You know by now what Saturday, July 20 marks—50 years since we took that one small step—and Space City is celebrating accordingly all month long. Even if your interest in astronomy only extends to that trendy NASA crop top you got from Forever 21, there are still ways to take part this weekend and beyond.
Get the thrill of G-force gravity speed
Wahoo Wave, the brand-new ride at the recently rebranded Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, is not for the faint of heart: the six-story complex lets a tube of up to four thrill-seekers twist and turn for 30 feet down a tunnel slide before dropping three stories into a water wave wall, which you'll slide up vertically before gravity sends you plunging, weightless, into the splash pool below.
Take a trip with Rocketman
Pack your coziest sweater to brave the notorious movie theater AC and settle in for a trip that, we can attest, is one seriously good time: The epic musical fantasy chronicling Sir Elton John's formative years—he's not the man you think he is at all, oh no, no, no...
Indulge in a lunar-inspired staycation
Keep your getaway close to home at downtown's Marriott Marquis Houston, offering its To the Moon and Back package through the end of the month with rooms from $454/night. You'll also get a Moon Melt Massage and Foot Scrub, access to other amenities (yes, that includes the Texas-shaped lazy river), and a $50 dining credit to any of the hotel's six restaurants.
Lay back and relax in zero-gravity
We've already espoused the virtues of Modern Acupuncture, but it bears repeating if only for the zero-gravity recliners that do wonders for sloughing off the stress of the day. Experience them at any of the five Houston locations and you'll feel like you're floating through space; post-pricking, you may find yourself landed on your own Sea of Tranquility.
Float on, okay
Catch a sunset flick whilst floating when Hotel Derek screens Apollo 13 on its giant outdoor movie wall in its SPLASH pool on Friday, July 26—a special Space City Month edition of the hotel's popular summer film series, which otherwise happen once a month on Thursdays. Take an after-work dip starting at 7:30 p.m. before the movie starts when the sun goes down. $25 gets you pool access, parking, and free gourmet popcorn and a signature drink—just RSVP at [email protected] or 713-297-4327.