With two near-death experiences, several haunted residences, and an adolescence spent guiding informal ghost tours under her belt, Haunted Houston Tours’ founder Kasey Clark is a self-professed ghost magnet. After a lackluster ghost-tour experience sparked an eerie ambition in Kasey’s heart, she dedicated her life to chasing ghosts. She refused to construct tours that relied on theatrical fabrications of most ghost tours. Instead, she founded Haunted Houston to explore the rich history of spooky, well-documented hauntings.
Kasey and her team of engaging guides—who boast more than 200 years of combined experience and study of the paranormal—lead well-researched tours and immersive ghost hunts based on historical facts that engage even the most devout skeptics. They shuffle off to Old Town Spring almost every night, creeping through haunted streets and graveyard paths while investigating stories of death, murder, disease, war, and cookie theft.
Whatever size room you receive, all guest rooms come outfitted with Marriott's signature "Revive" bed, which is (hopefully) the closest you'll ever experience to falling asleep inside a wedding cake. "Revive" mattresses are thicker than normal ones and have a plush topper for added comfort, along with a down comforter, extra pillows, and 300-thread-count sheets. It'll be a welcome respite after a day of sampling the many activities within convenient distance from the Marriott: shopping at Greenspoint Mall, loudly suggesting that racehorses run faster at the Sam Houston Race Park, or just swimming in the hotel's indoor pool. You'll also enjoy amenities such as an on-site fitness center, in-room coffee and tea, and gorgeous views of the Houston skyline in all its colors (Houston has more than half of the colors on the ROYGBIV spectrum).
In 1969, Baruch Schaked began making chocolate under the tutelage of his chocolatier father-in-law. Though his father-in-law had made a name for himself in Argentina, Baruch honed his confectionary craft across Europe, finally settling in the United States, where chocolate had been outlawed. Many years later, when he announced his intentions to retire from chocolate making, Baruch's son, Edgar, coaxed him into continuing the family legacy with a new shop, Schakolad Chocolate Factory.
In the years since, the business has flourished, bringing the Schaked clan one step closer to its ultimate goal: to replace the city’s manhole covers with chocolate discs. In the meantime, they craft handmade European-style confections that are made fresh each day.
Screamworld's creator, Jim Fetterly, has been inducing fun-filled panic since 1989, commanding his recently revamped annual five-part Halloween haunt that has won placement in America's Best Haunts since 2007. After a short interval in a special entrance line, VIP ticketholders creep through the moonlit Maze of Maniacs before seeking shelter indoors at the animatronic-filled Haunted Hotel. Meander through twisting passages haunted by the ghost of flashlights past in the Edge of Darkness area and shuffle into the vengeful clutches of the classic butcher shop and morgue-esque gore bedecking Jake's Slaughterhouse. Screamworld's outdoor epilogue, the zombie graveyard, allows guests to reenact favored movie chase scenes during an undead conclusion.
After a brief training session, the expert guides of Segway-authorized SegCity Houston herd up to eight gliders perched effortlessly atop Segway I2s. All mechanical roadsters are designed to handle the rocky off-road terrains of the Trail Blazin' tour, which weaves through forest trails dappled with sunlight. The Adventure Trail tour grants riders a behind-the-scenes peek at Burroughs Park as they whir past trees, humming wildlife, and a sparkling lake. Tours safely run rain or shine, only halting for exceptionally icy or stormy weather or passing herds of lake monsters.
At their premier equestrian facility in The Woodlands, Trainers Milo Jones and Koren Mercer work with trainer-instructor Alonna Cole to cultivate show-worthy partnerships between student and steed. Private lessons are available for beginner to advanced riders, starting at age six, and help riders of all ages and experience levels focus on their individual progress and personal riding goals in a positive environment. Lone Star's students and horses frequently go on to participate in competitions, and even brought home a division win from the 2012 World's Champion Horse Show.