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Houston & Beyond Blog

Five Can't-Miss Independence Day Events and Fireworks Shows Outside of Houston

The patriotic spirit is alive and well around Houston this summer, and especially in preparation for July 4 th next week! Whether you’re looking for parades in the area, specials at top attractions or a good old-fashioned party, we’ve got 5 places you’re going to want to visit this Independence Day. Galveston Celebrate July 4 th in Galveston with the annual Independence Day Parade starting at 7:45 p.m. Cheer on the procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers as they cruise…

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Summer Day Trip Adventures for Kids

Summer is a time when your kids kick back, forget about homework and create memories to share with their friends when August finally rolls back around. But those tall tales have to begin somewhere, right? We’re giving you a few ideas that might kick start your kid’s legendary “What I Did This Summer” essay. You can thank us when you get their first report card back. Adventure on Go on an expedition through Baytown, where kids get the chance to hunt for hidden containers at 31 of Baytown’s…

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Mark Your Calendar For These Summer Festivals Outside of Houston

It’s officially summer, so while we’re sad to see the temperature rise around Houston, we’re happy to say goodbye to the rainy days of April and hello to some of our favorite festivals. Whether you’re in the mood to stroll through a cook-off, hear some live music or catch a fireworks show, we’ve got the perfect daytrip to help beat the summer heat. May 3 – May 5 League City Music Festival & BBQ Cookoff (May 3-5) The fun starts early with this festival in Bay Area Houston! On Thursday, May 3rd…

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Outdoor Activities for Your Next Family Day Trip

Who doesn’t want to get outside and enjoy this amazing weather? After being cooped up all winter to avoid the rain and snow, it’s time to get your family out and about to explore. If you’re looking to shake up your weekend, we recommend taking a daytrip and experiencing something brand new, exciting and family friendly. Nothing says excitement quite like an alligator theme park. Head to this one-of-a-kind experience in Beaumont where visitors can see all types of reptiles and other animals. Kids…

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Four Reasons To Run Baytown’s Jail Break Run This February

It’s a brisk February morning and the sky is transitioning from charcoal to cobalt. Hundreds of runners who have trained months to be at this half marathon starting line, await the shotgun signal that will initiate the 13.1-mile trek through suburban pavements. They yearn for their finisher’s medals and the incredible views from the top of the Fred Hartman Bridge that await them at mile 9; they’re also running for a worthy cause. Baytown’s Jail Break Run Half Marathon and 5K is held each year…

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How to Prepare for Grito Fest in 4 Easy Steps: Baytown's Hispanic Heritage Festival

The 12th Annual Grito Fest, one of the area’s most popular festivals celebrating Hispanic heritage, will be held Saturday, October 7th, at Baytown’s Bicentennial Park (1001 Market Street). This free and family-friendly outdoor festival will feature musical entertainment, mariachis, kid’s activities, contests, food and craft vendors, and more. We want to help you get ready for this year’s bash with these four easy steps. Step 1: Put on your dancing shoes! The music is always hot, hot, hot at…

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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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