It’s all about staying cool, and what better way to combat the heat than by playing in the water? Set sail on the refreshing waters of Clear Lake, where boats, paddleboards, jet skis, and more await. Windward Sea Venture offers a little bit of everything, from sunset dinner cruises and rental boats for a day on the lake, to top rated ASA-certified sailing classes. Have a need for speed? Rent one of WABOS’ Watersports jet skis and zip across the waves.
Cruises like the Boardwalk FantaSea are perfect for on-the-sea dining as you sail around Galveston Bay. BYOB and hit the pedal to the metal on Houston Pedal Party Boats. The cycle boat fits up to 26 people and takes you on a booze cruise around Clear Lake. Take educational tours through Armand and Horsepen Bayou on the Bayou Ranger II with Armand Bayou Nature Center’s Pontoon Cruises. Choose your cruise with morning, sunset, and night options and get ready to immerse yourself in nature. Test your strength and paddle through the 5.5 miles of peaceful waters on the Clear Creek Paddle Trail and spot teeming wildlife along the shorelines. Rent single, tandem, and child-sized kayaks with Clear Creek Kayaks or the Kayak Shack.
If being on the water isn’t your cup of tea, try a different approach with waterfront dining. Located at the end of a pier on Clear Lake, Barge 295 offers live entertainment, cold drinks, and fresh food. Wave hello to the boats that cruise by as you dine on the first or second floor of the restaurant. Enjoy the casual outdoor patio with friends, savor a meal with Gulf Coast flair, and quench your thirst with a refreshing cocktail at Schafer’s. CABO—a two story bar and grill situated on the shores of Clear Lake—welcomes you with a lively atmosphere and breathtaking waterfront views. Listen to live bands and DJs play on the weekends while on a date night or hanging with friends.
We’re for the birds! Part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Bay Area Houston is home to thousands of acres dedicated to wildlife preserves, nature centers, hiking trails, and waterways that house some of the most diverse ecosystems in the country. Nestled inside the Clear Lake Loop, Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Nature Center is 148 acres of undeveloped land with strategically placed bird blinds for you to spot pelicans, egrets, herons, and other birds who make this area their home. Follow the trail at Seabrook Wildlife and Refuge Park, where wildlife can be found at almost every turn as you travel through open fields and serene forests. Visit the wetlands of Nassau Bay Peninsula for a different point-of-view and complete their informational nature trail while exploring the area.
Hit the road and head to Kemah Boardwalk, where the fun and thrills never stop in an old-fashioned carnival atmosphere. Ride the Boardwalk Bullet, a thrill-seeking wooden roller coaster with all the twists and turns, or test your bravery on rides that swing, spin, drop, and twirl. Try your hand at the Midway Games—carnival-style booths where you can win souvenirs and shiny prizes—or head over to the Stingray Reef exhibit to get up close and personal with friendly stingrays.
Blast off into orbit at Space Center Houston and travel to a Mars exhibit, hear stories of space from real astronauts, or take a NASA Tram Tour to explore NASA Johnson Space Center—including Historic Mission Control. Mark your calendars for the Moon2Mars Festival from June 9–12. Experience indoor and outdoor programming, panel discussions led by space experts, and immersive learning opportunities about new Mars and Moon space technology.
Summer isn’t summer without local events. League City’s White Linen Night has a little something for everyone. Spanning three blocks along the Historic District, local artists will be showing off their art while live music plays, kid-friendly arts and crafts will be offered, and classic cars from the past 60 years will be on display. Keels & Wheels—Lakewood Yacht Club’s annual public event—is the nation’s largest gathering of classics, both cars and boats. From April 30 to May 1, walk through this unique show with your family and friends and enjoy the sights and sounds. Kemah Boardwalk hosts a slew of events throughout the year, but nothing beats the Rock the Dock Series on Thursday nights. Starting May 19, listen to free live music, sip cool drinks, and enjoy the evening boardwalk with your entire family.
Check out the full calendar for more events and how to find more ways to play at the Bay!