Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Explore Our Favorite Local Attractions 

On your next visit to Bay RV Park, there are plenty of world-class attractions to explore nearby. Here’s a look at many of our favorites to consider adding to your itinerary. If you don’t find something here that interests you, be sure to ask for advice from the management office – beyond this list, there is so much more to see!

1940 Air Terminal Museum

The only educational institution in the Greater Houston area dedicated to showcasing the local area’s civil aviation history is less than 40 minutes drive away. Designed by architect Joseph Finger, who was also responsible for designing Houston’s City Hall, it was built to meet the demand for air travel as the city grew into a significant air commerce hub in the 30s. 

It served as the main commercial air terminal up until 1954 and is a stunning art deco design that includes a gallery featuring original oil paintings by Jonathan Frank. For younger visitors, there’s also a Children’s Dream of Flight Gallery that includes vintage aviation games, toys, and books, along with an aviation play table and library that will inspire budding pilots.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Entry is $5 per adult and $2 per child (with kids under two free).

Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

The Clayton Library for Genealogical Research is located in an old historic home that’s been transformed into a library that serves as one of the best resources for both national and international records relating to family history in the local area.

If you’re interested in finding out about the local family history, or have roots in the area, then this is the place for you! It’s also close to many of Houston’s museums, so it’s worth combining your trip for a full day of research and culture within a 45-minute drive of Bay RV Park.

The Houston Zoo, Art museum, and Natural Science museums are Great. Bay RV Park is a great Houston RV Park as it is very conveniently located for visiting Houston.

Galveston Island

If you’re looking to explore the nearby area, then you can’t go past spending a couple of days at Galveston Island, only 30 minutes drive from our park. Famous for its architecture, there’s plenty on offer, including stunning beaches, food options, and historic building tours of some beautiful old homes in the area representing a bygone era. It also has a large water park. Moody Gardens has many activities to enjoy and Bay RV Park is a great Galveston rv Resort that is convenient.

Our top recommendations include organizing a visit to 1892 Bishop’s Palace, Moody Mansion, 1859 Ashton Villa, or Michel B Menard House and Galveston Party Boats for fishing.

George Bush Presidential Library

Just over a two-hour drive from the park, if you’re interested in finding out more about the life of George H.W Bush, it’s well worth a visit to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Offering glimpses of his childhood during the 20s, through to his service during World War II and his career before becoming president, it provides some interesting insights into the steps that led to him becoming America’s 41st president. 

Exhibits rotate every few months, and the museum is open daily to visitors, closing at 5 pm. It offers an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family.

Haak Vineyards & Winery

If you’re a wine lover, you can’t pass up a visit to the Haak Vineyards and Winery, a 30-minute drive from Bay RV. 

Haak Winery is the first winery and the only commercial vineyard in all of Galveston County, offering an outstanding selection of premium wines made right here in the state of Texas. There are tastings, a wine club, a bistro, and an educational tour to learn about the vineyard’s history.

Open every day except Tuesday from 11 am till late, the outstanding staff, stunning views, cozy atmosphere, and delicious wine make for an enjoyable day out.

Houston Museums

There are plenty of museums in nearby Houston, which is only a 40-minute drive from the park. Depending on your preference, you can visit The Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Health Museum, or the Holocaust Museum Houston. Each offers some outstanding permanent exhibitions and special exhibits worth checking out when you’re in town. 

Bayou Bend, the former official home of local philanthropist Ima Hogg, now houses the Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing one of the best displays of American furnishings, ceramics, paintings, and silver in the nation. Situated on 14 acres of beautifully maintained gardens in the historic neighborhood of River Oaks, it welcomes thousands of visitors each year for special programs and tours.

Many museums offer free entry on Thursdays, so aim to time your museum to take advantage and visit a few for free!

Kemah Boardwalk

One of the closest local attractions is the Kemah Boardwalk, just a 14 minute drive from Bay RV Park. The Boardwalk is a developed piece of beachfront property offering leisurely strolls, wonderful restaurants, fishing from the pier, retail stores and more. Spanning 40-acres along the waterfront, it also hosts a year round fun fair with plenty of rides to suit the whole family, including the double-decker carousel, the century wheel and the chaotic hypnospin! With so much on offer, the Boardwalk is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike and makes a great day or evening out for non-stop entertainment.

Kemah itself also offers plenty for visitors if you want to explore further than the Boardwalk, including Stingray Reef Aquarium where you can feed stingrays, plenty of sailing and boat adventure opportunities and charter fishing trips!

Photo of Space Shuttle Independence Mounted to Jet

NASA Space Center

The visitor center for NASA Johnson Space Center is only 30 minutes by car and is the official home of Mission Control for NASA space launches. 

In addition to being the training center for the nation’s astronauts, it also offers plenty of science education programs and a fun museum for people of all ages, where you can learn more about space travel. Most days it’s open from 10 am to 5 pm, though check for seasonal hours on the website before visiting.

You can buy tickets online, with prices at $29.95 for adults (anyone over 12), $27.95 for seniors over 65, $24.95 for kids aged four to 11. Entry is free for children under three.

Sailing Ship Ellisa

Located within a 30-minute drive of Bay RV, you can explore the history of Galveston’s early immigrants at Ship To Shore. The historic sailing ship Elissa sailed from Greece to Galveston in 1877 and is one of three ships in the world that still sails, welcoming more than 40,000 visitors each year. 

Discover how the early immigrants of the area first arrived by a lengthy sea voyage to one of the country’s busiest cities and ports in the 1880s. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for youth, and kids under five years old are free.

Photo of San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

San Jacinto Battleground

If you’re interested in discovering more about Texan history, it’s worthwhile dedicating some time during your stay at Bay RV to visit the San Jacinto Battleground, where the final battle of the Texas revolution took place. Located within a 35-minute drive from the park, it’s a historic Texan landmark that offers plenty for visitors to explore. 

The site is open every day between 9 am and 6 pm (except for a few national holidays). In addition to the famous battleground, it offers a museum and monument to explore. Tickets cost $10 for an adult ticket or $5 for children. 

Seabrook Trail Adventure

The Seabrook Hike and Bike Trail System are popular with locals and tourists, offering access to around 13 miles of trails, many along the shoreline with stunning views. The town of Seabrook is located just 18 minutes from Bay RV Park.  If you’re interested in spotting wildlife in their natural habitat, you may be lucky to spot whitetail deer, alligators, bottle-nosed dolphins, Texas armadillos, and plenty of local birdlife. 

Whether you’re interested in walking, running, or cycling the trails, the beautiful landscape and year-round average temperatures make the trails an excellent option for anyone wanting to spend some time outdoors. See the trail map for more details.

Texas City Dike

The Texas City Dike stretches over five miles into Galveston Bay and is the world’s longest fishing pier. It’s a popular place to launch a boat and do some fishing and offers some great amenities for visitors, including picnic shelters, restrooms, and fish cleaning stations. It’s also got a vast playground which makes it a great option if you’re traveling with kids, along with hiking trails, bicycle rentals, and a golf course. 

Best of all, it’s only about 27 minutes drive from the park! During summer, the cost per vehicle is $10 on weekends. Entry is free for anyone entering without a car.

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