Whaz SUP's team gives clients an up-close view of the Clear Lake Area by renting standup paddleboards, leading guided tours, and holding waterborne yoga classes on paddleboards. Located about 45 minutes southeast of downtown Houston on Galveston Bay, the Clear Lake Area has one of the largest fleets of pleasure boats in the US. Each outing gives guests a steady, all-over workout that engages the core and helps paddlers fit into their high-school cummerbunds.
Local artisans from across Texas come together at the Gypsy Wagon Market. They bring along handmade jewelry, clothing, crafts, artwork, and gifts almost guaranteed to leave a unique impression, especially if you rest your face on them long enough. Contests and raffles give shoppers a chance to walk away with bonus loot.
Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant prepares fresh, delicious Vietnamese dishes. Start off with an order of pork spring rolls or shrimp and crawfish toast before moving onto entrees such as spicy plum pork of broiled basa catfish. House favorites include rock-n-roll beef—tender sirloin stir-fried and tossed in garlic sauce—and the crispy fried chicken, which comes with a chili garlic dipping sauce.
Rotor Envy has been buzzing clients through the Houston sky with a 100% safety record. After dusting off from Ellington Airport, you'll soar in Rotor Envy's enviably cute Robinson R44 Raven II, a safe, spry little bird used for tours, flight training, and cattle driving. While you nibble on strawberries and sip champagne, your schooled and savvy pilot will skim above the glittery, attraction-crammed Kemah boardwalk.
Moon rocks. Mission control. Space suits. If it's associated with space travel in the American imagination, it's probably well represented at Space Center Houston. The 183,000-square-foot complex serves as the official visitor center of NASA'S Johnson Space Center. More than 250 artifacts, exhibits, and attractions dot the space like stars in a pocket-size galaxy, fueling a passion for science, engineering, math, and technology with authentic remnants of past space missions.
Just a few of the exhibits likely to inspire awe: a full-scale replica of the space shuttle built using schematics and blueprints; the actual mission control facility where technicians monitored nine Gemini missions as well as every Apollo mission; and select pieces from the largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples found anywhere. Space Center Houston also asks visitors to contemplate the future with exhibits that explore topics such as the challenges of successfully sending astronauts to Mars.
Though visitors can certainly explore Houston on their own, those that head to See Our City Tours take in a curated, narrated romp through the country's fourth largest city. That's because the tour company offers up in-depth jaunts to some of Houston's most famous hotspots, including the Space Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, and Bayou Place. Visitors can also head to prime shopping destinations such as Houston Premiere Outlets and The Woodlands Mall, which features items exclusively crafted by squirrels.