Sleep Inn & Suites Hwy 290/NW Freeway
5451 Northwest Central Drive
Houston, TX 77092
Phone: (713) 996-0707
Fax: (713) 996-7815
This semi-private course built in 1992 is open year round. The par 72, 18 hole course runs over 6,500 yards. Every hole is challenging, with some form of danger looming. Numerous water hazards, sand traps and narrow fairways keep the golfer alert. Patience and course management is crucial for low scoring. The challenge, coupled with the excellent course maintenance, makes every round very enjoyable. The club offers a driving range and clubhouse for any golfing necessities. Metal spikes are allowed, and rental carts and clubs are available. A resident pro is there for assistance.
Delmar Stadium is part of the Delmar-Dyer Sports Complex and was HISD's first off-campus stadium. The football stadium with an artificial turf, can accommodate about 12,000 people and includes a field house, a baseball field, and a school stadium. Since 1957, it has been host to some of the major soccer games, and home games of the Houston-area high schools. Plans are on to upgrade the complex and further add to its current facilities.
Built in 1953 under the direction of architect Joe Finger, this public course is separated into three nine-hole mini-courses. Simply play on two of the courses to get in your full 18 holes for the day. Each set of nine holes has its own unique features, but ball placement is key for each set. Plenty of water and sand hazards will challenge every golfer. Jersey Meadow Golf Course measures 6,434 feet from the championship tees and has a slope of 117 with a rating of 70.50. Year-round, it offers challenging games that can also be reliably short when necessary. A driving range, pro shop and resident professional golfer are all available to golfers. Metal spikes are not allowed on shoes. Green fees include cart rental, and tee times are available by phone.
With over five miles of winding nature trails and more than 150 acres of woodlands, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is beautifully landscaped and covered with local native plants. Outdoor lovers certainly will not be disappointed, and indoor lovers will also marvel at Botanical Hall and the gift shop. A special feature for children is the Discovery Room with its 25-foot learning tree and pondering pond. Challenge young ones to spot the turtles and crawfish in the water. Classes are available for both adults and children.
Memorial Park is a popular Houston attraction complete with a beautiful three-mile playground. There are walking paths, picnic sites, baseball fields, pine trees, gardens and ponds. Appreciate nature's beauty and make the most of the sunny weather. The locals love to jog here, but you can also rent a bike and hit the trail. There is also a public golf course with a clubhouse and restaurant, a tennis club, and a workout facility nestled on the grounds.
Get ready for some real haunting action...Screamworld at Woodlands has just about everything you would love—a haunted hotel, haunted houses and the fear factory. The haunted hotel is considered the most hi-tech in the city for its various animatronics. The Edge of Darkness has the traditional hauntings with twisted paths, ghostly apparitions and classic scare tactics. You will also find movie monsters in 3D, a cemetery and a maze of maniacs. This is the longest running haunted attraction and has been selected by America's Best Haunts as one of the best haunted attractions in the USA. Children below ten may be refused entry.
The Bayou City Outdoors group (member of the American Outdoor Adventure Network) leads a free bike tour every month, usually the third Saturday, for anyone interested in checking out up to five of Houston's inner city farmers markets. The ride spans 8-12 miles, primarily on side and residential streets with a few trails. Don't forget a backpack to stock up on local, organic produce. Many of the markets also have vendors selling handmade soaps and candles, ready-made items including breads, sauces, and jams. Though they meet up at Onion Creek restaurant, be sure to park on the street. This tour occurs every third Saturday of the month.
Featuring two ice rinks, this fun spot is best known as the practice facility for the Houston Aeros and Olympic gold-medalist Tara Lipinski. Many locals stop by here at Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex, just to see the players train and watch amateur teams play. Call ahead to hear what is scheduled for the day. Those who are more athletic and would enjoy brushing up on their skating or hockey skills can get into a little action. Lessons in figure skating and hockey are also available.
Since 1977, this multicultural education center has tried to help inner-city youth develop self-discipline and confidence through the study of classic and visual arts. Scheduled events include exhibits, art shows and theatrical performances throughout the year. The entire program is designed to give kids a greater appreciation of their heritage and inspire belief in their ability to face the future.
Buffalo Bayou Park is a lush 124-acre park, where everyone can come to soothe the senses. Eleanor Tinsley Park, located within the park is host to many of Houston's festivals and a variety of activities. Experience a canoe trip, or a walk with a loved one through the beauty of this park. The park also has a play area for children, a dog park, sculptures and fountains throughout, and bike trails.
History buffs will enjoy the Houston Fire Museum, which traces the history of Houston's local firefighters from the late 19th century to modern day. The special photographic exhibit, "Taking the Heat for 100 Years," allows you to follow the history of fire fighting from the early years when buckets were passed hand-to-hand all the way through to modern technology. Another highlight is the 1892 steam fire engine that stands side-by-side with the modern 20th-century pumper.
If you are in the mood for some good baseball, head on over to the very classy Minute Maid Park which is home to the Houston Astros. Formerly known as both Enron Field and Astros Field, Minute Maid Park has a retractable roof and can be fully air-conditioned. The field is known as being friendly to the hitters, resulting in exciting games for the fans! For multi-taskers, wireless Internet is available for a fee. And whenever a hitter hits a pole, every audience member gets free Chick-fil-A. Besides major league baseball, the field occasionally hosts other sports games (such as college baseball), and private functions.