sunday and giving brewery tours at 2pm and 4pm every Saturday.
We started production March 2008. Contrary to popular belief, the first beer we ever brewed was our Pine Belt Pale Ale. Shortly after, we added Bombshell Blonde and Buried Hatchet Stout to the list of year round releases. With Conspiracy Theory IPA added in 2016 and Blood Belt Pale Ale in 2017.
We also have been known to host a homebrew competition where the grand prize is a chance to brew your recipe on our system. Our 2011 Pro-AM received such fanfare that we decided to add it to the group, and thus, Valkyrie was born, which has since been retired.
Deeply rooted in originality, high quality, and community, 903 Brewers prides itself on solely offering its best to the best (you).
Acting on their dream of sharing their love of creating great beer with folks who mean the most, 903 Brewers is the product of the perfectionism and persistence of founders Jeremy (also head brew boss) and Natalie Roberts.
Their award-winning beers include the Sasquatch Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout which took home the silver in the 2015 Great American Beer Festival aged beer category. Their Scotch Ale, Kilt Switch, took home a bronze in 2018.
Cultivating its craft since 2013, 903 beer is noticeably crafted with impeccable care. 903 Brewers first made a name for itself with the beloved The Chosen One Coconut Ale and Roo’s Red Ale. Now, with an array of year-round, seasonal, and special release beers, craft beer enthusiasts are sure to find their flavor.
The brewery itself has more than your favorite beer on tap, join the gang for trivia, movie nights, and Saturday tours.
No matter if you’re bonding at the brewery or hanging in the Land of Milk and Honey at home, the 903 fam is honored to brew for you.
Why Only Cans? 1) Quality. 2) Ecology. 3) Tubing. Beer always tastes better out of a keg, right? Think of our cans as tiny kegs. Inside these protective metal grenades our beer is less susceptible to degradation. Cans get cold faster and the beer stays gooder longer. Then there’s big momma earth. The impact of recyclable cans on the environment is remarkably less than bottles. Plus, you can’t take bottles tubing. And that leads to the host of little reasons cans are great: 1) Drinkability B) Toss-ability 3) Wizard Staff-ability.
Since 1996, we’ve been brewing in Blanco, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. When you get to make beer in a place like this, you develop a greater appreciation for the simpler things in life — fresh air, wide-open spaces, and working with your hands. We're proud to make beer with as little processing as possible. In addition to being unfiltered and unpasteurized, we never use preservatives or artificial colors. We start with water from the nearby Blanco River and the highest quality ingredients. Then we take the time to allow all the unique characteristics of the ingredients to shine. We believe doing less to the beer actually creates more complexity, aroma and flavor.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, located in Houston, is Texas' Oldest Craft Brewery. Our goal is to brew world class beers and deliver them to our customers as fresh as possible making them the best beers in Texas and Louisiana. Our customers are beer lovers - people that appreciate great, full-flavored beers.
Our small crew does everything at the brewery: brew the beer, filter the beer, keg the beer, bottle the beer, sell the beer and drink the beer. For us, this is a passion, not a job. We believe that this comes through in the beers we make. Our beers have soul.
We brew several different beers; some are year round, some are seasonal and a few are single batch brews. They are available in bars, restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores and warehouse stores throughout Texas and Louisiana.
We don’t take ourselves too seriously but you can be damn sure we take our beer seriously. We use classic German techniques and make beer for everyone to enjoy. And we mean everyone. We have a variety of styles to fit any style. Yes, even that style. Home of the official beer of the Houston Astros, the Crawford Bock.
For centuries, beer has brought people together, transcending identity or class. We at Community we believe that it can be a integral part of influencinglocal culture and creating memorable experiences.
We strive to create the highest quality craft brews we can,while creating an environment where our community can gather
to enjoy good company and great beer together.Our location in central Dallas, located on the edge of the Design District,
allows us to be a strong part of the North Texas communityand a hub for a diverse lineup of events ... all while supporting local artists, musicians, and charities whenever we can.
We call this "Beer For The Greater Good."
Here at Lakewood, we strive to create the highest quality beers by developing new and exciting styles while staying true to the art and precision of craft brewing. We handcraft small batch beers that are full of unique, exciting flavors and reflect the timelessness, creativity, and energetic fun that makes Lakewood less of a place and more of a feeling. It’s where we brewed our first beer, where my family calls home, and where Lakewood Brewing Company was born.
Since 1997, Live Oak Brewing Company has been committed to producing delicious lagers and ales for the enjoyment of passionate beer drinkers of Austin, Texas, and beyond. We employ an old-world style of brewing rarely found in America but practiced extensively throughout central Europe. We source only the best authentic ingredients, and use a time-consuming mash and secondary lagering process. The result has achieved both regional and national acclaim, but more importantly, the satisfaction of loyal beer drinkers who appreciate our beer-making efforts.
In 2015 we moved out of our home of 19 years in East Austin. Our new brewery, nestled among majestic groves of live oaks along the Colorado River, is just minutes from downtown Austin. Our new location features a spacious taproom and the shadiest Biergarten in town. We opened our doors to the public in February 2016 and hope you’ll come see us soon!
The Lone Pint Brewery is a grassroots insurrection with the true beer lover in mind. We are dedicated to creating distinctive local Texas ales that are tasty, hoppy, and quaffable. We use raw whole cone hops for bittering, flavoring, aroma, and dry hopping in our brews. However, an equally important ingredient is the renewable energy that powers our Brewery. The spent grain is fed to a local dairy farmer's cows and the spent hops live on in our beer.
Craft brewing is an American institution. Our brewhouse and tanks are from Nevada, our boiler from Pennsylvania, our kegging machine from California, our chiller from Oregon, our bottling machine from Washington, and our mill from Canada (close enough, eh!). Point being, we kept the love at home, doing our part to insure that craft brewing will always remain an American institution.
Established in 2010, Jester King is an authentic brewer of farmhouse ales connected to a time, place and people. Our philosophy is to work in partnership with nature to create beer unique to our natural surroundings.
Over the years, we've grown into a welcoming destination for people of all ages to enjoy food, drink, friends, family and community. We invite you to visit us and enjoy all that our brewery, restaurant, farm, event hall and 165 acres of preserved land has to offer!
After a long day’s toil in the fields, hardworking farmers around Shiner would often find a cold bottle of Shiner beer waiting on a fence post, left there by our own Kosmos Spoetzl. The farmers enjoyed some cold refreshments, and Shiner earned more loyal fans. Today, we still raise a glass to Kosmos Spoetzl, creator of the original Shiner Beer Break.
In the 1970s Shiner Beer’s reputation began to spread beyond the town of Shiner, eventually rising to fame in the Cosmic Cowboy Capital of Austin, Texas. There, in venues like the Armadillo World Headquarters, an eclectic group of hippies and rednecks enjoyed Shiner for just three dimes a glass. The beer was a hit, and a sign of things to come as Shiner would soon be enjoyed by drinkers across the country.
Stop into Galveston's premiere local brewery. Located on the west end of Galveston Island, and just a block from the beach, Galveston Island Brewing is a great stop on your tour of the island. All beers on our 11 tap, tap wall are brewed right on site. Our beers range from our flagship, TIKI Wheat to our year round #1 IPA, Citra Mellow. Our rotating tap wall boasts one off brews, specialty releases and your year round favorites. Not sure where to start? Ask your bartender help you with a beer flight. A wonderful sampling of 4 of our beers. Get your growler filled and take our beer home with you. Bring your own growler or purchase one in the tap room. We carry 32 oz. and 64 oz. growlers.
Galveston Island Brewing has something fun for the whole family. Kids welcome and we are dog friendly (in the yard area, on a leash). A playground in the front lawn area, board games, yard games and a whole lot of relaxation.
Big Bend National Park
There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country.
BIG THICKET NATIONAL PRESERVE
Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature.
Great continental glaciers retreated and their melted ice filled the sea. A rising sea piled up ridge after ridge of sand along today’s Texas Gulf Coast, creating a vast island of which Aransas is a remnant. Time brought many changes to the land. River sediments filled barrier lagoons, joining the island to the mainland. Grasses and trees invaded sandy ridges creating a home for Ice Age mammals such as lion, camel, bison, bear, mammoth and mastodon. The Pleistocene era was lost to geological history; behind it was left the land and a few mementos of that era, including fossilized teeth and alligators.
Today, this landscape is best known for its prominent place in the American wildlife conservation movement. In 1941, when only 15 whooping cranes survived in the wild, the iconic bird became an emblem of alarm and concern for all endangered and threatened species. Aransas became a focal point of the national and worldwide effort to rescue the species from extinction
With more than five miles of coastline, we have plenty of room for fun in the sun. Hang out on the beach, fish in the bay, add birds to your life list, and explore this unspoiled barrier island park. It’s time to head to the coast!
Things to Do
At Mustang Island State Park, what you do is up to you. You can play at the beach (swim, surf, build a sand castle), camp, picnic, fish, hike, mountain bike, kayak, bird watch (especially during spring and fall migrations) and geocache.
Thousands of visitors come to Guadalupe Mountains National Park to visit McKittrick Canyon each year, especially during the latter part of October or early November for the sensational fall colors. In this tiny part of west Texas, the foliage (brilliant reds, subtle yellows, and deep browns) contrasts dramatically with the flavor of the arid Chihuahuan desert that includes century plants, prickly pear cacti, blacktail rattlers, steep canyon walls and crystal clear blue skies. Whether you come for the fall show, or plan your trip for another season, the beauty of McKittrick Canyon is always breathtaking.
The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park; experience the canyon's rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history.
Things to Do
Explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. We have more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Camp, geocache, study nature or bird watch. During the summer, enjoy a performance of TEXAS Outdoor Musical.
Choose from campsites with water and electricity, tent sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four Cow Camp cabins on the canyon floor. Rent one of our pavilions for a wedding, reunion or meeting.
Stop by the Visitor Center on the canyon rim to learn more about the park. The park store at the Visitor Center sells books, pottery, jewelry and more. Look for souvenirs, snacks and meals at The Trading Post on the canyon floor.
Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.
Carved beneath the Texas Hill Country, a world of natural beauty awaits you.
Your guided one-hour tour will take you through corridor after corridor of timeless beauty in its cool, comfortable 64-degree natural environment.
Your guided one-hour tour will take you through corridor after corridor of timeless beauty in its cool, comfortable 64-degree natural environment.
Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. This long trip to the past is just a short drive from Fort Worth.
Find dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim and fish in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, ride your horse, or visit our interpretive center.
In southwest Texas, far from all cities and most people, lies one of the most pristine rivers in Texas. Clear spring-fed water tumbles past rugged ridges, scenic canyons and brushy banks. It’s not easy to get here, but it’s worth the effort.
Devils River State Natural Area offers a wilderness experience, on the river and on land. Be prepared to pack in all supplies and water, and pack out all trash.
For thousands of years, people have trekked to these rock hills in far west Texas. In earlier times, they came for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, or huecos (“whey-coes”). Visitors today marvel at the imagery left by those ancient people.
At Hueco Tanks, you can hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Visitors can take guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery
The hiking trail to the pool is a quarter mile and is steep and rugged with uneven steps. Sturdy shoes are recommended. It takes approximately 30 minutes to hike from the parking lot to the pool and back.
Join us on a guided hike through Hamilton Pool Preserve. Our tour begins in the dry uplands and descends 80 feet into a canyon which features a wide diversity of native plants and animals. Along the way, learn about the history of Hamilton Pool and how its unique geological features were formed. The tour ends at the collapsed grotto, waterfall, and pool. The tour lasts about an hour.
Son’s Island is an actual hidden island in Seguin, Texas!
Where you can rent lakeside Cabanas by the day, go kayaking & paddleboarding as well as stay overnight in a glamping setup! You access this private hideaway by driving across a 100-foot wooden bridge. Once you cross over on to the island, you’ll discover a very special place. Large cypress trees & cabanas outline the 4,000-foot perimeter lakefront Island! Tropical trees and plants abound, as well as thatched roof huts, leaving you thinking you’re on a remote tropical Island somewhere! Spend the day having fun with your friends and family swimming, fishing, barbecuing, water sliding, playing beach volley and more! While on the Island, rent kayaks, paddleboards and iFloats, so you can explore all around the island by water! Or simply hang out in the cabana with your friends and family barbecuing & chatting, or rest in a comfortable hammock. Our Hawaiian style cabanas are constructed with actual palm leaves for their roofs. Every cabana has: a picnic table, a hammock, lounge chairs, a BBQ pit, comfortable seating, running water and electricity, a private swimming/fishing dock, a bar top table and stools.
Dive into the crystal-clear water of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Swim, scuba dive, or just relax under the trees at this historic park in arid West Texas.
The Civilian Conservation Corps built Balmorhea State Park in the 1930s. Nearly 80 years later, people are still cooling off at our park.
Swim, scuba or skin dive, camp, geocache, study nature and bird watch. Explore our restored cienegas (desert wetlands), home to endangered fish and other wildlife.
The park has picnic sites, an outdoor sports area and a playground. Rent our group hall for your next family gathering.
Stay overnight at one of 34 campsites. Or reserve a room at the San Solomon Springs Courts, motel-style retro lodging built by the CCC.
Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.
As one of the founding families of the Texas wine industry, we have made exquisite wines with grapes sourced from our estate in the Hill Country and farmer-owned vineyards throughout Texas for four decades. We celebrate our faith in the terroir with our continued dedication to match the right grapes with the right vineyard sites in the right soil and climate to produce benchmark wines.
We invite you to come and experience our single-vineyard Terroir Reflections wines and Bordeaux inspired Meritus Wines at our tasting rooms in Driftwood and Tow, Texas. Indulge in a wine country experience by touring the vineyards, meeting the winemakers, joining our Founder’s Club, and enjoying a festive winery event or wine education class
Where wine is a pleasure, not a party - Taste our award-winning wines with over 200 medals in just the last two years. Tour our beautiful 100-acre Texas hill country estate, winery and romantic Tuscan Villa tasting rooms and restaurant nestled among the oaks and vines in Fredericksburg Texas. Join the wine club to truly experience all Grape Creek has to offer and Belong! We look forward to your visit and can’t wait to welcome you in person.
At Grape Creek "It's about the wine!"
The Duchman Family Winery was founded in 2004 by Drs. Lisa and Stan Duchman in a quest to bring world-class winemaking to Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country. Their love of the unique Italian grape varieties as well as similar weather patterns to Texas inspired them to work with viticultural consultant Bobby Cox and growers in the Texas High Plains AVA to produce grapes that would allow their winemakers, Dave Reilly and Mark Penna, to experiment with making wines like Vermentino, Sangiovese, and Dolcetto.
The winery continues to source the majority of its fruit from the Texas High Plains AVA, where cooler temperatures and a more "continental" climate are ideal for the production of fine wine made from Italian grape varieties. As the winery grows, the Duchmans remain committed to their goal to produce food-friendly fine wine in Central Texas using Texas-grown fruit exclusively. With an eye on the future, Duchman Family Winery continues to develop innovative winemaking and grape growing techniques in order to provide wine that truly reflects a taste of Texas for years to come.
Becker Vineyard's winery is a 10,000 square foot facility which is a reproduction of a late 19th century German stone barn, a prevalent style of the Texas Hill Country. Since the vineyard was founded in 1992, three winery expansions have taken place to accommodate 74 fermentation tanks and over 4500 barrels used during the aging process. The winery is the largest purchaser of French and American Oak barrels in the state of Texas. Guided tours are conducted hourly on the weekends and on a limited basis during the week. The production and bottling operation is a year-round process. Our "state of the art" Italian designed bottling equipment was customized just for Becker Vineyards and will process 55 bottles per minute. Many of our wines are fully distributed within the state of Texas and can be purchsaed through retail outlets. Most of the wines we feature at the winery are winery exclusive.
Located just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 4.0 Cellars offers a relaxing and elegant setting for discovering and enjoying Texas wines. As part of the Wine Road 290 Trail, now the second most traveled wine road in the U.S., we pride ourselves on providing wine enthusiasts and beginners alike with the ultimate “Texas Wine Experience.”
While we specialize in providing customers with a memorable wine experience, we also feature a wide variety of Texas foods, including cheeses from Dublin, Texas, olive oils from San Saba, Texas, and locally-made chocolates.
We invite you to join us in our tasting room to experience our excellent wines, top-notch customer service, and beautiful surroundings and learn more about Texas’ growing wine industry.
Pedernales Cellars began with Larry and Jeanine Kuhlken, who planted their first vineyard near Fredericksburg in the early 1990s. During this time Texas wine pioneers worked with different grape varietals and viticulture practices, to help master winemaking in the Texas terroir; and over time the Kuhlken vineyard started producing consistently high quality fruit with bold, intense flavors.
Grown from the success of Kuhlken Vineyards, they developed the concept for a boutique winery focused on handcrafted, small-lot wines, and working with varietals that thrive in the rugged Texas Hill Country terrain.
Pedernales Cellars continues to be a family affair.
Pedernales Cellars draws its name from geography and history – the Pedernales River runs through the Texas Hill Country, and “pedernales” means flint in Spanish. The inspiration came when David found an old flint Indian arrowhead in the vineyard, while Fredrik found part of an Indian flint stone ax on the winery site. The serendipity of these two finds connected the vineyard, winery, the region, and its history.
At William Chris Vineyards, we focus on low impact 100% Texas grown wine. Owners and winemakers, Bill Blackmon and Chris Brundrett, sat down together at a Hill Country bar one night and discovered they shared a similar philosophy for winemaking.
They believe that the way to put Texas on the map as a respected wine region is to promote wines made exclusively from Texas grown fruit. Wines that make California and France recognizable come from the unique terroir and growing conditions of each region. They believe that for Texas wines to distinguish themselves, they also should represent the terroir and growing conditions of the Lone Star State.
Not only did they believe that the grapes needed to be Texan, they also believe that to grow the best fruit, much time among the vines is required. So walking multitudes of “footsteps in the vineyard,” Bill and Chris carefully inspect the fruit of every vintage.
Spicewood Vineyards was founded as a winery that only produced wines made with estate-grown grapes. As we grow, we strive to remain as close to that tradition as possible. Growing our grapes and making our wine at the same location gives us the ability to take a very hands-on approach in the vineyard.
We’re zealous about grape growing. It started with science. Before the vineyards were first planted, the original owners, the Manigolds, conducted an extensive soil analysis to determine which grape varieties to would thrive in the three soil types on the estate. Nine of the original 17 acres of grape vines are stilling producing excellent fruit on vines that are more than 24 years old. Over the years, we have expanded to thirty-two planted acres on-site, growing a several varieties of wine grapes including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Tempranillo.
We take a “hands in the dirt” approach to vineyard management, spending a lot of time year-round to ensure we have the best possible fruit. Mother Nature can be brutal. By actively working the vineyards through each season, we help the vines flourish despite crippling frost, shredding hail, and searing heat. Each makes its mark. The variation of conditions from vintage to vintage is incredible. Understanding our vines makes it possible for us to produce wines that we are proud to bring to your table year in and year out.
Brennan Vineyards is located in one of the oldest remaining homesteads in Texas, dating back to 1876. Its adjacent 10-acre estate vineyard, established in 2002, provides beautiful Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier fruit. The Newburg Vineyard just outside of Comanche is home to Semillon, Muscat of Alexandria, Viognier, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Nero d’Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Ruby Cabernet.
The winery philosophy is based on taking a minimalist approach, blending Old World traditions with modern innovations. This approach is paying off
Visit us in the beautiful Texas Hill Country near Comfort, Texas. Taste the current lineup of Bending Branch’s award-winning wines – crisp white wines like Vermentino and Picpoul Blanc; and bold, balanced red wines that include Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sagrantino, and Malbec. Pair them with charcuterie and cheese from our shop selection, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the shaded patio and under the large live oak tree on the deck. Enjoy live music 2-5 p.m. every Saturday.
Fun, intriguing attractions
In December 1835, during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan volunteer soldiers occupied the Alamo, a former Franciscan mission located near the present-day city of San Antonio. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican force numbering in the thousands and led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began a siege of the fort. Though vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders–commanded by James Bowie and William Travis and including the famed frontiersman Davy Crockett–held out courageously for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them. For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year.
San Antonio's most popular attraction! Walk, dine, and enjoy our world-famous urban waterway. The river has been a lifeline for many generations. Sightseeing, shopping, food and fun. All on a world-renowned 15-mile urban waterway. The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is a San Antonio treasure and the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Tucked quietly below street level and only steps from the Alamo, it provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city. Explore by foot along the river’s walking path or jump aboard a river barge for a ride and guided tour. In the heart of downtown, explore nearby attractions like the Alamo, the King William Historic District and more. Or, shop local favorites along the river’s Museum Reach at the historic Pearl. While at Pearl, dine and drink al fresco at our local food hall, The Bottling Dept. Further south, immerse yourself in history at our UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Antonio Missions, along the Mission Reach. There’s so much to do, see, eat and explore along the river.
PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM
Collections include more than 50,000 items consisting of original documents and manuscripts, photographs, newspapers and magazines, three-dimensional artifacts, architectural elements and audio-visual recordings including early 1960s television and radio broadcasts, and amateur home movies pertaining to the life and times of President John F. Kennedy, his assassination, the legacy of that event and the history and culture of Dallas and the 1960s era.
Space Center Houston is the premier authentic and immersive learning center for science and space exploration. We provide the public a chance to be a part of NASA’s mission. Our space and science exploration learning center has more than 400 things to see and do. We have the largest collections of spacesuits and Moon rocks on public display in the world.
THE TEXAS STATE CAPITOL
The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
THE FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS
Fort Worth is where the West begins, and nothing embodies Western heritage better than the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. From the original brick walkways to the wooden corrals, every inch of the Stockyards tells the true history of Texas’s famous livestock industry
THE USS LEXINGTON
USS Lexington is a valuable national treasure having played a significant role in the nation’s defense for nearly 50 years. Her World War II record is second to none and as a place where Americans died in defense of freedom, she is a memorial worth preserving. She continues to serve today as a museum and educational facility. The USS Lexington arrived at Corpus Christi beach in 1992 as a result of active fundraising, strong community support, and the world’s oldest aircraft carrier has since served as a naval aviation museum, educational facility, and popular area tourist attraction. “The Blue Ghost” has remained self-sufficient, never receiving funds from government agencies. The revenue that keeps this national treasure open has come solely from grants, donations, admissions, Ships Store sales, special events, and the youth overnight program.
Standing along Route 66 west of Amarillo, Texas, Cadillac Ranch was invented and built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco. They called themselves The Ant Farm, and their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh 3. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin. Ten Caddies were driven into one of Stanley Marsh 3's fields, then half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt (supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza). They faced west in a line, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, their tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle.
Brought to life by four businessmen in 1964, Thanks-Giving Square serves as the soul and spiritual hub of the community. For more than 40 years, the architecturally significant, spiritually important Square has joined together myriad religions, cultures and traditions by providing a public space dedicated to gratitude.
The sunken design of Thanks-Giving Garden creates place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Flowing waters from the Great Fountain dampen the noises of the surrounding city and create a serene atmosphere perfect for reflecting and contemplation. To the west, the bell tower punctuates the space, complemented by the nearby mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s famous “Golden Rule” painting. To the east stands The Thanks-Giving Chapel, a winding white structure symbolizing the ancient spiral of life and the infinite upward reach of the human spirit. The upper level of the Chapel features the Glory Window, a stunning stained glass masterpiece, and one of the most memorable facets of the Chapel.
PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
Our five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks, and educational games. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology, and conservation.
BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART
As the primary art collection for the city of Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art is a major resource for the community. With nearly 18,000 works in the collection, the Blanton showcases art from across the ages, from ancient greek pottery to abstract expressionism. With a year-round schedule of traveling exhibitions, art lovers are sure to discover new and old favorites at the Blanton.
CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
Circuit of The Americas is the premier destination for world-class motorsports and entertainment in the United States. Set on 1,500 acres in the rolling hills just outside downtown Austin, Circuit of The Americas has hosted the biggest names in racing, action sports and music since 2012. At its heart is a 3.41-mile racetrack that was designed to challenge the world's most exacting competitors while providing a thrilling spectacle for audiences.
EIFFEL TOWER WITH COWBOY HAT
Unveiled in 1995, the 60-foot tall replica monument was built by a local iron union, the Boiler Makers Local #902. Another replica of Gustav Eiffel’s Parisian masterwork was unveiled that same year in Paris, Tennessee, standing just about five feet taller than the Texas monument. Since the Texas tower was being billed as the “Second Largest Eiffel Tower in the Second Largest Paris” this was a bit of a problem.
In 1998 an independent group of investors devised a plan to somewhat rectify the discrepancy. Put a cowboy hat on it. Thus a huge metal cowboy hat was installed atop the tower, tipped ever so coolly back to push the ten-foot-diameter brim a bit higher
DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
An old warehouse at 1801 North Griffin Street, near the Historic West End District in downtown Dallas, became the original site of The Dallas World Aquarium, opening to the public in October 1992. Built in 1924, the empty warehouse had been occupied until 1982. During those years it was used for various industries, including the Mohawk Rubber Company and Pioneer Steel Rule and Die.
The adjacent building at 1815 North Griffin was purchased in 1996. Built in 1929 as a warehouse for the storage of rubber goods, it was later used by a Venetian blind company in the early 50s and lastly prior to the aquarium’s expansion, as a restaurant/bar known as “Tejano Rodeo.” As with the first building, the interior was completely demolished, leaving only the brick walls and support structure. The alley between the two buildings became the “channel” between the freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. The ORINOCO – Secrets of the River opened to the public in October 1997.
Through our Community Development, we have the potential to make a real and positive change in the community. This is one of our key areas of focus here at Scrub Squad 1978, and a source of much success for our Non-Profit Organization. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand with this program.
BSR CABLE PARK
BSR Cable Park is a state of the art water sports facility where riders and skiers are pulled around our 12 acerOur expert wave is a world class high performance right and left. Each wave is head high and the length of ride is 8 – 10 seconds. We have a maximum of 9 people per session so you get the most for your money. Everything from a tube ride to an aerial is possible and has been done on this setting. We throw 3 wave sets that come 1:10 apart, which equates to about 150 waves per hour. You will have an opportunity to catch at least 10 waves. We alternate between lefts and rights throughout the session. These waves are comparable to the cove section at Rincon or the famed bowls of Velzyland on the north shore. Recommended boards are high performance shortboards or bodyboards, longboards are a bit too large and slow to keep up with these screamerre lake by one of our 2 cable systems.