Bay Area Houston is a charming bayside region nestled midway between the big-city allure of Houston and the wide-open beaches of Galveston. It also serves as the third largest marina base in the United States.

Encompassing four distinct cities, the region touches more than 35 miles of waterfront.

Kemah- “Kemah” is an Indian word meaning “wind in my face”

Come “Breeze into Kemah” a slogan that accurately describes the recreational environment. The city is aptly named because there is a near constant breeze from Galveston Bay. Kemah’s name has also been long associated with water and having fun.

Today, that is even more true with the spectacular Kemah Boardwalk and Kemah Lighthouse District with shops of every description, fine restaurants and marinas offering just about any kind of water-related activity you can imagine. Kemah is the place to take a break.

League City- Historic and Wild

League City is marked by towering oaks, meandering bayous, and thriving locally owned shops and eateries. Enjoy lakeside sunsets, gorgeous sailboats, amazing birding, fresh seafood, lush subtropical beauty, fascinating history, and all the laid-back leisure of life along the creek. 

Take a stroll beneath League City’s majestic oak trees in the heart of downtown’s Historic District. Find your way to Founder’s Square and enjoy shopping for treasures within this historic cluster of boutiques.

Experience the lush beauty of Helen’s Garden, one of League City’s most breathtaking and serene public gardens. If your in the mood for a bit of exercise- The Clear Creek Paddle Trail runs for 6.5 miles from the start point at Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside to the end point at Heritage Park.

Discover the incredible story of how the iconic Texas Longhorn was preserved from extinction at the Butler Longhorn Museum.

Enjoy a waterside retreat at the South Shore Harbour Resort, a four-star hotel located next to South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake.

From its verdant creek to its historic streets, League City offers an escape to a tropical oasis steeped in southern charm.

Nassau Bay – A unique city by the bay

The city was established to accommodate Johnson Space Center and provide a community for astronauts, space professionals, and their families. Today, more than 60 Nassau Bay residents have visited space, and a few have walked the moon.

In 2005, the city dedicated a serpentine wall of black granite featuring the flags of the Nations participating in the International Space Station. The striking monument is on NASA Parkway in the median between NASA and the city.

Located across the street from Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston, Nassau Bay has it all: space and science adventure, fun, sun and water. The Clear Lake recreation area is the third largest boating center in the United States.

Nassau Bay has numerous marinas with pleasure boats docked along our waterfront, in addition to yacht clubs, piers, and boat ramps. The city’s hotels offer a variety of accommodations with more than 600 rooms.

October brings the annual Wings over Houston Airshow at nearby Ellington Field, and the City of Nassau Bay hosts many events throughout the year in their Town Square.

Seabrook- Small town, waterfront atmosphere

The City of Seabrook is the “home base” for many of the astronauts, scientists and other professionals who work at Johnson Space Center. Enjoy the small town waterfront atmosphere, just minutes from the bustle of Houston, the relaxing waters of Galveston Bay and the Kemah Boardwalk.

This thriving community offers many amenities for business, living and recreation including 17 parks and nationally renowned hiking and birding trails.

What’s your dining pleasure? Seabrook offers everything from fine seafood restaurants overlooking picturesque waterfront views to Mexican, Italian, Thai, barbeque, fast food and more. Seabrook is also known for its quaint and comfortable bed and breakfasts and four new hotels.


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