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Houston & Beyond Blog

Holiday Light Displays Around Houston

Light up your holiday season with a day trip (or in this case, night trip) outside of Houston. Just a short drive from Downtown Houston the surrounding cities are getting into the holiday spirit with dazzling light displays that are sure to take your breath away. Here are places outside of the city limits where you can experience the joy and magic of the season. Galveston Island Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens November 16 – January 12 The holidays have never been brighter. This mile-long…

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A Sweet Three-Day Escape to Sugar Land

Between school and busy schedules, spending quality family time together may be challenging, but in Sugar Land, it's easy and accessible. With most of Sugar Land's attractions, retail and dining destinations being within a 10-minute drive of each other, you spend less time in the car and more time building sweet memories. Friday Get ready to immerse yourself in an out-of-this world adventure by visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. Uncover prehistoric fossils at the Dig…

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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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Give a Day Trip This Holiday

We know you're busy trying to find last minute gifts for the people in your life, so we won't bore you with the details about all there is to do outside of Houston. We'll simply give you a subtle hint that day trips make for a great presents to your friends and family, especially when you're struggling with stocking stuffers and growing more and more resigned to gift cards. There's an alternative, believe us. Check out some of the experiences available for gifting on the Houston Experience…

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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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Cool Coffee in Neighborhoods Outside of Houston

Meet the Blues Brothers Rao’s Bakery was founded in 1941 by Johnny Rao and has been a Beaumont favorite ever since. Offering both decadent sweet pastries and cakes and savory sandwiches and wraps, Rao’s is the place to go. Sit out on the front porch or the patio outside at their original location or visit their other locations around Southeast Texas. Take a selfie in front of the “famous” Blues Brothers statues that greets you outside. Enjoy Art and Music The Art of Coffee is part coffee shop…

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Dog Friendly Patios You'll Want to Enjoy

As the weather starts cooling down, there’s no better way to enjoy time outdoors than to hang out on a patio with friends. It’s even better if you can find a restaurant where you can bring along your four legged friends. We’ve sniffed out a few dog friendly patios to meet up with friends just beyond the Houston area. Bakkhus Taverna Bakkhus reflects a small Greek family style restaurant that serves Greek and American fare with a southern twist. They offer a diverse menu and nothing but the best…

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Where to Bike Outside of Houston

This time of year, you’ve got to create your own wind! What better way than on a bike? Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or you’re just looking for a rental option to cruise around, the areas around Houston have paths to explore for nature enthusiasts and urban explorers. Cruise along Cattail Marsh in Beaumont Situated in the back of Tyrrell Park is Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands, the perfect backdrop to a 12-mile bike. This trail extends through the wetlands and features beautiful views of…

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January and February Events around Houston

Mark your brand new 2018 calendar with some can’t-miss events around Houston in January and February. Get to work on your New Year’s Resolution by signing up for a Heritage Hike through Sugar Land. Hosted every second Saturday of the month, the Heritage Foundation of Sugar Land guides visitors on a walking tour around Sugar Land’s historic district. Visitors are guided through the historic neighborhood known as The Hill and stop at the Heritage Foundation Museum located in the former Imperial…

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Sugar Land Shows Strength & Resiliency During Harvey

The strength of the human spirit comes through during times of need. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, heroes from all walks of life became pillars of strength and resiliency for their neighbors and community. Such was the case in Sugar Land, where everyone from restaurant employees to neighbors with high-water trucks came together to help those in need. We emerged from this historic natural event Texas Strong, Houston Strong, and Sugar Land Strong. Now that the waters have receded, Sugar Land…

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