Houston’s fall weather is like summer in the northern part of the country, so couples can plan marvelous outdoor activities all season. Houston has something for everyone and every budget. Any couple interested in trying something new or different can create exciting memories in and around the city. Of course, for any outdoor date, be sure to check the weather as well as your date’s mood and energy levels.
Whaz SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Fitness & Yoga
2517 Nasa Road, Suite 7
For those who like the water (and know how to swim), here is a chance to try stand-up paddleboarding, one of the newest sports in the country. Stand-up paddleboards look a lot like surfboards, but they are powered by a paddle while standing. The owners of Whaz SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Fitness and Yoga are eager to rent paddleboards or give lessons, but they ask that you call in advance and complete a form online before arriving.
Houston Segway Tours
501 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(866) 673 4929
Visitors to Houston may see groups of Segway riders in the parks and streets of downtown Houston almost any day of the week. Segway tours start in front of the Wortham Center. The futuristic technology of the Segway makes it easy to learn and stay balanced while getting unique views of Houston. Segway Tours of Houston offers two different tours: the Buffalo Bayou Tour and the Bayou At Twilight Tour. See the website for reservations and fares. Group fares are as low as $75 per person. Tours leave seven days a week at various times.
Neal’s Berry Farm and Farmers Market
24527 1/2 Gosling Road
Spring, TX 77389
For lasting memories along with some practical skills, try an afternoon of picking your favorite fall harvest fruits or vegetables straight from the farm. Neal’s Berry Farm is one of more than a half-dozen “pick your own” farms where you can harvest fruits or vegetables, and learn about canning, preserves and more. Check the website and call in advance to find out what is available and any updates on local conditions.
Hermann Park Conservancy
6201-A Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Hermann Park offers a variety of outdoor experiences that create lasting memories. Start with a snack at the cafe near the zoo entrance and train departure point. Rent a pedal boat and spend a fun half-hour on the eight-acre McGovern Lake for a nominal fee – a great way to cool off, chat privately and take amazing photos of Houston’s most famous park. The pedal boats and train are operated by the Hermann Park Conservancy as are the cafe and gift shop. Plenty of ducks, geese, storks, turtles and other species walk about freely. A short walk from the boat rides is the Japanese Cultural Garden, the reflection pool and the Houston Zoo. Check out the performance calendar of the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Parking is free, but spaces fill up early for popular events. The park is accessible by train and several bus lines. See Houston Bike Share for details on bike rentals.
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21778 FM 1774
Todd Mission, TX 77363
For an educational, fun, fantasy outing, try the 38th Renaissance Festival. The festival is the largest of its genre in the USA. It recreates a 55-acre 16th century European village with several venues for entertainment including skits, jousting contests and demonstrations of Renaissance skills. Festival staff members and festival enthusiasts dress in period costumes and knights, knaves, lords and ladies mingle with the crowd. The area is fairly large, so be prepared to walk. Food from concession stands, beverages and picnic areas are plentiful. The festival is fun anytime, but it also features eight themed weekends.
Marc Pembroke is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. His work can be found on Examiner.com.