We discovered some exciting outdoor adventures in and around Houston Texas for couples to do on weekends that will not only chase away the blues, they will get you out of the concrete jungle for a while. The best weekend adventures provide incredible multi-sensory stimulating experiences. The activities that we found at the tops of all of the list are whitewater rafting, scuba diving and boating adventures.
It would be stretching the truth if we told you all of these adventures are were family-friendly outings. Some of them are risky activities that are not for the faint of heart, but they can be enjoyable for a family with teens or a group of active adults.
They are physically challenging and provide ample opportunities to have bone-chilling fun, while experiencing natures beauty. To help you avoid those not so great destinations we focused our details on those places that are considered cool outrageously fun destinations.
Wild and Crazy White Water Rafting Tours
There are several place where you can experience Whitewater rafting in and around Houston, Texas. The Guadalupe and the notorious Rio Grande are the best rivers in the state to try your hand at this sport. Local outfitter are available in the areas to arrange an adventure for your entire family or a trip for two. The companies that offer these services have rafting tours that are suitable for all age groups and skill levels.
The Guadalupe River’s clear cool waters are very enjoyable on hot days. The popular modes of transportation on the river include whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking, Floating down the river on huge inflatable inner tubes is another popular way to travel on the river.
The Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is the place of choice for outdoor adventures in and around Houston Texas for couples who want the challenge of shooting the exciting rapids that punctuate the path of the river. For the most part the river flows lazily along as it cutting a trail through the limestone canyon and past towering cypress trees as it has for centuries. Sections of the Rio Grande have sparkling waters that are peaceful and where you can enjoy scenic views, and good fishing. Along the banks of the river you will find restaurants, bars with live music, plenty of outfitters, and a number of places to stay. Overnight sleeping accommodations ranges from spartanly equipped camping areas to large houses at resorts.
Visit Texasoutside.com for more details
The Best Places For Scuba Diving In and Around Houston Texas For Couples
Lake 288 is a Southside lake that covers 19-acres. There are underwater platforms docks, cabanas, and a changing area. The eastside of the lake is set aside for diving because of its visibility. Scuba divers favor this lake because of the lake's popular underwater attractions, two buses, several boats and some cars.
The facility has seasonal operating hours. As always it’s best to check with them before you plan your trip. A recently posted schedule on 288.net included this information.
November 8th – March 31st
• Monday and Friday open by appointment only 8 person minimum
• Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
• Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
• Holidays 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Where To Go: Highway 288 South
Whale Shark Dive Trips
There are some exciting diving charter trips from Galveston or Freeport, Texas for divers that have at minimum a basic open-water certification. They can hook-up with the folks from Ultra Dive and take part in chartered diving excursions including Whale Shark Diving Trips.
These scuba diving trips, are conducted under the direction of a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain / Merchant Marine Officer and a PADI Dive Master. Each diving trip is limited to a maximum of only six divers plus Captain and crew, giving every diver plenty of space to move around and gear up while on board the charter boat.
The chartered dives visit either a wreck or oil platform/oil rig in the Texas Gulf where large schools of plate sized spade fish, colorful angelfish, dolphins, rays, barracuda, amberjacks, hangout. These rig diving trips are considered to be the safest type of diving in the Gulf.
Some of the local dive companies like ULTRA DIVE can outfit you with rental equipment. Simply let them know in advance and they are willing to make sure what you need is ready & waiting when you board the boat.
They are game for helping individuals or small groups of up to six divers enjoy a stimulating Whale Shark Diving Trip or a private charter. Their private charter rates are competitive and their customized gift certificates can enable you to surprise your significant other with a charter for an Ultra Dive.
Where To Go:
Sea Sports Travel
Boating Charters In Houston
Many people don’t realize that Houston’s close proximity to the Gulf Coast waters opens the door for some unique nautical experiences. In addition to traditional boating charters there are boat rides that are flavored with history, art and plenty of other thrilling ways to enjoy a ride on the waves.
History Boat Tours
On a few weekends throughout the year the Buffalo Bayou preservation society offers history boat tours. These short trips into the past are led by a historian who is knowledgeable about the area, Louis Aulbach. The tours are eye opening excellent opportunities to understand the important role the bayou has played in the development of the region. Some of the exotic plants and wildlife have lived on the bayou dating as far back as ancient Indian and Spanish civilizations.
For more details visit buffalobayou.org
The artist boat is a tour of the coastal waterways that combines the sciences and the arts into a new recreational experience. Local boaters are encouraged to bring their paints, pens and cameras along to paint, draw and photograph the scenes they encounter while floating along the Texas coastal shores.
The overarching goal of the boat tours is to create a larger awareness about preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment.
Where To Go:
The best waterways in and around Houston Texas for couples are: Galveston Bay, South Padre Island, Lake Conroe and Buffalo Bayou. These are just a few of the hot spots for water-borne activities. They are large bodies of water that are friendly enough to satisfy your craving for an adrenaline-rush filled adventure. These local waterways are ideal places to try your hand at water skiing, kite-boarding, sport fishing or pleasure boating.
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