1. Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon in Huntsville is a premier destination for scuba diving and swimming. The facility not only trains scuba divers but also offers a place for other scuba instructors to train students and allows certified divers to practice their diving skills. Nondivers are also permitted at Blue Lagoon and get in on a first-come, first-served basis due to space availability.
649 Pinedale Road, Huntsville
Hours: Mon., Thu.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.- Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
2. B-52 Brewing
B-52 Brewing in Conroe aims to offer fun for the whole family. Besides offering a beer garden that is set on 7 wooded acres with picnic tables, games are also offered at the brewery and include pingpong, cornhole, horseshoes and lagger golf. In addition to a variety of beers and wine, nonalcoholic root beer and lemonade are also available as well as food truck options. A bottle shop and retail store are also on-site. Dogs on leashes are allowed at the brewery. Private events can also be held at the brewery.
12470 Milroy Lane, Conroe
Taproom hours: Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.
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3. Riva Row Boat House
Riva Row Boat House offers paddleboards and single and tandem kayaks for rent. Participants can make their way around Lake Woodlands for $15 for the first hour in a single kayak and $20 for the first hour in a tandem kayak or paddleboard. Additional hours are $5 per hour. Dogs are also allowed to ride in kayaks, and life jackets are provided.
2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands
Hours: Mon., Thu.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
4. The Woodlands Shamrock Shindig
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Town Green Park on March 17 during The Woodlands Shamrock Shindig. The event will include 12 hours of live music, food trucks, green beer and Irish dancing. Early bird tickets are free, and regular tickets are $5 online and at the door. Attendees who grab lunches at one of the food trucks before noon will receive a free drink voucher.
2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
March 17 hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
5. The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival
Keep spring break going after it is over with The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival on March 25. This annual event raises funds for pulmonary hypertension research. Cory Morrow, Zach Coffey, Zydeco Dots and Atom Smasher will perform during the festival, and a designated children’s zone will include a bounce house, inflatable slide and face painting. Tickets purchased in advance will cost $15 for children ages 6-12 and $25 for attendees age 13 and older. Tickets purchased the day of will cost $21 for children ages 6-12 and $36 for attendees age 13 and older. Children 5 years old and younger will be admitted for free, but a plate of food will cost $10. Ticket prices cover one plate of food and two drinks.
2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
March 25 hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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6. Old Town Spring
Old Town Spring is a historic shopping district 1 mile east of I-45 at the end of Spring Cypress Road. The shopping center is home to restaurants, museums, art galleries and a variety of shops. Old Town Spring emerged with the steady growth of merchants through the ‘70s and ‘80s into a favorite site of customers and visitors and also produces several popular events, such as the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, held each year in April. Other events include PetFest, Ladies Expo and Fashion Walk and Old Town Spring Market Days, which is full of a variety of vendors.
403 Main St., Spring
Schlitterbahn in Galveston will heat up the Wasserfest section of the park daily from March 11-19 for spring break. This part of the water park will feature the Boogie Bahn surf ride, four tubing slides, a tidal wave river, three speed slides, two children-friendly areas, a wave lagoon, a heated swimming pool with a swim-up refreshment bar and a 100-foot-tall zip line ride. All-day general admission tickets for adults are $25.99 online or $27.99 at the gate. All-day general admission tickets for children age 11 and younger and seniors 55 and older are $20.99 online or $22.99 at the gate.
2109 Lockheed St., Galveston
March 11-19 hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Things to do inside Loop 610
8. Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St., Houston
Open daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Free admission for all events, unless otherwise noted on the website
9. Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston
10. Japanese Garden
6000 Fannin St., Houston
Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
11. Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston
Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $25 (guests age 12 and older); $15 (guests ages 3-11, college students with I.D. and seniors age 62 and older); free (guests age 2 and younger); $8 (per person for military and groups of 10 or more); $3.50 (per person for school groups); special exhibitions, the planetarium, butterfly center and giant screen theater cost extra.
12. The Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $18 (guests age 12 and older); $14 (children ages 2-11); free (children age 1 and younger); $11.50 (seniors age 65 and older)
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