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Spring Break may be one of the most anticipated times of year for students, but destinations for family fun don’t have to be limited to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo or the Galveston, South Padre, and Corpus Christi beach scenes. Many attractions and free or low-cost activities can be found in League City and the surrounding Bay Area without the large crowds.
If you’re looking for outdoor fun, stop by Cabela’s 72,000 sq. ft. outdoor retail store and let the outfitters there get you ready to explore the creeks, lakes, and bays. Some easily accessible areas to get you started are Heritage Park and Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside in League City, Pine Gully Park and Bayside Park in Seabrook, and David Braun Park in Nassau Bay. If you’re thinking of fishing, be sure to check out Parks & Wildlife’s licensing and fishing regulations.
Affordable options to get out on the water are available at the Kayak Shack in Clear Lake Shores or Pinky’s Kayak Rentals in El Lago for guided and unguided kayak tours, SUP rentals, and other water-based sports.
While some people love life on the water, others like to keep their feet on dry land. For those who love to run, the Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon, the weekend of March 15 through 17, has distances for every level of runner. With a marathon, three-quarter marathon, half marathon, one-quarter marathon, team relay, 5K, or kids 1K, there is bound to be a race for you and your entire family.
If S.T.E.M. activities are more to your liking, take the opportunity to have lunch with a NASA astronaut. This one-of-a-kind experience is normally reserved for weekends but has been expanded during Spring Break. Several astronauts currently scheduled are Jerry Ross, Brian Duffy, and Bill McArthur. For reservations and details on specific appearances visit Space Center Houston’s official website.
Kemah Boardwalk with its family-friendly aquarium, rides, games, shopping, and variety of waterfront restaurants is an entertainment option that provides experiences that can last a couple of hours or a few days. From a heart-stopping ride on the Boardwalk Bullet rollercoaster to an interactive experience with at the Stingray Reef and Rainforest Exhibit, click here for a list of activities and to purchase a Spring Break pass.
If you’re really looking for some off the beaten path experiences, the Bay Area Houston region is dotted with museums that feature historical artifacts and interactive exhibits. Check out the Lone Star Flight Museum and 1940 Air Terminal Museum in the Hobby Airport/Ellington Field area or explore the history of the Bay area by visiting League City’s West Bay Common School and the Butler Longhorn Museum. While you’re at the Butler Longhorn Museum, be sure to take note of the rotating art exhibits. Currently, the museum features Western Art created by local high school students to coincide with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Other art installations in the area include the Pelican Path in Seabrook which features more than 40 decorated pelicans situated throughout the city. Visitors can stop by the Bay Area Houston Visitor’s Center located at 604 Bradford Ave. in Kemah for Pelican Path maps and more information on the attractions and activities listed above.
Have fun this Spring Break!