Nature, Culture & History in Bay Area Houston
The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail provides nature enthusiasts with an ecotourism haven, as well as a rest stop for North American migratory birds traveling the Central Flyway. Hiking trails stretching over ten miles throughout Seabrook, nature and observation trails at Clear Creek Nature Center in League City and the 2,500-acre Armand Bayou Nature Center Wildlife Preserve play host to more than 300 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. 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.
Our numerous parks and nature sanctuaries bring hundreds of visitors each month for bird-watching and photography. One of the largest urban wildlife and wilderness preserves in the U.S., Armand Bayou is home to bison, raptors and reptiles. Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a boardwalk through a woodland-pond area, a bird blind, walking trails, a late 1800s farm site, pontoon boat tours and guided canoe tours. Three ecosystems with over 2,500 acres of bayou, forest and prairie are refuge for more than 360 species of animals and birds. Reservations required for boat tours and canoe trips.
History buffs shouldn’t miss the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site where Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836 during an 18-minute battle. Visitors can ascend to the top of the 570-foot monument and explore the museum. Just across the street is the USS Texas, the only remaining battleship that served in both world wars and was the first U.S. battleship established as a floating museum. Visit the Butler Longhorn Museum, which highlights the birthplace of the Butler longhorn cattle bloodline that originated in League City by documenting the rich and diverse multicultural heritage of League City through the stories of the original ranching and farming families.
Bay Area Houston also offers plenty of shopping opportunities, too — from cozy cottages touting homemade wares and antique stores in old Seabrook to national retail chains. In the Kemah Lighthouse District, find eclectic boutiques full of one-of-a-kind gifts, souvenirs, collectibles and home décor.