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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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Must-Eat Burgers For Your Next Road Trip

Beware: if you read this post you will walk away wanting a burger. As long as you know that then you're in for a treat. We love a good burger, and while there are plenty of options in Houston, some of these delicious, meaty creations are the perfect way to start or end your road trip. Trust us. They're worth the stop. Killen’s Burgers – Pearland Located at the original Killen’s Steakhouse location and revamped with a 1950s diner feel, this local spot showcases the local food celebrity Ronnie…

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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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Winter Activities for Kids

The holiday season is a magical time for little kids and the big ones too. From ice skating to magical winter lights and gator encounters, there is plenty of fun activities for kids this holiday season. The Ice Rink in The Woodlands Open through January 21, 2019 Hot cocoa, Christmas lights and ice skating all go hand in hand in The Woodlands. The Woodlands Ice Rink on Lake Robbins Drive is even open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Lace up your skates and bring the family to make memories on…

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Santa Sightings and December Events Outside of Houston

Sure he is busy making a list and checking it twice, but that doesn’t mean Santa doesn’t have time to have some extra fun! From pictures with Santa to breakfast on the Boardwalk, there are plenty of places where you can spot Santa at events around the Houston area. So, you better not shout, cry or pout ‘cause Santa Claus is coming to town! Sit on Santa’s lap and take the perfect picture for this year’s holiday greeting card! Stop by for pictures with Santa at South Shore Harbour Resort Dec. 7…

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Get Festive with Light Displays Around Houston

Sometimes the best way to see holiday lights is to get away from the bright lights of the big city. From Galveston to Conroe, there are plenty of cool ways to see holiday lights just a short drive from Houston. Galveston's Downtown Lanterns & Lights November 24 - January 1 This holiday season, historic downtown Galveston will be illuminated by lighting and décor stretching throughout downtown from 20th to 25th streets on The Strand as well as along 23rd and Post office streets. Downtown…

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