Day Trips From Houston

One of the nicest aspects about living in Houston is that there is always something going on in and around the city. To celebrate the cooler weather that rolled in over the weekend, we have been thinking of our favorite day-trips to bring in the fall season. Here are three excursions you might consider taking in the coming weeks:

Brazos Bend
45 mi., 47 minutes

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Adolescent alligator at Brazos Bend State Park (photo by Jake Eshelman)

Brazos Bend State Park is a great destination for an outdoor getaway. Visitors can take advantage of walking and biking trails that intertwine throughout the 5,000 acres of lakes and live oaks. In addition to fishing, picnicking, and camping, the park is also home to an incredible population of alligators. Now that the days are getting shorter, it’s also worth visiting the George Observatory, which is situated in the middle of Brazos Bend State Park. Be sure to check hours, availability, and admission fees before heading out!

The Spoetzl Brewery
127 mi, 1 hour 58 minutes

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Of all the Texan traditions that need no introduction, Shiner Beer is at the top. We suggest beating the crowds at Oktoberfest and celebrating early with a visit to the historic Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner proper.  If you can, try to make it down there on a weekday so you can take part in a brewery tour, which start at 11:00A and 1:30P Monday through Friday.

Weekend Two of Austin City Limits
164 mi, 2 hours 37 minutes

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Understandably, Austin City Limits is worthy of a two or even three-day trip (depending of course on who’s playing) Given what we’ve heard from this past weekend, the second iteration of ACL beginning this Friday will be nothing short of phenomenal. Tickets are still available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so get them while they last! Click here to see this weekend’s lineup and schedule.

– Contributed by Jake Eshelman of Procured Design