Houston. This Texas giant exemplifies the state’s reputation in all of its endeavors and activities, from manufacturing to sport, energy, healthcare, music and aeronautics. Indeed, the saying “everything is bigger in Texas” also applies to its events, and there are plenty here year round! So for the visitor, returnee, and local alike, read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors here around Space City.
Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Island State Park is one of the Houston and Gulf Coast’s most stunning concentrations of beautiful natural settings, endemic wildlife, and clear skies. At this confluence of habitats and cultures, visitors can enjoy camping less than two miles from the beach itself! Aside from the watersports and pleasant Texas beaches here at Galveston Island State Park, visitors can also explore coastal dunes, wetlands, estuaries, and brackish bodies. For those who want to combine the joys of the beach with the coastal Texas wilderness in an area with clear night skies, bring your party to Galveston Island State Park.
Brazos Bend State Park
Hiking, geocaching, nature photography, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, biking, stargazing, and of course, camping, visitors can see and do it all here at Brazos Bend State Park, one of Houston’s and Texas’s most esteemed state parks! Here at this massive park, there is a truly beautiful and exciting variety of habitats, settings, wildlife, and experiences to be had. Aside from the classic campsites, screened shelters and cabins are also available for rental. Speaking of stargazing, if the famously clear and wide Texas night sky isn’t enough for your party, you can take the skywatching up to eleven and visit the George Observatory, a high-power telescope and sky observatory! Bring your party to Brazos Bend State Park, for those who want a one-stop destination that offers it all.
Huntsville State Park
Adorned with oceans of loblolly pines and shortleaf pine trees, Huntsville State Park is another proud addition to the series of natural reserves, parks, and wildlife areas around the Houston area. Here, with resident populations of white-tailed deer, opossums, armadillos, fox squirrels, 218 species of bird, popular sport fish, and alligators, this is a great destination for those wildlife photographers and animal enthusiasts visiting the Houston area.
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