Recreation and Tourism
The recreation and tourism industry is a growing and dynamic segment of society with lots of people-centered job opportunities. Tourism is the largest industry in the world. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Labor has predicted 500,000 new jobs in the recreation industry in this decade.
Bay Area Houston is home to hundreds of businesses in the recreation and tourism industry. In addition to the obvious economic benefits that accrue with millions of visitors enjoying the region’s assets, BAHEP is committed to supporting a wonderful quality of life for the area’s residents. Thus, BAHEP members promote enhanced quality of life through recreation and tourism.
Renowned as one of America’s most culturally diverse cities, Houston’s recreation and tourism facilities are equally varied, plentiful and world class. From professional sports to international festivals, Houston has it all. In the same manner, Bay Area Houston showcases a regular array of exciting activities, amateur sporting events, recreational sports and the culture. Bay Area Houston is home to over a dozen museums and innumerable art galleries, dance studios, and children’s enrichment programs spanning the gamut from robotics to gymnastics.
A driving tour of the area would reveal superb shopping opportunities and a full range of restaurants and sports venues. Bay Area Houston is considered to be the nation’s third coast for boating, with one of the greatest concentrations of sailboats, yachts and pleasure craft in the United States. Residents and tourists alike enjoy all of the available water sports, fishing, golf, baseball and softball and hiking.
Some local tourist attractions include:
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|Armand Bayou Nature Center: Nature is preserved and enjoyed at the Armand Bayou Nature Center (and Martyn Farm), the working, walking, canoeing center of coastal Texas. (www.abnc.org) ||Battleship TEXAS: In 1948, the Battleship TEXAS became the first battleship memorial museum in the United States. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas Independence, the TEXAS was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In 1983, the TEXAS was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel. (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/battleship-texas) |
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|Big League Dreams: Big League Dreams League City is located near Houston, Texas. BLD has replica fields, a 20,000 sq. ft. pavilion, batting cages, and a Stadium Club restaurant. It offers adult softball leagues, tournaments (baseball, fastpitch and softball) and special events. Experience Big League Dreams in League City, TX! (www.bigleaguedreams.com) ||Galveston, Texas: The City of Galveston has placed information about its many recreational activities in one place for ease of access. View information about Galveston beaches, parks, and more. (www.cityofgalveston.org/recreation) |
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|Kemah Boardwalk: The Kemah Boardwalk (www.kemahboardwalk.com/) is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day. ||Moody Gardens: Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research. Work or play, the splendor surrounds you in this little piece of paradise. (www.moodygardens.com) |
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|Space Center Houston: NASA Johnson Space Center lies at the heart of the region, and the American space program is celebrated at Space Center Houston, an official NASA visitor center. (www.spacecenter.org) ||San Jacinto Monument: The famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought Texas its independence was fought on this site. Texian troops under General Sam Houston achieved the independence of Texas by defeating a Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836. The 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, which is also a national Historic Landmark, consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship TEXAS. (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/san-jacinto-battleground) |
BAHEP supports the full range of artistic, cultural, recreational, and tourism programs across the region. BAHEP honors its commitment to not-for-profits through co-sponsorships, active support, and participation in events and activities these organizations host.
For specific, timely information about all of the region’s facilities, attractions, events, and opportunities, please visit BAHEP’s partnering organization, the Bay Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.visitbayareahouston.com/