Crystal Lagoons to debut Houston's longest swim-up bar May 28

The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)

The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)

Bay Area residents looking to spend time lounging in a cabana, kayaking or drinking at a swim-up bar can do these things and more at Lagoonfest Texas starting May 28.

Tickets are on sale now for the summer-long event at Lago Mar’s Crystal Lagoons amenity, located at 3240 Lago Mar Blvd., Texas City. Lagoonfest Texas will be open from 10 a.m. to sunset Tuesdays through Sundays until Sept. 6, with expanded evening hours some days. Lagoon-goers can enjoy more than $2 million worth of implemented upgrades this season, according to a May 10 press release.

“Lagoonfest Texas offers something for every type of vacationer,” said Uri Man, the executive vice president of Lago Mar’s developer, Land Tejas, in the release. “Whether you want to relax under a luxury cabana or keep active kayaking or testing your agility on our massive floating obstacle course, you can do it.”

The most significant addition to the venue: an entry plaza consisting of 10 shipping containers that have been outfitted to be a restaurant, bars, entertainment stage and rooftop party decks.

“These structures are beautifully designed—you’d never know them as shipping containers,” Man said in the release.



The beaches along the lagoon have also been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. While water access ends at sunset, there are 10 evening musical performances scheduled already, per the release.

Visitors will also have a greater selection of luxury cabanas, couches and other seating arrangements, and more kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and sailboats will be available in addition to the popular floating obstacle course.

New activities will include a 185-foot, five-story waterslide, catapult swing and electric ferry that transports visitors to a VIP beach experience, per the release. Those interested in the food and drink options will have more to choose from, including what will be the longest swim-up bar in Houston, according to the release.

COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced, including the requirement of masks for entry, exit and in all common areas as well as no cash transactions and frequent sanitation of high-traffic areas. Admission starts at $15 for children under age 13 and $20 for those age 13 and older; ages 2 and under get in for free. Tickets went on sale for the summer May 8 at www.lagoonfesttexas.com.

By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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