In Baytown, Texas, top things to do include many outdoor options that are great for families.
Baytown is one of those towns in Texas with a unique charm, kind people, and so much to offer. There is something for everybody. The town is truly a gem! The top things to do in Baytown include finding history, adventure, good food, marina lifestyle, and more. Located north of Galveston within the Gulf Coast region, Baytown is 26 miles from Houston (and only 254 miles away from Dallas). It’s just ideal for a family road trip. I know that if you visit Baytown, you will fall in love with the many great activities and attractions.
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Things To Do In Baytown, Texas
Get Started with Geocaching and Art
An excellent way to navigate around and discover new things to do is using the Baytown Geotour and the official passport (available online and in a printable version). Geocaching is an in-person interactive treasure hunting game around the city of Baytown using your smartphone or any other GPS-enabled device. It’s just like a treasure hunt! You will find 31 different Geocaches on the Family, History, or in the Nature Together Geotour! You can follow a theme or try to find them all. Earn points and prizes!
Art Venture: it’s part of the Baytown Geocaching adventure but focused on public art. You will visit nine public locations that include murals, sculptures, etc. Install the “Adventure Lab” mobile app and search “Baytown’s Art-Venture Lab.”
Outdoor Fun In Baytown
- Umbrella Alley: like several other cities globally, Baytown has a fun outdoor immersive art installation for perfect Instagrammable pictures or silly TikTok clips. Enjoy colorful hanging umbrellas surrounded by beautiful murals in Downtown Baytown.
- Bayland Marina: a Texas Gulf Coast marina in the Upper Galveston Bay near Morgans Point with a fantastic view of the Fred Hartman bridge in the background. Recently renovated, there are numerous options, no matter what size boat you have.
- Fishing in Baytown: catching a fish or two is a big thing in Baytown! Fresh or saltwater, there are many places to fish by boat or land. It’s all about finding that spot! Roseland Park, Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center, and Baytown Nature Center are some local favorites! Remember: Fishing licenses are required in many areas of Texas. Check this website for requirements for fishing licenses in Texas.
- Art League Painted Windows: Frida Kahlo portrait, Salvador Dali, a smiling Mona Lisa are some famous paintings recreated and placed as windows in a brick building. My daughter Chloe loves it! It’s located at the back of the Art League.
- Bird watching: Baytown is a wildlife sanctuary with more than 100 bird species for nature lovers and anybody looking for outdoor activities. Some are common, and some are rare – keep an eye open! Take the Bird Watching Challenge.
- Roseland Park: free parking with a walking trail, two boat ramps, fishing piers, covered playgrounds, many picnic areas, BBQ pits, public restrooms, sand volleyball court, covered basketball court, and two pavilions
- Downtown Art District: is located in the Texas Avenue area; walk and immerse yourself in a modern art experience with bright murals. It’s free and great for photo opportunities!
Baytown Nature Center
Baytown Nature Center is a 450-acre recreational area that is a jewel for visitors. Three watery bays are part of the Center, and it’s home to more than 300 bird species. The Center features fishing piers, birding trails, wildlife blinds, picnic tables, butterfly garden, bicycle paths, playground, kayak launch, and more. You can bring your food and snacks. Of particular note are the Crystal Bay Butterfly Garden, the Children’s Nature Discovery Area, and the Myra C. Brown Bird Sanctuary. The Baytown Nature Center is an official site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. $4 for adults and $1 for children (5-12) and seniors (65+). It is budget-friendly too.
Restaurants In Baytown, Texas
If you are a Foodie or are traveling for that taste of place, Baytown offers delicious options:
- El Toro: Tex-Mex and margaritas.
- Pipeline Grill: good variety of foods for adults and children.
- Pupuseria El Rey: sabor tradicional de la cocina centroamericana.
- Going’s Barbeque Co.: BBQ Texan style in the Arts District.
- Sabor of Mexico: homemade ice cream, paletas, infused water, desserts in Art District.
- Baytown Seafood: seafood and fish.
- Rooster’s: steakhouse, burgers, and BBQ in the Art District.
The Campeche ceviche and pizzas at Pipeline Grill are a must-try (my kids also love their french fries). The margaritas and enchiladas at El Toro are out of this world. Pupusas de loroco con queso in Pupuserias El Rey are delicious and authentic. The mango & chile paletas at Sabor de Mexico are super tasty. Brisket, sausages, and ribs at Going’s Barbeque are the best we have had in a long time!