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  • October 18, 2018
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year for celebrating fall and all things pumpkin! Start your Fall Bucket List now and check out these stops just a short drive from Houston. From playing in the snow to meeting a penguin, we’ve tracked down a few unique, must try items for you and your family to enjoy! 1. Take a haunted hay ride! John Jay French Pumpkin Walk – October 20 Walk through the lined walkway of decorated pumpkins, and go on a "haunted" tour of the 1845...
  • October 3, 2018
    Who says running is boring? From running in the dark to dressing up in a Halloween costume, races with themes are always fun! And, you don’t have to be a serious runner to join in the fun. There are 5k and one mile options along with longer distances like 10K and even 10 miles available around Houston this season. 5K Races Monster Dash 5K and Kids Run in Lake Jackson - October 27 The 5K Monster Dash is through MacLean Park and along the Dow Centennial Trail. FREE t-shirts to the first 100
  • September 26, 2018
    Imagine a time before the internet, electricity and running water. Sometimes it’s hard to picture what life was like long ago. You can see first hand what it was like to survive back in the day with an inside look at historic homes around the Houston area. See things like architecture style, vintage appliances, furniture and personal items you rarely ever see anymore. Load up the family and head out for a mini history lesson near you. The Marguerite Rogers House Museum The beautiful...
  • September 21, 2018
    As the weather starts cooling down, there’s no better way to enjoy time outdoors than to hang out on a patio with friends. It’s even better if you can find a restaurant where you can bring along your four legged friends. We’ve sniffed out a few dog friendly patios to meet up with friends just beyond the Houston area. Bakkhus Taverna Bakkhus reflects a small Greek family style restaurant that serves Greek and American fare with a southern twist. They offer a diverse menu and...
  • September 12, 2018
    Pull on your flannel shirt, grab your pumpkin spice latte and head outdoors! Fall is the perfect time to explore the Houston region with a day trip. October • November October Boo At The Boardwalk - October 5 - October 31 Check out special spooky movies, themed bands, costume contests and more every weekend in October at the Kemah Boardwalk. The special event ends on Halloween with trick or treating, haunted house fun and a live band! Little Texas Concert in Brazosport - October 19 Conroe
  • September 5, 2018
    It’s often those small town stops where you will uncover the best hidden gems, especially when it comes to the arts scene. So branch out of the Houston Museum District and take a drive! Inspired arts and culture may be right under your nose. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas offers artwork, interactive features and family friendly experiences in the Beaumont area. Family Arts Day events are offered four times a year including the popular “Eat-A-Bug” day. This fall, the...
  • Port Arthur fishing Credit: Curt Edgerton
    August 29, 2018
    We’re not saying that Labor Day is you last chance to soak up your favorite summer activities, but we are getting down to the wire. Here are a few ways we recommend spending your last little bit of fun in the sun. Port Arthur Cross over the West Dune Boardwalk to the water’s edge in Port Arthur. There you can scavenge for shells and soak up the sun along 5 miles of natural beach offering peaceful views and exploratory adventures. Shore birds such as pelicans and terns share the...
  • August 17, 2018
    Shh… you hear that? It’s the sound of you ignoring all your worries and spending a quiet day on the water. If you need more convincing than that, here are three fishing holes a short drive away from Houston that deliver big in the peace department (and the fish department). Baytown : Thompson’s Fish Camp Nestled among 4 different saltwater bays that feed into Galveston Bay, Cedar Bayou and Goose Creek wind through Baytown and provide a prime place for freshwater fishing....
  • August 8, 2018
    There is no bad kind of bar-b-que (except the kind from California and New York – sorry, guys, keep trying). But luckily some of the most delicious sauces, premium meats and drool-worthy sides are just a short drive away, so get in your car and get moving before these places sell out and close up for the day. Patillo’s Bar-B-Q Texas Monthly calls it “the oldest family owned barbecue joint in Texas.” In fact, the Patillo family recipes have been luring Beaumont diners...
  • August 2, 2018
    This time of year, you’ve got to create your own wind! What better way than on a bike? Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or you’re just looking for a rental option to cruise around, the areas around Houston have paths to explore for nature enthusiasts and urban explorers. Cruise along Cattail Marsh in Beaumont Situated in the back of Tyrrell Park is Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands , the perfect backdrop to a 12-mile bike. This trail extends through the wetlands and...
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