Houston has plenty of popular attractions, from the Museum District to the Downtown Aquarium, but some of the best things to do in this city don’t necessarily come immediately to mind. Read on for the best activities you wouldn’t think to do in Houston. – Amber Hilton

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Dewberry Farm

7705 FM 362
Brookshire, TX 77423
(281) 934-3276

Texas might be known for longhorns and cowboy boots, but amidst the hustle and bustle of Houston, it’s sometimes hard to remember the state’s country roots. Fortunately, Dewberry Farm is here to remind you what good old-fashioned country fun is all about. This working farm in Brookshire (west of Katy), offers seasonal attractions such as a 16-acre pumpkin patch, four-acre corn maze and a Christmas tree farm, as well as plenty of typical farm activities. Your kids can meet the resident goats, rabbits, frogs and guineas, and even get their picture taken with Santa during the holiday season. There are rides and activities that you’ll only find on a farm, such as Dewberry Farm’s Corn Train, Wagon Rides, Kidilla Hoppers, Pedal Carts and Hay Mountain. Admission: children ages two and younger, free; children and adults ages three to 54, $12; seniors ages 55 and up, $9; law enforcement and military, $10. Hours vary by season; see Web site or call for more details.

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Ice Skating Center at the Galleria

13350 Dallas Pkwy.
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 392-3361

When you live in Houston, winter sports are generally far from your mind. However, there is a great opportunity to take part in some winter fun right in the middle of the city’s biggest shopping mall – the Galleria. The Ice-Skating Center at the Galleria is a unique indoor skating rink offering public skating sessions, parties and lessons, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the fourth largest shopping mall in the nation. After a fun afternoon of family skating, there are plenty of shopping and dining options to round out your trip. Public skating sessions are offered daily; see the venue’s Web site or call for specific times and rates.

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The Beer Can House

222 Malone St.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 926-6368

It’s not so much an activity, but it’s certainly a sight to see. This unique project began in 1968, when retired upholsterer John Milkovisch “got sick of mowing the grass” and started landscaping his yard with rocks, marbles and metal pieces. When that was complete, he moved on to siding his house with flattened beer cans (the contents of which he consumed, with a little help from his wife and neighbors). The charming owner has stated that he never meant to create a piece of art – he just thought, “Its easier than painting.” You can drive by this unique home any time, but if you want an official tour, stop by on Saturday or Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the grounds is a steal at $2 per person; guided tours that include house exhibition are $5. There is also a gift shop on site.

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MSR Houston

One Performance Dr.
Angleton, TX 77515
(281) 369-0677

Do you have a need for speed? If so, MSR Houston is one of the best activities you wouldn’t think to do in Houston. After receiving a brief orientation from a professional instructor, you’ll have the opportunity to drive a real racecar (race-prepared BMW M3 or Mercedes C63 AMG) on one of the nation’s best courses. This is no child’s play – there is real danger and thrills to be had – and the rather steep price tag reflects this. Eight laps will run you $399, and 15 laps is $599. However, for racing enthusiasts or thrill seekers, it’s worth every penny! Call for hours and more information.