La Porte, TX is a charming Gulf Coast town with beaches, boardwalks, great weather, and lots to do. Located just 30 minutes east of Houston, La Porte offers a relaxed pace of life with a focus on fun, family, and its rich Texas history. If you find yourself in La Porte or considering a move here, here are six things to add to your “must-do” list!
1) Bay Forest Golf Course
A completely unique golf course with a bayside setting and bayou-fed waterways, Bay Forest Golf Course has been named one of the top 20 municipal golf courses in the state of Texas. With challenging courses for casual and championship players alike — along with a pro shop, driving range, and practice facilities — everyone who plays will enjoy the game as much as the scenic setting.
2) Sylvan Beach Park
The perfect family getaway, the 32-acre Sylvan Beach Park has fine sand beaches, no seaweed, and gentle waves that even the littlest ones can enjoy. There are also amenities such as a playground, clean benches and picnic tables, a fishing pier, boat ramp, and air-conditioned pavilion that can be rented for special events. Save the date for the annual Sylvan Beach Festival which happens every spring!
3) San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
Learn all about the Texas Revolution and the state's colorful and proud history as you tour the historic battle site, the 567-foot tall San Jacinto Monument, and Museum of History all located on the gourds of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. There are monthly events such as bullet-making, bird watching, and educational programs.
4) Battleship Texas
A real life battleship whose service in the U.S. Navy spanned seven decades, the Battleship Texas has several important distinctions. She was commissioned in 1914 as the most powerful weapon in the world, she is the last surviving Dreadnought (a type of warship from the early 20th century), and she is the only battleship in existence today that fought in both World Wars. She is currently closed for major renovations, but normally visitors can roam the vessel and imagine themselves as decorated sailors.
5) Historic Main Street
Support the local economy and have an amazing Saturday afternoon while you're at it on Historic Main Street! Browse art shops and antique stores, choose from a variety of restaurants, and soak up the good vibes at festivals all year long.
6) Old Sylvan Beach Depot Museum and Library
At Old Sylvan Beach Depot Museum and Library you can learn about La Porte's past life as the early 20th century "Coney Island of the South." Visitors used to flock here from all over Texas to swim in the bay, enjoy homemade ice cream and snacks, and go on boat rides.
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