Pasadena, La Porte, Baytown, and Morgan's Point

Baytown, Texas

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Slightly off the usual Sunday drive itinerary, this upper bay region has several things to see and do. Start with a tour of the Port of Houston and the ship channel, and then head east to digest some history at San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park in La Porte. You’ll find crabbing, swimming, and bird-watching— all at a laid-back pace. Big-name bands brought crowds to the dance pavilion at Sylvan Beach, and folks drove around Morgan’s Point just to see the handsome homes on the “Gold Coast.” A drive along Bayridge Road still takes you past some of those places, among them a grand replica of the White House, built by former Texas Governor Ross Sterling. It has been a landmark on the Houston Ship Channel for nearly three generations. At the end of Morgan’s Point is an undeveloped beach area well known to birders. With binoculars you can watch roseate spoonbills and other species on Atkinson Island, a sanctuary in this upper portion of Galveston Bay. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Houston. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

Pasadena, La Porte, Baytown, and Morgan's Point Professional Review and Guide

"Slightly off the usual Sunday drive itinerary, this upper bay region has several things to see and do. Start with a tour of the Port of Houston and the ship channel, and then head east to digest some history at San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park in La Porte. You’ll find crabbing, swimming, and bird-watching— all at a laid-back pace.

Big-name bands brought crowds to the dance pavilion at Sylvan Beach, and folks drove around Morgan’s Point just to see the handsome homes on the “Gold Coast.” A drive along Bayridge Road still takes you past some of those places, among them a grand replica of the White House, built by former Texas Governor Ross Sterling. It has been a landmark on the Houston Ship Channel for nearly three generations. At the end of Morgan’s Point is an undeveloped beach area well known to birders. With binoculars you can watch roseate spoonbills and other species on Atkinson Island, a sanctuary in this upper portion of Galveston Bay. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Houston. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Baytown
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Pasadena, La Porte, Baytown, and Morgan's Point

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May 2018