For some, the end of summer vacation is approaching. Squeeze in some last minute vacation time with these awesome get away spots in Texas:
Cascade Caverns (distance from LAC: 3 hours and 50 minutes): Texas holds the most diverse geography in the United States. It’s no surprise that it includes caverns too. As you become enveloped in the Cascade Caverns, you will understand how historically, geologically, and biologically significant these caves really are to Texas. Step into a cool climate and enjoy the sights with the family.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (distance from LAC: 1 hour and 30 minutes): This old-fashioned pier, established in 1906, will take you back in time as you enjoy its rides, games, and restaurants. If you’ve never visited Galveston before, you can’t miss an opportunity to visit the boardwalk.
Guadalupe River (distance from LAC: 3 hours and 10 minutes): The Guadalupe River, located in New Braunfels,TX, is a sure way to keep cool and splash into the last days of summer. With small rapids contrasting the relaxing, slow twists, you’ll be glad to spend a hot summer day sitting in the sparkling cool waters.
Padre Island (distance from LAC: 4 hours and 20 minutes): There’s nothing better than sand between your toes and time to kick back and relax. Padre Island offers some of the nicest beach areas in Texas. Bring your beach towels, shovels, and swimsuits!
Downtown Houston Aquarium (distance from LAC: 50 minutes): If you’re looking for somewhere cool to hang out to escape the summer heat, there’s no place better to be than the Houston Aquarium. This aquarium is a sprawling spot for sea life, including touch pools, shark tank & displays of aquatic ecosystems.
Space Center Houston (distance from LAC: 1 hour and 20 minutes): Every Houstonian must visit our very own and famous space center. This destination is one of Texas’s most visited places. Learn about space and history in this fantastic visitor center.
Our tip: Try to wait until the end of August to visit these attractions when crowds will have died down.
These 5 unique spots located near and around the Houston area are definitely worth checking out. You’ll be fascinated by the oddities of some of the sculptures, or stunned by beauty in the middle of the city. These locations are perfect for sightseeing, hanging out with the family, or simply escaping from everyday sights.
Tomball Museum Center– The Tomball Museum Center includes a dozen historical buildings and museums. Tour a two-story cotton gin dating from the 19th century, one of two in Texas of its kind, or check out the 1940’s oil camp house commemorating the discovery of oil in Tomball. This location is a great place for learning local history.
Location: 510 N. Pine St. Tomball, TX 77375
Smither Park– With the help of artists and friends, this creative and colorful park has become a popular attraction showcasing mosaic art. Smither Park includes interesting features such as a covered stage decorated in recycled ceramic pieces, bottle caps, tiles, and sea shells.
Location: 2441 Munger St. Houston, TX 77023
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple– This temple will make your jaw drop at it’s stunning beauty. With decorative sculpture archways leading up to the temple, you are sure to find a great photo opportunity. However, please remember to be respectful while visiting this establishment, as it is a place of worship. Make sure to take in each intricate detail. You’ll be amazed!
Location: 1150 Brand Ln. Stafford, TX 77477
Cullen Sculpture Garden– Modern art has never been so alive. This spot makes for a great location to stroll around and take in the interesting sculptures.
Location: 998 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005
David Adickes Studio- This unique spot features giant president heads and Beatles sculptures. Sculptures include everyone from George Washington to Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the sculptures have been moved so that the public cannot access them up close, but they are definitely a sight worth seeing!
Location: 2401 Nance St. Houston, TX 77020
For some, coming home to a calm and soothing atmosphere is a must. What’s the best way to achieve a relaxing but stylish atmosphere for your home? Try neutral colors! Neutral, earthy colors are trending right now. However, this trend will be long-lasting. Classic colors never go out of style! Here are a few tips on how to use this natural color palette:
-Pair a pale beige colored couch with a dark, navy blue wall. The colors will contrast nicely and will make your home accessories pop! Colors such as gold, beige, hydrangea blue, and pale sage will stand out against the dark blue, and will create a relaxing atmosphere.
-Accessorize with plants. The vibrant green color against neutral earthy colors will surprisingly create a calm atmosphere. Plants are a great way to bring life into your home!
-Think outside of the box. Colors such as slate grey, light french grey, pale blue, and beige yellow are great highlight colors. These colors can help tie a space together, especially if used in accessories. Consider a beige yellow pillow to throw on a small couch, or a table with slate grey legs to help stand out in the room.
-Paint two accent walls. Pairing colors such as sage green next to a dark grey-blue, with light colored accessories, will create a smooth and dynamic atmosphere. It will leave your guests in awe!
-To achieve a calming environment, try using natural light as much as possible. Find a way to let sunlight in to show off the true colors of your home accessories and paint. Unnatural light can cause a room to feel closed in and dark.
-Accessorize with items that don’t have harsh lines or edges. Find vases, lamps, or interesting figurines that won’t throw the calming aesthetic off. A sparkly lamp or a shiny candle holder might look awkwardly placed among a neutral color palette.
It was announced in March 2016 that a new marketplace would open at the intersection of Kuykendahl and Spring Stuebner. Currently, stores such as Target, Burlington Coat Factory, and Ulta Beauty are now open; however, more construction is still in process. Hobby Lobby and Academy have confirmed plans to open late July or August, 2017. Additionally, the Grand Parkway Marketplace will feature a second shopping center, across the street of Spring Stuebner, called Grand Parkway Marketplace II.
The Grand Parkway Marketplace shopping centers feature soon to open Mama Fu’s, Ross, Palace Nails & Spa, Emler Swim School, Smoothie King, Eye Trends, Smashburger, Marco’s Pizza, Tune Up, Starbucks Coffee, Blue Salon Studios, Chipotle, The Vitamin Shoppe, Great American Cookie and Marble Slab, TJ Maxx, and Lovett Dental.