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5 Must-Do Adventures Near Houston, Texas

Escape the city and get outside.

By: Sarah Vaughn + Save to a List

Tired of the endless hustle & bustle in the nation’s 4th largest city? Need a break from the constant construction and traffic jams within the loop? Then this is the article for you! This list will help you find those much needed escapes from the Bayou City without having to travel very far.

1. Hit up the Hike & Bike Trails at Memorial Park

Photo: Sarah Vaughn

Apart from the 3 mile loop that most locals have surely frequented once or twice, Memorial has a lesser known other side where you can find an additional 10 miles of multi-use trails. Bring the dog on a hike, go for a run, ride your bike, and explore all of what Memorial has to offer! Learn more.

2. Hike among the Gators in Brazos Bend

Photo: Dan Casioppo

That’s right. Get up close and personal with the great American alligators. All within a short drive from downtown Houston itself. Learn more.

3. Explore Galveston Island State Park

Photo: Sarah Vaughn

1.6 miles of Atlantic coastline that is just a bit more secluded than the other options on Galveston Island plus camping beachside? Yes please. Learn more.

4. Opt for a Weekend Getaway in Huntsville State Park

Photo: Laura Irizarry

Huntsville is located just north of The Woodlands. So after you’re done seeing Dave Matthew’s play at the Pavilion, grab some friends and set up camp in your own slice of paradise next to Lake Raven. Learn more.

5. Camp at Lake Somerville

Photo: Laura Irizarry

A little over 1.5 hour drive brings you to Lake Somerville. Enjoy some camping, swimming, and fishing here in one of their two lakeside parks. Best part, the route from Houston includes passing through Brenham. And Brenham = Blue Bell. Learn more.

Cover photo: Sarah Vaughn

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