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Texas' largest crystal lagoon makes waves as cool new summer vacation spot

Texas' largest crystal lagoon makes waves as new summer vacation spot

Lagoonfest Crystal Lagoons Texas City
This new Crystal Lagoon boasts a mile of shoreline. Photo courtesy of Crystal Lagoons

Texans looking to make a splash — but with a healthy distance from others — will have a chance to dive into a massive island-style getaway this summer. A 12-acre lagoon will open to the public during the limited-capacity Summer Lagoonfest at Lago Mar in Texas City (in the Houston area) from July 15 through September 13. 

The new “Crystal Clear Lagoon” retreat comes courtesy of Crystal Lagoons and is the largest amenity the group offers in Texas, according to a press release. Besides the white-sand beaches, entertainment includes an inflatable obstacle course, kayaks, and sailboats.

Visitors should expect to see COVID-19 precautions, including operating at under 50 percent capacity to allow for proper social distancing and wearing face masks to enter and in designated, high-traffic areas. Staff will be required to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks and health screenings, and beach and lawn furniture, restrooms, and other high traffic areas will be sanitized frequently. Tickets start at $10 for admission.

The beachy lagoon boasts a mile of shoreline — more than any other Crystal Lagoons amenity in the nation. The numbers are impressive: According to Crystal Lagoons data, the lagoon holds 24 million gallons of water. Its liner system is large enough to cover 14 NFL football fields. The surface is equivalent to approximately 1,350 home swimming pools.

The water feature is the centerpiece of a 100-acre mixed-use entertainment district being built at the entrance to Lago Mar. Plans for the development include hotels, condo buildings, retail, dining, and entertainment.

A separate, pay-for-access beach club with multiple public beaches will offer a cabana pool; a two-story swim-up bar on an island; a kid’s beach with water features; a floating obstacle course; and a world-class watersports facility including kayaks, paddleboards, and small sailboats.

Also planned is an event center with a beachfront lawn for corporate events, weddings, and concerts.

Tickets for Summer Lagoonfest start at $10 for children under age 13 and $15 for those ages 13 and older. Children age 2 and under get in for free. COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.summerlagoonfest.com. (Tickets purchased at the box office onsite for day-of entry will be sold at the highest price levels.)

For more information on Lago Mar, visit the official site.