GUIDE: Bay Area local destinations

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(Courtesy Timothy LaBranche)

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Whether you are new to the Bay Area, a guest passing through or have lived in the area your whole life, there are plenty of places to go, sights to see and things to do around Clear Lake and League City. Both indoors and out, here is a list of nearby locations and some farther away worth checking out.

Hot spots

Butler Longhorn Museum

Residents can learn about local resident Milby Butler, who helped save the longhorn from extinction. The museum features local art, history and science exhibits, and contains a gift shop.

1220 Coryell St., League City


281-332-1393

www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.

Admission: Free (age 7 and younger), $6 (ages 8-16, and 60 and older), $12 (ages 17-59)

Clear Creek Vineyard

Clear Creek Vineyard offers a diverse menu of red and white wine, vodka, and coffee. People can also take a tour to see how Clear Creek Vineyard makes its wines and spirits along with an opportunity for a tasting.

709 Harris Ave., Kemah

281-334-8300

www.clearcreekvineyard.com

Hours: Wed.-Thu. noon-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-8 p.m., closed Sun.-Tue.

Admission: $30-$35 (reservation required)

Italian Heritage Museum

This museum was once a home built in the 1900s and owned by J. C. League, League City’s founder, and sold to Sebastian Ghirardi, the son of the first Italians to immigrate to the city. It features exhibits and displays of the 12 Italian families who migrated to the city.

1220 Coryell St., League City

281-332-1393

www.leaguecity.com/3869/italian-heritage-museum

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.

Admission: free (age 7 and under), $9 (ages 8-16, and 60 and older), $12 (ages 17-59)

Lone Star Flight Museum

Visitors can see various exhibits, including Heritage and Waltrip hangars, which are each over 30,000 square feet and feature different types of aircrafts.

11551 Aerospace Ave., Houston

346-708-2517

www.lonestarflight.org

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Mon.

Admission: $10 (ages 4-11), $13 (ages 12-17, and 65 and older), $15 (ages 18-64)

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens offers a multitude of attractions, including its Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, the Discovery Museum focusing on music, and 3D and 4D theaters.

1 Hope Blvd., Galveston

409-744-4673

www.moodygardens.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; hours vary seasonally and per attraction

Admission: varies by season and attraction

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston offers a variety of exhibits and attractions that look into the history of space exploration and plans for future missions. Activities include the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exhibit and a NASA Tram Tour that takes people to the Johnson Space Center.

1601 NASA Parkway, Houston

281-244-2100

www.spacecenter.org

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; hours vary on select days

Admission: free (age 3 and under), $24.95 (ages 4-11), $27.95 (age 65 and older), $29.95 (ages 12-64)

Stingray Reef

Tucked away inside the Aquarium Restaurant is an opportunity to get up-close and personal with the stingrays at Stingray Reef. While other fish and marine life are featured, visitors are able to pet and feed only the stingrays, making them a favorite attraction.

215 Kipp Ave., Kemah

281-334-9010

www.aquariumrestaurants.com/aquariumkemah/exhibits.asp

Hours: Wed., Thu. and Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Mon. and Tue.

Admission: $5.25 per ticket, $6.99 per value pass which includes entry and fish food

Outdoor destinations

Armand Bayou Nature Center

People can enjoy various activities, including a 2- to 3-mile kayak tour and hikes along the prairie, forest and bayou. The Armand Bayou Nature Center also offers a variety of programs for children in the fall.

8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena

281-474-2551

www.abnc.org

Hours: Wed.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.), Sun. noon-5 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.), closed Mon.-Tue.

Admission: free (age 3 and under); $4 (ages 4-12, 60 and older, and other discounted patrons); $6 (ages 13-59)

Bayou Wildlife Zoo

Bayou Wildlife Zoo offers tram rides for people to experience the animals the zoo has to offer. Addie Lou’s Barnyard features pygmy goats, lemurs and giraffes.

5050 FM 517, Alvin

409-904-2525

www.bayouwildlifezoo.com

Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m, closed Mon.-Tue.

Admission: free (age 2 and under), $12 (ages 2-11), $20 (age 65 and older), $22 (ages 12-64)

Clear Lake Park

This 59-acre park features plenty of activities and attractions for families, including playground equipment, sports fields, a half-mile trail and access to fishing on Clear Lake.

5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook

713-274-7275

www.facebook.com/clearlakepark

Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Admission: free

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Pleasure Pier offers amusement park rides and dining, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., funnel cakes and turkey legs, on the Gulf Coast.

2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston

409-766-4950

www.pleasurepier.com

Hours: closed for the season; will reopen in 2022

Admission: $7 (age 65 and older), $8 (under 48 inches tall), $10 (48 inches tall and above); rides cost extra

Galveston Island State Park

The park has both beach and bay sides, offering various activities for day trips and overnight stays. There are four miles of hike and bike trails, as well as a canoe and kayak launch. There is also a fish cleaning station on site, and a fishing license is not required to fish from shore at a state park.

14901 FM 3005, Galveston

409-737-1222

www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/galveston-island

Hours: open daily; beach side closed until 2022

Admission: $5 per person

Kemah Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk offers a variety of restaurants, amusements and retail stores on the waterfront.

215 Kipp Ave., Kemah

877-285-3624

www.kemahboardwalk.com

Hours: Mon.-Thu. noon-9 p.m., Fri. noon-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Admission: free (admission), $18.99-$24.99 (all-day ride pass)

Nassau Bay Peninsula Wildlife Park

The Nassau Peninsula is a 76-acre wetland area connected to Nassau Bay at the end of Harbour Drive. A nature trail, complete with information signs and benches, is open to the public. There is no parking on Harbour Drive; visitors should park David Braun Park at Lake Nassau.

East end of Harbour Drive, Nassau Bay

281-333-4211 ext. 2944

www.nassaubay.com/201/nassau-peninsula

Hours: dawn to dusk

Admission: free
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.

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Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.

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