Be My Guest

By Ashley Donde

Treat out-of-town guests to a quintessential tour of League City

My mom recently visited from out of town—from Arizona, to be exact. When she visits, my family loves to show her around, and give her the full Bay Area Houston experience. Living in such a great location, it’s typical to bring visitors to destinations like Galveston’s beaches, Houston’s museums, and NASA. Which we, of course, did.

It’s wonderful to share all of the amazing things to see and do in the Houston metro, but League City is brimming with its own unique charm. There is plenty to see, taste, and experience that visitors of all ages will love.

Here are some ideas to inspire a memorable League City vacation itinerary for your guests (or even for your own stay-cation!).

For Outdoor Adventures 

My mom loves told lady looking at a pondo fish, so every time she visits we try to take her fishing (there aren’t many lakes in Arizona). Fishing along Clear Creek is an obvious choice, but there are plenty of neighborhood lakes and ponds tucked away for a serene fishing experience. One of my favorite places to cast my line is the pond at Rustic Oaks Park. It’s tucked back behind the trees, which provides a private, peaceful experience. We’ve seen quite a variety of birds there, too.

To really become one with nature, take your guest for a leisurely kayak along the Clear Creek Paddle Trail. The Clear Creek area is ranked in the top five birding destinations in the United States, so keep your eyes peeled. Depending on the season, you might see egrets, ibises, herons, pelicans, seagulls, roseate spoonbills, and osprey, along with turtles, fish, and possibly an alligator or two. It’s always fun to search for wildlife, and see the area from a new perspective. Another fantastic option for wildlife viewing is the Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Nature Center. With easy hiking trails and plenty of nature observation areas, you’re sure to spot a variety of local flora and fauna.

For Regional Bites 

brisket in baked potatoYou can’t visit League City without stopping by Red River BBQ. It’s spacious, clean, and beautifully decorated with Texas flair, but the food is the star of the show. So, of course, I brought my mom to try it out. She ordered the fried shrimp meal—which she loved—and I had the brisket spud, which is absolutely binge-worthy. There are plenty of southern comfort classics to choose from, and I’m certain even the pickiest eater will find something they’ll enjoy. As an added bonus, the new Red River Cantina is just steps away for guests who want to have a taste of Tex-Mex. Try one of their famed fajitas and a frosty margarita to spice up your day. 

For Sweet Treats 

One of our favorite dessert destinations is the Cupcake Cachet. They serve a variety of creative cupcake concoctions—like their boozy cupcakes topped with a mini straw, and a wide assortment of keto-friendly options. My mom raved about her Italian cream cupcake, and my kids loved watching the sprinkles pour from the center of the sprinkle surprise cupcake. A word of advice: Don’t wait until the end of the day to order, because it may be slim pickings by then. It’s a popular place.

Your guests can also indulge their sweet tooth at CoCo Crepes, Waffles, & Coffee. Build your own crepe, or order from the menu (with choices like bananas foster, crème brulee, and Nutella). We like to order a few different options, and then share between us. The more crepes, the better, right?!

For Photo Ops 

When you have family or friends visiting, you’ll definitely want to prewoman sitting on a bench in a gardenserve your memories with some beautiful photos. League City has plenty of picture-perfect locations, so it’s hard to narrow it down. But, if I had to pick just a few, my top picks are Helen’s Garden and Heritage Park— both located in the historic area of League City. These parks pay homage to founding citizens of League City, so your guest can have a little local history lesson while enjoying the sprawling oak trees and blooming flowers. When I took my mom to Heritage Park the sweet scents of fresh flowers were meandering through the breeze, and it was heavenly. She enjoyed watching the turtles swim around the lake, and seeing a variety of wading birds come in for a landing to grab a bite to eat from Clear Creek.

For Shopping 

Stick with the historic district to treat your guest to a truly local shopping experience. Aold lady posing in front of a boutiquemong the quaint boutiques are Ginger Snaps, Annette’s Emporium, Nana’s Attic, Mommie Chic and Me, and Se La Ve Antiques. Each shop has its own unique charm, and gifts galore. From clothing and jewelry, to food items, toys, and home décor, it’s easy to find a treasure that will remind your guest of League City when they’re back home. My mom had a wonderful time chatting with the friendly shop owners, and picking out trinkets to bring back home.

Glass Mermaids is another local favorite, featuring tons of sea-worthy whimsical gifts, and home décor items. If your guest loves all things ocean, they’ll be right at home at Glass Mermaids. It’s impossible to leave this store without a smile on your face.

For History 

old lady posing at a history museumThere is a rich local history to be found all over the city. Start with The Butler Longhorn Museum, which does a fantastic job sharing League City’s roots, and special connection with the famed Texas Longhorn cattle. It recently reopened, after suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey. It’s truly a remarkable and fascinating museum, with plenty of surprising stories to tell. (Read about my family’s experience exploring the Butler Longhorn Museum.) The One Room Schoolhouse museum a few blocks away provides an authentic glimpse into the past. The museum is actually made up of three historic one-room schoolhouses, and as you tour them you’ll learn how local schoolchildren were educated in the late 1890s.

League City is filled with so many gems, that it’s hard to compile a list of only a few. I hope this mini-itinerary sparks some inspiration, and provides a roadmap for future adventures.

What are some of your favorite places in League City to bring guests? We’d love to hear your ideas!