24 Hour Fitness keeps its doors open day and night so members can sculpt bodies and fitness goals on their own time with a potpourri of group classes, cardio equipment, free weights, athletic courts, and an indoor-lap pool. Armed with a 30-day membership to the recently opened Houston Rice Village Club, gym-goers kick off fresh workout routines with a complimentary fitness orientation filled with advice from personal trainers on health goals, how to use equipment, and how to interpret nightmares of being chased by dumbbells. Add fresh layers of physicality with TRX suspension-training equipment before playing a round in the racquetball court or letting sneakers squeak out healthful sonnets on the practice basketball court. Members can sign up for an array of group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills workouts ranging from martial-arts-inspired body combat to RPM, which pairs thumping beats with a stationary bike ride through imaginary mountains and ethereal monsoons. Cap off workouts by ducking into the sauna or taking one final lap in the whirlpool.
It wouldn’t be hard to spend an entire day at iT’Z Family Food & Fun—not only is there an arcade packed with more than 150 games and attractions such as go karts and mini bowling, but you can consistently refuel at an all-you-can-eat buffet with pizza, salad, and pasta. In group events, each guest is set up to enjoy the buffet and receives credits towards the rides and games. Kids birthday parties have extras such as a table reservation, dedicated host, and extra tickets for the birthday child. There are four distinct party rooms and they cater to all ages—the neon-tinged Toon’z diner has an animation theme, while the elegant Hollywood room is lit softly by wrought-iron chandeliers and dying laser tag guns.
At the dine-in movie theater Star Cinema Grill, concession stands are obsolete. By pressing a button, customers signal a server and are able to order restaurant-style without disrupting their viewing experience or screaming at an usher for a lobster bib. From angus sliders to ice-cream floats, Star Cinema Grill's menu appeases all ages with its gourmet-pub cuisine served amidst the glow of screenings and first-run film releases.
This two-hour cruise plies the wild waters of Clear Lake and greater Galveston Bay, allowing would-be explorers to relax while learning the region's rich lore of bootleggers, pirates, and oil barons. Seafarers board at the lobby of the South Shore Harbour Resort on the eponymous FantaSea, a 117-foot glitz-class glamcruiser equipped with two decks, two bars, custom brass work, 42-inch TVs, a Doppler 5,000 sequin-sensing radar, and a massive, pink-unicorn figurehead. See here for cruise dates and times. Accompanying your voyage into the watery past is a complimentary beverage, with choices including champagne, wine, beer, and soft drinks, and additional refreshments and food options for sale.
Members of Sail Ventures take turns cruising in a fleet of new or late-model Catalina and Beneteau sailboats. The system, known as fractional yachting, teams up members who share their luxury vessels on a monthly basis. A rigorous training program ensures sailors are seaworthy, and the club picks up maintenance, slip fees, and other costs. Sail Ventures also hosts special membership events throughout the year, such as regattas, boat christenings, and boat-show parties.
Tanya Gorguraki and Chris Chung bring more than four decades of combined diving experience to the classes at Dive Zone Scuba, a wealth of expertise that help the facility earned a five-star rating from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). The diving duo conducts confined water pool sessions in a heated Olympic-sized indoor pool, allowing students to focus on learning proper dive techniques in a controlled environment away from the ocean’s inconstant currents and heckling fish. Each of their courses equips students with certification in a particular area of diving proficiency, unlocking underwater avenues related to open water diving, rescue, or specialty skills.