Ice House

If You Want to Gamble in Texas, This Casino Boat is Your Best Bet

The Jacks or Better takes daily trips out of Galveston and into federal waters, where gambling is legal.

06/22/2017 By Jeanne Lyons Davis

Texas Beaches

The Gulf Coast's 6 Most Alluring Spots for Pier Fishing

Including three prime piers in Galveston, top dolphin-spotting, and where to go shark-fishing.

06/14/2017 By Catherine Matusow

Texas Beaches

Beach Umbrellas: A Primer

A good umbrella can be hard to find. We went though that pain so you don't have to.

06/14/2017 By Jeff Balke

Texas Beaches

South Padre Island Is the Perfect Family Getaway—11 Months of the Year

Padre’s waters are the closest to blue in all of Texas, its sands closest to white.

06/14/2017 By John Lomax

Texas Beaches

Rockport: The Rare Beach Town That Occasionally Dresses for Dinner

Get to know the creative coastal community which once claimed to have more artists per capita than Paris.

06/14/2017 By Michael Hardy

Texas Beaches

Port Aransas: The Classic Seaside Town That Takes All Comers

And with more hotel rooms than residents, there’s something for every budget in this quirky coastal village.

06/14/2017 By Michael Hardy

Texas Beaches

The Local's Guide to Galveston Island

Where to find the least-touristy beaches, cheapest beachfront views, and the Gulf Coast-iest gumbo.

06/14/2017 By Peter Holley

Island Life

Warm Weather-Loving Penguins Are Headed to Moody Gardens

A renovated Aquarium Pyramid is unveiling a new Humboldt penguin exhibit this summer.

04/28/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

For Reel

Catch the Southwest International In-Water Boat Show

From novice sailors to seasoned skippers, expect a boatload of vessels and family fun in League City this weekend.

04/03/2017 By Emily Juhasz

Ice House

3 Events to Catch If You're Reel Serious About Fishing or Sailing

A boatload of sailorly fun is on the way to Houston this month.

02/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Ahoy!

Top 5 Reasons to Set Sail This Season

Enjoying the Gulf has never been easier—or breezier!

01/11/2017 By Emily Juhasz

Get Out

Beachcombing and Birdwatching: This Weekend at Houston's Closest State Parks

Brazos Bend and Galveston Island are offering two very different ways to reacquaint yourself with nature in the new year.

01/04/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Endless Summer

Tanker Surfing, Born in Galveston Bay, Remains an Extreme, Elusive Sport

Dropping in on the exclusive, members-only sport, trailing tankers and riding the waves.

08/22/2016 By Steven Devadanam

The Big Easy

6 Fun Festivals in New Orleans That Aren't Mardi Gras

From cocktail parties to French fireworks, New Orleans has a summer soirée for every situation.

06/21/2016 By Miranda Proctor

Hidden Gems

Sarasota: The New "It" City of the Sunshine State

Circus mansions, jungle gardens, and shopping while sipping to-go daiquiris; you're going to love it here.

06/14/2016 By Miranda Proctor

Sea Swell Sea Shells

Malacological Mayhem on Florida’s Gulf Coast

“Warning: Militant Sheller. Step away from that junonia and nobody gets hurt.”

03/31/2016 By Scott Vogel

Under 100

100 Miles or Less: Mardi Gras with the Locals in Galveston

Join the state's largest Mardi Gras celebration this weekend.

02/02/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Under 100

100 Miles or Less: The Best Mardi Gras You've Never Heard Of

In Port Arthur, a Southeast Texas-style Fat Tuesday celebration enters its 23rd year.

01/19/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Travel

We Drove an RV to a Lake Charles Casino, and You Can Too

Driving your home to the Golden Nugget is an experience everyone should try.

05/03/2015 By Catherine Matusow

Hop On I-10

Tips for New Orleans Jazz Fest

Two amazing music weekends, just down the road.

04/23/2015 By Bryan Washington