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Houston—one of the country’s most diverse and remarkable cosmopolitan destinations—is home to Space Center Houston, the largest and most eclectic museum district, and more than 66,600 acres of green space. Oh, and did we mention the food? Houston’s vast offering of global cuisines has coined the national culinary capital. Visit Houston this summer to explore the views of Buffalo Bayou, attend exciting annual events like Comicpalooza, or grab a bite to eat at the mouthwatering POST HTX Market Hall.

Beaumont

When visiting Southeast Texas, you will be exposed to a plethora of options that are unique to our little corner of the state. Truly Texan with a hint of Cajun fun, Beaumont, is a town rich in history and beaming with diverse experiences. Enjoy eclectic cuisines from gulf-inspired restaurants. Take a hike, bike, or go birdwatching at Cattail Marsh Wetlands. Visit Gator Country for a thrilling swamp tour and hold a baby alligator. 

Beaumont, TX.

Alvin

Tucked between the hustle and bustle of Houston and the sandy beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast lies Alvin. This summer, get up close to nearly 500 different exotic animals at the Bayou Wildlife Zoo. If you’re hungry, venture to Froberg’s Farm where you can pick your own strawberries and vegetables, then stop by the Froberg’s Country Store for one-of-a-kind pies, jams, and peanut brittle.

Alvin, TX.

Brazosport

Miles of sandy beach teaming with seashells and marine life make Surfside Beach in the Brazosport Area a perfect retreat for recreational sports, sun worshipers, and nature lovers alike. Hit the waves with a jet-ski rental or reel in a redfish at the Surfside Jetties. Free attractions just a short drive from the beach include Sea Center Texas, the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, the Lake Jackson Historical Museum, and the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge.

Brazosport, TX.

Conroe

Located between W.G. Jones State Forest and Sam Houston National Forest, Conroe visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, and bird watching. The bordering 22,000-acre Lake Conroe creates the perfect spot for rest and relaxation or an exciting adventure. On the shores sits Margaritaville Lake Resort where it’s always sunny and always five o’clock.

Conroe, TX.

Huntsville

Summer days in Huntsville are best spent on Lake Raven at Huntsville State Park. Outdoor enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the scenery by renting a kayak or fishing along the piers. Visit the designated swimming area to relax and cool off during the hot afternoons. With more than 180 options for camping, it’s easy to make a weekend trip and spend the night stargazing and roasting marshmallows.

Huntsville, TX.

Port Arthur

Swap the city for sand at Port Arthur’s Sea Rim State Park, the well-named stretch of natural coastline rimming the Gulf of Mexico. Collect shells, go fish, and step up to platforms and boardwalks overlooking gators, otters, and birds who call Sea Rim home. Cast a line from Pleasure Island, peel the crawfish by the pound, and have a drink at Clifford Distilling.

Port Arthur, TX.

Sugar Land

Watch world-class performers in the state-of-the-art Smart Financial Center or reconnect with nature through immersive hiking trails. Welcome to your next weekend in Sugar Land. This thriving community is a destination of its own. It’s a place of creativity and wonder, from the tastes of its globe-spanning fare to its many verdant parks. Discover the multitude of ways you can celebrate your summer in the “Sweetest City in Texas.”

Sugar Land, TX.

Tomball

Bring your family to Tomball to enjoy Saturday Farmer’s Market, explore new restaurants and shops, as well as enjoy well-known local favorites like Tejas Chocolate+Barbecue. Dive into Tomball’s railroad history by visiting the Tomball Depot Museum, which features guided tours, original artworks, and two highly detailed model railroads. The most highly anticipated event of the summer, however, is the July 4th Celebration and Street Festival. Tomball, after all, is Texan for fun!

Tomball, TX.

Pearland

Whether you’re craving a cold beer from a hometown brewery, looking for a unique cultural arts experience, or simply wanting to shop till you drop, Pearland is a perfect stop on your summer getaway tour. Pearland’s free Concerts in the Park series hits the stage every Friday night in May and June, and catch Pat Williams as the grand finale to the spring/summer De Garth Presents Pearland Jazz season on July 28.

Pearland, TX.

Baytown

Ever dream of kayaking in the reflection of the San Jacinto Monument or running across one of the largest stay-cable bridges in the world? Excursions to Baytown offer a variety of exciting activities from geocaching to a night at the theater. For the art explorers, the Texas Avenue Sculpture Trail recently debuted in Baytown featuring 20 works of art spanning four blocks in the heart of Baytown’s Downtown Arts District.

Baytown, TX.

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