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From historic sites to natural escapes there is plenty to explore in the communities surrounding Houston. Plan your trip beyond Houston here.

  • Beaches
    Looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a day at the beach? Visitors looking to party, surf, observe wildlife or to just kick back and relax will find the perfect beach for them in Houston’s surrounding areas. more
  • Birding
    More than 600 species of birds have been identified in Texas and many can be found near the Houston area, where diverse ecosystems located along major migratory paths provide ideal sites for birdlife observation. Whether you’re new to birding or a seasoned birder, read on to learn about the best places to go birding in Houston’s surrounding communities. more
  • Family
    There are some family experiences you can have anywhere, but we’re not here to entice you with those. Around Houston your family can pet a penguin, go on a treasure hunt and meet a real-life Willie Wonka without having to drive more than an hour or two. If you’re looking for activities that are anything but average, you’ve come to the right place! more
  • Food & Drink
    Deemed the culinary and cultural capital of the South, Houston has endless options for food lovers. But just outside the city, food and beer lovers will find unique and award-winning restaurants that are worth a visit. Whether you’re staying in one of these communities or nearby, don’t miss a taste of these culinary gems. more
  • Golfing
    Golfing enthusiasts will find several attractive golf courses not too far from Houston. From an 18-hole course nestled among wetlands to challenging championship courses, visitors will find a course to fit their skill level more
  • Haunted
    Halloween isn’t the only time of year to get a good scare. With hauntings year-round in the regions around Houston, you’re sure to find a ghostly good time on a day-trip (or night-trip) somewhere close by. more
  • History
    History buffs and visitors will find a variety of unique museums, historical monuments, and national landmarks in Houston’s surrounding areas. Learn about the oil boom of the 1900s, the Battle of San Jacinto, maritime commerce, and much more at these local historical sites. more
  • Outdoor
    Warm summers followed by mild weather in the fall and winter months make Houston and its surrounding areas perfect to get outside year-round. If you like to be on the water, are hoping to take a hike or just want to experience wildlife, your next adventure in the great outdoors is just a day trip away. more
  • Shopping
    Visitors who love to shop need only take a short drive from Houston to uncover amazing shopping destinations. From antique malls to locally owned boutiques to big box retailers and outlet malls, shoppers will find what they’re looking for in these nearby communities. more
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