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Houston & Beyond Blog

Where to go to Enjoy the Bird Migration

Avid birders can rejoice that spring comes early in Southeast Texas. Some spring migrants can be expected to move through our region in early March with the season hitting its stride in mid-April. While there are some places to experience urban birding inside Houston’s limits, the species and birding potentials abound just outside of town. Beaumont’s legendary status among birders is thanks to its position on not one but two migratory flyways: the Central and Mississippi. This fortuitous…

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Spring Break Day-Trip Activities

For kids, Spring Break can be a relaxing and fun time to enjoy the warmer weather and some freedom from school. For parents it’s a constant battle against boredom that requires creativity, patience and planning. This Spring Break, we’re taking the stress off your shoulders. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your week of fun! The Baytown area is full of family-friendly activities so why not experience them ALL this Spring Break? Baytown is home to one of only four GeoTours in the state…

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Three Reasons to Spring Break in the Brazosport Area

The Brazosport Area is a coastal community comprised of Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Quintana and Surfside Beach just 50 miles south of Downtown Houston. Check out three ways you can make the most of your spring break this year! 1.The Beaches Miles of sandy beaches with interesting seashells and marine life make Surfside Beach a perfect retreat for recreational sports, sun worshipers and nature lovers alike. Try to catch your dinner at the Surfside Jetties or Crabbing Pier or feast at one of…

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Delicious Crawfish Outside City Limits

It’s finally crawfish season and the best mudbugs in Texas are just a short drive from Houston. You can’t call yourself a true crawfish enthusiast if these places aren’t on your bucket (get it?) list. Conroe Mmm crawfish gets us through the cold months, and there are plenty of places to get your fill of it in Conroe. Wolfies is located on Lake Conroe and has a deck perfect for sitting and enjoying the scenery. Enjoy the party atmosphere, great music and friendly chatter. Looking for the local…

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January, February and March Events Around Houston

You might be busy sticking to your resolutions for 2020 this month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in some fun in between work-outs, your book list and Dry January. Can’t make time? Don’t worry, we’ve got a few things to look forward to in February and March too! Read on to find out what’s happening Around Houston. Surfside Food & Art Festival in Brazosport Saturday, January 25 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stahlman Park The 3rd Annual Surfside Food and Art Festival will include live music and…

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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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