The Best-Kept Secrets in Clear Lake City

The Best-Kept Secrets in Clear Lake City

Clear Lake City is home to or near a number of well-known attractions, including the NASA Johnson Space Center, Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston’s popular beaches. While these places have a lot to offer, you might be more interested in enjoying some hidden gems of the greater Houston area.

Outdoor Fun

Armand Bayou Nature Center. Kids of all ages can connect with nature at the largest urban wilderness preserve in the U.S. The 2,500-acre preserve hosts more than 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Take a pontoon boat tour, enjoy demonstrations at the 1800s farmhouse or visit the interactive Children’s Discovery Area.

Bay Area Park. Appreciate nature on a smaller scale at this 64-acre park overlooking Armand Bayou. At the sparkling lake, you can kayak, fish or watch the ducks glide by. There are plenty of play areas for people and pups.

Helen’s Garden. Visit this League City attraction for its serene water features and abundant greenery. The lush setting provides a stunning backdrop for picnics or photos.

History Comes Alive

SeaWolf Park. All aboard to discover maritime adventures at this park, just north of Galveston on Pelican Island. Visit the USS Cavalla, a World War II submarine, and the USS Stewart, one of only three destroyer escorts in the world. Just northwest of the fishing pier, view the memorial and remains of the USS Seawolf, a U.S. Navy submarine that was mistakenly sunken by friendly forces in 1944.

Butler Longhorn Museum. While League City may not be the first place you think of for Texas Longhorn cattle, this local museum showcases the rich cultural history of the farming and ranching industries, particularly the bovines with horns that can span six feet or more.

Art and Theater

UHCL Art Gallery. This gallery on the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL) campus features vibrant exhibitions, including up-and-coming artists. Admission is always free, and it’s a fun way to discover emerging talent and different art genres in Clear Lake.

Bay Area Museum. This museum sits on a Native American archeological site. The historical buildings host a collection of area artifacts, including a large assortment of NASA memorabilia. Don’t miss the lovely grounds and the chapel next door.

Clear Creek Community Theater. Take in a show and enjoy the talents of local actors and musicians. The theater has been named “Best Community Theater” in the Bay Area five years in a row.


Jinya Ramen Bar. This is one of Yelp’s top-20 rated eateries in Clear Lake City. Locals and visitors rave about the 13 different versions of tasty ramen bowls, plus an extensive vegetarian menu.

J. Henry’s Draught House + Kitchen. This family-owned, casual dining establishment was started by University of Houston graduate John Amato, who was inspired by his grandfather’s restaurant. J. Henry’s offers more than 50 craft beers plus mouth-watering edibles created to please the fussiest of foodies.

*These local area attractions may be closed due to Covid-19 business operation constraints. 

The Reserve at Clear Lake City

The Reserve at Clear Lake City, a beautiful master-planned community by Trendmaker Homes with plenty of amenities, is a great home base to discover these local favorites and more. Get ready to explore; you’re sure to have some memorable adventures!!


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