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Houston & Beyond Blog

Take a Day Trip to Galveston Island This Summer

You don’t need a real reason to head to the coast during the Texas summer – the cool breezes and sparkling Gulf waters are usually enticements enough. But, in case you’re looking for a little extra motivation, here are five new excuses to head to Galveston Island this vacation season. 1. Space Slides The new 'Infinity Racers' Ride at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Water Park is scheduled to open a new multi-million set of “Infinity Racers” slides this June. The ride will be the only 8-story…

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Explore The Treetops in The Woodlands

Explore nature and see views of The Woodlands area like never before. The outdoor climbing adventure park called Texas TreeVentures is now open! Operated by The Woodlands Township, the three-level aerial course is located on the campus of The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive. From way up high, you will be able to see some of the coolest views The Woodlands area has to offer. “ The course is directly adjacent to the expansive 1,800 acres of the George Mitchell…

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Catch Live Music All Summer Long Outside of Houston

Summer presents the perfect opportunity to kick back on a patio with a nice craft brew and listen to some local music. No offense to big concert venues, but sometimes it's better to just be in your own chair with no worries about the cost for parking. A food truck nearby doesn't hurt either. Thursday Nights Conroe's First Thursday Free Concert Series Heritage Place 500 Metcalf Street, Conroe, TX First Thursday of the month April - September 7:00 p.m. More information Enjoy Conroe, one of…

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Must-Eat Burgers For Your Next Road Trip

Beware: if you read this post you will walk away wanting a burger. As long as you know that then you're in for a treat. We love a good burger, and while there are plenty of options in Houston, some of these delicious, meaty creations are the perfect way to start or end your road trip. Trust us. They're worth the stop. Killen’s Burgers – Pearland Located at the original Killen’s Steakhouse location and revamped with a 1950s diner feel, this local spot showcases the local food celebrity Ronnie…

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The Best Coffee Shops in Sugar Land

From cappuccinos to expressos, lattes to cold brews, here is your round up of the best coffee shops to help you score the perfect brew in Sugar Land. Check out our guide, refuel and get back out there. Don’t forget to snap a pic with your beverage of choice and tag @VisitSugarLand and #SweeterinSL. BlendIn Coffee Club Blendin Coffee Club is a neighborhood coffee shop for every kind of coffee drinker. This unique coffee shop is located at a repurposed former bank at 8410 Highway 90A, which…

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Escape the April Showers at these Museums

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 exhibits, including…

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Experience Historic Conroe Texas

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…

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Spring Events around Houston

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 as resident birds and keep a daily list…

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Where to go to Enjoy the Bird Migration

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 fortuitous…

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Spend a Day with History in Beaumont

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 that’s true…

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