PHOTOS: Lagoonfest Texas opens with Houston's longest swim-up bar

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Lagoonfest features several elevated decks that can be rented out for parties. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lagoonfest features several elevated decks that can be rented out for parties. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)

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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. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Land Tejas developers expect the lagoon to attract more than 150,000 visitors this year. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lagoon-goers interested in a VIP experience can purchase passes for a private beach. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The 16 shipping containers now house many of Lagoonfest's food, drink and entertainment resources. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The water slide is 185 feet long and five stories tall. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Sailboats can be used for an additional fee once inside the lagoon. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The beaches along the lagoon now offer about triple the amount of beach area compared to last season. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lagoonfest staff said fairy lights will be lit after sunset to provide a relaxing nighttime atmosphere. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Although not in use May 28, part of one shipping container at Lagoonfest folds down into a concert stage. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced this summer and include the requirement of masks for entry, exit and in all common areas. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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New this year, an electric ferry will transport people to the VIP luxury beach experience where they can enjoy bottle service. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A shipping container functioning as a bar is stationed right next to the swim-up platform on one side of the lagoon. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lagoonfest visitors link a credit or debit card to their red wristband, which is then used to make purchases around the venue. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Guests can choose from various covered or open seating options. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Despite some overcast and stormy weather on May 28, Houstonians celebrated the start of summer 2021 in Texas City by checking out the new amenities at Lagoonfest Texas.


Check out these shots of the lagoon, then read more about the new additions here.
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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