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If you want to head off to somewhere different this winter, strongly consider Houston. Its a fantastic place any time of the year with attractions for all ages and has a great public transport network. In the winter months however there are some fantastic locations which look particularly seasonal and have elements not available at other times of the year.

The Ice at Discovery Green

Certainly a seasonal winter wonder, this outdoors ice rink has the incredible backdrop of the Houston city skyline. Powered by renewable energy and using recycled water from Kinder Lake, this is also an environmentally attraction which is carefully frozen to -22C over the festive period.

The Ice is great for all ages; theres even a mini-rink specifically designed for those aged under four. For the really tiny members of the family you can hire double runner skates which go as small as toddler sizes.

A combination of open skating and special events, its a really romantic place to come with the one you love and even pop the question with an organic mug of cocoa and a Belgian waffle. As she says yes, browse Houston jewelry at whiteflash.com to find an engagement ring and seal the moment.

Buffalo Bayou Kayaking

The water doesnt have to be frozen to be enjoyed during the winter in Houston. Head to Buffalo Bayou where you can enjoy a guided kayak trip. All the safety equipment you need is provided and you head off in a tandem vessel with an experienced guide.

A popular afternoon out even in the winter months, its wise to book ahead if you want to traverse the waters with someone with skill. If however you know how to use a kayak, you can rent one for yourself or even a canoe at any time and set off to explore the 26 miles of paddling trails on a solo excursion.

Houston Rockets

An event designed for all the family, take a bus to the Toyota Center to see the NBA stars Houston Rockets play. The season runs from October to April so any time during the winter is a great time to see a nail-biting match. Tickets are available for a single game or if youre going to be in town for a while you can buy a partial or even full season pass.

Museum of Fine Arts

If the weather is particularly inclement, head to the Museum of Fine Arts at 1001 Bissonnet Street. Its one of the largest museums in America and this winter you can see a selection of exhibitions, films and art events including the Christmas Village at Bayou Bend, a workshop on the future of art, take part in photography or sketching in the gardens and theres a variety of one-off film nights covering a number of genres. To avoid the crowds, visit on a Thursday evening when the museum is open until 9pm.

Waugh Bridge Bat Colony

For a particularly unusual occasion to take part in, visit the Observation Deck of Waugh Bridge just before sunset where youll see the magic of up to 300,000 bats flying in and around the area. Their flight patterns are spectacular and of course unique each evening but you can be guaranteed speed, agility and wonderment at these unusual creatures as they emerge for their daily flight