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  • April 17, 2019
    Spring means sunnier weather … most of the time. If you get caught in an April shower this month, we’re here to help you beat the blues with some museums and indoor activities that are just as fun. Bookmark this page or save some ideas for the next time the weather catches you by surprise! Trains Explore locomotive history in Galveston with one of the largest restored railroad collections in the country. The Galveston Railroad Museum features numerous railroad memorabilia and...
  • April 12, 2019
    A day trip traveling north from Houston takes you down memory lane to the historic city that is Conroe, Texas. Conroe was established after the Civil War when a retired Illinois Cavalry captain came to Texas, hoping to make his mark in the lumber industry. His mark created an enduring legacy. In 1881, Isaac Conroe positioned his sawmill at the junction of the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads in Montgomery County. This strategic crossroads paired with an ample supply of
  • April 3, 2019
    Whether you’re looking for a few events to help you ring in spring or already planning your summer trips, we’ve got a list of events you don’t want to miss outside of Houston’s city limits. April Spring Fling – April 6 – May 5 April is peak migration time so the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory hosts Spring Fling at the Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary the entire month of April. Volunteers or staff will be there each day to help identify the migrants as well...
  • March 20, 2019
    Avid birders can rejoice that spring comes early in Southeast Texas. Some spring migrants can be expected to move through our region in early March with the season hitting its stride in mid-April. While there are some places to experience urban birding inside Houston’s limits, the species and birding potentials abound just outside of town. Beaumont ’s legendary status among birders is thanks to its position on not one but two migratory flyways: the Central and Mississippi. This...
  • March 14, 2019
    From the earliest pioneers to the famous Spindletop oil boom that put the state of Texas on the map for oil, Beaumont, Texas is where history is made. Discover the innovation and heritage at the museums and historic sites throughout the city. Whether you’re looking to experience life how it was in the past or venture off the beaten path, here are the top spots to discover the enchanting history in Beaumont. Fire Museum of Texas As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. And...
  • March 6, 2019
    For kids, Spring Break can be a relaxing and fun time to enjoy the warmer weather and some freedom from school. For parents it’s a constant battle against boredom that requires creativity, patience and planning. This Spring Break, we’re taking the stress off your shoulders. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your week of fun! The Baytown area is full of family-friendly activities so why not experience them ALL this Spring Break? Baytown is home to one of only four GeoTours...
  • February 27, 2019
    History buffs rejoice! It’s time to celebrate Texas Independence Day, the day when 59 delegates met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. Of course, there’s more to the story. After this decision, the Texian Army engaged and defeated General Santa Anna’s army in the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Experience the history for yourself by planning your next day trip outside of Houston. Deer Park ’s proximity to the San Jacinto...
  • February 20, 2019
    Conroe , Texas is becoming a popular hangout for residents and tourists wanting to listen to live music. Conroe – Houston’s not so little secret anymore – is the fastest growing city in the United States and one aspect of the city that continues to grow is the nightlife. In December, 2018, the Texas Music office, Office of the Governor, designated Conroe as Texas Music Friendly City, making Conroe the 7 th city in the state and the first in the Houston area to be awarded...
  • February 13, 2019
    It’s finally crawfish season and the best mudbugs in Texas are just a short drive from Houston. You can’t call yourself a true crawfish enthusiast if these places aren’t on your bucket (get it?) list. Conroe Mmm crawfish gets us through the cold months, and there are plenty of places to get your fill of it in Conroe . Sam's Boat is located on Lake Conroe and has a deck perfect for sitting and enjoying the scenery while Wolfies is more of a party atmosphere, with great...
  • February 6, 2019
    Valentine’s Day is one holiday that tends to creep up with very little notice. It’s also one that you really shouldn’t forget! It’s easy to make this holiday special. Go just outside of Houston to experience something new and romantic with your special someone. A Twist on A Classic Kick it old school when you catch a classic movie at the historic 1927 Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont . This is no regular movie date! The theatre was built using inspiration from old...
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