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Daytrips from Houston

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Daytrips from Houston
Experience more of Texas when you take a day trip from Houston
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Galveston
Galveston

More than 30 miles of beaches plus a wealth of cultural and historic institutions make this island a Gulf of Mexico vacation hot spot. If you go, don't forget your walking shoes: With 14 museums and 20 art galleries, plus several historic homes and mansions, there's a lot of ground to cover. Armchair pilots will love the Lone Star Flight Museum and those with more of a nautical... More

More than 30 miles of beaches plus a wealth of cultural and historic institutions make this island a Gulf of Mexico vacation hot spot. If you go, don't forget your walking shoes: With 14 museums and 20 art galleries, plus several historic homes and mansions, there's a lot of ground to cover. Armchair pilots will love the Lone Star Flight Museum and those with more of a nautical interest can check out the Texas Seaport Museum. Families will enjoy the many child-friendly attractions, including Moody Gardens, with its replica of a tropical rain forest. It's easy to get caught up in all the activities, but don't forget to spend some downtime in the sun and on the beach. Less

Kemah
Kemah

Kemah has a boardwalk with amusement park rides, waterfront restaurants and shopping. Take a boat ride on the bay, or a carriage ride through town. There are also walking tours through the historic, haunted Kemah Light House District. The family-friendly city is halfway between Houston and Galveston.

Big Thicket National Preserve
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Big Thicket National Preserve

Big Thicket National Preserve, part of the National Park Service, offers 40 miles of hiking trails. You can go birding in spring or fall. Rent canoes or kayaks to explore the lakes and bayous. Big Thicket has hunting part of the year, off-road biking the rest of the year.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Brenham
Brenham

Brenham, in Washington County, has wineries and antique stores. You can also visit Lavender farms. Tour Blue Bell Creameries factory and sample the ice cream. Step back into the past at a living history farm and the cotton gin museum.

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Texas Ranch Life

Texas Ranch Life offers a true Texas experience. You can go horseback riding, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider. The ranch also has fishing, skeet shooting and hunting, with all equipment provided. The ranch offers overnight accommodations, but since it is just an hour from Houston, you can plan to just spend the day.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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