Weekend Getaways From Houston

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Weekend Getaways From Houston

The hustle-bustle of city life in Houston can be quite draining and exhausting. To invigorate your spirit and energy, a Weekend getaway from Houston is the best option. You can recharge your energy b (Read More)y indulging in leisurely and healing activities or let go of all your stress by engaging in adrenaline rushing activities of your choice.

Here is the list of 15 Weekend Getaways From Houston

1. Needville

Needville

Needville is a city located 50 minutes away from Houston in Fort Bend County, Texas. It is a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely time away from the city. Here, you can enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking, and horseback riding through scenic trails, observe nature and wildlife in the Brazos Bend State Park and end the day with barbeque night at a ranch or sky watching at the George Observatory.

Distance from Houston - 44.7 miles
Places to Visit -Brazos Bend State Park, George Observatory, Big Creek Trails, Bottle Brush Ranch, Needville Equestrian Farm
Activities To Do - Horseback Riding, Wildlife observing, Bird watching, Biking, Hiking, Fishing, and Camping in the State park, Star-Gazing in the observatory, Barbeque Night in the ranch.
Lodgings - Paradise In Jaco, Days Inn by Wyndham Rosenberg
Dining -Bayou Boys, The Jay Cafe, Los Charros, Ohl Style Beef Jerky

2. San Antonio

San Antonio

San Antonio is a vibrant city in Texas, USA. The city is rich in history, cuisine, and culture. Its most visited attractions would be the Alamo an important site for the Texas revolution, El Mercado Mexican marketplace, and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park ( a UNESCO Heritage site). The place is a must-visit for those who wish to learn and explore more about history and culture.

Distance from Houston - 197.1 miles (2 Hours 57 min)
Places To Visit - Alamo, Spanish Governor’s Palace, The Witte Museum, Majestic Theatre, San Antonio Museum of Art, Mexican Cultural Institute, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and many more.
Activities To Do - Walk alongside the San Antonio River, admire the Architecture, Visit the Museums, enjoy performances at the theatres.
Lodgings -Hotel Emma, Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk, Embassy Suites Landmark, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, Inn on the Riverwalk, and more.
Dining - La Fonda on Main, Rosario’s Mexican Cafe y Cantina, Acenar, Casa Rio, Cafe Ole, County Line Barbeque (Riverwalk), Two Bros. BBQ Market, and more.

3. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is the capital city of Gillespie County, Texas. It is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet during World War II. With its picturesque scenery and abundant natural resources, the place is growing in popularity among tourists and visitors. The diversity in culture, cuisine, landscapes, and events make Fredericksburg a place not to miss.

Distance from Houston - 237.5 miles (3 hours 47 min)
Places To Visit - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, National Museum of the Pacific War, Wildseed Farms, Wine Road 290, Old Tunnel State Park, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg Theater Company, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, and more.
Activities To Do - Hiking, Cycling, Visit the Wineries, Enjoy the food.
Lodgings - 1891 Grape Arbor House, 1894 Private Pullman Palace Car, Best Western Plus Fredericksburg, Comfort Inn & Suites, Diestxel Motel, Fredericksburg RV Park, and more.
Dining - Altdorf Restaurant & Biergarten, Altstadt Brewery, Der Lindenbaum, Airport Diner, Andy’s Grille, Backwoods BBQ, David’s Old Fashioned Pit BBQ, and more.

4. Johnson City

Johnson City

Johnson City is the capital city of Blanco County, Texas, USA. It is famous for being the hometown of the 36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson. Its top attractions range from Lyndon B. Johnson’s Boyhood Home, the Texas White House to the Pedernales River Nature Park, and the Texas Art House. Johnson City with its natural beauty and renowned history is the perfect place to relax and getaway for the weekend.

Distance from Houston - 207.3 miles (3 Hours 13 min)
Places To Visit - Texas Hills Vineyard, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Exotic Resort Zoo, Inc., Science Mill, Texas White House, Crowson, Pedernales River Nature Park, and more
Activities To Do - Hiking, Picnicking, and visit the other tourist spots.
Lodgings - Best Western Johnson City Inn, Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa, The Crossroads Inn, Hillside Acres, and more.
Dining - Pecan Street Brewing, East Main Grill, Bryan’s on 290, Ronnie’s Ice house Barbeque, Lady Bird Lane Cafe, Fat Boy Burgers, El Agave, and more.

5. Wimberley

Wimberley

Wimberley is a hill country with one of the prettiest landscapes in Texas. With its rich natural terrain and famous tourist sites like Blue Hole Regional Park, and Jacob’s Well which is the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas with it being 140 feet deep. The charming town has grown into one of the most attractive weekend getaways.

Distance from Houston
-182 miles (2 Hours 54 min)
Places To Visit - Blue Hole Regional Park, Jacobs Well Natural Area, Devil’s Backbone Scenic Drive, Wimberley Lions Market Days, Jack Glover’s Cowboy Museum, Corral Theater, Bootiful Wimberley, and more
Activities To Do - Swiming, Ziplining, Bicycling, Picnicking, Sampling Olive oil and wine, Checking out the Market, Watching movies outdoor, Spotting the decorated boots around Wimberley, and more
Lodgings - Creekhaven Inn & Spa, Mountain View Lodge, Hotel Flora and Fauna, Blair House Inn, Square Inn, and more
Dining - Wimberley Cafe, Sugar Shack Bakery, The Leaning Pear, Pho- Lisha’s Food Truck, Taste of the Hills Wine Tours, Los Olives Market Wimberley, Cypress Creek Reserve, and more.

6. New Braunfels

New Braunfels

New Braunfels is the capital city of Comal County, Texas. It is known for its German-Texan Heritage. The city is a blend of culturally historic buildings, entertainment venues, museums, restaurants & shops. The main attraction of the place is the Comal River, which has a constant water temperature the whole year-round - suitable for a cool dip in the summer and warm enough for a morning dip in the winter months.

Distance from Houston
- 174.6 miles (2 Hours 40 min)
Places To Visit - Gruene Historical District, Landa Park, Comal River, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Guadalupe River, McKenna Children’s Museum, Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo, Guadalupe Brewing Company, Winery on the Gruene, Whitewater Amphitheater, Starts and Stripes Drive-in Theatre, and many more.
Activities To Do - Tubing the Comal River, Fishing, Paddleboat, Canoeing, Horseback Riding, Playing golf in the rolling hills of New Braunfels, Visiting the Schlitterbahn waterpark, and more.
Lodgings - Homewood suites by Hilton, Courtyard by Marriott, Comal Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and more.
Dining - Naegelin’s, Adobe Cafe, Muck & Fuss, Alpine Haus Restaurant, Gruene River Grill, The Grapevine, and more.

7. Austin

Austin

Austin is a fun city that is known for being a hotspot among music lovers. It is a city known for its nightlife, restaurants and food, outdoor murals, art, tech culture, and incredible music. It is a great city to get away for the weekend and have a good time.

Distance from Houston - 165.3 miles (2 Hours 32 min)
Places To Visit - Texas State Capitol Building, Butler Hike, and Bike Trail, Barton Springs Pool, Austin Zoo, Zilker Botanical Garden, Cota Karting, Elisabet Ney Museum, Longhorn Cavern State Park, O. Henry Museum and so many more.
Activities To Do - Swim in the Barton Springs, Paddle in the lake, zipline, Hike, Bike, Cycle on the many trails, Stroll around the museums, listen to live music, enjoy the local food, and party at night.
Lodgings - Firehouse Hostel, La Quinta Inn, Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown, Aloft Austin Airport, Travelodge by Wyndham Austin, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, and many more.
Dining - Juan In a Million, Matt’s El Rancho, Franklin Barbeque, La Barbecue, Dee Dee Thai, Bombay Dhaba, Ramen Tatsu-ya, Hula Hut, East Side King, Gourdough’s, and more.

8. Waco

Waco

Waco is the capital city of McLennan County, Texas, USA. The city’s top attraction and specialty would be the remains of a mammoth, the oldest suspension bridge in the USA and home to the HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines from “Fixer Upper” and many more. With a flourishing arts scene, an array of dining choices, and enclosed by the natural elegance of Central Texas, Waco is surely a pleasant place to get away for the weekend.

Distance from Houston - 185.5 miles (2 hours 51 min)
Places To Visit - Magnolia Market, Bare Arms Brewing, Wale Ale Company, Valley Mills Vineyards, Dr. Pepper Museum, Waco Mammoth National Monument, Cameron Park Zoo, Waco Downtown Cultural District, Hawaiian Falls Waco Waterpark, and many more.
Activities To Do - Enjoy theatre, hike, bike in Cameron Park, shop in the Findery or the Spice Village and stroll through the cultural and historic district.
Lodgings - Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Candlewood Suites Waco, Residence Inn by Marriott, Magnolia House, Hilton Waco, Aloft Waco Baylor and more.
Dining - Health Camp, Vivek’s Barbecue, Buzzard Billy’s Bar & Grill,

9. Galveston

Galveston

Galveston is a city in Galveston County, Texas that is 58 minutes away from Houston. Galveston is popular for its sandy beaches along the Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island. Other than its beaches, visitors can also find unique museums, well preserved Victorian Architecture, and quirky shopping experience. The warm climate temperatures allow visitors to enjoy the outdoors year-round and make it an appealing destination for weekend getaways.

Distance from Houston - 51.2 miles
Places To Visit - Beaches, Pleasure Pier, Bishop’s Palace, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, the Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston Island State Park, Moody Gardens, Galveston Railroad Museum, and more.
Activities To Do - Birdwatching, Swimming, Sunbathing, Boating, Kayaking, Fishing, Biking, and Water Sports
Lodgings - Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites, The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference center, Hilton Galveston Island Resort, Lost Bayou Guesthouse, Jamaica Beach RV Park, Blue Water RV Resort, various Vacation rentals, and more.
Dining - Yaga’s Cafe and Bar, Benno’s Cajun Seafood, Mosquito Cafe, Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood, The Original Mexican Cafe, and more.

10. Brenham

Brenham

Brenham is a city in Washington County, Texas. It is a picturesque city famous for being the home of the largest ice cream producer in Texas, Blue Bell Creamery. It is celebrated for being the Heart of the Bluebonnet region in Central Texas. The city conducts an annual German heritage festival, Maifest which the visitors can enjoy during May. Brenham is a unique city with its own appeal, which makes it a peaceful and relaxing place to get away from the city.

Distance from Houston - 76 miles (1 Hour 17 min)
Places To Visit - Blue Bell Creameries, The Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham Heritage Museum, Giddings Stone Mansion, Toubin Park, Downtown Art Gallery, Unity Theatre, and more.
Activities To Do - Visit Chapel Hill Lavender Farm, taste the local brews, enjoy performances in the theatre, shop in the farm market and antique stores, admire art in the gallery and learn history through the museums, and more.
Lodgings - Coach Light Inn Brenham, Far View Bed & Breakfast estate, Best Western Inn of Brenham, Hampton Inn & Suites Brenham, and more.
Dining - Brazos Valley Brewing Company, Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul, Truth BBQ, Volare Italian Restaurant, Brenham Grill, and more.

11. Lockhart

Lockhart

Lockhart is the capital city of Caldwell County, Texas. It has also been called the Barbecue Capital of Texas. Lockhart has slowly developed from a cowboy town into a city known for its breweries, barbecue, and the musicians from nearby Austin. It is also famous for the oldest running library in Texas, Dr. Eugene Clark Library. Lockhart is a beautiful and clean city with lots of places left to be explored.

Distance from Houston - 155.7 miles (2 Hours 35 min)
Places To Visit - Caldwell County Courthouse, Caldwell County Jail Museum, Dr. Eugene Clark Library, Lockhart State Park, Inta Mint Lockhart.
Activities To Do - Enjoy a barbeque night in one of the many popular markets, Sample or taste wines and brews, and shop in the most unique shops and just explore the town.
Lodgings - Ellison House, Lockhart Inn, Plum Creek Inn, and Best Western Lockhart Hotel & Suites.
Dining - the Original Black’s Barbecue, Smitty’s Market, Kreuz Market, Chaparral Coffee, and more.

12. Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi located approximately 3 hours away from Houston is a coastal city in the southern region of Texas City. The rich culture and heritage of Corpus Christi are reflected in the historic homes, monuments, museums, collections, and the numerous festivals organized to pay tribute. It is also home to several beaches. Visitors can enjoy a day lounging or camping at the beach, enjoy leisurely or adrenaline rushing water activities, and also explore the culture and history through the festivals and museums.

Distance from Houston - 211 miles
Places to visit - Padre Island National Seashore, Malaquite Beach, USS Lexington Museum, Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, Whitecap Beach, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Heritage Park ( Cultural Center), Selena Mirador de la Flor.
Activities to do - Kayaking, Sailing, Fishing, surfing, windsurfing, golfing, Biking, Kiteboarding, Horseriding, BirdWatch and Nature trails, camping, enjoy a day at the beach, visit the museums.
Lodgings - Super 8 Navigation, Regency Inn, Embassy Suites, Hawthorn Suites, Capri Beach Hote, Mystic harbor Condo, Sea Gull Condominiums, Multi -Resorts at Puenta Vista.
Dining - Executive Surf Club, The Goldfish, The Yardam, Hester’s Cafe, Surfside Sandwich Shoppe, Doc’s Seafood, and Steaks, Harrison’s Landing. Republic of Texas Bar & Grill.

13. Port Aransas

Port Aransas

Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. It is incredibly popular for its beaches, fishing, and other water activities among families and college-going youngsters. With its Florida like warm climate and 18 miles of Shoreline open to the public, it is a much sought after destination for Beachgoers in the Houston area.

Distance from Houston - 210.5 miles (3 Hours 43 min)
Places To Visit - The Tarpon Inn, Mustang Island State Park, Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas Museum, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and more.
Activities To Do - Fishing, sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, jet-skiing, body-boarding, or surfing in the waters, and birdwatching among others.
Lodgings - Island Hotel port Aransas, Best Western port Aransas, Captain’sQuarters Inn, and more.
Dining - Bernie’s Beach House, Macdaddy’s Family kitchen, Shell’s Pasta & Seafood

14. Huntsville

Huntsville

It is the capital city of Walker County, Texas, United States. Huntsville is best known for being the home of the Texas State Penitentiary. It is a peaceful city where you can unwind and explore new history and traditions.

Distance from Houston - 72.8 miles (1 hour 8 min)
Places To Visit - Huntsville State Park, Sam Houston National Forest, Texas prison museum, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Lake Raven, Eastham Thomason Park, Old Town Theatre, and more.
Activities To Do - Hiking, Bicycling, Jogging, Swimming, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Camping, and more.
Lodgings - Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Motel 6 Huntsville, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and many more.
Dining - 12th Street Bar, Cloud 9 Health & Energy, Half Avenue Coffee & Mercantile

15. New Waverly

New Waverly

New Waverly in Walker county, Texas is located just an hour away from Houston. This quaint hidden location is an upcoming tourist spot. It houses several Natural parks and water bodies. The charm of the place lies in its simplicity, the leisurely activities and the healing experience it offers.

Distance From Houston - 55.9 miles
Places to Visit - Sam Houston National Forest, Carantouan Greenway Nature Reserve, Restoration Farms, Little Lake Creek Wilderness, The Minnow Bucket, St Joseph Church, Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area. Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Lake Conroe, Lake Livingston.
Activities to do - Hiking, pumpkin picking in fall, Nature, and wildlife, swimming, Golfing, racing events.
Lodgings - Days Inn & Suites, Gibbs Street Manor, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Hunstville, Holiday Inn Express& Suites Hunstville, The reserve at lake Conroe.
Dining - Murksi’s cafe, TOSCA winery, Anita Mexican restaurant, Chuck Wagon Bar BQ.

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