Updated: Sep 23
Summer is in full swing here along the gulf coast of Texas, and that means it can be sweltering hot, humid, and sometimes downright miserable during the day! School has been out for about a month, and the kiddos (and caregivers!) are probably starting to get a little restless being cooped up in the house. No fear, we have several ways you can beat the heat and get out of the house in Baytown, and without breaking the bank!
Take a plunge into the fun at Pirates Bay!
Pirates Bay is a 7-acre water park with activities for children of all ages! For the little swimmers, there is a zero beach entry pool with an interactive pirate-themed play center with a giant dump bucket and sprayers. For a laidback time on the water, spend the day in the 671-foot long lazy river or listen to tunes while floating around the wave pool. For the thrill seekers, there are 9 different exhilarating water slides that dot the park from tube racers to sharp drops; in addition to the Flowrider surfing machine which creates an endless moving mountain of water with all the excitement of ocean surfing!
Savings Tip: Visit Pirate’s Bay Water Park, Monday – Thursday. On these weekdays entry fees are reduced. For even steeper savings enter after 4pm (non-holidays, Mon-Thurs) for only $10.00 per person!
Enjoy a Full Moon Hike at the Baytown Nature Center!
Take a short drive out on Bayway Drive where you will find the Baytown Nature Center, a 450-acre peninsula offering miles of winding paths through woods and wetlands. During the day, hikers can experience the peace of nature and a unique view of the San Jacinto Monument and the Fred Hartman Bridge.
However, the real adventure begins when the sun goes down. Once per month, nature enthusiasts and novice hikers alike congregate at the gates of the Baytown Nature Center to experience a 90-minute guided trek through a chorus of hooting owls, yelping coyotes and a myriad of scurrying nocturnal animals. Each Full Moon Hike is free with general admission to the nature center: $4 for ages 13 and older. To find out more click here.
Bowling, Laser Tag, and Arcade Games?! Yes please!
Max Bowl is full of family fun entertainment! New additions include an arcade with video and redemption games, 2 story laser tag, and a Skywalk ropes course. Try out Cosmic Bowling and bowl with the lights down and great music turned up, and with special effects lighting! A newly renovated snack bar features snacks, drinks, and delicious meals.
Savings Tip: $2 Tuesdays includes: $2 Games; $2 Shoe Rental; $2 Laser Tag; $2 Sky Trail
Hours are: Monday-Thursday 10 am-11 pm; Friday-Saturday 10 am-2 am; Sunday 12-11 pm.
Feel the rush of Legal Street Racing at Houston Raceway Park!
You read that right, legal street racing! This exciting event happens most every Friday night at Houston Raceway Park. The perfect way to beat the heat, this event starts at 6 pm and goes until midnight! You can be a spectator OR a participant in this one of kind experience. You can race your friends or cheer on your favorite cars on the fastest quarter-mile!
Car & Driver: $20 Spectators: $10
Children 12 & Under: FREE
Experience nature indoors for FREE at the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center!
The Wetlands Education Center features a 900 square foot exhibit hall containing a variety of exciting and educational live-animal and hands-on exhibits. Reptiles, saltwater sea life, a working bee hive, and the Gator World Pond are just a few of the fun exhibits you will experience firsthand! Wetlands Center staff provide tours if reserved in advance or visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour.
Savings Tip: Entrance is completely free!
The hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.
Catch a movie in SDX!
ShowBiz is the perfect place to catch a movie on the big screen! Featuring 10 screens, there are several movie times available throughout the day. Try out a movie in the state of the art SDX theater that has plush leather seating, giant 70 ft. screen, and immersive Dolby Atmos sound. Movies aren't the only activity available at ShowBiz Cinemas, but 14 bowling lanes are open as well as a full cafe!
Savings Tip: Tuesdays are $5 movies ALL day long!