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7 Places For Unique Animal Adventures in Houston

 




Finding just the right place for animal adventures in Houston doesn't have to be nearly impossible. We have located 7 unique trip ideas that fit our fantastic trip formula.

  • Low Cost
  • Lots Of Fun things to do
  • Lite on Risks 

 Don’t be alarmed if what you see is a little different from what we describe. These are first-class places that always freshen up their attractions to keep them vibrant and interesting. The attractions that made our pick 7 list are, (drumroll) a few from our old list of Adventure Travel in Houston


Sea​ ​Center​ ​Texas
Bayou​ ​Wildlife​ ​Zoo
Texas​ ​Ranch​ ​Life
Top​ ​Flight​ ​Hunting
Houston​ ​Zoo
Armand​ ​bayou
Downtown​ ​Aquarium

 Wet Wild  Budget-Friendly Nature Tours

     Looking for a laid-back leisure cruise down on the bayou? Then make Armand Bayou Nature Center a stop on your next day-trip or weekend getaway. They make it easy for groups, couples and families to have awesome up-close encounters with animals in their natural habitat. Plus you’ll get a fantastic boating adventure in the wild.
    The ABNC currently offers 3 tours that will delight young and old alike.
  • Breakfast on the Bayou 
  • Sunset Cruise 
  • Moonlight Cruise 

     Get set to get a little wet, as you meander in a canoe or on-board their pontoon boat. The trips are available during early morning and evening hours. Reservations are recommended but not required for most of these tours.

                                                     Sea​ ​Center​ ​Texas
A few short miles outside Houston sits several a humongous aquariums including a 5,000 gallon aquarium awaiting your inspection. Sea​ ​Center​ ​Texas is home to a Texas size hatchery, the largest redfish hatchery in the world.
    It’s a great place for adults and kids to get a quick and fast ​education​ about ​ ​the​ ​Texas​ ​coastal​ ecosystem and its marine life. There is plenty to see and do from exploring the outdoor wetland exhibit to trying out skills at the youth fishing pond. The aquariums are thoughtfully arranged and well maintained.
     Combining your visit there with a stop by the nearby Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge makes for a nice day trip to the area.

                                                             Aquarium Downtown Houston
 Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reefs and everywhere in between. It’s a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland. Other fun activities include:
 Aquarium Adventure Exhibit
Stingray Reef
Rides
     The Aquarium is home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. It houses both aquatic & geographic exhibits. There are fun science based learning programs where you can spend a day behind the scenes, where all the scientific action happens. For a nominal fee you can be a zoologist or marine biologist for a day.
 Louisiana Swamp
 Shipwreck
White Tigers
     These spectacular exhibits are just a few of the aquarium marine exhibits you and your family can experience without getting wet are leaving the city.

  Top Flight Hunting

Another exciting place to visit in and around Houston is a Top Flight Hunting. A full service hunting lodge with over 350 acres of natural pasture land. The ground cover ranges from prairie grass and rose hedges to scattered oak trees. The hunting preserve is an ideal place to take a group of friends or family for bird hunts.

    Some of the birds you can expect to stalk during hunts are:
Quail
Dove
Pheasant
    If you want a more tame hunting experience they have accommodations for a day of shooting sporting clays. If you’ planning an outing for a group you can bring up to about 25 hunter at a time on the hunts. This ensures that everyone can have a safe and exciting day.

     The hunting preserve features unguided and guided hunts with professional guides and well trained bird dogs. They work hard to provide the best outdoor and hunting experience possible and recently added waterfowl hunts to their services.

 Texas Ranch Life

    A place worth visiting is a 1,800-acre working ranch that dates back to Austin’s original 300 colonist. It features a variety of activities from ranch work to fun facts about the legacy and history of ranches in Texas.
     There’s plenty to do around the working ranch. You'll enjoy breath-taking views of
live springs
limestone outcrops
tall prairie grasses

They are commonsites while riding horseback, a favorite activity at the ranch. For those who desire a really unique experience there is an overnight package so you can become a cowboy for a day. If you have ever dreamed of being a cowboy, here’s a chance to sample what a day in the life of a Texas cowboy.

    Bayou​ ​Wildlife​ ​Zoo 

 A short drive to Alvin Texas and you can catch a rare glimpse of exotic animals from all over the world. You can get up close and personal during the tram rides to watch the animals as they roam the wildlife preserve.

 This Texas size wildlife ranch is home to more than 500 different animals and birds. They include a few rare animals:

  • White Rhinoceroses 
  • Gaur Cattle 
  • Barasingha Deer

     No trip to see so many animals would be complete without being able to have a hands on experience with a few of them. They have a petting zoo and one of kids favorite treats,  pony rides.

 Houston Zoo

 For those animal loving families the Houston Zoo has a wildlife adventure to suit even the most discriminating fans smitten by animal mania. There is way more to do than just gawk through glass and cages at c creatures from around the world.

 Two seasonal events that are local favorites and provide you with a deeper experience with the zoo animals are:
Zoo Boo
Zoofari
     Each one gives zoo lovers a chance to view the zoo from a different outlook. The Zoo Boo is a Halloween inspired event that shows off the not so scary side of the zoo. The special activities for the kids include
Monster Mashquerade
Candy corner
Pumpkin patch
     Zoofari is a interactive experience that brings kids and ​zoo​ ​keepers together for full day educational camps. It lets those​ ​who​ ​care​ ​for​ ​and​ ​feed​ ​the​ ​animals share details about the challenges and issues of caring for them.

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Things To Do In Houston-April-2016

view of the state park
Overview of the San Jacinto state park (courtesy: Google images)


There is always plenty of stuff to do in Houston during April. Since it’s still a few days before the humid summer arrives, you can have a splendid time enjoying outdoor activities.




 A trip to the San Jacinto battleground is my recommendation. It's great for a couple, a group of rambunctious teens, or a gaggle of active adults looking for excitement, entertainment and some serious fun in H-town.

Things To Do With A Group

This month is your chance to do what every self-respecting Texan should do at least once in their life, visit the San Jacinto battleground. There is plenty to see and do. It's more than enough to keep any size group busy on a daytrip.

San Jacinto State Park
  • San Jacinto Monument
  • Battleship San Jacinto
  • San Jacinto Battleground Site
  • Crosby-Lynchburg Ferry
A ride of over 400ft to the top of the monument, that’s billed as the world's tallest war memorial , will allow you to see the entire beautiful view and serene atmosphere of the park all at once. If you’re short on time, take a quick visit to the battleship. Or try meandering around on foot or vehicle through the state park, if you like.
Here’s some other important details on the San Jacinto State Park you should know:
   Entrance Fees:
  • Adult: Free 
  • Child 12 Years and Under : Free 
  • Group - Adult: Contact the Park
  • Hours:

  • Open daily except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
  • Battleground 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Museum of History 9 a.m – 6 p.m. 
  • Monument and Observation Floor 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The park is conveniently located a short 35 mile jaunt from downtown Houston. It makes a nice half hour ride anytime of year. I’d put it on my list of places to visit for Saturday getaways for Houston couples.

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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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