Best East Texas State Parks

For the Happy Hikers: Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Don't mind the alligators—no, seriously.

04/28/2016 By Nick Esquer

Best East Texas State Parks

The Fauna of the Piney Woods

From water moccasins to woodpeckers, what to watch for—and what to watch out for—in East Texas.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Canoers and Kayakers: Caddo Lake State Park

A potential Bigfoot sighting is far from the only reason to visit Texas's largest—and only—natural lake.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best State Parks

For the History Hounds: Mission Tejas State Park

More than mounds abound in this part of Texas, where the Caddo Indians once reigned.

04/28/2016 By Alice Levitt

Best East Texas State Parks

The Flora of the Piney Woods

Did you know? Spanish moss is neither a moss nor a lichen.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Casual Campers: Martin Creek Lake State Park

It may be the loudest state park in Texas, but it's still one of our favorites—and here's why.

04/28/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Public Art

What's Behind the Big Burp in Buffalo Bayou

Who fixes the Big Bubble when it breaks, and other important questions.

04/28/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Ice House

May's Perfect Party

The exclamation-point-happy edition.

04/28/2016 By Catherine Matusow

Lawn Games

Get Out: Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park

The storms have passed, the sun is out, and Blanket Bingo is back on tonight.

04/27/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Remember the Alamo Here in Houston

This week marks the 180th anniversary of the conflict that created Texas, commemorated at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.

04/18/2016 Photography by Katharine Shilcutt

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Buffalo Bend Nature Park

The beautiful new 10-acre wetlands conservation area is just the beginning for this previously industrial section of the Ship Channel.

04/08/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Fitness Friday

Happy Trails: The Off-Road Running Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

It's tempting to ditch your running shoes in favor of a swimsuit, but trail running can keep your mileage exciting all summer long.

04/08/2016 By Andrea Park

Partys & Rec

Get Out: It's Bayou Greenway Day

This Saturday, take part in the second annual celebration of our city's hard-working parks and rec organizations.

03/25/2016 By Leah Rose

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Po-Boys and Picnics at T.C. Jester Park

One of the city's prettiest parks offers everything you could want in one, convenient location.

03/16/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Park Life

The Name of the New Cafe in Evelyn's Park is Up to You—Yes, You

The new park in Bellaire is holding a contest to see who can come up with the best moniker for its upcoming eatery.

03/08/2016 By Laura Gillespie

Hoopin' It Up

Started as a Dusty Toy, Now Hula Hooping is Here

Hula hoopers in Houston feel the love at the upcoming GlowOrama event, celebrating the old timey smile-enduring activity.

02/18/2016 By Sarah Douglass

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Houston Serves Up Some Ace Tennis Courts

Free, lighted tennis courts cover the city—grab a racket and get out there.

02/13/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Fitness Friday

Body by Nature: 8 Great Houston Parks for Working Out

Now is the perfect time to take your workout to Houston's awesome outdoor spaces.

02/05/2016 By Ellie Sharp

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Stay the Night at the Lake Houston Wilderness Park

The only City of Houston park to allow overnight camping has more in store than just a few cabins.

01/29/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Under 100

100 Miles of Less: Get Off the Grid in the Big Slough

Ever wondered what Texas looked like before we paved a bunch of it?

01/26/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt