The New Year is here, and alongside are resolutions to get healthy or be more adventurous. For those eager to get a jump on the “new you” in 2016, Houston has more than enough to keep people entertained and energized.
Ice Skate at Discovery Green
Each winter, Discovery Green’s model boat basin is transformed into an outdoor ice rink using renewable energy and water recycled from Kinder Lake. The 7,716 square-foot ice skating surface, the largest in the Southwest, is kept at a frosty 22º F just for you! Come and enjoy winter-time skating under the Texas sky, with the majestic Houston skyline as the backdrop. The rink is open daily, including holidays. Admission is $14 per person, which includes tax and skate rental. For more information and special events schedule, visit www.discoverygreen.com/ice.
Trellis, the Spa at the Houstonian
The Houstonian Hotel, Club, & Spa is situated on an 18-acre wooded oasis right in the heart of the city, just one mile from the Galleria and 10 minutes from downtown. This urban resort features 284 rooms and includes 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. With floor to ceiling wooded views and access to the prestigious amenities, including a 120,000 sq ft Fitness Center and 17,000 sq ft spa, guests enjoys an experience unlike other Houston hotels. New in 2005, The Houstonian Resort Pools complex features 3 pools and has received a 4 diamond rating. Member of Preferred Hotel Group.
Soar in the Sky
The extreme sport of soaring uses sailplanes for motor-less flight so people can experience the feeling glide through the air. Located just east of Wallis, Texas, the Greater Houston Soaring Association offers gliding every weekend, weather permitting. Soaring in modern sailplanes gives you the opportunity to fly like the eagles. Today's sailplanes can fly for hours and cover great distances.
This isn't your grandpa's fishing trip. The experts at Galveston Fishing Guides have been casting lines in the waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for years. They know the hotspots for everything from redfish and trout to giant tarpon and sharks. Available for half day, full day and evening trips. While you're down in Galveston check out Gaidos, a landmark for fantastic seafood, or Gumbo's for Louisiana-style poboys.
Want to test your wakeboarding skills? You don't have to hit the open water for a thrilling experience, just head south of Houston to Wake Nation. Set on a man-made lake, this attraction boasts 35-foot steel towers carrying a unique overhead cable system that allows riders to wakeboard, water skate, water ski, and kneeboard without a boat. Novices can start out on a practice pond while the pros take to the lake outfitted with custom-built jumps, grind rails, and sliders.
Ever want to see who would fare better in a combat situation, you or your buddies? Well whether you're a paintball pro or a complete novice, you'll get a full-throttle experience at Urban Warzone--and figure out who can really hack it in war. As you navigate the field and the various bunkers, you'll get that adrenaline rush you crave.
Rock the Cradle
If you dream of riding bowls, grinding rails, or cutting and sweeping through the largest cradle in the world, don't miss the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. Designed by the premiere skatepark firm Gridline, this state-of-the-art, public 30,000 square-foot in-ground skate park is the first world-class, in-ground skatepark in the Houston region. If bigger is better, head north to Spring and conquer the United States largest free skate park,Greenspoint Spring Skatepark. At 72,000 square-feet, the park includes a competition-scale Texas bowl featuring a full pipe, a 12-foot vertical ramp, a 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips. In addition, there is a section designed to emulate the street-skating experience and will have ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles.
If jumping out of a plane isn't your thing, you can still feel the skydiving rush at iFly Houston. The indoor skydiving destination is located 11 miles west of Downtown. Guests from ages 3 and older can book a flight in the wind tunnel and experience the feeling of flight. Following a brief training session, flyers are given a jumpsuit, helmet and goggles before entering the tunnel with a certified instructor.
With 42 top rope stations and a dedicated bouldering area, Texas Rock Gym draws climbing enthusiasts from across the region to its West Houston facility. Texas Rock Gym offers a wide assortment of classes and clinics for climbers as well as team building activities and organized programs for schools, companies and other groups. Visitors can access Texas Rock Gym on a day pass or an ongoing membership. A series of packages and add-on extras such as shoe rental are also available.
Play with the Ponies
For a little open air fun on horseback, head north to Humble's Cypress Trails stables. This established equestrian center is open seven days a week for endurance and pleasure riding and offers rides by the hour or for longer periods and also provides lessons in general horsemanship and competitive riding.