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By Kate X Messer, September 18, 2008, 11:58pm, In Case of Emergency

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Local Attractions Offer Discounts for Evacuees

AUSTIN, TX - As the aftermath of Hurricane Ike has kept many people from returning to their hometowns, local businesses are offering special discounts and promotions to evacuees displaced by the storm.

Participating business are listed below. For more information, call 866/GO-AUSTIN. All listed events are subject to change.

Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. 512/837-1215
Pioneer Farms, a living history farm and museum, is offering $5 off the cost of admission.

Inner Space Caverns
Located 20 miles north of Austin, Exit 259 off of I-35. 512/931-2283
Inner Space Caverns, Texas’ most accessible caverns, are offering 20% off the original ticket price with I.D. and/or a shelter wristband.

Austin Children’s Museum
201 Colorado, 512/472-2499
The Austin Children’s Museum is offering 50% off of their admission fee for the next two weeks. Current exhibits include Engineering Saturdays and Science Sundays, where kids can discover the fascinating world of science.

Peter Pan Mini-Golf
1207 Barton Springs Road, 512/472-1033
Peter Pan Mini Golf, a bring-your-own-beverage putt-putt course, is offering group discounts including $1 entrance fees for groups of ten or more.

Blazer Tag
1701 Ben White Blvd., 512/462-0202
Blazer Tag, the largest laser tag arena in Texas, is offering specials for evacuees including a group rate of $6.26 for ten or more people. They are also offering a walk-in special of two games, two slices of pizza for $17.95, four games and 100 tokens for $47, as well as admission of $5.85 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Iron Rock Raceway
10320 Hotel Drive, 512/530-7229
Iron Rock Raceway, one of the nation’s first “go-karting country clubs,” is offering “buy two get one free” go-kart rentals.

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932
Devoted to providing Austin’s youth with a place to bowl, roller skate, watch movies, play arcade games and more, the MYEC is offering $1.99 bowling, $2 skating and $1.50 movies on Fridays. On the 2nd Saturday of the month, enjoy a free movie, and on the 3rd Saturday of the month, visitors can enjoy free story time. Group rates are also available for parties of ten or more.

Kiddie Acres
4800 West Howard Lane, 512/255-4131
Kiddie Acres, a no-admission children’s amusement park for kids aged 10 and under, is offering $1 tickets with a wristband and or/I.D. card. In addition, each Wednesday, Kiddie Acres offers discounts, each Sunday is Grandparents discount day and Military discounts are offered daily.

Playland Skate Center
8822 McCann Drive, 512/452-1901
Playland Skate Center is Austin’s largest skating arena offering public and private skating lessons. Visit their website for free admission coupons and more.

Texpert Tours
Texpert Tours, customized trips of the Austin and the Hill Country, are offering discounted tours. Visit the website for details.

Dinoland at Zilker Botanical Gardens
2220 Barton Springs Road, 512/477-8672
Through November, Zilker Botanical Gardens is hosting Dinoland, an exhibit showcasing dinosaur models of every shape and size. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids aged 13 and younger.

Zilker Zephyr
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, 512/974-6741
The Zilker Zephyr miniature train ride is a leisurely three-mile ride that runs throughout Zilker Park. Ticket prices are $2.75 for adults and $1.75 for kids under 12 and seniors.

Barton Springs Pool
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, 512/974-6741
Barton Springs Pool, Austin’s aquatic oasis, is fed from underground springs and stays a cool 68 degrees year round. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for juniors and $1 for children and seniors.

Lonestar River Boats
Lady Bird Lake (Hyatt Boat Dock), 512/327-1388
Lonestar River Boats take visitors back in time as tours of Austin are conducted on an old-fashioned, paddle-wheeled riverboat. Watch the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk on a bat watching cruise. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children and $7 for senior citizens.

State Capitol Tours
Congress Avenue at 11th, 512/463-5495
The Texas State Capitol, made of sunset red granite and standing 14 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., offers free tours every day. Tours depart from the south lobby every 30 minutes.

Free Historic Walking Tours
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, 512/478-0098
Free guided walking tours of historic downtown Austin are offered by the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, each Thursday through Sunday. Tours depart from the South side of the Capitol building.

Library Story Time at Austin Public Libraries
Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe, 512/974-7400
Faulk Central Library offers toddler storytime each Friday at 10am, preschool storytime each Thursday at 11am and bilingual storytime each Wednesday at 11am.

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