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Nestled in the Gulf Coast just 30 minutes east of Houston, Baytown, Texas, emerges as a captivating destination for both business and leisure travelers alike. Conveniently situated on Interstate 10, Baytown is 25 minutes from Hobby Airport (HOU) and 45 minutes from Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

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. 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.

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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, complete with natural and man-made hazards. The T36 golf course has shortened time commitments, supporting play for 9, 18, or 36-hole experiences, ensuring a fun and challenging experience for everyone.

Must See Locations:

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.

Baytown Nature Center – Bird enthusiasts flock to the Baytown Nature Center. Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, this 500-acre peninsula is surrounded by three bays and home to more than 350 species of birds. The Center features birding blinds, picnic shelters, fishing piers, pavilions and overlooks, a butterfly garden, and a children’s nature discovery area. Also, visitors can launch a kayak or paddleboard and enjoy the waterways.

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Eddie V. Grey Wetlands Center – The Wetlands Center aims to increase awareness and understanding of wetlands, the environment, and cultural history. Admission is free and features a 900 square foot exhibit hall containing a variety of live-animal and hands-on exhibits, fishing piers, and a canoe launch. Wetlands Center staff provide tours if reserved in advance or visitors can take a self-guided tour. 

Bird Island – An off-the-beaten-path opportunity is the Bird Island Boat Tour with Terry’s Guide Service. April through June, birders flock to the area to take this boat tour. Bird Island is an official migratory nesting sight and only accessible by boat. Captain Terry’s Bird Island Boat Tour is 2 hours long and circles the whole island for an incredible birding experience. Birders will see thousands of birds on the shores, nesting in the trees, and feeding in the waters surrounding the island.

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