Here is what Lagoonfest Texas visitors need to know this summer

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)

Editor's note: This story was updated at 12:32 p.m. July 1 to clarify prices, all of which are subject to change.

Houstonians looking to spend time lounging in a cabana, paddle boarding or drinking at a swim-up bar can do these things and more at Lagoonfest Texas all summer.


Tickets are available through Labor Day weekend for Lago Mar’s Crystal Lagoons amenity, located at 3240 Lago Mar Blvd., Texas City. Lagoonfest Texas will be open 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. Here is what visitors need to know about lagoon hours and offerings for the summer 2021 season, per Lagoonfest Texas’ website.

Hours and prices



Lagoon hours are from 10 a.m. to sunset for a day pass. Tickets for adults can be purchased for the entire day, starting at $20, or for the afternoon, starting at $14 for a 4-7 p.m. ticket. Admission for children under 13 starts at $15. All tickets are non-refundable; prices are subject to change and vary based on day of week and demand, per a Lagoonfest Texas media release from May 26.

Five live music shows are planned from early July to mid-August, which visitors can attend by purchasing after hours tickets. The shows take place from 7-10 p.m. and will include performers such as Vegas Stars, Bowling for Soup and The Mullet Boyz. General admission for after hours tickets starts at $15, depending on show date, and prices are subject to change.

Lagoon-goers age 21 and up can also purchase tickets—starting at $30 and also subject to change—for a secluded all-day beach experience. Those in the secluded area are transported to and from their part of the lagoon by a duffy boat. Learn more about the private experience here.

Click here to check availability for the non-after hours tickets.

Amenities

For those interested in sitting somewhere other than on a towel or blanket, several options are available for purchase as ticket add-ons. Shaded, private cabanas can seat four to six people beachside, or pairs of guests can rent two lounge chairs and an umbrella. New this year, larger groups can rent a rooftop party deck overlooking the lagoon grounds.

Water activities can be reserved for another add-on fee, including an inflatable obstacle course, water slide and electric paddle boards. Activities cost anywhere from $15 to $45—click
here for a full list. Food and drink options are also available for purchase.

During checkout, lagoon-goers register each guest in their group to a radio-frequency identification wristband by providing a group name. The wristbands are used for all onsite transactions, and cash and credit cards are not accepted.

Wristbands can be preloaded with a credit amount or have a credit card linked to them. They are handed out at the main entrance gate upon arrival and are not transferable to other guests once activated.


What to bring

The Lagoonfest Texas website recommends visitors bring their own goggles, sand toys, swim gear, towels, blankets and Coast Guard-approved flotation devices for non-swimmers. The following items, however, are not permitted inside the gate:




  • lawn and beach chairs

  • outside food and beverage, including water bottles

  • tents, umbrellas or canopies

  • coolers

  • swim rafts, noodles and inner tubes

  • glass containers

  • recreational devices such as drones, remote control toys, skateboards, scooters and roller skates

  • artificial noisemakers including megaphones, whistles and horns

  • suitcases, bags or backpacks larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high



Click here for answers to other frequently asked questions about Lagoonfest Texas, including weather and payment policies and information about COVID-19 protocols.

By Colleen Ferguson

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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