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Houston & Beyond Blog

Ice and Snow Family Fun

Who says you need 32 degree weather to enjoy some snow? We’re rounding up our favorite places to get an ice fix outside of the Houston area. After all, if you can’t take a day trip to ice skate then what can you take one for? ICE LAND at Moody Gardens in Galveston November 17 - January 6 The world’s most famous landmarks will become cooler than ever as Moody Gardens introduces ICE LAND: Christmas Around the World with a brand new theme. The award-winning CAA Harbin Ruijing Carving Team of…

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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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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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Celebrate Texas Independence Day

History buffs rejoice! It’s time to celebrate Texas Independence Day, the day when 59 delegates met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. Of course, there’s more to the story. After this decision, the Texian Army engaged and defeated General Santa Anna’s army in the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Experience the history for yourself by planning your next day trip outside of Houston. Deer Park’s proximity to the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas make…

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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. Sam's Boat is located on Lake Conroe and has a deck perfect for sitting and enjoying the scenery while Wolfies is more of a party atmosphere, with great music and friendly chatter…

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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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Off the Grid: Historic Homes to Visit Around Houston

Imagine a time before the internet, electricity and running water. Sometimes it’s hard to picture what life was like long ago. You can see first hand what it was like to survive back in the day with an inside look at historic homes around the Houston area. See things like architecture style, vintage appliances, furniture and personal items you rarely ever see anymore. Load up the family and head out for a mini history lesson near you. The Marguerite Rogers House Museum The beautiful architecture…

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3 Father's Day Activities Outside of Houston

You aren’t going to find any brunches on this list. This is a man’s list – full of things you’re going to want to check out to have the epic Father’s Day you’ve earned this year after mowing the lawn, taking out the trash and coaching a little league team into the championship. You deserve this. Father’s Day at the Kemah Boardwalk You’re not like other Dads. You’re a cool Dad, so don’t waste your Father’s Day sitting on the couch or at a stuffy celebration. Get ready to find some thrills at…

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Best Golf Courses to Enjoy Year-Round Outside of Houston

In Houston, golf enthusiasts get to practice their swings year-round. The chilly weather in January and February is perfect for an early morning round of golf without the hassle of snow that Northern golfers have to contend with. And golfers will find 18-hole championship golf courses and courses with unique greens not too far outside of Houston. Pearland, for example, has golf courses designed for a variety of skill levels that make it ideal for a day trip from the city to golf. Perfect your…

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Shop In Deer Park This Holiday Season

Whether you’re looking for a fantastic gift for the holidays or for some post-holiday pampering, Deer Park, some 19 miles east of Houston, has a variety of small shops and spas where you can do your holiday shopping. At Norma’s Country Dreams, located at 4705 Center Street, you’ll find everything from stocking stuffers to jaw-dropping jewelry from the most popular lines, not to mention furniture, home décor, lighting, high-quality candles, the latest fashions, and even gifts for men! If you have…

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