Exploring Houston: Five Destinations for Adventure Lovers

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Everything is bigger in Texas, as the saying goes. It holds true, especially for the adventure aspect of this big state in our even bigger world. If you are headed to the largest city, Houston, get yourself ready for adrenaline pumping adventure on your trip. Here are five destinations to make your itinerary filled with thrills and fun.

1. City Parks

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Its easy to visit many of the city’s parks without going too far from your hotel in downtown Houston or renting a car. Only 10 minutes away from downtown, you can visit Memorial Park for hiking trails and mountain biking. Play a round of golf at the 18-hole course with a clear view of the Williams Tower. For outdoor concerts, go to Discovery Green located in Midtown. Check their special events for exhibits, food & drink tastings, and special features series. You can stay affordably near these parks when you book a stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown Houston enjoying craft beer at their on-site restaurant.

2. Galveston Island

If you want to explore further, take a quick ride to the Gulf Coast and see Galveston Island. Rain or shine, there is always a lot going on. Go fishing on family charters who know where to find the large catch, such as tarpon. Opt for a bait camp where supplies are included and extra goodies are offered during your day. Go further with a jet ski and book a “Thrill Ride” where you will experience the famous “Hamilton Spin”. Grab happy hour and fresh seafood at the shorefront restaurants lined up and down the shore when you wind down at the end.

3. Downtown Games

Downtown Houston has more to offer than museums, sightseeing, and city parks. Head to Urban War Zone Paintball for game time and laser tag. Get tickets to the Houston Roller Derby where four teams compete constantly and a band always starts off the day. For a more extreme excursion, you can book a visit to the Bovert Shooting Center which is only 20 minutes away in Woodlake.

4. Space Center & NASA

If you have any curiosity for space and what else is out there in our world, Houston is the place to fulfill that urge to learn more. Head to the Space Center, part of NASA, for inspiring exhibits on space, such as Martian sunsets. Have lunch with a real NASA astronaut or choose to listen to their stories every Friday. Watch students train for future missions and learn about upcoming solar eclipses.

5. Buffalo Bayou Park

One can spend an entire day, or more, at Buffalo Bayou Park. The 160-acre park has
activities such as kayaking and canoeing. If that seems too subtle for some, head to the skate park to watch tricks and spins from all levels of skaters. See the waterfalls at Sesquicentennial Park and head to the Lost Lake for paddle crafting. At sunset, get ready to watch 250,000 bats fly out of the Waugh Drive Bridge — it is quite the scene!

Bring comfortable shoes and clothing for all these excursions. You might also stumble upon others on the way as you adventure in Houston.

*This post is proudly written in sponsorship with Intercontinental Hotels Group.