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Baytown is a nature lover’s paradise with an abundance of outdoor opportunities. With 50+ parks, more than 15 miles of scenic trails, and expansive greenspaces, visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of the city. One of the crown jewels is the Baytown Nature Center, a 500-acre peninsula surrounded by three bays. This coastal oasis is a haven for birding, fishing, kayaking, picnicking and outdoor play. As a designated site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the center’s diverse habitats, including hardwood uplands, tidal marsh, and freshwater wetlands, attract more than 300 species of resident and neo-tropical migrant birds.

Birds are abundant at Baytown Nature Center.

The Baytown Nature Center also includes the Crystal Bay Butterfly Garden, Children’s Nature Discovery Area, a sought-after bird sanctuary, seven miles of hiking trails and a broad spectrum of programming like full moon hikes and “tyke hikes” for the little ones. Finally, explore the Wetlands Education and Recreation Center to deepen your understanding of the delicate balance between the region’s diverse species and their habitats, and gain insight into Baytown’s rich natural heritage. Live animal exhibits, educational rooms, a kayak launch, and fishing pier are all featured at the Wetlands Center and visits are free for the whole family.

Baytown Pirates Bay.

Baytown offers ample low-to-no-cost options for the whole family. Catch a concert in the park or stroll through the farmer’s market. Beat the Texas heat at the popular Pirates Bay Waterpark offering refreshing fun for all ages. Immersing in arts and culture is a delight in Baytown. Experience the intimacy of live performances at the Baytown Little Theater or revel in the harmonious sounds of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra at the renowned Lee College Performing Arts Center. Discover the city’s creative side with a self-guided tour of the Sculpture Trail in the vibrant Downtown Arts District on Texas Avenue. And to unwind after a long day, embrace the gorgeous scenery and Texas-grown wine varietals at Yepez Vineyard. Tee up at Baytown’s newest attraction, the innovative T36 at Baytown golf course. A unique double loop golf course design meant to shortened time commitments, supporting play for 9, 18, or 36-hole experiences, while ensuring a fun and challenging experience for everyone.

Tee off at T-36 golf course in Baytown.

Baytown features more than 100 dining options. A popular visitor pick is El Toro Mexican Restaurant, which has three locations in Baytown. Their largest location features live music on the weekends, a large meeting room for parties, and a bar serving some of the best margaritas in the Houston area. Try sampling tacos by taking our Taqueria Tour, which features many of Baytown’s authentic taquerias that serve up scrumptious street tacos! When wondering through the Downtown Arts District, stop in for a Mexican sweet treat at Sabor of Mexico. Sabor features real fruit popsicles, an array of Mexican ice cream flavors, and other traditional treats like banana splits! Love sushi? Try out Wazabi Sushi Bar. This cool eatery is where a laid-back atmosphere meets some of the best sushi in the area. In addition to the diverse culinary delights already mentioned, Baytown further tantalizes taste buds with an array of food offerings such as authentic Cuban flavors, spicy Cajun creations, and wholesome options that include an assortment of juice and smoothie bars to cater to every palate.

Baytown dining.Photo by Nathan Lindstrom Photography

Baytown Sculpture Trail – Baytown’s Downtown Arts District has added new dimension to its art collection with the advent of a year-long Sculpture Trail featuring 25 sculptures from artists across North America. As an outdoor exhibit along downtown sidewalks, the exhibit is free for visitors. Come vote for your favorite sculpture on the trail yearly as the exhibits change annually.

Bayton Art Alley.Photo by Nathan Lindstrom Photography

Pirate’s Bay Waterpark – This 7-acre waterpark features attractions for everyone including a large Pirate themed water play center complete with a large dumping bucket, tot slides, water guns, a wave pool, a flowrider surfing machine, a variety of full-sized water slides, a lazy river, and North America’s very first NinjaCross obstacle course.

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