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Your Out Of This World Adventure Awaits

Our 2023 Visitor’s Guide is the best tool for planning your visit to Bay Area Houston. From food and dining, to shopping, and unforgettable experiences – your out of this world adventure starts here.

Welcome to the Bay

With sunny skies and miles of coastline, we’re the home of NASA, shiny new boardwalk rides and award-winning restaurants. We’re a quick drive from Houston, but when it comes to weekend getaways, we’re a world apart. The Bay is five cities combined: Clear Lake Shores, League City, Nassau Bay, Seabrook, and Texas City. Each town is unique, offering up distinct attractions and local flavors, but we’re so closely interwoven it’s better to simply say:

Welcome to Bay Area Houston. Nobody does it quite like us.

What is your vacation dining style? Are you a cuisine queen? A master of the grab and go? A trendy taster? Or are you yearning for some international flair? Bay Area Houston has yummy options for every dining style.

Searching for a place to stay? You’re in luck! In the Bay, we have lodging for every budget and every lifestyle. Care to stay at a Bed & Breakfast? Why not go all out and get a BOAT & Breakfast? Or maybe you’d prefer a comfortable family hotel or a waterfront resort? We’ve got you covered.

Whether you prefer to go by land, air, or sea, Bay Area Houston is filled with unforgettable activities. Spend a day among the stars at Space Center Houston, head for open waters with a boat rental, enjoy world-class birding or strap in for thrills on Kemah’s one-of-a-kind wooden rollercoaster and more! 

Want the inside scoop of all things Bay Area Houston? You’ve found it!

Make A Splash

With more than 35 miles of waterfront, Bay Area Houston is no stranger to the sea. Set off on a kayak, embark on a dinner cruise, or take a sailing lesson. We’re the third largest marina in the United States — your on-the-water opportunities are endless! So, no matter if you prefer the quiet dip of a paddleboard or the adrenaline rush of revving a speedboat, you are sure to make a splash.

Blast Off For Fun

Not only do we have stars in our eyes, but the Bay has the astronauts to reach them! Founded in 1961, we are the birthplace of NASA, home to mission control, astronaut training, and the NASA Johnson Space Center. Visit Space Center Houston and discover what’s next in the final frontier.

Get A Bird’s-Eye View

Bay Area Houston is for the birds—literally! Our diverse ecosystems, world-renowned migratory paths and carefully preserved wetlands make us a birder’s paradise. No matter if you’re at the beginning of your birdwatching career or if you’re a seasoned ornithologist, you’ll be able to fill your logbook with rare feathered friends and attend birding events, classes and more.

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Clear Lake Shores
Clear Lake Shores is “where the locals” go for great food and hidden gems such as Okies Yardhouse food truck court. With over 1,600 boat slips and an easily accessible kayak launch, it is clear to see why Clear Lake Shores is a water enthusiast’s paradise.
Waterfront sunrises and history-rich bayous await in League City, a place where culture and nature coexist with pleasure. Stop by the Historic District to shop the boutique shops of Founders Square or take to the water to explore Clear Lake by kayak—there’s a surprise around every corner.
Built to provide a community for the newly-minted astronauts of the ’60s, Nassau Bay was designed with science, adventure, and natural beauty in mind. See it for yourself with a visit to Space Center Houston or on a stroll down the Peninsula Wildlife Trail — NASA isn’t the only attraction that is out of this world!
More than 1,250 boats and four different marinas call Seabrook’s harbor home, but really, the town is for the birds! Seabrook has miles of ecologically rich hiking and birding paths, and visitors enjoy fresher than fresh seafood markets and charming bed and breakfasts.
Discover the unparalleled quality of life in Texas City, no matter how short your stay. Experience endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation and entertainment along the Texas Gulf Coast.
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Music in the Historic District at League City

Join us for enchanted evenings of melodies at League City. The League City Folk Association has arranged for a harmonious night of music in the… Find out more »

Wednesday Night Race Series

Set sail and join us on Wednesdays! South Coast Sailing joins GBCA to provide sailors and students with a great avenue for sharpening boat and… Find out more »

6-Week Prenatal Yoga Series at MVMT Studio

About the series: -All trimesters welcome. -No yoga experience required. -Learn vital breath practices, pelvic floor exercises to help during labor, as well as prenatal… Find out more »

Kemah Boardwalk Crawfish & Zydeco Festival – A Celebration of Flavor & Music!

Join us for a weekend of lip-smacking crawfish and toe-tapping Zydeco music at the Kemah Boardwalk Crawfish & Zydeco Festival. Taking place from the 13th… Find out more »

Market on the Bayou-Farmers Market

Join us for our bi-monthly farmers market located in Dickinson just east of FM 517 & Hwy 3. We are the open-air grocery store. We… Find out more »

Bay Area Plant Exchange – Spring Swap

The Plant Swap of All Plant Swaps! Bring your Wagons or Tables with your tradables and plants that you want to trade. Plant related vendors… Find out more »

Painting with a Twist at Galveston Bay Brewing Company

Painting with a Twist is back by popular demand at Galveston Bay Brewing! Enjoy a painting class with Kyle in the GBB Taproom. Food and… Find out more »

NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge Finals

Challenge theme: Savory breakfast item that includes a vegetable Ever wondered what astronauts eat in space and how those recipes are developed? Every year, NASA… Find out more »

Aviary Art: 100 Birds of Galveston County

Prepare for FeatherFest by joining fellow artists and bird enthusiasts at the Aviary Art: 100 Birds of Galveston County event on April 18th, 2024! Spend… Find out more »

Unwind with Thursday Night Wine Dinners: An Evening Featuring LaCrema & Jackson Family Wineries

Mark your calendars, wine enthusiasts, for a memorable experience of Thursday Night Wine Dinners, taking place on select dates from April to October 2024 at… Find out more »

Home School Day at Space Center Houston

Join us for an unforgettable day of space science and engineering activities during our special Home School Day at the Space Center Houston. This unique… Find out more »

Beach Concert Series Featuring Jagged Edge, Silk, and Sunshine Anderson

Join us on April 19, 2024, for the spectacular Beach Concert Series powered by Lagoonfest Texas. Brace yourselves for an evening of rhythmic beats and… Find out more »