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Houston & Beyond Blog

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Emilie Harris

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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Spring Break Day-Trip Activities

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 in the state…

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Celebrate Texas Independence Day

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 Monument makes it an ideal stop…

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Delicious Crawfish Outside City Limits

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. Wolfies is located on Lake Conroe and has a deck perfect for sitting and enjoying the scenery. Enjoy the party atmosphere, great music and friendly chatter. Looking for the local…

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Top 3 Mardi Gras Celebrations Around Houston

You only have to drive a few miles from Houston to experience the best Mardi Gras west of New Orleans. From King Cake to parades with Cajun flair, your celebration is only a daytrip away. Whether you’re looking for a rowdy celebration with friends or a friendly parade for your rowdy kids, here are three events you should check out. Mardi Gras! Galveston February 14- 25 Take part in the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States with the unique chance to get some sand between…

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January, February and March Events Around Houston

You might be busy sticking to your resolutions for 2020 this month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in some fun in between work-outs, your book list and Dry January. Can’t make time? Don’t worry, we’ve got a few things to look forward to in February and March too! Read on to find out what’s happening Around Houston. Surfside Food & Art Festival in Brazosport Saturday, January 25 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stahlman Park The 3rd Annual Surfside Food and Art Festival will include live music and…

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Give a Day Trip This Holiday

We know you're busy trying to find last minute gifts for the people in your life, so we won't bore you with the details about all there is to do outside of Houston. We'll simply give you a subtle hint that day trips make for a great presents to your friends and family, especially when you're struggling with stocking stuffers and growing more and more resigned to gift cards. There's an alternative, believe us. Check out some of the experiences available for gifting on the Houston Experience…

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Ice and Snow Family Fun

Who says you need 32-degree weather to enjoy some snow? We’re rounding up our favorite places to get an ice fix outside of the Houston area. After all, if you can’t take a day trip to ice skate then what can you take one for? ICE LAND at Moody Gardens in Galveston November 17 - January 6 The world’s most famous landmarks will become cooler than ever as Moody Gardens introduces ICE LAND: Christmas Around the World with a brand new theme. The award-winning CAA Harbin Ruijing Carving Team of…

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November and December's Top Events Around Houston

The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to branch out from your day-to-day and create memories that will last a lifetime. It’s time for a daytrip! Get outside of the city and experience unique events you can only find Around Houston. November Opry on the Square Pearland - 17 mi/27 km from Downtown Houston November 2, 2019 Pearland Opry On The Square celebrates the time honored Saturday night Texas Opry tradition showcasing live, traditional country music. The free event follows the same…

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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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