The fourth-largest city in the United States, Houston in Texas is a cosmopolitan city that is full of great hotels, monuments, nightlife, shopping options, arts, and world-class dining venues. Residents of this city love exploring the historic Heights area, or going on a day trip to enjoy the Museum District or the Space Center Museum. While there are a lot of things to do within the city, there comes a time when you just want to get out and enjoy a Houston weekend break! Owing to the location of the city, other than the Gulf of Mexico, some parts of Louisiana, and of course, the rest of Texas, there aren’t many weekend break options available to Houstonians. It may be a small pool of places but there are a few gems that you can escape to on a Houston weekend break. We have sifted through a few factors like the travel times, availability of good food, and popular attractions, to arrive at a list of places that you ought to plan a Houston weekend break to, if you haven’t already.
This one may not surprise you…
Galveston is perhaps the most popular Houston weekend break destination… ever! A sentimental favorite for most Houstonians, a trip to reach Galveston takes a little more than 4 hours.
What’s on offer? The beach! There’s plenty of space on the beaches in Galveston to accommodate you and your own. Enjoy a taste of the sun, sand, and surf over the weekend. The Galvez is a good hotel to stay at, and the Pleasure Pier has more than enough activities to keep even hyperactive kids busy on a Houston weekend break.
Pro Tip: We recommend heading to Galveston during Halloween season. With a history peppered with hurricanes and shipwrecks, plenty of patent-Texas murders, the erstwhile Karankawa Indian tribe (they were cannibalistic, if you must know), and more cemeteries that you can count, Galveston sure knows how to throw a spooky party!
The Brazos Bend Park is just 1 hour away from the city, and makes for a great nature-loving Houston weekend break.
What’s on offer? Get your camping gear ready, carry some mosquito repellent, and you are set to enjoy a weekend of camping and other activities at the Park.
Pro Tip: Add the George Observatory to your itinerary. Open to the public, the observatory offers some neat star-gazing facilities. It makes for a great night spent looking at stars that are light-years away, and is a great way to keep teenagers occupied.
Stop at the Unofficial Shrimp Capital of Texas…
Palacios in Texas is just one hour away from Houston city, and is a good place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
What’s on offer? This self-proclaimed ‘Shrimp Capital of Texas’ town is a good place to spend some time fishing and watching the shrimp boats come home. You may want to spend some time lounging around the beach, but be warned, there is very little of the beach to do so.
Pro Tip: The best thing is that they do serve some of the freshest and tastiest shrimp dishes for all meals here – so stop to take a bite, knowing that the shrimp you are eating was probably caught by one of the shrimp boats moored outside!
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