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A variety of water slides can be found at Splashway Waterpark, a seasonal outdoor playground that boasts water-fueled attractions for toddlers, older kids, and adults. Sometimes the rides relax, as when visitors drift down the lazy river on waterproof water beds, but sometimes they raise pulses instead, as on the nearly straight drop of Pirate's Plunge.

From May to September visitors can enjoy the park's attractions, which were designed to entertain families with kids of any age. When energy wanes, two onsite caf?s pile plates with all-American fare such as burgers, pizza, and nachos. The truly exhausted can lounge in the new lagoon pool or turn in for the night at the park's RV and tent camp, or the new cabins.

5211 Main St.
Sheridan,
TX
US

More than 30,000 students have plunged from the skies above Skydive Houston's private Waller airport. You'll spend 20–30 minutes in a classroom going over expectations and basic safety precautions while certified technicians pack your parachute and prepare the latest of the latest equipment designed specially for tandem jumps. After an inspirational speech about how the sky is more afraid of you than you are of it, you'll load into the safe, sturdy Twin Otter turboprop, strap onto your jumpsperienced dive guide, and soar as high as 14,000 feet before it's time to fall into the open arms of sky. Securely fastened to your partner, you'll plummet for a 60-second free fall, hooting and spinning while your instructor manages the details of swerving around clouds and asking hawks for directions. When the time is right, he or she will pull your chute, and during the next five to six minutes of canopy glide, you'll be able to admire the sights of downtown Houston, the Galleria area, and Lake Conroe.

15355 Penick Rd
Waller,
TX
US

What was once a jumbled catch-all for the hunting trophies of Dr. E. A. Weinheimer, and a generous donation from Steve McManus, has been streamlined into a collection of well-organized exhibits at the El Campo Museum of Natural History. They feature these trophies along with others in realistic replicas of their original habitats.

  • Size: nine exhibits focusing on natural history and featuring over 100 hunting trophies from as close as south Texas to as far flung as the Arctic
  • Eye Catcher: the Arctic room's 8-foot-tall polar bear towers over guests and tries to steal their hats without detection
  • Don't Miss: the colorful seashells collection, with 600 different species from all over the world
  • Just for Kids: in the Children's Discovery Center, little ones can play at being a vet by throwing on a lab coat and attending to a tiger patient
2350 N Mechanic St
El Campo,
TX
US

Back when Greek Brothers first opened, diners had three options: oysters on the half-shell, boiled shrimp, or pizza. Today, the menu is home to more than 50 items, and the roadhouse-style restaurant has transitioned from pizzas to grilled-to-order steaks hand-cut in house. But the roadhouse-style restaurant?characterized by exposed brick walls and Budweiser posters from the '80s?hasn't gotten above its raising. It still serves classics such as chicken-fried steak or mama Blanche's seafood gumbo.

Frequent live acts add to the light grittiness of the ambiance, and keep the dining room buzzing with the sounds of live country or classic rock bands.

133 S Mechanic St
El Campo,
TX
US

  • Facilities: Year-round indoor coed boot-camp facility
  • Staff Credentials: Owner-operator Camille Hamilton is an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America certified personal trainer with more than 15 years of experience in fitness and business management
  • Boot-Camp Program: High-intensity interval-training classes, with more than 20 class times available each week

Q&A with Camille Hamilton, Owner-Operator of Body Evolution Training

Tell us about your business.

Our facility is a breeding ground for a new life, a fresh start, and a next-level fitness experience.

What inspired you to start or run this business?

Our goal is that every individual who walks through our door is treated with the utmost respect and attention. So many people don't make time to take care of the body that takes care of everyone else. We believe getting you through our door will be a win-win battle for both of us, but you making the choice to keep coming back is what's going you make you a warrior!

What is something most people don't know about your business?

Every month we include a free nutritional seminar with your membership. It's a time to weigh in and take measurements (optional), but, most importantly, we honor the "Change Maker" of the month. That person gets on the Wall of Fame at the studio and gets their next month’s membership free! This is not decided by just inches and pounds lost alone. It's a collective honorarium based on a multitude of criteria including attitude, attendance, and overall fitness improvement.

2215 Avenue G
Bay City,
TX
US

It's easy to picture what life was like in centuries past at Matagorda County Museum. That's because the museum highlights the county's most memorable events with both detailed recreations and actual artifacts. Guests can absorb the county's nautical history by viewing a cannon and other artifacts recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of Matagorda Bay. They can also learn about indigenous family life or discover the charms and hardships of life in a covered wagon thanks to exhibits on those topics.

For an even more immersive experience, families need only step in to the award-winning children's section of the museum. There, kids can discover what life was really like more than 100 years ago in a recreation of a late 19th-century town. Newly minted citizens can swing by the town's O.K. Corral to drop off their horses, stop into the barber shop for a shave and a haircut, or head to the one-room schoolhouse to look over education primers. Other places of interest include an opera house, a post office, and, in case anyone at the post office gets caught opening letters not addressed to them, a jail.

2100 Avenue F
Bay City,
TX
US