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League City's Own Amazing Race on May 14

League City's Own Amazing Race on May 14

Grab your team of three or four and compete to win prizes in the A-MAY-ZING Adventure, League City's take on the Amazing Race. What to Expect The event will bring teams on a journey through League City, solving clues and completing challenges to earn points. Some of the challenges include: Axe throwing Kayaking Food tasting Deciphering puzzles Obstacle courses Trivia So much more!!! The final day to register for the A-MAY-ZING Adventure is Sunday, May 8. To learn more about the A-MAY-ZING Adventure, click here. To register your team, click here. GOOD LUCK, AND MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN!

Light Out, League City (for the birds!)

Light Out, League City (for the birds!)

Did you know that most birds migrate at night? They often use the moon, stars, and sun to navigate. Light pollution can interfere with these signals and cause a serious problem for birds: they might be thrown off course or become so disoriented that they circle until they fall to exhaustion or collide with buildings. You can help with just a flick of a switch—plus you’ll save money on energy costs! Turning the lights out during spring migration is part of a larger statewide effort called Lights Out Texas. Be part of the solution – learn more about Lights Out Texas today. Texas is globally important for birds. Approximately 1 of every 3 birds migrating through the U.S. in spring, and 1 of every 4 bird migrating through the U.S. in the fall, or nearly two billion birds, pass through Texas. Protecting birds in Texas promotes conservation of bird populations across the Americas. Ways to Protect Migrating Birds at Night Turn off lights at night on unoccupied floors and in unused spaces. Close curtains and blinds. Turn off exterior floodlights during bird migration season. Opt for shielded lighting that directs lights downward. Try using task lighting at your workstation instead of overhead lights if you’re working late. Migration Forecast Want to know when birds will be flocking to our area? Lights Out Action Alerts provide daily local migration forecasts so you know what to expect each day and when you should turn your lights out. Subscribe to local Lights Out Action Alerts Spring Migration 2022: How You Can Help Migrating Birds Please turn out all non-essential lights from 11 p.m.–6 a.m. every night during migration season, from March 1 to June 15, especially during the peak migration period of April 22–May 12. Report dead or injured bird sightings. Learn more about Bird-Friendly Communities and Lights Out for Birds from the Houston Audubon. Watch Houston’s Migration Forecast.

Celebrate Spring Migration in League City

Celebrate Spring Migration in League City

League City has created a lineup of activities and events in April to celebrate spring bird migration and educate locals about League City’s role in the bird migration cycle. Take the Challenge - Earn your Badge! Spring Migration Celebration kicks off on April 1 with the Spring Migration Birding Challenge. The printable challenge features nine migratory birds known to stop in League City during spring migration. Participants need to spot at least one bird to earn an official 2022 League City Spring Migration Birding Badge. https://www.leaguecitycvb.com/springmigration Facts about each of the birds featured in the challenge will be shared on social media during the weeks of April 4 and April 11. EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Film, Food Trucks, and Feathers will be hosted at Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside on April 8. Guests can arrive at 5 p.m. to grab a copy of the birding challenge and walk the Feathered Friends Trail to learn fascinating bird facts from special signage along the way. Cornhole and other yard games will be available for free play, and beginning at sundown there will be an outdoor showing of the movie “Rio.” Food trucks will be on site for those who want a meal while they enjoy the film. On April 9, The Wildlife Center of Texas will be giving a presentation about responsible wildlife stewardship and rehabilitation at Helen Hall Library from 10 a.m. to noon. Also on April 9, Kristine Rivers—a Texas Master Naturalist—will host a kid-friendly nature and bird walk at the Clear Creek Nature Center from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by nature arts and crafts from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rustic Oaks Park. April 30, adults are invited to register for a more in-depth guided Bird Walk with Kristine Rivers the morning of April 30. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bird-walk-april-30-2022-tickets-292581638557 League City joins cities and organizations in Audubon Texas' Lights Out Texas initiative. Spring bird migration brings hundreds of millions of birds migrating through our state on their way north from their southern wintering grounds. On April 12, League City's Mayor will announce a “Lights out League City” proclamation at the City Council meeting, encouraging local businesses to turn off their lights at night to ensure safe passage for birds during peak migration. On the afternoon of April 13, the City will broadcast a Facebook Live chat with Houston Audubon bird expert, Kathy Sweezey, who will talk all things birding and migration. The Houston Audubon will also present a “Bird-Friendly Spaces” program at 10 a.m. on April 16 at the Helen Hall Library. The program will teach residents about spring migration and how to create spaces that will attract birds. There will be bird-related crafts for kids, as well. Additionally, the Helen Hall Library will have a curated collection of bird-related books on display during the month of April and will have a special Nature Journal Challenge focused on birds and migration. April 29- League City is participating in the City Nature Challenge which lasts through May 2. April 30 - Register for a guided Bird Walk at the Clear Creek Nature Center with ouur local birding guide, Kristine Rivers. PARTNER CELEBRATIONS Armand Bayou Nature Center FIREFLY FRIDAYS are BACK! Firefly Hikes every Friday in April. Space is limited and they book up quickly, don’t miss your chance to be delighted by the sight of fireflies in the forest and prairie! Book your spot today at abnc.org/firefly-hikes ABNC Pollination Celebration - April 23, 2022, 10am to 4pm Join us in celebrating the pollinators that do so much for us! Pollination is essential not just for our survival, but also the survival of every living thing! We'll be highlighting how vital pollinators are to everyday life, shed light on the pollinators that often get overlooked, and empower you to become a pollinator champion while having a fun time outdoors with your friends and family! Activities will include demonstrations, games, and crafts for all ages to celebrate our lovely pollinators. Participate in local Houston Audubon Birding Counts and Surveys April 2, Seabrook Bird Count, 9am-11:30, Pine Gully Park https://houstonaudubon.org/birding/bird-surveys/seabrook.html April 9, Armand Bayou Bird Survey 7am https://houstonaudubon.org/birding/bird-surveys/armand-bayou.html

5 Reasons to Spend Your Spring Break in League City

5 Reasons to Spend Your Spring Break in League City

Spring Break is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your epic week. League City has all the things you don’t want to miss this Spring Break. Stay Nice and Cool Indoors Release your inner Viking at Axe Masters, a family-friendly, indoor axe throwing facility that will have you feeling like a legendary warrior. If axes aren’t for you, take a tumble or two on the mega trampoline lanes at Jumping World. The spacious trampoline park features a foam pit, a slam dunk arena, and a supreme dodgeball arena. For the crafters and DIY folks, book a workshop at Board & Brush Creative Studio in League City and let your creative juices flow while creating a custom wood sign. Or get your hands a little dirty at The Ceramic and Pottery Center with pottery wheel classes, ready-to-paint pieces, glass fusing, and more. Into beads and glitz? Make your own jewelry at Niche Creative Space, where you can choose from hundreds of beads and charms to create a stunning piece of your own. Explore the Great Outdoors Step out into nature and discover the beauty of League City’s many parks and trails. Interested in birding? League City offers the best birding hotspots, birding tips, and more, all found in one handy birding guide. Go on a treasure hunt with League City’s Geotour, an interactive geocaching experience that lets you explore the hidden gems of League City. Grab your kayak gear and paddle among miles of scenic views on the Clear Creek Paddle Trail. No kayak? No problem! Book a rental with Clear Creek Kayaks. Stop By a Community Event Kick-off your Spring Break early on Friday, March 11, with Food Truck Friday at Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside (100 Alderwood St.) starting at 6 p.m. Get in touch with nature through arts and crafts and a Spring Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 12, with Nature with Kristine. The Helen Hall Library has a jam-packed week of Spring Break activities. Take an interactive Children’s Storywalk, get creative at a Craft Carnival, and party at a “Spring has Sprung” celebration. Shop & Dine in League City Spring is the ideal time to clear out your closet and freshen up your wardrobe. Explore League City’s incredible boutique shopping scene for all your fashion finds. While you’re here, be sure to check out League City’s delicious dining scene and dine where the locals dine. Find More Spring Fun with Bay Area Houston Spring Break isn’t Spring Break without the feeling of exhilaration that comes from riding a roller coaster. Don’t miss the Ultimate Spring Break Pass happening right now at Kemah Boardwalk. Become space explorers at Space Center Houston by traveling to a Mars exhibit, taking a NASA Tram Tour, or checking out their latest interactive exhibit, POPnology, which features how pop-culture influenced technological advances. Turn on airplane mode with the Lone Star Flight Museum starting March 12 and experience a week full of themed programs and events! Become EcoExplorers and join Armand Bayou Nature Center for Daily EcoPrograms—educational programs that explore new topics every day that include live animal encounters, outdoor games, and hands-on science and craft activities. Splash around in the crystal-clear water of Texas’ largest lagoon during Lago Mar’s Spring Break 2022, and enjoy the day with non-stop activities and entertainment.

Picture-Perfect Weekend: Plein Air Paint Out in League City

Picture-Perfect Weekend: Plein Air Paint Out in League City

League City's scenic charm was painted on dozens of canvases during the weekend of January 21-22. Members of the Outdoor Painters Society, the Bay Area Painting Society, Clear Creek ISD students, and artists from all over Texas traveled to League City to participate in a Plein Air Paint Out. Plein Air is a French term for “out of doors” and refers to the practice of painting an entire finished picture outside. Over 40 artists came out and set up art stations throughout League City’s Historic District, at locations including League Park, Helen’s Garden, St. Mary’s Church, and Heritage Park. For two days, artists spent their time outside, painting their surroundings and what inspired them. The newly painted artwork was for sale on Saturday evening. Map of Plein Air Site in League City Historic District Download and print a map of paintable sites in the League City Historic District, and try your hand at plein air painting!

The Christmas Boat Lane Parade: 60 Years of Tradition

The Christmas Boat Lane Parade: 60 Years of Tradition

It all started 60 years ago with five friends and a clever idea... On a whim, five men from Bay Area Houston decided to decorate their boats with Christmas lights and parade them around Clear Lake. It was their own whimsical take on Christmas decorating, and a new way to celebrate the holidays. Onlookers from lakefront homes and restaurants loved the gleaming spectacle on the water, and that evening became the very first Clear Lake Christmas Boat Lane Parade. What started as a casual get together with five friends has ballooned into an annual Clear Lake celebration between more than 100,000 friends from surrounding cities. Red Adair—the famed local oil well firefighter who was portrayed by John Wayne in the film “Hellfighters,” which was loosely based on his life—was one of the five original boaters. He participated every year he could, and today the Best Overall Boat Award is named after this hometown hero who, 60 years ago, decided Clear Lake could use a little Christmas cheer. This year, scores of boaters have spent countless hours planning and decorating their vessels, upping the ante to hopefully come home with the coveted Red Adair award. Every year they outdo themselves, with bigger, brighter, more innovative designs. Head out to the Clear Lake area on Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. to catch all the nautical fun and discover what local boaters have come up with this year! 2021 Christmas Boat Lane Parade Info Hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Date Saturday, Dec. 11th, 2021 Time 6 p.m. Location The parade begins in the Clear Lake channel—from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon—and proceeds out to Galveston Bay. Public Viewing Kemah Boardwalk
Both Sides of Kemah/Seabrook Channel Nassau Bay Lagoon
South Shore Harbour Marina
Clear Lake Shores
Davis Road Canal/Constellation Pointe Register Your Boat

Shop in League City & Win Prizes!

Shop in League City & Win Prizes!

League City's "12 Days of Christmas Giveaway" begins Dec. 6! While you're doing your holiday shopping this season, why not win prizes along the way? Take your League City Hometown Holiday shopping pass to any of the participating boutiques, get a stamp, and once you've collected 10 stamps, turn it in at League City City Hall at 500 W. Walker Street. If you don't have a pass already, don't worry! You can print one here. Every weekday, from December 6 to December 21, winners will be drawn to receive an incredible gift basket graciously donated by the participating boutiques for the "12 Days of Christmas" giveaway. Each basket is worth $100 and is filled with treats and trinkets that will make your holiday season very merry! The grand prize winner will be drawn on December 21, and will receive a basket filled with $25 gift cards from each participating store, valued at $600. Check out some of the baskets that will be given away starting December 6. For all the details about the Hometown Holiday Shopping Pass, and to print one of your own, click here. To learn more about many of the participating shops, click here. Happy shopping, and most importantly, Happy Holidays!

Hometown Holiday Photos

Hometown Holiday Photos

Looking for a place to take your holiday photos? Look no further! League Park—in the heart of the League City Historic District—is decked out for the holidays and makes the perfect backdrop for your family portraits. From the charming gazebo draped in greenery and our dazzling 30-foot-tall Christmas tree to the holiday photoscape in front of League City's classic red caboose, there's no shortage of festive scenery. Visit League Park at 512 2nd St.

Nutcracker Scavenger Hunt Nov. 27

Nutcracker Scavenger Hunt Nov. 27

While you enjoy a FULL DAY of shopping and family fun in the League City Historic District on Saturday, November 27 during the second annual Nutcracker in the Park, don't miss the brand new Nutcracker Scavenger Hunt. Mischievous nutcrackers have scattered throughout the Historic District, and it's up to YOU to find them! Search for them in boutiques, eateries, and other locations in the Historic District. Each time you find one, scan the QR code and you will be entered to win a prize package including four tickets to Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre's performance of The Nutcracker, a night at South Shore Harbour Resort, and more. The more you find the more entries you get! Pick up a map of “clues” at League Park starting at 8 a.m. on November 27. The winner will be announced at the Holiday Tree Lighting at League Park at 6:30 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

Introducing League City's new Interactive Travel Map

Introducing League City's new Interactive Travel Map

Planning the perfect day in League City just got easier! The League City CVB is excited to unveil a NEW interactive League City Guide. Designed with our partners at Visit Widget, this travel map provides a new way to explore what the city has to offer, including hotels, popular restaurants, activities, shopping, and more. You can view all the Things To Do at once, or search by categories like Shopping, Outdoor Recreation, Birding or Restaurants. That Restaurant everyone keeps telling you about? Click “Add to Plan” and you won’t forget to try it. Want to invite some friends? Share your plan with them directly or via social media, email or SMS. See an event you don’t want to miss? Click “Join” and the event will be added to your plan. No need to waste another sheet of paper - planning is now digital. Our guide can help you see everything to do, get organized, and maximize your time! Integrated mobile apps will be launching soon, but the planner tool is live now. Check it out!

5 Reasons to Kayak on Clear Creek Paddle Trail

5 Reasons to Kayak on Clear Creek Paddle Trail

One of League City’s most scenic trails is made up entirely of water. The Clear Creek Paddle Trail winds nearly six miles down Clear Creek and features three boat launches. Here are five reasons why you need to get out on the trail. 1. It’s beautiful Lush groves of elephant ears and dense clusters of trees lining the creek give the paddle trail a vibrant, jungle-like atmosphere. The emerald hues of the abundant vegetation reflect off the water, surrounding you with gorgeous shades of green. At dusk, the scenery is accented with flashes of pink and orange. Make your Instagram friends jealous and snap some seflies while you’re exploring. Just be sure to keep your smartphone safe in a waterproof phone case. 2. It’s teeming with wildlife Want to see wildlife? Go where they live. The creek is home to countless birds, and you’ll likely see egrets, herons, and even osprey searching for their next meal. Toss in the possibility of spotting some wild alligators, and you’re in for a memorable journey. There’s something new around every corner, so keep your eye out. You never know what you’ll see on the paddle trail. 3. It makes a great date or family activity If you’re tired of dinner and a movie, kayaking is a great date alternative. A tandem kayak allows you to share a boat and explore the creek with your significant other. Families also love paddling because it gets the kids outside and away from their devices. It's a fun way for families to connect with nature while spending time together. 4. It’s great exercise Forget the treadmill. You will burn 300–500 calories per hour when you’re paddling the creek. Your abs, lats, biceps, and forearms will all get a solid workout while you enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous scenery. It’s a win-win. 5. It’s beginner-friendly Even if you’re brand new to kayaking, you can still enjoy paddling the Clear Creek Paddle Trail. The waterway is narrow and less likely to produce the kind of choppy water that makes lake or ocean paddling an exhausting effort. Three tips for beginners remember: Stay to the sides of the waterway to avoid oncoming boat traffic, wear a life vest, and avoid paddling on an especially windy day—wind makes paddling significantly more challenging. Plan your paddle during calm weather and you’ll have a blast. Learn more about kayaking on the Clear Creek Paddle Trail Don’t have a kayak? Don’t worry! Rent a kayak from Clear Creek Kayaks in League City Purchase a kayak or paddleboard from Cabela’s in League City

7 Must-See Waterfront Restaurants

7 Must-See Waterfront Restaurants

These waterfront restaurants offer incredible dining and some of the best views in Bay Area Houston. Explore these Clear Lake gems Barge 295 Located at the end of a pier on Clear Lake, Barge 295 offers live entertainment, cold drinks, and fresh food. Wave hello to the boats that cruise by as you dine on the first or second floor of the restaurant. Try boiled deep-water jumbo shrimp and Cajun pork sandwiches, or sip from Texas-crafted draft beers. Don’t miss the Yard, a new outdoor music venue adjacent to the pier, that hosts local artists and DJs weekly. Schafer’s Coastal Bar and Grille Enjoy the casual outdoor patio with friends, savor a meal with Gulf Coast flair, and quench your thirst with a refreshing cocktail at Schafer’s. Watch boats dock and dine while you relax in the cozy ambiance of the restaurant. Try the creole crab dip or blackened Mahi Mahi fish tacos and splurge on Schafer’s signature apple crisp dessert. CABO Clear Lake CABO—a two story bar and grill situated on the shores of Clear Lake—welcomes you with a lively atmosphere and breathtaking waterfront views. Feast on handcrafted burgers and Ahi avocado tacos, or visit during their popular Thursday steak nights. Listen to live bands and DJs play on the weekends while on a date night or hanging with friends. Try these Bacliff and San Leon favorites Noah’s Ark Bar & Grill Family-friendly Noah’s Ark is a large tiki hut restaurant overlooking Galveston Bay. The sunset views are a great backdrop as you dine on their huge outdoor patio. Stop by in the morning and try “Noah’s Benedict” topped with homemade lemon cream shrimp sauce, or sample local dinner favorites like the savory crawfish étouffée or fresh seafood platter with a side of hushpuppies. On the weekends, party with live music and karaoke in their upstairs “Parrot’s Nest” palapa bar. Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House Pier 6 offers tide-to-table cuisine and is fast becoming a local legend for their fresh and flavorful Gulf Coast oysters. From chilled raw oysters to grilled oysters prepared with toppings like grated Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh herb shallot butter, they’re the perfect start to any meal. If you’re looking for a mouthwatering entrée, try the crispy red snapper or spicy Piri Piri grilled shrimp cooked up by renowned Houston-area chef, Joe Cervantez. Expansive views of Galveston Bay offer a fitting backdrop to this restaurant dedicated to elevating seafood. Reservations are recommended. Topwater Grille Just steps away from the waters of Galveston Bay in San Leon, Topwater Grill has a casual atmosphere, including comfortable patio seating complete with gliding benches. Dine on smoked swordfish dip or a delectable whole stuffed flounder and watch boats and jet skis come and go. The restaurant operates its own fleet of shrimp and oyster boats, so you know the seafood on your plate is Gulf Coast fresh. Don’t miss this Dickinson hot spot Marais Transport yourself back to 1940s New Orleans with Marais’ glamour-inspired restaurant. Located alongside Dickinson Bayou, Marais offers Cajun influenced cuisine, steaks, and seafood. Savor Cajun shrimp and grits or lump blue crab beignets in the upscale indoor dining area, take a swig of craft beer at the pirate-themed bar inspired by Jean Lafitte, or relax in the beer garden overlooking the bayou. Want some whimsy? Try a specialty cocktail at Benson’s bar, where you can sip your favorite drink from the comfort of your very own swing. Reservations are recommended.