Becoming a stock car racer requires commitment and hard work, but at MSR Houston, all you have to do to ride in a stock car is open its door. Alternatively, visitors can hop aboard 9 HP Honda go-karts, rounding the 0.7-mile karting track’s 17 turns and zooming down its quarter-mile straightaway at top speeds of more than 45 mph. These drives follow a precedent set by professionals; the 383-acre center is a sanctioned test site for the Izod Indy Car Series, Firestone Indy Lights, and Formula 2000, among many others.
Xtreme Xperience was founded by a pair of car aficionados who understand the thrill of commanding a $253,000 piece of four-wheeled poetry in motion, like the Lamborghini LP560. They know that exaggerating the pronunciation of Porsche is only half as fun as horsewhipping its 530 horsepower from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds. They realize that the Ferrari F430's supercharged Launch Control console button is too irresistible not to push coming out of every red light and into every dark, quiet, and hopefully vacant train tunnel. The smooth, spaceship-esque aluminum body shell of the Audi R8 makes them appreciate how discreet something like 782 rivets, 382 self-tapping screws, and more than 300 feet of welding can be. The people at Xtreme Xperience love supercars, and they love matchmaking them to other car enthusiasts who live to cruise across the great, oil-stained arteries of the American interstate-highway system.
Paranormal Excursions and Adventures' spook scholars escort ghost hunters on daring forays into the beyond with high-tech equipment that monitors paranormal activity in haunted locations, such as the Brazoria School House. The schoolhouse, which was built in 1932, is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a girl roughly 7 or 8 years of age, and disembodied voices have spooked ears with wails and wet willies for decades. Besides ghostly apparitions, the schoolhouse's two main buildings, lunchroom, and auditorium are also home to artifacts from the Civil War and Chenango Plantation. The dedicated guides take pride in their unrelenting search for evidence, meticulous historical research, and preliminary investigations of tour locations, upholding their mission of true paranormal study rather than focusing on made-up stories or urban legends about masked hamburglers.