See This, Skip That: Houston

Skip Downtown, Head to the Water For a break from the downtown hubbub, consider spending a few hours on the water. All Points of Sail Sailing School will charter one of its vessels for a three-hour sunset sail – just for two or for up to 12 – through the waters of Clear Lake. Just bring your favorite food and drink on board. You can precede your intimate cruise with a kayak or paddleboard rental and spot wildlife at the Armand Bayou Nature Center. Sailing classes and even boat sleepovers are available. All Points is based in Seabrook, about 30 minutes from downtown Houston.

Skip the Museum, Visit the Orange Show The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is American folk art at its finest. It was formed in the early 1980s, mainly to preserve the site’s main attraction, the Orange Show Monument. The 3000-square-foot maze-like monument was built by hand over 20-plus years by late postman (and big fan of the orange fruit) Jefferson Davis McKissack. It’s made from steel, brick, concrete and a bevy of random objects, like tractor seats, tiles and mannequins. In 2001, the Center also acquired the Beer Can House, a labor of love by retired upholsterer John Milkovisch, who started it in the late 1960s and used no less than 50,000 recycled aluminum beer cans. Admission to each is $5 and kids under 12 are free.

Skip the Park, Visit the Cemetery A gravesite may not be your typical tourist attraction, but Glenwood Cemetery has been known to draw visitors with famous headstones that are a link to Houston history. Famous aviator Howard Hughes is buried here, as well as many of the city’s former politicians and business moguls. The pretty grounds, on more than 80 acres, can make for a lovely stroll, and the hilltop views of the skyline can be stunning.

Follow the Buzz, Bond with Bees With hives located throughout Central Texas, Round Rock Honey is well known for producing some of the state’s finest wildflower honey. They also like to share their appreciation for bees with the public, offering monthly hands-on classes in Porter, about a half-hour drive north of downtown Houston. A three-hour introduction to basic beekeeping class starts with an hour-long classroom course on bee biology and beehive management. Then, you step into a full bee suit and head over to the on-site apiary to learn how to circle beehives, light a smoker to calm the bees and lay honey in the hives. Kids 7 and up can do this, too. Sweet!

Gabe Saglie is Senior Editor for Travelzoo, which features a bevy of Houston travel specials, as well as local deals at www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/Houston/deals.

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