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Great Cheap Dates: Free or Nearly-Free Things to Do in Texas

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This close to the holidays, you’re hard-pressed to be able to stretch the old entertainment dollar very much, especially if you haven’t even started your gift shopping yet! Thankfully, there are many things to see and do in our great state that allow for the enjoyment of the experience (and maybe a little bit of pitching woo) without the buyer’s remorse. Here, for your dating delight, are just a few of the free or nearly-free things to do in Texas!

1. Check Out Wimberly Glassworks

Great Cheap Dates: Free or Nearly-Free Things to Do in Texas

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Make your way to San Marcos, Texas and the Wimberly Glassworks to enjoy a free exhibition of glass blowing! Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the Wimberly Glassworks has glass blowing demonstrations which allow you to come and go at your leisure, and learn something cool and unique in the process. Visit their website for demonstration hours.

2. Drive to Austin and Tour the Capitol Building

Great Cheap Dates: Free or Nearly-Free Things to Do in Texas

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Guided tours are available 7 days per week, at scheduled times. Tour the beautiful Capitol building as well as the visitors center, located in the restored 1856-57 General Land Office building (the oldest state office building in Texas). For more information, visit www.tspb.state.tx.us/plan/tours/tours.html

3. Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Great Cheap Dates: Free or Nearly-Free Things to Do in Texas

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At $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $4 for youth, a tour of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is spectacular. Their trails lead through innumerable varieties of nature’s beauty and bring about a sense of calm. There are also several events and activities that take place at the Centre regularly, and teach attendees about flowers and plants that are grown there. Interested visitors can learn more at www.wildflower.org.

4. Stroll the Riverwalk

Great Cheap Dates: Free or Nearly-Free Things to Do in Texas
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