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 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!


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.

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