American Airlines sellsone-day pass online
American Airline customers can now buy one-day passes online to the Admirals Club lounge.
The pass, which previously had to be bought in person, is available for $50 and can be used at multiple lounges throughout the day of travel.
Up to two additional guest passes may be purchased for an additional $25 per person.
If traveling overnight, the pass is also valid at the first point of arrival the following day.
Additionally, if a customer decides to buy an Admirals Club membership within 30 days of using a one-day pass, the previously paid pass fee (up to $100) may be applied toward the annual membership cost.
To buy the pass and for more information, visit www.aa.com/daypass.
Bats' nightly flight isa sight to see in Texas
In Austin, where about 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats roost downtown beneath the Congress Avenue bridge over Town Lake, bats not only are beloved but contribute an estimated $8 million to the local economy by attracting 100,000 visitors a year to watch their nightly flights.
Now, the state's official flying mammal is getting its own Austin festival. The inaugural BatFest is scheduled for Sept. 3-4 along Congress Avenue between Barton Springs Road and Cesar Chavez Street.
One of the best vantage points is the observation area at 305 S. Congress, which has kiosks and, on some nights, volunteers from Bat Conservation International to answer questions.
Bat-watching cruises are offered by two boat companies, and guests at several lakeside restaurants and hotels can select prime tables for viewing. The Radisson Hotel also has a Bat Board in the lobby with information and updates.
The Austin Convention & amp; Visitors Bureau's Adopt-a-Bat package includes hotel and restaurant discounts and an adoption certificate and photograph of a bat. Go to www.austintexas.org.
For more information, call (512) 416-5700, Ext. 3636, or (800) 538-2287; or visit www.batcon.org.
Cardboard boat contestlooking for creativity
Low-tech, low-budget ingenuity will be put to the test July 30 in the annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races on Greers Ferry Lake near Heber Springs, Ark.
Contestants can build just about any type boat they like, as long as it is 100 percent genuine corrugated cardboard. Judges wielding ice picks have the right to test suspicious construction.
Individuals and teams who successfully paddle or sail through the course (no motors) will vie for prizes, as will those who sink (the Titanic award).
More fun awaits ashore with beach volleyball, a kids' treasure dig, a sand sculpting contest, the World Championship Watermelon Eating Contest and the Cardboard Boat Demolition Derby.
For more information, call (800) 774-3237 or visit www.heber-springs.com.
River cruise welcomesoutside food onboard
Build an entertainment district near water, and sooner or later someone is going to want to go for a cruise.
In Shreveport-Bossier City, La., a company called Houseboat Adventures expanded its repertoire this spring to include dinner cruises.
This isn't a restaurant boat, so cruise customers can bring food or order takeout from a participating restaurant in the Red River District or near Stoner Boat Launch. People who want a longer cruise also can be accommodated.
For more information, call (318) 458-4680 or visit www.redriverhouseboats.com. For area information, call (800) 551-8682 or visit www.sbctb.org.