The big H is a fun, vibrant city with a booming nightlife, invigorating museums, and a hip culture. But for travelers that like going down the beaten down path, there are PLENTY of places to visit right outside of Houston. Here are a few of our top ones:

  1. Galveston Island

Texas has an Island? And there is one located near Houston? You heard that right! If you are getting a little tired of the city vibes, take a short commute to Galveston Island and beach bum your day away.

Distance from Wanderstay Houston : 45 minutes

Some recommendations for Galveston Island:

  • If you enjoy getting soaked and scared, check out Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
  • Want to experience a thrilling amusement park? Go to Moody Gardens and watch a 4D movie or head over to the jaw dropping aquarium.
  • If you wanna enjoy a cold one or do some boutique shopping, hit up the strand for a lively atmosphere.
  1. NASA Space Center

Houston we have a problem, and that is that the NASA Space Center is actually located on the outskirt of Houston in a suburb called Clear Lake. No worries, you can easily access this suburb from Houston. Do not miss out on this iconic, out-of-this-world experience!

Distance from Wanderstay Houston:

35 minutes

  1. Kemah Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk is a little hidden gem that many locals go to after a busy work week. If you want to try exquisite cuisine, ride a thrilling roller coaster, or listen to some amazing live music by the coast then you will adore this atmosphere.

Pro-tip: Kemah has  a lot of weekly events. Check the website during your stay to see if they have any events that would interest you.

Distance from Wanderstay Houston:

40 minutes

  1. Tanger Outlets

Oh-no! A shopaholic galore! Tanger Outlets is located in Texas City, right outside of Houston. And this massive outdoor mall has hundreds of high quality brand stores like Kate Spade, Vera Bradley, and Nike. Before you start panicking, most of these stores are outlet stores and you can score some incredible deals to show off to your friends back home.

Distance from Wanderstay Houston:

35 minutes


  1. San Jacinto Monument

Texans pride themselves on the rich local history. During your stay in Houston, you have the chance to learn about the Texas Revolution first hand. Visit this national historical landmark and get a taste of the gory Texas past.

Pro tip: if you get hungry, you MUST try out the Monument Inn. This restaurant serves local cuisine with a beautiful view overlooking the Houston ship channel.

Distance from Wanderstay Houston:

30 minutes

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