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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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10 Reasons To Visit Galveston During the Holidays

When planning your holiday adventures, you will not want to miss out on what Galveston Island has in store this season. The island transforms into a “Winter Wonder Island,” and here are some of this year's highlights: When planning your holiday adventures, you will not want to miss out on what Galveston Island has in store this season. The island transforms into a “Winter Wonder Island,” and here are some of this year's highlights: 1) GALVESTON RAILROAD MUSEUM PRESENTS THE POLAR EXPRESS™ TRAIN…

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The Best BBQ Around Houston

Killen's Texas Barbecue It’s no secret that the south has the world’s best barbecue (duh!) and the greater Houston area is not an exception. Hop in your car and take your taste buds on a trip to flavor town with these drool-worthy, food coma inducing restaurants, where the brisket is just as important as the service, and the dessert is just as sweet as the southern hospitality. Killen’s Texas Barbecue Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is a must-eat staple in the greater Houston area. Chef Ronnie…

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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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Enjoy Galveston Island History on a Budget This Summer

Stay smart this summer and enjoy all of the history Galveston Island has to offer. One of the best parts about enjoying #GalvestonHistory is saving money while doing so! Pair four (or more) of the following museums/ historic locations and save up to an incredible 40% off with Galveston Island Pass! The Bryan Museum Island Pass Price: $8.40 (At the Door: $14.00 - Savings: $5.60) Join us for a day of high adventure! See the guns that "won the West," hear the bells of Spanish missions, ride the…

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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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