Consider checking out high-octane racing events at Houston Motorsports Park, also known as “The Palace of Power,” just 20 minutes from downtown. Here, speedsters can drag race on a 1/8-mile concrete strip designed expressly for that purpose, or get their thrills from watching. Check out the intense NASCAR racing action on the speedway’s 3/8-mile-high banked-oval track, with everything from American muscle cars to Bandoleros speeding around the asphalt.
Feel the wind on your face when you skydive or parachute jump from an airplane at Skydive Spaceland, a 134-acre facility created just for skydiving. You can jump from 14,000 or 8,000 feet, depending on how long you’re ready to freefall at 120 miles per hour. Take classes in the basics or sharpen your skills and learn about disciplines like wing suiting, free flying, and canopy piloting. You can go solo or tandem, depending on your skill level. Feel the thrill of yanking on your own rip cord for a five-minute parachute flight. Before you leave, stop by the pro shop for some custom gear and souvenirs that are sure to inspire envy among your friends.
Sam Houston Race Park
Take in live horseracing at Sam Houston Race Park, and place your bets. Choose a horse, and let the excitement begin. Book a seat at the Winners’ Circle restaurant, and you can watch the races up close and grab a bite to eat in comfort at the same time. If you’re a newbie, visit the Fan Education Center first and learn Wagering 101. The park also hosts concerts, car shows, and food truck festivals, so there’s always something fun to check out.
Wake Nation Adventure Park
Try waterskiing — without a boat — when you go cable wakeboarding at Wake Nation Adventure Park. You’ll be pulled through the water around a 12-acre lake by an overhead cable system. Try the custom-built jumps, sliders, and rails, or book private lessons from a pro. If it’s your first time, you can begin on a practice pond. Test your balance and strength at the park’s Aerial Adventure Ropes Course, where you’ll be fitted with a harness and learn to navigate the course.
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