HIKE THIS RAVINE

Inner Loop gem unveils new hiking trail for Houstonians to explore

Hike this new ravine in the Houston Arboretum. Photo by Christina Spade.

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Houstonians who're fed up of outsiders (Austinites, especially) deriding our fair city for its lack of elevation and beauty have a new comeback. A hidden, Inner Loop gem has revealed a new trail and ravine and — gasp! — elevation that's completely explorable.

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, tucked away near Memorial Park on 4501 Woodway Dr., has unveiled a newly designed ravine trail as part of the nonprofit's Master Plan. The public can traverse this new trail, which boasts a "true riparian ecosystem" with elevation changes not typically seen in the Houston area, according to the center.

Hikers and visitors can expect two new bridges spanning the ravine to allow the flow of flood waters; a winding switchback concrete trail even provides ADA accessibility to the north bridge and expansive views across the ravine.Seemingly perfect for a spring stroll, the updated area also has a boardwalk system that brings visitors into the heart of the ravine and native plantings that increase bio-diversity and prevent erosion of the ravine slopes.

Due to flooding, erosion, washout, and other disturbances, access to the ravine and its trail system were closed for three years, while the Arboretum and several partners developed resilient solutions. The ravine is located in the northwest corner of the site.

Continue reading on CultureMap to learn about the Arboretum working with Design Workshop, Inc.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown will thrown another Labor Day Luau. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown/Facebook

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Labor Day is upon us, which means fall is fast approaching and, soon, we will no longer have to deal with this scorching-hot weather for much longer. It's that first Monday in September where we celebrate all the accomplishments hard-working men and women have made throughout history in building, shaping, and molding this country.

Labor Day is also a great day to kick back, and we've rounded up eight fun events to enjoy your long weekend.

a'Bouzy

Our favorite champagne dispensary will have a Labor Day brunch where bottles of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut will be served for $49. This is a must for those who've always wanted to pop bottles and dance around like Damon Dash in old Jay-Z videos. Reservations are required. 10 am-6 pm.

El Segundo Swim Club

H-Town's only private outdoor swim club and bar will have special hours and access this Labor Day Weekend. On Friday, access is free, but it's $20 Saturday through Monday. Food is available for purchase during peak hours via food truck. 3 pm-sunset (11 am-midnight Saturday; noon-midnight Sunday; noon-7 pm Monday).

Gallery Auctions, Inc.

If your idea of a fun Labor Day is bidding for stuff during an auction, these guys have a special day for you. Along with bidding for furniture, antiques, etc. the Astros Shuttle Crew will be on hand, giving away two pairs of Astros tickets. They also have lite bites for breakfast and a complementary bar during the entire auction. 8 am-4 pm.

ISKCON of Houston

Labor Day is also Houston's Free Day of Yoga. So, get all loose and limber and one with your body with a free yoga class at this temple's main hall (taught by local yoga queen Farida Morsi), followed by lunch at Govinda's. Bring some extra cash and enjoy wonderful vegetarian cuisine together. 10 am.

Lone Star Flight Museum

The hallowed museum has a bevy of things planned for Labor Day. You can take tours inside the DC-3, talk to the mechanics, make and take crafts, and step in the simulators, which will be open all weekend. Plus, there will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks — and this is all for a mere $5. 9 am-5 pm.

Continue on CultureMap to see what's going on at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, and much more.

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