Houston is great, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city! So, where should you go? Some of the best Texas beaches are only a short drive away. There are beaches for all types of activities: fishing, sailing, nature watching, swimming, paddling, and more. Get out of the city for the day or even the weekend and take advantage of these Houston area beaches.
BAY AREA HOUSTON
Bay Area Houston is halfway between Houston and Galveston and has 5 distinct cities along its coast. Named as the “Boating Capital of Texas,” this area is known for providing any type of boating experience that you can imagine: sailing, jet-skiing, party cruises, deep sea fishing, and more. The Kemah Boardwalk offers amusement rides, carnival games, and food. If you are interested in something fun and educational, don’t skip out on Space Center Houston which is part museum, part theme park, and part theater. Go for the weekend and be sure not to miss out on any of it.
If you live in Texas, more than likely you’ve been to Galveston Island. With 32 miles of beach, the island offers more activities than you could ever imagine. Soak up some sun, swim with the dolphins, walk along the pier, hit all of the museums, and sail into the sea.
Port Arthur is all about nature! Just an hour and a half away from central Houston, you can find exotic birds, alligators, fish, and maybe even a brown bear! Also, take to the waters in a sailboat, fishing boat, kayak, and canoe.
If you are looking for something a little more low key, Brazoria County is the place for you. Surfside Beach is the most popular beach in this county, with a small beach community full of quaint shops and restaurants. If you are looking for something a little quieter, Quintana Island is one of the best kept secrets along the gulf coast.
Beaumont, TX is right near the Louisiana border. As a result, the town has a great mix of Texan and Cajun culture. Head downtown for some of the best food and entertainment in town and don’t skip on some great Texas fun with with the beaches, swamps, and nature parks all around.