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Houston & Beyond Blog

Fall Bucket List

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 French home in Beaumont where…

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A Sweet Three-Day Escape to Sugar Land

Between school and busy schedules, spending quality family time together may be challenging, but in Sugar Land, it's easy and accessible. With most of Sugar Land's attractions, retail and dining destinations being within a 10-minute drive of each other, you spend less time in the car and more time building sweet memories. Friday Get ready to immerse yourself in an out-of-this world adventure by visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. Uncover prehistoric fossils at the Dig…

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Take a Day Trip for Labor Day

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. Brazosport At $12, a beach permit allows you to drive along Surfside Beach and pick your ideal location for a day in the sun. Visitors will find plenty of fishing charters, restaurants and souvenir shops, as well as surfboard, jet-ski and kayak rentals. With plenty of pedestrian only…

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Find Your Adventure at the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

You don’t need to be an avid hiker or birder to find your adventure at the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Located south of Houston, in the Brazosport Area, the Brazoria NWR is made up of over 40,000 acres of wetlands that are home to a variety of plants and animals. Boardwalks, trails, auto tour routes and blinds offer many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the refuge. Your first stop will be at the Discovery Center. This is where you can pick up helpful information about the…

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Living the Lake Life in Conroe

Whether you’re spending the day bass fishing or indulging in spa treatments, Conroe, Texas, has something to suit your getaway goals. In 1881, Union Calvary officer lumberman Isaac Conroe founded a sawmill about 40 miles north of his native Houston. By the early 1900s, Conroe was incorporated and had grown to be a thriving and dynamic community located along the picturesque 22,000-acre Lake Conroe. These days, Conroe is known for having a small town feel with big city appeal, and for being a…

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Fishing Holes to Hit This Weekend

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 five fishing holes a short drive away from Houston that deliver big in the peace department (and the fish department). Port Arthur: Sabine Lake Charter a boat or launch your own in Port Arthur’s Sabine Lake this summer. It’s more than 60,000 acres, no deeper than 8 feet and sits in two states. The Texas side boasts Pleasure Island, also great…

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Ultimate Drink Flights to Order in The Woodlands

The Kitchen Why choose one drink when you can order a whole flight? Opt for a variety of flavors at these Woodlands restaurants! The Kitchen Nothing pairs better with brunch than a mimosa, and The Kitchen has the mimosa game on lock with their Prickly Pear Basil, Mango Lime and Pomegranate Candied Ginger Mimosas. Fielding’s Wood Grill Fielding’s Wood Grill is known for their flights, offering everything from boozy coffee flights to craft beer and mimosa flights. But their signature Bloody Mary…

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The Best BBQ Around Houston

Killen's Texas Barbecue It’s no secret that the south has the world’s best barbecue (duh!) and the greater Houston area is not an exception. Hop in your car and take your taste buds on a trip to flavor town with these drool-worthy, food coma inducing restaurants, where the brisket is just as important as the service, and the dessert is just as sweet as the southern hospitality. Killen’s Texas Barbecue Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is a must-eat staple in the greater Houston area. Chef Ronnie…

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6 Ways to Cool Off This Summer

It’s no secret that summer in Houston gets HOT. Luckily, there are plenty of places to cool down in and around Houston including beaches, lakes and more. Here are six options in case you’re looking to get your feet wet (and have a great time, too!). 1. Pirates Bay Water Park For the most water fun in Baytown, we recommend taking the plunge into Pirates Bay Water Park. This 7-acre water park has activities for children of all ages including water slides, a wave pool and splash pad! The park has…

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Enjoy Galveston Island History on a Budget This Summer

Stay smart this summer and enjoy all of the history Galveston Island has to offer. One of the best parts about enjoying #GalvestonHistory is saving money while doing so! Pair four (or more) of the following museums/ historic locations and save up to an incredible 40% off with Galveston Island Pass! The Bryan Museum Island Pass Price: $8.40 (At the Door: $14.00 - Savings: $5.60) Join us for a day of high adventure! See the guns that "won the West," hear the bells of Spanish missions, ride the…

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