If you are due for a vacation and you want a place where you can combine history, shopping, sports, and family bonding activities, La Porte Texas is where you should go. Less than an hour’s drive from Houston, this city by the bay is perfect for an active but relaxing break.
La Porte is a place with history; it was the site of the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, the battle which established Texas as a republic independent from Mexico. You can trace the trail of this battle as you walk along the San Jacinto State Historical Park. From the park you can enter the San Jacinto Museum of History, a place where children can learn about Texas history in interesting ways.
La Porte has a total of 22 parks and recreation facilities; these include bicycle and hiking trails for some adventurous outdoor exercise. For some serious stretching, you have 12 miles of trails that go through several parks, down to Sylvan Beach, and the La Porte Fitness and Recreation Center. Kids especially enjoy the city’s 350,000 gallon wave pool, and golfers will feel right at home in the Bay Forest Golf Course. This beautiful bayside golf haven has earned the reputation of being one of the top 20 golf courses in the Lone Star State. There is something for everyone in La Porte, and you better believe that something special in this city is waiting for you. Continue to read our Visit La Porte TX Travel and start planning your vacation to La Porte today. For a list of the best beaches in Texas, visit here.
Weather (When to Go)
The best time to visit La Porte is October to November or March to April when the weather is warm, but not sweltering, and accommodation prices are reasonable. Winter is the best time to score a deal on your accommodations, but it will likely be too chilly to enjoy La Porte’s beach activities. The months that span May and September constitute La Porte’s long summer season, where lodging rates, tourism and temps are at their peak.
La Porte Attractions
Sylvan Beach Park
This 32 acre Harris County park is the perfect place to get away from the hustle of city life and experience a nice beach with a refreshing ocean breeze. Unlike other beaches in the area, Sylvan Beach boasts fine sand, no seaweed covering the beach, and smaller waves for more enjoyable swimming. Sylvan Beach Park contains not only a playground for children, but clean benches and picnic tables, a fishing pier, boat ramp, and an air-conditioned pavilion. Bring a picnic for lunch and spend the whole day at the beach. For just $4, head out to the pier and fish all afternoon.
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
In 1836, Texian troops surprised the Mexican army camped here. Shouting “Remember the Alamo” and “Remember Goliad,” the rebels routed the larger force in only 18 minutes. Walk in their footsteps, explore the museum, and enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the top of the monument. Spend a few hours or an entire day exploring the San Jacinto Battleground complex, including Battleship Texas. Bring a group or come on your own. Plan a picnic; we have picnic tables and grills, and a picnic pavilion for your group. You can also hike, geocache, and nature watch.
San Jacinto Museum of History
The San Jacinto Museum of History is housed in the base of the San Jacinto Monument. The Museum is operated by the San Jacinto Museum of History Association — a non-profit organization — in association with the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Commission. More than just a gateway to a great view, the Museum is your gateway to Texas culture! It was established not only to honor those who fought here in 1836, but also to re-visualize the history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest. It was created as a steward of history, and to promote friendship between Texas, Mexico, Spain, France and Latin America.
Fred Hartman Bridge
Opened on September 27, 1995, the Fred Hartman Bridge is the longest cable stayed bridge in Texas spanning the Houston Ship Channel and connecting the cities of Baytown and LaPorte along SH 146. At 436 feet high, the bridge features a fan arranged cable stay arrangement and provides a vertical clearance of 262 feet. Once completed, the SH 99 Grand Parkway will include this 2.6 mile, eight lane stretch of SH 146 in East Houston, further improving regional mobility.
Baytown Nature Center
The Baytown Nature Center is located in Baytown, Texas, 20 miles east of Houston. It is located on a 450-acre peninsula along the Houston Ship Channel and surrounded on three sides by Burnet Bay, Crystal Bay, and Scott Bay.
Things to do in La Porte
Sailaway Clear Lake Charters
Your Sailing Adventure Aboard Sailaway cat is designed to provide you with a unique sailing adventure that is relaxing and enjoyable and can be designed to meet your specific requirements. The duration of a cruise can be from two to four hours. You are welcome to take part in the sailing of the vessel or you can just sit back relax and enjoy the sound of the wind and water. …choose your own adventure…Sailaway cat can provide it all. For more information call +1 832-392-8312, or visit them on the web at Sailaway Clear Lake Charters.
Get the Net Fishing Charters
Half day and full day fishing adventures and private boat rides available, come spend a day on the water while visiting Kemah TX! For more information call +1 281-383-0505, or visit them on the web at Get the Net Fishing Charters.
Sail aboard the 55′ schooner Capt Kidd on Galveston Bay. Departing from Seabrook Texas and the Seabrook Marina the ship sails past the Boardwalk in Kemah and out to open waters on Galveston Bay. Bring your own drinks and snacks on the scheduled 2 hour public sails and relax as the capt and crew do all the work for you. For more information call +1 281-334-5433, or visit them on the web at Captain Kidd.
Battleship Texas Historic Site
Spend The Night Aboard The Battleship TEXAS!That’s right. You and a group of friends can actually spend the night aboard this huge Battleship. Sleep where the actual sailors who lived on her bunked down for the night. Battleship Texas was commissioned in 1914 and is the only surviving US Navy ship to have served in both WW I and WW II. The Battleship Texas become the Nations first Battleship museum on 21 April 1948. For more information call +1 281-479-2431, or visit them on the web at Battleship Texas Historic Site.
Pinky’s Kayak Rental
Folks visiting the greater Houston area are encouraged to take a journey with us on a Kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard. We hope that visitors, as well as the people who live in the area, come and enjoy this gorgeous area quietly tucked away between Houston and the Gulf Coast. For more information call +1 713-510-7968, or visit them on the web at Pinky’s Kayak Rental.
Best La Porte Restaurants
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$$ – $$$ Monument Inn
One of the well-loved hallmarks of this popular Monument Inn Restaurant is the remarkable views of the Houston ship channel. While enjoying your meal there is a great view out our second story windows of the international ships are constantly sailing into or out of port. Specializing in Fresh Gulf Coast Seafood and offering a wide array of Steaks, Chicken and Pasta Dishes, Monument Inn serves up Houston’s tastiest waterfront dining. For more information call +1 281-479-1521, or visit them on the web at Monument Inn.
$$ – $$$ Main 101 Grill & Bar
Enjoy casual fine dining, local artistry, and a luxurious bar stocked with your favorite wines and our signature cocktails. – in La Porte. Based upon their deep-rooted principles of good service, high-quality cuisine and excellent value, this fine dining contemporary grill was designed and built with you, the customer, in mind. For more information call +1 281-470-8484, or visit them on the web at Main 101 Grill & Bar.
$$ – $$$ The Southern Komfort Kitchen
The Kitchen was born in 2011 in the city of La Porte, in the great state of Texas. After dining for years in other local restaurants and steakhouses that served prepackaged and reheated processed food, they decided to open a restaurant that would cook food the way it used to be done. They take great pride in preparing all their fresh food from scratch, just like Grandma used to make. For more information call +1 281-867-9231, or visit them on the web at The Southern Komfort Kitchen.
$$ – $$$ Pipeline Grill
Their brick fired pizza, great burgers and a good selection of American food favorites make them a local favorite. They also offer an Early Dining Menu for those looking to save a few dollars. Pipeline Grill is also a great venue for Happy Hour with a great selection of craft beers and specialty frozen drinks! For more information call +1 281-470-0141, or visit them on the web at Pipeline Grill.
$$ Burger Libre
Brutally awesome no-holds-barred burgers. 100% beef freshly pounded to perfection, right there where you can see it. Hand-stuffed tacos. Hand-spun shakes. Hard-earned swagger. Melty cheese. Lavish veggies. Thick-sliced bacon. And their famous Libre sauce. You can have fries and a taco with every burger. Their signature Skeleto tacos: sublimely-seasoned little treasures in a slightly crunchy shell. For more information call +1 281-941-4305, or visit them on the web at Burger Libre.
Best La Porte Nightlife
Man Kind Sports Bar
Man Kind, opened in June 2015 by the Anagnostou family, is built on their love of sports with deep roots in the community. Think of Man Kind as a sports lovers living room. Eleven huge high-def screens, delicious food, a full bar, and fourteen beers on tap. Join your friends for the big game, you wont have to fuss; leave it all to them. For more information call +1 281-
941-9584, or visit them on the web at Man Kind Sports Bar.
Neon Moon Saloon
If you like neighborhood bars, outside eclectic seating, and fun friendly people… this is your spot! It’s worth a trip to La Porte for a nice day out. Decent beer choices, fun games, pool table, and bands that play there. Very cool biker bar. For more information call +1 281- 471-6366, or visit them on Facebook at Neon Moon Saloon.
A local favorite place to hang out and relax and have awesome, sophisticated cocktails. Their drink menu is always changing and keeps things fresh. The people there are so nice and really know their stuff. They also have really good options for beer and wine. You can also have food delivered to you and make it a dinner out with delicious cocktails. For more information call +1 832-224-4182, or visit them on the web at Rosewater.
Shacks Club & Pub
Down to earth, bar with a great selection of music and a great DJ. I love when a DJ believes in his playlist enough to dance and enjoy his own vibe.
If you are looking for a nice, laid back, friendly atmosphere try this place. For more information call +1 281-471-2256, or visit them on Facebook at Shacks Club & Pub.
This is an island-inspired craft cocktail lounge featuring small plates.
This bar is very friendly, on point and helpful with a great atmosphere. For more information call +1 281-549-4080, or visit them on Facebook at Volcano Room.
Best Hotels in La Porte
Hampton Inn & Suites La Porte
Drive to an array of attractions and dining options from our Hampton Inn & Suites La Porte. Close to the beach, lakes and Galveston Bay, water activities are always a favorite. Explore the Kemah Boardwalk with restaurants on the water and exciting rides, less than 20 minutes from our hotel. Learn about space and the NASA program at the Houston Space Center. With spacious rooms and suites, homelike amenities and friendly service, you’ll feel comfortable right away. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Hampton Inn & Suites La Porte.
Candlewood Suites La Porte
Situated on Galveston Bay, this quiet city combines down-home charm with a modern influence from nearby Houston to create a unique, friendly community. The Candlewood Suites La Porte hotel provides a welcoming environment close to Kemah Boardwalk and NASA Space Center. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Candlewood Suites La Porte.
La Quinta Inn Houston La Porte
The La Quinta Inn La Porte is conveniently located just 25 minutes east of downtown Houston in the heart of the oil refining industry. Located at the intersection of Highway 146 South and Fairmont Parkway. They are nestled near popular attractions such as: Kemah Boardwalk, Royal Purple Raceway, Pasadena Convention Center, George R. Brown Convention Center, Nasa Johnson Space Center, and Barbours Cut Terminal. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit La Quinta Inn Houston La Porte.
Comfort Suites La Porte
This hotel is located off Highway 146 and is within a 5-minute drive of La Porte. The hotel features an outdoor pool and suites with free Wi-Fi. Comfort Suites La Porte suites include a microwave and refrigerator, for light meals or late night snacks. Guests at the Comfort Suites are provided with a breakfast buffet. After breakfast, guests can work out in the gym or relax in the hot tub. A managers reception including wine, beer and appetizers is held on weekday evenings. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Comfort Suites La Porte.
Wyman House Bed & Breakfast
Wyman House Bed & Breakfast is an excellent accommodation choice to stay in La Porte. It features housekeeping and ironing service as well as a baggage storage, a designated place for smoking and parking. The rooms in Wyman House Bed & Breakfast are fitted with a laptop-size safe, a balcony, a seating area, a writing desk and ironing facilities. Guests can make use of a bathtub, a roll in shower and a bidet. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Wyman House Bed & Breakfast.