Bay Area Houston Texas
Warm weather and gulf breezes offer a delightful respite from winter’s bitter cold.
Bay Area Houston, a charming bayside region boasting 35 miles of gulf coastline, is located midway between Houston and Galveston. The Bay Area encompasses the cities of Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay, and Seabrook. Known for its fresh seafood, water recreation, stunning nature preserves, and one-of-a-kind attractions, the region is becoming a mecca for those intent on escaping harsh winter climates.
League City, the largest of the cities in the Bay Area Houston region is consistently ranked among the best communities in the country. Home to the South Shore Harbour Marina, the historic city offers entertainment and a range of recreational activities.
The city’s historic district, Heritage Park, honors League City’s early days which pre-date the Civil War. In 1855 early settlers arrived, among them merchants, farmers, and ranchers who sought to establish their operations in an area conducive to cattle ranching. These pioneers realized the importance of League City as a link between the ports of Houston and Galveston, and so began the irrefutable connection between the area’s history and the longhorn. On the northern edge of the historic district, the Butler Longhorn Museum commemorates Milby Butler, a local resident who had a hand in saving the iconic Texas Longhorn from extinction.
Heritage Park is the heart of the League City, with a number of quaint shops occupying historic buildings, and no shortage of eateries amongst the Live Oak Trees. Appropriately named, Café under the Oaks offers home-style, southern fare; while fine wine is paired with exquisite cuisine at Three Oaks Wine Bar and Bistro. The Milk Pail is family owned, and in addition to fresh home-made dishes, the copper roofed restaurant features tea service and a gift boutique. International flair takes center stage at Main St. Bistro which utilizes French cooking methods to create creole cuisine with a contemporary twist. Red River Barbeque & Grill bring it home with classic American offerings and good ole’ Texas Barbeque.
Recreational activities are plentiful in the Bay Area. Clear Lake, a 2,000-acre natural inlet of Galveston Bay, is the nation’s third-largest pleasure-boat basin, and host to dinner cruises, fishing tours, and water sports. The region is a haven for nature enthusiasts offering an abundance of wetland conservation areas, nature preserves, hiking and biking trails. Among the seemingly endless miles of trails and wildlife, The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail is home to more than 300 species of birds, and is an opportune environment to become one with nature
One of the Bay Area’s most widely known destinations, the Kemah Boardwalk, is located on the channel between Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. Millions of people each year are drawn to the boardwalk whether to relax and observe passing sailboats, or to venture out on a power boat and take part in the activity. Waterfront restaurants along the boardwalk offer the region’s highly acclaimed gulf seafood, as well as Texas favorites, like steaks and Tex-Mex.
Bay Area Houston is also home to NASA Johnson Space Center, and its official visitors Center, Space Center Houston. Guests to the center can journey through the history of manned space exploration, touch a Moon rock, tour historic Mission Control, and the astronaut training facilities.
With four diverse cities each offering a unique twist on the ultimate getaway, Bay Area Houston affords winter wanderers refreshing fortuity from an otherwise wearisome season.