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Houston & Beyond Blog

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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Enjoy Scenic Views Around Houston by Kayak

We’re taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life this week and heading out to experience some of the scenic views around Houston – via kayak! Kayaking is a great hobby if you’re looking to relax, exercise or create some beautiful, nature inspired artwork. There’s a little something for everyone on the water. Kayak in the reflection of the San Jacinto Monument in the waterways that once saw soldiers in the Texas Revolution ferried across its banks in Baytown. With many choices for…

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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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Hiking Spots Outside of Houston

You may have trekked through popular paved paths in Houston, but these concrete trails aren’t the only hiking opportunities nearby. Take a break from the city sprawl and find yourself in the middle of the wilderness not far outside of Houston. Take a 20-minute drive east of downtown Houston to Baytown where you will find the Baytown Nature Center, a 450-acre peninsula offering miles of winding paths through woods and wetlands. During the day, hikers can experience the peace of nature and a…

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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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Where to Bike Outside of Houston

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 features beautiful views of…

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Camping Sites Outside of Houston

Whether you’re into camping or glamping, the perfect campsite is just a short drive outside of Houston. With plenty of options for visitors and mild weather during most seasons, we’ve got the perfect places for you to slather on the sunscreen and set up camp. A short trip south down the coast from Galveston will bring you to Galveston Island State Park where campers can enjoy four miles of trails and lake-area campsites. With options including screened shelters, campsites with water and…

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Best Golf Courses to Enjoy Year-Round Outside of Houston

In Houston, golf enthusiasts get to practice their swings year-round. The chilly weather in January and February is perfect for an early morning round of golf without the hassle of snow that Northern golfers have to contend with. And golfers will find 18-hole championship golf courses and courses with unique greens not too far outside of Houston. Pearland, for example, has golf courses designed for a variety of skill levels that make it ideal for a day trip from the city to golf. Perfect your…

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