It's August and the summer is winding down, as back-to-school efforts get in high gear. Whether you are like some of us who have been home all summer as the economy dictated, or you are like others who have the summer wanderlust and see to it that you use up every ounce of the summer season, now is the time to stage your last hurrah before everyone settles back into school.
Here are five things to do in these last days of freedom--Carpe Diem!
5 LAST MINUTE SUMMER THINGS TO DO IN HOUSTON
1. Visit Battleship Texas--Right in our midst is a significant piece of WWI and II history. The Texas is one of only 8 remaining battleships in the world, and according to the Parks and Wildlife website, is arguably the most significant:
The U.S.S. Texas served with the British Fleet in the
She's a symbol of honor, responsibility, and persona sacrifice. In 1948, the Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S.
3523 Highway 134
LaPorte, TX 77571
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Click HERE for details and directions.
Click HERE for Interpretive Guide to Battleship Texas
2. San Jacinto Battleground- And while you are visiting the U.S.S. Texas, you might as well check out the historic San Jacinto Battleground. It was on this battleground that Texas won its independence. General Sam Houston led Texas troops to defeat the Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836. This is why the site is a 1200 acre National Historic Landmark. You can visit the battleground and the museum which is in the same location as the battleship.
San Jacinto Battleground
State Historic Site
3523 Independence Parkway South
La Porte, TX 77571
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
3. Twilight Paddle- August 27th, a unique experience on Inks Lake awaits the adventurous person who knows how to canoe or kayak. . For a mere $15, you can "experience the mysteries which surround you at twilight."Inks Lake is a calm, "flat water" lake that allows an expert "Interpretive Specialist" to guide you to use all of your senses to explore the natural surrounds. I am surmising that you need all of your senses to compensate for your eyes because you will be out in the middle of a lake in the pitch black darkness. This is just for you if you are looking for something new. You must, however, be at least 18, with canoeing or kayaking experience.
A Sens-ational Adventure
Aug 27, 2010
Inks Lake State Park
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Click HERE for more details!
4. Houston Museums- even if you missed all of the hoopla over stinky, wonderous Lois at the Museum of Natural Science, there are other very cool exhibits that you still have time to catch. But hurry, these end soon...like the summer...
Dinosaurs-- Houston Zoo. Ends September 6th!
Animation--The Health Museum. Ends September 6th!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars--Space Center Houston. Ends September 6th!
The Paper Runway-- Houston Center for Craft. Ends September 4th!
5. Austin Ice Cream Festival- Let me just say right here and now that this is where you'll find me closing down my family's summer. We are all ice cream lovers, especially my husband and I. We are also Austin lovers. so we will do a mini road trip to the The 4th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival at Waterloo Park , to revel in some old school fun, like the homemade ice cream contest. What could be better than that!
The 4th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival
Waterloo Park - 12th Street, between Trinity St. and Red River St.
August 14th at 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
ADMISSION: $5 for Adults. Children 8 and under FREE!!!
Click HERE for more details