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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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Spring Events around Houston

Whether you’re looking for a few events to help you ring in spring or already planning your summer trips, we’ve got a list of events you don’t want to miss outside of Houston’s city limits. April Spring Fling – April 6 – May 5 April is peak migration time so the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory hosts Spring Fling at the Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary the entire month of April. Volunteers or staff will be there each day to help identify the migrants as well as resident birds and keep a daily list…

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Four Fun Fishing Spots in the Brazosport Area

The Brazosport area has a number of fishing opportunities for the casual sportsman or the avid angler. The unique location of this area makes different types of fishing possible with relatively easy access. Here are four fun places to catch the big one just a short drive from Houston. Bastrop Bayou Public Fishing Area 590 County Road 476, Freeport, 77541 Fishing from a bank or a small boat is the easiest and most convenient way to fish in this area. This spot on Bastrop Bayou has a 200-foot…

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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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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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