At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
It's a common misconception that the city of Houston is named after the Houston Rockets basketball team. The truth is far stranger. The city is actually named in honor of Sam Houston, a key player in Texas's bid for statehood. The Lone Star State as we know it today would not have been possible if Houston hadn't led the Texas Revolution and subsequently assumed office as the Republic of Texas's first and third president.
Houston—both the city and the man—is the focus of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Located on 15 acres of the leader's own estate, the sprawling museum lets visitors learn about Houston's life and accomplishments via artifacts, manuscripts, and even buildings he frequented. Houston's hunting lodge along with the Steamboat House have been moved to the museum grounds from their original locations, and a replica of his kitchen was hand-built with period tools on the same spot as the original. In the rotunda building, visitors can examine personal effects and articles of clothing to get a feel for what Houston was like as a person. Though the museum is open six days a week year-round, the summer months are perhaps the best time to visit, as the museum offers free tours twice daily with paid admission.
Weekend cruises along the lake. The occasional night fishing trip. While many people would like to own a boat for those reasons, the expenses of maintaining and storing a boat year-round can be daunting. Carefree Boat Rental eliminates the tedious bits of boat ownership by lending its well-maintained fleet to members by the hour. Inspected weekly by a dock staff using a 50-point checklist, each boat is also equipped with US Coast Guard-required safety equipment such as flares, approved flotation devices, and an emergency stash of Cheetos. The crew also takes care of regular maintenance, such as oil changes, hull cleaning, and annual bottom painting.
Freedom Boat Club's expert staff transforms inlanders into inboaters without the maintenance, refueling, and storage hassles of watercraft ownership. Up to four people can learn key nautical skills such as tying knots, docking in the wind, and digesting saltwater from one of the company's midshipmen prior to taking a vessel out for a full day of aqueous amusement. Both the Lake Conroe and the Clear Lake locations operate an armada consisting of multifarious types of marine movers, including ski boats, fishing vessels, and pontoons.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: North Lake Conroe's kayak outfitter
Pro Tip: Fully enjoy the Sam Houston National Forest, paddling along its' shores and cycling on its' trails
Good for Kids: Yes
What makes your business stand out?
NLCPC is on the shores of Lake Conroe, with a kayak friendly beach.This means rock star parking for customer and kayaks ready for you upon arrival. Paddle and Pedal is a unique program which allows particiipants to really enjoy the forest.
What inspired you
to start this business?
A personal recreational hobby glided to becoming a more serious one.Then, accumulating a "collection" of kayaks lent itself to a loaner program for family and friends,[and] then to a developing outfitting service.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
When [customers] return from their trip with a smile on their faces, and say they never realized how beautiful the Northside of Lake Conroe really is.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The uniqueness of this paddling and pedaling combination. [It offers] natural beauty in the great outdoors [and a] great workout. [The] participant controls the extensiveness of the trip. Dry boxes and dry bags [are] includedwith package to protect paddlers personal items while on the water.
With a quick flick of the wrist, baited lines arc through the air and plunk into the still waters of Lake Conroe. Stretching from a boat along the bulkheaded shoreline, those lines soon dip with the weight of bites. Various species of bass, as well as catfish, bream, crappie, and hungry scuba divers nibble away as anglers receive reel them in under the instruction of Just Fun Fishing Adventures' licensed guides. These guides also provide all the necessary equipment so anglers need only bring food and drink.
The Sam Houston National Forest lines the north end of the shoreline, treating passengers to sweeping views of wildlife, including ospreys, buffleheads, loons, and occasional bald eagles. As such, Just Fun Fishing Adventures offers half-day bird-watching tours to help interested parties get closer to the airborne action.