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Houston & Beyond Blog

Surf's Up in the Brazosport Area

Yes, you can hang ten in Texas! Surfside Beach has deep water and long jetties that make for good surfing. The deep water is only eight miles offshore of Surfside Beach so it produces much more consistent surf than other spots on the upper Texas coast. The deeper water allows the swell to pass without decreasing wave size. The jetties block the south winds, focus the swell, and create defined surf breaks. There are a few different types of boards available for rent or purchase in Surfside…

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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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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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6 Ways to Cool Off This Summer

It’s no secret that summer in Houston gets HOT. Luckily, there are plenty of places to cool down in and around Houston including beaches, lakes and more. Here are six options in case you’re looking to get your feet wet (and have a great time, too!). 1. Pirates Bay Water Park For the most water fun in Baytown, we recommend taking the plunge into Pirates Bay Water Park. This 7-acre water park has activities for children of all ages including water slides, a wave pool and splash pad! The park has…

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Summer Events Around Houston

If you’re ready to have a fun-filled summer outside of Houston’s city limits, we’ve got the perfect list of events you won’t want to miss! July Beaumont 4 th of July celebration July 4 Fireworks, live music and a musical performance in downtown Beaumont are all on the agenda. Kids can enjoy the Rotary Centennial Playground and other activities. The event is free so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers (no outside alcohol) for a wonderful night! 180 th City of Galveston Celebration…

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History Buffs: Plan Your Daytrip Outside of Houston

There’s more to this region than world-class museums. Experience history when you get up-close and personal on guided tours, special events and more this summer. Check out the unique historic experiences below you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Huntsville Sam Houston Memorial Museum Dedicated to preserving the memory of the great Stateman, General Sam Houston, the museum complex is located on 15 acres of his original homestead. Open daily, this museum is a combination of historic…

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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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Where to See Shorebirds This Summer

Are you excited about summer bringing with it beach weather? You’re not the only one! Shore birds flock to coastal locations and are some of the most difficult birds to identify. That shouldn’t scare off rookie birders though! Here are a few places you can venture outside of Houston to spot these fellow beach bums. Beaumont Cattail Marsh includes 900-acres of scenic wetlands along with a boardwalk that features two covered platforms, providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’…

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Catch Live Music All Summer Long Outside of Houston

Summer presents the perfect opportunity to kick back on a patio with a nice craft brew and listen to some local music. No offense to big concert venues, but sometimes it's better to just be in your own chair with no worries about the cost for parking. A food truck nearby doesn't hurt either. Thursday Nights Conroe's First Thursday Free Concert Series Heritage Place 500 Metcalf Street, Conroe, TX First Thursday of the month April - September 7:00 p.m. More information Enjoy Conroe, one of…

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Escape the April Showers at these Museums

Spring means sunnier weather … most of the time. If you get caught in an April shower this month, we’re here to help you beat the blues with some museums and indoor activities that are just as fun. Bookmark this page or save some ideas for the next time the weather catches you by surprise! Trains Explore locomotive history in Galveston with one of the largest restored railroad collections in the country. The Galveston Railroad Museum features numerous railroad memorabilia and exhibits, including…

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