Hit the Road
Seize the bay with a whirlwind weekend getaway to Baytown
Imagine a trip that includes both high-octane excitement and peaceful hours spent in nature, one day sipping wine and another day landing the big catch, and even the chance to travel back in Texas history. It's all found in Baytown, located along several bays north of Galveston Bay and 25 miles east of Houston.
Whether you're in town on business or have brought the whole fam for a weekend away, this Gulf Coast spot is the perfect escape. Here are some ways you'll want to fill your days in Baytown.
In the path of history
These scenic waterways once witnessed the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution, and now border the San Jacinto Monument. Kayak across its reflection or pause and reflect from the Baytown Nature Center, which sports the best view.
Even cooler: Visitors who use the Lynchburg ferry to travel from the San Jacinto Battleground to Baytown are traversing along the same path used by Nathaniel Lynch to assist colonists in their flight during the Runaway Scrape of 1836.
View from above
Baytown is home to the Fred Hartman Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in Texas and one of only four in the state. Traveling over the bridge provides fascinating views of the refining industry in the area.
Start your engines
Enjoy a rush of adrenaline at Houston Raceway Park, which hosts legal street racing on "Fast Friday" nights.
You won't want to miss the "Super Bowl of street racing," TX2K, held this year March 15-19, 2023. Tickets are required and go almost faster than the cars.
On the hunt
Ever tried geocaching? Baytown has a terrific free version of this unique scavenger hunt that takes participants on an outdoor tour of 30 different area landmarks.
Download a passport online and collect points with each stop, then unscramble the final message and turn in your passport for prizes.
Dine around the world
Baytown is known for its diverse local restaurants. In the Downtown Arts District, visitors can sample real Mexican ice cream at Sabor of Mexico, dine on Asian fusion appetizers and sushi at Wazabi, and tuck in to Mexican-Asian meals at Bocanegra's Kitchen.
In Baytown, you can grab real Cuban cuisine at Cuban Cafe, tasty Tex-Mex at El Toro, delicious bubble teas at Tea City, and have a little fun with drinks on the outdoor patio of Dirty Daiquiri.
Where to stay
Baytown's I-10 and Garth Road corridor is rich in hotel accommodations for every sort of traveler, and many also include free breakfasts, WiFi, and parking.
The new Hyatt Regency Baytown – Houston, at 100 Convention Center Way, is opening July 2023. This elegant waterfront hotel offers a stunning view of the Fred Hartman Bridge and Houston Ship Channel, and features an on-site restaurant with an exposed kitchen, a chic open-concept lobby bar, and 18,000 square feet of versatile meeting space.
Learn more about Baytown here.