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Houston & Beyond Blog

Hidden Gems Outside of Houston

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of top attractions in and around Houston, but some of the coolest experiences may not be featured on any top 10 lists. Some of these “hidden gems” lie just outside of Houston and feature beautiful places of worship, reflection and fun! Here are 5 places just waiting to be discovered by you. 1. Baytown's Umbrella Alley Tucked away in an alley formerly filled with broken concrete and graffiti walls is a colorful art installation sure to make your…

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6 Essential Things to Do In Galveston This Summer

Early morning sunrises, warm sea breezes and the invitingly sandy shores of Galveston Island attract beachgoers from all over Texas and beyond. While enjoying Galveston’s beaches in the summer is a slam dunk, there are many other things you can do to make the most of your stay here. After all, this one-of-a-kind coastal city has world-class attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Where should you get started? Check out these 6 essential things to do in Galveston and you’ll be well on your way…

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Enjoy Port Arthur and Sea Rim This Summer

Five miles of natural beach meet marsh at Sea Rim State Park. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Port Arthur, the park allows visitors to swim and stroll the Gambusia Nature Trail on the park’s Gulf side, then paddle marsh unit trails just across the way. It’s the perfect summer destination for birders, families and campers who want to enjoy the beauty of the coast. Visitors will hear the tempting waves of the Gulf of Mexico before they view it. The first glimpses come from the high West…

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Huntsville: A Relaxing Getaway

Nestled in the tall pines of east Texas, between Dallas and Houston, you will find a serene place rich in history, culture and the outdoors: Huntsville, Texas. The home of General Sam Houston, who fought for Texas’s Independence, Huntsville is a perfect spot for a relaxing getaway or day trip. A great way to start your Huntsville tour is to spend the day tracing the steps of General Sam Houston. The 77-foot Sam Houston Statue by artist David Adickes is the most photographed statue in Texas and…

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Pop’n Summer Fun in Pearland

Nestled minutes from Houston, Pearland is a perfect pick” for weekend fun in the Texas Gulf Coast region. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities, including golf, tennis, splash pads for the kids, and hiking and biking trails—all in the city’s more than 175 acres of beautiful park land. Enjoy scenic places to picnic as well as outdoor entertainment and a Bass Pro Shop—a show in itself and a living museum of Texas hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor gear. Bargain treasure hunters won’t…

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Stars, Stripes and Smiles at Baytown’s 4th of July Celebration

Baytown is pulling out all the stops to celebrate America’s birthday with a free two-day festival filled with patriotic merriment. Festival goers will be treated to musical performances, tons of delicious food, shopping, and one of the best fireworks extravaganzas in the state. The celebration starts off with a bang on Monday, July 3 at Bicentennial Park with performances by the Mambo Jazz Kings and the classic rock band, Grand Funk Railroad. Go back in time as you move to 70s classics like “The…

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