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Houston & Beyond Blog

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With These Couples Activities Around Houston

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 Spanish architecture and has an…

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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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Winter Activities for Kids

The holiday season is a magical time for little kids and the big ones too. From ice skating to magical winter lights and gator encounters, there is plenty of fun activities for kids this holiday season. The Ice Rink in The Woodlands Open through January 21, 2019 Hot cocoa, Christmas lights and ice skating all go hand in hand in The Woodlands. The Woodlands Ice Rink on Lake Robbins Drive is even open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Lace up your skates and bring the family to make memories on…

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Santa Sightings and December Events Outside of Houston

Sure he is busy making a list and checking it twice, but that doesn’t mean Santa doesn’t have time to have some extra fun! From pictures with Santa to breakfast on the Boardwalk, there are plenty of places where you can spot Santa at events around the Houston area. So, you better not shout, cry or pout ‘cause Santa Claus is coming to town! Sit on Santa’s lap and take the perfect picture for this year’s holiday greeting card! Stop by for pictures with Santa at South Shore Harbour Resort Dec. 7…

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Cool Coffee in Neighborhoods Outside of Houston

Meet the Blues Brothers Rao’s Bakery was founded in 1941 by Johnny Rao and has been a Beaumont favorite ever since. Offering both decadent sweet pastries and cakes and savory sandwiches and wraps, Rao’s is the place to go. Sit out on the front porch or the patio outside at their original location or visit their other locations around Southeast Texas. Take a selfie in front of the “famous” Blues Brothers statues that greets you outside. Enjoy Art and Music The Art of Coffee is part coffee shop…

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10 Cool Photo-Ops Worth The Drive

From posing with a live gator to riding on a roller coaster over water, there are some seriously cool spots to snag a photo in the Houston area and beyond. While visiting some of the most popular entertainment areas and historical sights you don’t want to miss out on snapping a picture to share with friends. Animals and Entertainment Statues of Pelicans Say “cheese” next to as many pelicans as you can find! The Pelican Path in Seabrook features a wide variety of Pelican statues spread through…

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Fun Fall Races Outside of Houston

Who says running is boring? From running in the dark to dressing up in a Halloween costume, races with themes are always fun! And, you don’t have to be a serious runner to join in the fun. There are 5k and one mile options along with longer distances like 10K and even 10 miles available around Houston this season. 5K Races Monster Dash 5K and Kids Run in Lake Jackson - October 27 The 5K Monster Dash is through MacLean Park and along the Dow Centennial Trail. FREE t-shirts to the first 100…

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Dog Friendly Patios You'll Want to Enjoy

As the weather starts cooling down, there’s no better way to enjoy time outdoors than to hang out on a patio with friends. It’s even better if you can find a restaurant where you can bring along your four legged friends. We’ve sniffed out a few dog friendly patios to meet up with friends just beyond the Houston area. Bakkhus Taverna Bakkhus reflects a small Greek family style restaurant that serves Greek and American fare with a southern twist. They offer a diverse menu and nothing but the best…

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Don't Miss These Fall Events Outside of Houston

Pull on your flannel shirt, grab your pumpkin spice latte and head outdoors! Fall is the perfect time to explore the Houston region with a day trip. November Lone Star Rally in Galveston - November 1 Christina Aguilera: The Liberation Tour in Sugar Land - November 1 2018 Salute to Military Service & First Responders - November 2 Treasures by Sea & Kite Fly-By Show - November 3 Divas at Dusk in Lake Jackson - November 5 Opry on the Square - November 9 Great Muddy Escape in Huntsville -…

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Summer Bucket List

The Houston region is full of one-of-a-kind activities you won’t want to miss out on this summer! Here are 5 adventures you can count on to shake things up when you just want to get out of town. 1. Lounge around at the Lazy River at The Woodlands Resort This is more than a pool… this is an experience! Book a room this weekend at The Woodlands Resort and soak up the sun at the Forest Oasis Lazy River and Waterpark in The Woodlands. Couples looking for a relaxing weekend away can enjoy poolside…

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