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Five best destinations for day trips around Houston

Jessica Yang

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HOUSTON, TX - There are various things to enjoy around the Houston area, from outdoor and indoor activities for family, friends or lone travelers. Here are some destinations for day trips from Houston!

  1. Conroe
    In this lake town, you can enjoy jet skiing, kayaking, rafting, or boating. Besides water activities, there are miniature golf courses, go-karts, bowling and outdoor obstacle courses. The busy downtown area also offers breweries, theatres, and live music for your entertainment. (Driving distance: 40 minutes)
  2. Space Center Houston + Johnson Space Center
    The place for fun and education, Houston Space Center has an interactive exhibit Mission Mars for kids and adults. While at Johnson Space Center, you can learn about astronaut training facilities and mission control. (Driving distance: 37 minutes)
  3. Brazos Bend State Park
    At this park, you can go horseback riding, biking, and find natural trails for hiking. Fishing from the pier or shores is also possible even without having a license. (Driving distance: 50 minutes)
  4. Galveston
    One of the most popular destinations, Galveston has several beaches you will love, such as Galveston Beach, Porretto Beach and East Beach. There are also local restaurants, breweries, museums and the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. (Driving distance: 1 hour)
  5. Sam Houston National Forest
    For some peace surrounded by nature, Sam Houston National Forest is the perfect getaway. This place is full of Piney Woods with hiking trails, camping spots and areas for canoe or kayak. (Driving distance: 1 hour)

Please note that the driving distances are estimated from downtown Houston and actual travel time may vary due to traffic conditions.

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