The staff at Island Bicycle Company keeps its fleet of bikes, surfboards, kayaks, and cruisers ready to traverse surf or sand with the help of their in-house service department. Recently added to the store's fleet, A2B Metro electric bikes buzz along the beachfront and harbor via maps included with self-guided tour packages. Metal detectors and binoculars help beachgoers find buried treasure or spot incoming ghost ships. In addition to rentals, the store sells two-wheelers from brands such as Electra, Sun Bicycle, and more.
It's not everywhere that you'll find lush wetlands, glass pyramids, and flying golf balls in the same place. Moody Gardens Golf Course stands out from its typical fairway brethren with its tropical atmosphere and proximity to Moody Gardens' bounty of family attractions. There, golfers play through 18 holes of a course recently renovated by Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design, challenging their clubs to multiple water hazards and the towering might of more than 500 palm trees. Though the greens are carpeted with premium Paspalum turf, native flora is all around, thanks to surrounding Sydnor Bayou and the fact that the course is a popular destination for vacationing bluebonnets.
The instructors at Bay Area Sailing School—an American Sailing Association–certified professional training facility—pass their love of sailing on to fledgling skippers in classes that range from entry-level basic keelboat sailing up to advanced coastal cruising. Based at Watergate Marina on Clear Lake, the school sends training boats out to make wake in Galveston Bay and churn the Gulf's salty waters. Students can build up their skills over time, graduating to bigger ships, mastering navigation tactics, and learning how to say "which way's north?" in dolphin. Eventually, thanks to Bay Area Sailing School's partnership with Sackett Sailing Center, they'll be able to rent boats at reduced membership rates and start enjoying the good sailing life.
South Coast Sailing Adventures operates a floating fleet of 18 sailboats with instructors certified by the American Sailing Association and more than 20 captains licensed by the US Coast Guard at the helm. Incorporating their vast cruising, racing, and Bermuda Triangle–averting experience into lessons, several of South Coast's instructors have been the recipients of an ASA Instructor of the Year Award, and the entire training facility was voted one of ASA's Outstanding Sailing Schools in 2006. Courses range from basic keelboat instruction, which offers the chance for beginners to mettle in a Colgate 26-foot sailboat, to catamaran sailing, which teaches advanced students to skipper and crew a 30- to 50-foot multihull sailboat. Beyond lessons, sunset and moonlight cruises chart courses toward romance, basking in the glow of the stars or distant underwater volcanoes. Special-event sails include options as varied as an Irish potluck dinner and scenic day sails around Galveston Bay and the Kemah Boardwalk.
Within their walls, the instructors at Tiger's Den Martial Arts & Fitness preach lessons that transcend physical stamina and hard work. This is because, regardless of ability level, students also receive mental and spiritual strength from the facility's positive learning environment that is replete with respect, common courtesy, and recognition. Boasting experienced instructors and a reputable martial arts system with over 5 million worldwide followers, the facility offers an array of endurance-building programs. In addition to karate, the programs include kickboxing, after-school, and pre-K classes.
Maximum Scuba's team of PADI-certified instructors caters to all levels of aquatic adventurer with a wide roster of name-brand equipment and all-inclusive classes. PADI open-water certification courses employ textbooks and at least four open-water dives to acquaint underwater neophytes with the joy of subaquatic breathing, enabling them to finally explore timeshare options in Atlantis. The PADI advanced open-water certification course sends previously certified divers on five adventure dives, plumbing watery depths to discover ocean-floor wrecks. Other specialty classes deepen underwater adventures and arm explorers with the know-how to defeat Blackbeard's ghost by teaching skills in spearfishing and technical or cave diving.