Explore Life. By the Bay.
Located 25 miles east of Downtown Houston, our city offers cool bay breezes and sunny parks, with outdoor recreation year round for the entire family. We cater to visitors of all shapes and sizes, from history buffs to eco-tourists and nature lovers to sun worshipers and water sport enthusiasts.
The water has always been a primary focus of the City of La Porte, which lies on the shores of Galveston Bay. The cool breezes and warm waters of the Bay offer a treasure trove of water activities. Visitors and residents alike love to spend time sitting by water, enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming, using our local boat launch or lighted fishing piers. Another popular water attraction is our wave pool, which is open to residents and visitors during the summer months. We’re also proud to be home of the only beach in Harris County: Sylvan Beach Park, with 2,000 linear feet of beautiful sandy beaches.
DIRECTIONS TO SYLVAN BEACH:
From SH 146, take the Fairmont Pkwy exit.
Turn East on Fairmont Pkwy.
Turn Left on Park Dr.
Sylan Beach Park will be on your right.
Park hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
There is no entry fee for park visitors.
La Porte is surrounded by bayous and waterways that are a natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see turtles, pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, and other birds on the golf course or at our many beautiful parks and walkways, and there are occasional reports of dolphins in Galveston Bay. Also nearby are several parks and nature sanctuaries that bring hundreds of visitors each month for bird-watching and photography.
With our close proximity to the San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship TEXAS, the City of La Porte is at the heart of where Texas History began. La Porte itself was a major tourist destination in the early 20th Century. Known in many circles as the “Coney Island of the South,” La Porte was a regular stop on the Moonlight Express train that ran from Houston to the Train Depot, which is now the Old Sylvan Beach Depot Museum. You can learn more about the history of La Porte by watching the video “Tell Us Your Story,” on the City’s website
Come to La Porte and let us show you what life is like by the Bay!