Victoria’s Bicentennial Trolley Tour Is the Most Coveted Ticket in Town

Victoria’s Bicentennial Trolley Tour Is the Most Coveted Ticket in Town

As I walk around the 1892 Victoria County Courthouse, the first stop on the Bicentennial 2024 Old Victoria Trolley Tour, I feel a presence and permanence of the past.

A Historic Beyoncé Tour in Houston Digs Into Her Texas Roots

A Historic Beyoncé Tour in Houston Digs Into Her Texas Roots

When Beyoncé announced in a commercial during this year’s Super Bowl that a new album was dropping March 29, the Beyhive buzzed with excitement.

What Remains of the Wends Can Be Found in Serbin

What Remains of the Wends Can Be Found in Serbin

On the eve of Jan. 25, students at St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin, south of Giddings, set out empty plates on windowsills and fence posts as part of an annual tradition called the Birds’ Wedding.

A Pittman Pilgrimage: Touring Texas’ First Practicing Black Architect’s Work

A Pittman Pilgrimage: Touring Texas’ First Practicing Black Architect’s Work

As I walked toward the Joshua Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Waxahachie, I noticed a blackbird on the roof fluffing its feathers.

Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast

Unearth the bounties of the beach in the seaside town of Port Isabel
By Cat Cardenas
Located on the tip of South Texas, the quiet town of Port Isabel has long charmed visitors looking for a relaxing seaside getaway.

Flock to Brazos State Park for Birdwatching this Fall

Flock to Brazos State Park for Birdwatching this Fall

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

How Port Arthur Became the Official Cajun Capital of Texas

How Port Arthur Became the Official Cajun Capital of Texas

Port Arthur is known to some for petrochemicals, Gulf Coast hurricanes, and being the hometown of rock star Janis Joplin and Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.

Spend the Last Days of Summer at Sea Rim State Park

Spend the Last Days of Summer at Sea Rim State Park

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

15 Years After Hurricane Ike: How Bolivar Peninsula and Its Food Culture Have Changed

15 Years After Hurricane Ike: How Bolivar Peninsula and Its Food Culture Have Changed

My mother almost always orders the stuffed shrimp. No matter the occasion nor the restaurant, her routine when visiting our beach cabin on the southeast Texas coast has been predictable for as many years as I can remember.

Nothing Beat the Heat Like That Mexican OT’s ‘Johnny Dang’

Nothing Beat the Heat Like That Mexican OT’s ‘Johnny Dang’

It may not be Spotify’s most-streamed song of the summer (that would be Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night”), but “Johnny Dang” by That Mexican OT wins my vote for the Texas Song of the Summer 2023.

Shell Game: Debunking the Myths Surrounding Gulf Oysters

Shell Game: Debunking the Myths Surrounding Gulf Oysters

What looks like a slimy rock but is considered a culinary delicacy, lives as long as 20 years, and can change from male to female and back again?

On the Hunt for Mack McCormick, a Houstonian and Folklorist Who Loved Texas Blues

On the Hunt for Mack McCormick, a Houstonian and Folklorist Who Loved Texas Blues

The first time I saw Mack McCormick’s name, it was attached to the liner notes on the back of the first albums issued by Arhoolie Records, the storied American folk music label founded by Chris Strachwitz.

After More Than a Decade, Books Are Back in Brownsville

After More Than a Decade, Books Are Back in Brownsville

The window display of Búho’s downtown Brownsville storefront features a recently released Jodi Picoult novel, a Spanish translation of Deepak Chopra’s How to Know God, and the Dr.

The Houston Zoo’s New Galápagos Islands Exhibit Enchants and Educates

The Houston Zoo’s New Galápagos Islands Exhibit Enchants and Educates

In 2018, the Houston Zoo announced an ambitious capital campaign to revitalize the sought-after Texas destination, introduce additional attractions to highlight the world’s animal population, and focus on issues related to conservation and how best to protect the planet.

Go (Almost) Under the Sea at the Patton Center of Marine Science Education in Port Aransas

Go (Almost) Under the Sea at the Patton Center of Marine Science Education in Port Aransas

Inside a sofa-size aquarium, a black-and-white striped sheepshead and a small school of shiny Gulf menhaden swim above a southern flounder lying like a plate in the sand.

At the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, It’s the Student Artists Time to Shine

At the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, It’s the Student Artists Time to Shine

Since the age of 4, Joshua Washington, a freshman at Pasadena Memorial High School, has created art with colored pencils, watercolors, and oil paints.

Houston’s 1940 Air Terminal Museum Preserves the Culture of Flight

Houston’s 1940 Air Terminal Museum Preserves the Culture of Flight

From a frieze over the entryway of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Mercury, the Roman god of messengers, reaches out to approaching passengers.

‘Oldest and Friendliest’ Bar in Port Aransas Makes a Move

‘Oldest and Friendliest’ Bar in Port Aransas Makes a Move

A bit of Port Aransas history has moved—literally.
The final section of Shorty’s, the beach city’s oldest bar, was towed late last month from its historic location next to Port A’s marina to a vacant lot a half-mile away.

Roadside Oddity: the Virgin Mary Tree in Houston’s Garden Oaks Neighborhood

Roadside Oddity: the Virgin Mary Tree in Houston’s Garden Oaks Neighborhood

Every so often you’ll hear about an apparition or religious imagery taking form in the oddest of everyday objects.

Kingwood’s In a Pickle Festival Is Kind of a Big Dill

Kingwood’s In a Pickle Festival Is Kind of a Big Dill

This Saturday, if you stroll through Town Center Park in Kingwood, a community located about 30 miles north of Houston, the unmistakable smell of brine will be in the air.

The Trailblazing Story of Legendary Rancher Charles Goodnight Comes to Life at Houston Exhibition

The Trailblazing Story of Legendary Rancher Charles Goodnight Comes to Life at Houston Exhibition

Legendary Texas rancher Charles Goodnight was born in Illinois on March 5, 1836. One day later, in San Antonio de Bexar, the Alamo fell to the Mexican army.

Port Aransas Bids Adieu to a Favorite Fishing Outfitter as Locals Seek to Balance Growth and Preservation

Port Aransas Bids Adieu to a Favorite Fishing Outfitter as Locals Seek to Balance Growth and Preservation

Winds of change are blowing in Port Aransas, the once-sleepy Texas beach town that’s been a favorite Gulf Coast getaway for generations, as new developments are displacing some old favorites.

Evolving with the Times, Stanton’s In Alvin Celebrates 100 Years

Evolving with the Times, Stanton’s In Alvin Celebrates 100 Years

Not many mom-and-pop shops are able to stand the test of time, but Stanton’s Shopping Center in Alvin, about 30 miles south of Houston, has been going strong for 100 years.

Houston Muralist Brings the Flavor of Space City to Exclusive Lululemon Line

Houston Muralist Brings the Flavor of Space City to Exclusive Lululemon Line

If there’s one thing every Houstonian has, it’s pride for their city. So, when popular workout apparel maker Lululemon approached local muralist and artist Hugo Pérez to collaborate on a new project, he jumped at the chance.

Texas Beaches Are Awash In Baby Dolls, Messages in a Bottle, and Other Oddities

Texas Beaches Are Awash In Baby Dolls, Messages in a Bottle, and Other Oddities

An excessive amount of trash—or treasure, for some people—has been known to wash up on Texas beaches.

Galveston Island State Park’s Beachside Set to Reopen for First Time Since 2019

Galveston Island State Park’s Beachside Set to Reopen for First Time Since 2019

Galveston Island State Park is welcoming visitors back to its popular beachside for the first time in three years.

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