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5 Affordable Weekend Getaways Near Houston







Exchange your boring Saturday and Sunday routine for an affordable fun-packed weekend getaway in Houston. You can head south of downtown for a romantic beachfront outing or kick back and relax surrounded by the rich tapestry of nature found in the pineywoods due north o town. Some of the best places to escape city life for a few hours on the weekend are only a few minutes drive outside the city limits.

Instead of fighting your way through miles of bumper to bumper city traffic to get the next big event, take a respite in one of these enchanting waterfront communities.
  • Freeport
  • Galveston
  • Kemah
  • Lake Conroe
  • Lake Livingston

It takes less than an hour to traverse most of these cities. We’ll take you on a quick tour of them. Then you can choose from incredibly intimate Freeport to wild and crazy water sporting adventures on Lake Conroe.

Freeport


Freeport sits 70 minutes from Houston and in less time than that you can be in the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s home to some of the best kept secrets in Texas.

They hold fishing tournaments for anglers of every age.
The area has almost three miles of fun filled natural beach that’s accessible to the public.
The local community of Surfside was cited in a poll in Gulfscapes magazine as “ the Best Gulf Coast beach town”.


This Gulf Coast hamlet is the ideal place when you want to get away for the weekend and bring along your RV, a boat or camp on the Texas beach. You can have a great time without having to drive for hours and an Gulf front view for free!

Kemah


The entire city may only be 1.8 square miles, but it is home to the best little boardwalk in Texas. The waterfront community is mostly marinas, boatdocks and acres of fun-filled waterfront attractions. Visitors don’t have to ever worry about fighting boredom on the boardwalk with hours upon hours of fabulous fun just a few steps away.

Here’s a short list of the many exciting attractions in Houston you can visit along the Kemah Boardwalk.
  • Wooden Rollercoaster-Boardwalk Bullet
  • 65 foot Century ferris wheel
  • Aquarium restaurant
  • Boardwalk observation tower
  • Drop Zone-140 ft free fall ride
If you’re not into fishing, but love seafood, Kemah has something for you too. People come from all over the state to their seafood markets to get the best prices and fresh off the boat, fish, crabs and oysters by the sack full.

Galveston, Texas


Galveston Island is one of the best known cities on the Gulf Coast. It's reputation for fun began back in the 1800’s when Jean Lafitte the pirate had his headquarters on the island. Today, the city is way more than just a pirates paradise. Current attractions include:
  • Moody Gardens
  • Schlitterbahn
  • Galveston Pier
  • 4 to 7 day Caribbean Cruises
  • Bay, Beach and Deep Water Fishing charters
It is also where you can find a beach bungalow for the weekend or a 5 star hotel. The island is 27 miles (43.5 km) long and no more than 3 miles (4.8 km) wide at its widest point. If you want to get away and have loads of fun on the weekend, travel the short drive to the island.

Lake Livingston


The backdrop of this small Texas town are the towering trees in the piney forest of East Texas. It’s located a little more than an hours drive north of Houston and makes a great place for a weekend trip or a vacation year around.

Lake Livingston lays claim to the bragging rights that the 39 mile lake is the 2nd largest in Texas. The area is ideal for Houston nature lovers getaways. It's full of wildlife. Every kind of two and four legged creature, known to exist in the state roams around the area.
  • Big Foot
  • Red Fox
  • White-tailed Deer
  • Coyote
  • Bobcat
  • Nine-banded Armadillo


The areas’ attractions include some of the best parks in the state, Livingston State Park, Big Thicket National Preserve near Woodville, and the Sam Houston National Forest.

Lake Conroe


Next time you and your sweetie want to do something different for a change, try a weekend getaway that’s only a short drive down I-45 from Houston. If you make Lake Conroe your destination you can experience some of the finest food and fun north of the city. The communities in and around Lake Conroe have superior golf and tennis courses as well as top notch water amenities like:
  • Marinas
  • Boat launches
  • Kayak and canoe rentals

Not too keen on the outdoor life? Don’t let the small town look fool you. Conroe has shopping galore, plenty of entertainment venues plus well maintained cabin and condo rentals that will make your getaway feel like you're at home.

These action-packed weekend getaways in Houston are for couples, families or groups. You can have a no-frills trip or make it a 5 star weekend. The choice is yours.

Get more details about vacation spots, festivals and upcoming Houston events in your neighborhood by going to the right sidebar and joining the I heart Midtownlive crew.

References:
  • Freeport.tx.us
  • Galveston.com
  • Kemahboardwalk.com
  • Conroevisistorandconventionsbuerau.net
  • Lake Livingston.com
  • https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hef03


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Things To Do In Houston This Week

I’m sure you have seen some of our earlier list of things to do in H-town this week. This new compilation is for people looking for daring and amazing stuff to do in Houston. We broadened the list from 10 items so everyone in the family can find an event, attraction or a something on our list that will make them go Hmmm.

We have total of 15 fun things. Some we recommend you do on rainy days, others are for couples and some are good to do with a group of people. All of them are places that will leave you with fantastic memories, so don’t forget to bring along the camera.

15 Fun Things To Do This Week In Houston


Amazing Things To Do

Group Outings


Why wait any longer to do things that you have been dreaming of doing for years? Today is the perfect day to create a memory that will last a lifetime.

  • Things To Do On Rainy Days
  • Things For Couples In H-town
  • Things To Do With A Group
You want you to become so inspired and excited that you bust out the door on your way to a new adventure after reading this list.





Stuff For Rainy Days

Things For Couples

When sheets of rain start covering the city they don’t have to hamper your plans for having a goodtime. Take advantage of these activities to stay dry while being entertained.

  • Visit HMNS Museums
  • Ride through Washburn Tunnel
  • Tour Toyota Center
  • Ride the Lynchburg ferry
  • Ice skating In Galleria
Houston couples can build stronger familial relationships and a more romantic personal relationship if they include any of the following activities in their summer plans.
  • Buffalo Bayou history/bat tour
  • A Watson Adventure(museum scavenger hunt)
  • Bike a section of Hike and Bike Trail
  • Overnight on a western trail ride
  • Take A Class On Starting A Business

Some of these incredible events, attractions in Houston and things to do in Houston this week are so epic that you may be tempted to put them on your bucket list. Why wait any longer to do things that you have been dreaming of doing for years?

Today is the perfect day to create a memory that will last a lifetime. Set aside the ordinary today and have an extraordinary outing with friends, family or that someone special. Each of these events, attractions and local places are where fun is served in heaping helpings.

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Things To Do In Houston This Week With A Group- March 2014

I wanted to share with you some things to do in Houston with a group of kids or adults that are affordable, enjoyable and will not cost you an arm and a leg. The best places to hang out in H-town are events and activities where you can experience community, the city’s culture and commerce.

Our top picks for March are organizations whose names you may not know, but I’m sure you have seen some of the fantastic work they are doing to enhance the city’s cultural landscape.

These local groups are recognized around the country for presenting spectacular events. You can count on their programs to be entertaining and enriching instead of the same old boring stuff, where you have to sit and listen to a talking head that leaves you feeling tired and bored and like you have wasted your hard earned cash.

  • Artist Community Collective
  • Urban Harvest
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • Houston Sports Authority

Artist Community Collective


A recent installation was "Corner OF Canaan" it reinforced the old adage “you can't know your future until you know your past.” It presented the work of Texas photographer Ben Davis, who is using his craft to bring the relics of the past to us and to generations in the future. "Corner OF Canaan" focuses attention on preservation of a few of the remaining buildings from antebellum, pre-Civil War East Texas.

To see other exciting exhibits like this visit the Artist Collective at the Midtown Art Center, on La Branch across from Houston Community College.

City Hall Farmers Market


Smack dab in the middle of downtown Houston you will find the best produce west of the Pecos. It's full of a variety of locally grown or produced fruits and veggies, cheeses, coffees and other ready-to-eat or packaged to-go food.

The market often has live music and a Chef’s Corner, which bring out Houston’s top culinary talent, to prepare and serve samples of dishes made with products from the market. The 2014 Spring Market happens every Wednesday, in front of City Hall, from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

Houston Bakery Tours


This week is a good time to start planning and arranging things to do for Spring Break. Every teen and tween will be fascinated with seeing how their favorite pastry, bread and baked goods are made during Mrs Baird's Houston Bakery tour.

The facility is open to visitors on Wednesday and Thursdays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. It’s a tour that won't cost you a lot of bread, but you will need to make your reservations at least 10 days in advance.

Sea Center Texas


A FUNtastic place that adults like and kids can enjoy too is Sea Center Texas.






The main attractions at Sea Center Texas are their huge aquariums with fisheye views into the world of sea creatures from the Gulf Coast. You'll will be amazed with the amount of useful information your group of adults or teens will gain about fish and all that tall grass you see growing along the waterways. Our coastal salt marshes are important to the oysters and clams that make their home in the waters along the Texas Gulf Coast. Sea Center Texas welcomes visitors to stop in Tuesday through Sunday 9am to 4 pm.

Toyota Center Tours


If you have some time off this week you can get a behind the scene look at Houston’s Toyota Center. The tour is a chance to see the arena's basketball court, court-side suites and luxury lounges where picture perfect views of the games, concerts or shows are always available.

It’s a good place to take a group of friends and/or family, who live out of town for an up close view of a well-known part of Houston. Each tour lasts close to an hour. Reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
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7 Places To Go On Valentine's Day In Houston

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If you waited until the last minute and are frantically looking for places to go in Houston on Valentine's with your honey, have no fear a have a list for you right here. You really should let our spouse, lover or sweetheart know that you love them more often than once a year, if you want to have a healthy, happy relationship.

Don't let the fact that Americans are expected to spend $17.3 billion on Valentine’s Day this year, stress you out because you don't have any money or no place to take your sweetie pie. The day has become over commercialized. You can woo your lover, spouse or significant other with or without a gift. Just plan a simple intimate, celebration together at home, using some of the creative date ideas I mentioned before. For those of us whose sweetthing prefers a night on the town, we have a list of couple-friendly places where you can have a good time.

Things For Singles & Houston Couples To Do On Valentine's Day



I can't ever remembering spending a Valentine's day in Houston that I didn't enjoy myself, whether I was single, married or dating someone. These Valentine ideas are great if your loved one is away or you're single by choice. Yes, these are fun places for singles too. They're the kind of places in Houston where singles can go and have a helluva good time by themselves. Don't let the Valentines day propaganda stop you from enjoying an evening out, having fun at a table for one.

Here’s a look at some of the places to go for a good time in H-town Feb 14th
  • Red Cat Jazz Cafe
  • Cruise Westheimer
  • Hermann Park’s Pinewood Cafe
  • Reliant Park (comedian Katt Williams is in Houston)
  • Buy something special at HADA Spring Antiques Show
  • Vist the HMNS Cockerel butterfly center
  • Pajama Party Cruise (pajamas are optional)


These will be the hottest places to go in Houston on Valentine’s day whether you're with someone special or by yourself. If you have a healthy self-esteem and you honor, respect and are happy with yourself, you shouldn't be reluctant about going out and celebrating loving yourself.

Now that you know it’s ok to love yourself and/or someone else, plus you're armed with some of the best places to go in Houston, go out and get your party on. If you know someone else who needs to read this hit one of the buttons below to post it to your Facebook or tweet it!
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20 Things To Do On Valentine's Day In Houston

If you want things to do for Valentine's Day in Houston that will blow the mind of a picky lover, try some of the fantastic ideas mentioned in "300 Creative Dates." This handy guide is shown in the right side bar. It's packed with golden nuggets, full of romantic wisdom waiting to be mined.

Here are few of the things mentioned in the downloadable guide that anyone with a picky lover need to know:
  • Tips to spice up your regular dating routine
  • How to be creative when asking someone out
  • Ways to avoid a dating disaster
It gives you advice and ideas that you can't get from friends, only from an expert. In fact it's from Michael Webb, the guy that's been called "The World's Most Romantic Man," "Mr. Romance" and was on Oprah as a dating expert. You will have his creative advice at your fingertips from now on. You will always be armed with 100's of ways to sooth your picky lover. Here's my list of stuff you can do together, from a scavenger hunt to a pajama party cruise, that both of you will enjoy,

20 Date Ideas For Valentine's Day



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  • Go to mass, church or synagogue together
  • Take a stroll through Hermann Park’s Japanese Garden
  • Have a picnic for two in a Gazebo (Adair Park or Sam Houston park my favorites)
  • Visit the HMNS Cockerel butterfly center
  • Have a scavenger hunt to locate as many fountains as possible in downtown Houston and toss coins in them for good luck
  • Go see the breath taking view from Transco tower together
  • Take a selfie in front of the waterwall in the TMC
  • Have a picnic at Meyer Park Lake (West Belfort @ Meyer Forest)
  • Hike, bike or just stroll the trail on Buffalo Bayou
  • Take her to breakfast at the Breakfast Klub
  • Go alligator watching or just skip a few stones across the lake at Deussen park
  • View an IMax film in the Museum District
  • Have dinner near the San Jacinto Battleground (Monument Inn has best view)
  • Death by chocolate date, visit several chocolate specialty stores
  • Have an after Valentine's Day lunch at a chuck wagon at George Ranch
  • Have a belated but appreciated Valentine's day breakfast date on the Armand Nature Center bayou cruise
  • Have a whodunit dinner at the Maggiano’s Houston Murder Mystery dinner
  • Cuddle and spoon while watching your favorite movie
  • Valentine’s Day pajama cruise
  • Take a loved one shopping in the Galleria or their favorite store
All of these date ideas and things to do on Valentine’s day are taken straight from my male friends and family members. Just about every couple should be able to find one or more things that will appeal to them.

If by chance nothing on the list interest you, don't forget you can get 100's of date ideas in the side bar. It’s a guide packed full of romantic ways to please your sweetheart. Plus none of these ideas will require you to get a loan or drain your savings to have an incredible time with your spouse, lover or significant other.


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