League City History & Heritage
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.
5 Ways to Stay Cool in League City This Summer
When that summertime sun gets a little too intense, League City has plenty of ways to stay cool and have a good time. Discover Your Inner Viking Grab your friends and family and visit Axe Masters, where aim is the name of the game. Practice your axe-throwing skills in a laid-back indoor environment where you can even BYOB. Axes are provided, so all you need to do is show up and get in touch with your inner Viking warrior. Create Your Own Jewelry Make a stunning statement necklace, fashion some sparkly earrings, or create a colorful bracelet. The choice is yours, and boy are there a LOT of choices at Niche. Choose from thousands of beads, gems, and charms, create your own color palette, and make one-of-kind jewelry for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. Enjoy the Best Shave Ice in Houston Located in the heart of League City’s Historic District and voted Houston’s Best Shave Ice, Kahuna Joe’s offers up frozen concoctions in dozens of delicious flavor combinations. Cool off with a tropical Hawaiian treat served over a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream. While you’re there, take some beachy summer photos on the surfboard or oversized hot-pink lounge chair. Paint Some Pottery With tons of ready-made pieces—from beautiful home décor to whimsical coffee mugs—stay out of the heat and paint the day away at the Ceramic and Pottery Center. Whether it’s a date night or an outing with your kids, you can flex your creative muscles and create a masterpiece to take home. Make Custom Home Décor Add some rustic flair to your home with custom painted wooden art. Board and Brush offers dozens of designs and styles, from trays and signs to wall art and more. The possibilities are endless. Bring your own wine or beer and settle in for an evening of creativity with your friends.
🇺🇸 Celebrate 4th of July in League City 🇺🇸
The Fourth of July is always a time of fantastic celebration and remembrance across our great country, and League City is no exception when it comes to patriotic festivities. Check out how you can celebrate Independence Day—League City style! July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza What’s better than celebrating Independence Day on July 4? Celebrating it on July 3! The annual Fireworks Extravaganza—one of League City’s most popular events—is back and bigger than ever, with food trucks, games, inflatables, live music, and fireworks galore. The event starts at 4 p.m. at the Chester L. Davis Sportsplex and admission is free. Bring your family and friends, grab some lawn chairs and blankets, and come enjoy a spectacular patriotic evening celebrating our freedom. Classic Americana If you’re looking for some nostalgic Americana, look no further than League City’s Historic District. Decked out in red, white, and blue, this quaint area of League City offers an atmosphere of patriotic charm. The Shoppes at Founder’s Square, decorated with ribbons and star-spangled bunting, offer a respite from the heat and a fantastic boutique shopping experience with plenty of Southern hospitality. Freedom Cruise Hop on board a Houston Party Boat and sail around Galveston Bay while celebrating America’s 245th birthday with local veterans and patriots. The Freedom Cruise is a special boating experience hosted by SERVE, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and information to veterans of southeast Texas. Enjoy drinks, a snack buffet, a live DJ, and front row seats to the firework show. All ticket proceeds will be donated to SERVE. Purchase your tickets here. The Great Outdoors Soak up the sun and celebrate the 4th of July in nature. Enjoy a leisurely morning kayak down the Clear Creek Paddle Trail, boat and fish in the waters of Clear Lake, or explore League City’s scenic trail system. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying your freedom in the natural beauty of Texas. Don’t Want it to End? Don’t miss out on exciting celebrations happening in our neighboring communities. Keep the party rolling in Friendswood at their 126th annual Past, Present and Future Celebration on July 4 & 5, complete with food, live entertainment, a fireworks show, and a parade. Travel over to the Kemah Boardwalk for a thrilling day of amusement park rides, games, seafood restaurants, and a dazzling fireworks show over Galveston Bay to end the night with a bang. Add League City to your July 4 itinerary this year as we celebrate our country’s birthday in good old-fashioned red, white, and blue style.
League City Takes Part in Juneteenth Emancipation Trail Ride
Over the weekend of June 19–20, a group of about 50 cyclists gathered to ride the Emancipation Trail in celebration of Juneteenth, with a stop in League City as part of the ride. The trail, beginning in Galveston and ending at Emancipation Park in Houston, replicates the path that newly freed slaves took in 1865 after they were finally told of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by Abraham Lincoln two years earlier. Along the trail, cyclists stopped at historically important sites, including Texas City—where the only Reconstruction-era African American settlement in Galveston County was located—and at the Butler Longhorn Museum in League City. Participants viewed an exhibit on slaves who worked as cowboys, and Mayor Hallisey was on site to greet the cyclists and offer refreshments to the group. The Emancipation Trail The 51-mile Emancipation Trail is a proposed National Historic Trail that follows the journey that freedmen took as they shared the news of the emancipation of every slave in Texas. If the trail is officially designated, it will be one of only two National Historic Trails in the United States that commemorate African American history. The other trail is the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama. A bipartisan bill—co-authored by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Senator John Cornyn—commissioning a feasibility study on the Emancipation Trail was signed by President Trump on Jan. 27, 2020. After the study is complete, which could take around 30 months total, its findings will be presented to Congress, and Congress will vote to officially designate the trail as a National Historic Trail. Learn more about the Emancipation Trail Read the Bill National Park Service Houstorian Sheila Jackson Lee John Cornyn
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in League City
If you're looking for great food and a good time this Cinco de Mayo, look no further than League City. Here are some of our favorite local Mexican restaurants, many featuring Cinco de Mayo specials, music, and more! Red River Cantina 1911 E. Main St. A redrivercantina.com What to order You can't go wrong with their beef or chicken fajitas! Red River Cantina will also be hosting a Cinco de Mayo parking lot party from 4 to 10pm, so don't miss out on the fun! Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant 2505 South Gulf Freeway, Pinnacle Park Dr. abuelos.com What to order Try the Platinum Hand-Shaken Margarita for a refreshing zing paired with a fajita combo or enchilada platter. Mr. Sombrero East side of League City: 6011 W. Main St. West side of League City: 2640 E. League City Pkwy #123 mrsombrero.net What to order The Gio's Special is to die for—a breaded and fried avocado stuffed with fajita beef, paired with one beef taco al carbon and a side of rice and beans. Mr. Sombrero will also be offering a margarita special from Cinco de Mayo through Mother's Day. Marinas Mexican Restaurant & Bar 3500 W. Main St. Marina's Facebook page What to order Marina's is known for their keto bakery products, and can also make some of their restaurant menu items keto friendly. Try their keto Carne Asada or Shrimp Diablo for a savory meal you can feel good about. They also have outdoor, pet-friendly dining, providing a refreshing and laid-back ambience. La Brisa Mexican Bar + Grill 501 N. Wesley Dr. labrisa.net What to order Their street tacos are the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. With chicken, beef, or pork, options you'll get three tacos topped with cilantro, onions, sliced avocado, and served with a spicy jalapeño salsa. Yum! La Brisa is also offering specials the entire week of Cinco de Mayo. Las Haciendas Mexican Bar and Grill 2951 Marina Bay Dr. labrisa.net What to order Try the Houston Plate for an indulgent feast. Sizzling chicken or beef fajitas, one quail, two shrimp brochettes, sausage, pico de gallo, guacamole, tortilla; served with rice and charro beans. Las Haciendas will also be hosting live music on Cinco de Mayo. Esteban's Cafe y Cantina 402 W. Main St. A estebanscafe.com What to order Get the Acapulco: Two cheese enchiladas, a tamale, a taco, a bean chalupa, and a chili con queso chip. It's s little bit of everything. Luna's Mexican Restaurant 6555 South Shore Blvd. lunasmexicanrestaurants.com What to order Luna's has a huge menu, so it's hard to pick just one thing! Spend some time perusing their many options, and take advantage of their Cinco de Mayo special. If you order two entrees, you'll get a free order of queso! Jimmy Changas 2504 S, Gulf Fwy. jimmychangas.com What to order It's a week-long Cinco de Mayo celebration at Jimmy Changas! The Bad Daddy Chimi is a must-try. It's a fried flour tortilla with fajita beef and cheese, smothered in queso, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and avocado ranch. If you order a Cinco Rita this week, you'll get a commemorative glass and $1 is donated to St. Jude's.
5 Reasons to Add League City to Your Texas Road Trip Itinerary
League City makes an ideal stop on your Texas road trip itinerary. Situated near the Gulf Coast, directly in between Houston and Galveston, League City offers tons of family fun, with a little something for everyone. Here are five reasons you should visit League City during your Texas road trip this summer. 1. Water Recreation From scenic kayaking experiences along the Clear Creek Paddle Trail, to the excitement of boating and fishing on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, waterfront fun is never in short supply in League City. Rent a kayak from Clear Creek Kayaks, or bring your own, and explore the gorgeous scenery during a leisurely paddle down Clear Creek. If you prefer the wide open spaces of the lake or bay, check out the many charter boat options available, and spend hours exploring, fishing, or simply relaxing on the water. Armand Bayou Nature Center also offers a variety of boat and kayak tours where you will have opportunities to see some of the local wildlife. 2. Unbeatable Boutique Shopping The boutique scene in League City is pretty incredible. With dozens of locally owned boutiques peppered throughout the city, you can enjoy a high-end shopping experience with down-home hospitality. Each shop boasts its own unique flavor of fashion, so it's worth taking the time to check out as many as you can. Learn more about League City’s boutiques, and download a boutique map to help guide your shopping experience. 3. Family-Friendly Attractions League City is just minutes away from some of Texas’s top attractions, so it’s easy to enjoy activities the whole family will love. Spend a day at Space Center Houston, enjoy the thrill of the Boardwalk Bullet wooden rollercoaster at Kemah Boardwalk, head to the beach or hang out at Schlitterbahn waterpark in Galveston, explore the pyramids at Moody Gardens, discover aviation history at the Lone Star Flight Museum, or hit some golf balls at Top Golf. 4. Southern Charm With a historic district that looks like it was pulled straight out of a Hallmark movie—white gazebo and all—League City is brimming with charm. Have a tea party at Holly Berry Tea Room, take a photo in the gazebo at League Park, stroll the gorgeous grounds of Helen’s Garden, visit the Butler Longhorn Museum for a truly Texan experience, and enjoy a meal at one of our many locally owned eateries. Nobody is a stranger in League City. 5. Hidden Gems Treasure Hunt Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? Put on your best Indiana Jones hat, grab your smartphone, and try your hand at the League City Hidden Gems GeoTour. This geocaching tour will take you to some of League City’s most scenic spots, and you may discover some “southern charms” along the way. Download the official Geocaching® app, create an account, search for GeoTour code GT498, and begin your hunt! It’s a great way for families to spend time together. If you’re feeling the League City vibe, it’s time to book your stay. Check out these cozy accommodations. We can’t wait to see you in League City this summer!
Travel Tips: Explore League City in a Weekend
Recently, travel blogger Reesa Rei came out to visit League City for a weekend. From sunning at South Shore Harbour Resort's gorgeous pool, to exploring some of League City's most memorable landmarks, she had a blast seeing the sites. Discover how she spent her weekend enjoying League City and learn her best travel tips and recommended must-see spots. Then start planning your trip! Read the blog. Photos courtesy of Reesa Rei
How to create a bird haven in your backyard
Spring is in the air! We’re all excited to get out there and bring new life to our yards. This is the perfect time to add native plants to your backyard habitat to make it more attractive to birds and other wildlife. Birds seek out native plants and trees, knowing they provide much-needed resources – food, cover and shelter, and safe places to raise their young. Native plants are hardy, tend to propagate and spread on their own, and often require little maintenance. Adding them to your yard is a win-win! There are so many options, you’re sure to find something just right for your yard. Here are some tips to get you started: Seedeaters such as jays, cardinals, chickadees, and finches love seeding flowers like coneflower, black-eyed Susan, sunflower, coreopsis, and aster. Choose flowers like salvia, sage, bee balm, penta, wild petunia, verbena, and butterfly weed to attract pollinators. Host plants are crucial for butterflies. Plant milkweed for Monarchs, and passion flower for Gulf Fritillaries. Hummingbirds love flowering vines like clematis, trumpet vine, Turk’s cap, honeysuckle, and flame vine. Orioles, tanagers, waxwings, bluebirds, woodpeckers, and other birds love fruit! Try adding vines like Virginia creeper and grapevines; bushes like yaupon and holly; and trees like mulberry, persimmon, hawthorn, and olive. Birds also love trees such as sweetgum, pecan, oak, black walnut, and black hickory. Native plants and trees will also attract insects, another important food source for birds. Please don’t use chemical pesticides and fertilizers! Insects are necessary for a healthy ecosystem. Don’t forget to add a source of fresh water to your yard, such as a bird bath or trickling water feature. By creating a haven for birds and other wildlife, you are helping to replenish critical resources that have been lost due to development of our lands and waters. Visit nwf.org/certify for information on qualifying your yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat® and participating in the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. #LeagueCityBirding Contributed by Kristine Rivers, founder of Birding for Fun.
League City is Soaring with Popular Birding Classes and Events
Birding enthusiasts are flocking to participate in virtual and in-person classes League City—in partnership with the cities of Bay Area Houston including Kemah, Nassau Bay, and Seabrook—has kicked off eight weeks of birding classes and events in celebration of spring bird migration. The first in a series of eight free virtual birding classes was held on March 22 with a whopping 362 registrants from across Texas and as far away as Tennessee. The series is designed to teach the basics of birding to anyone who wants to learn. The classes are held on Mondays in March, April, and May from 7 to 8 p.m. “Birding is one of the most popular hobbies world-wide, so it’s not surprising to see how many people signed up for these classes,” said Stephanie Polk, League City’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Manager. “Texas is an ideal place for birding because we actually have the most bird species of any state in the U.S. League City is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and we have a variety of habitats that make for fun birding excursions,” said Polk. “We are also part of two large migratory paths, so we get a massive number of migrating birds during spring and fall migration.” The virtual classes are taught by Kristine Rivers, a Texas Master Naturalist and founder of Birding For Fun. Each class focuses on a different topic, ranging from how to use a field guide to understanding habitats and plumage variations. The remaining six classes are still open for registration at LeagueCity.com/birdingclasses. Participants can register for as many classes as they want for free. After each class, registrants will receive an email with a link to a recording of the class. League City is also hosting an in-person birding class series, but to accommodate for social distancing and field trips, the class was capped at 20 people and filled up almost immediately. Due to the popularity of these classes, the City is looking to expand in-person classes in the fall. Weekend birding events and exclusive hotel packages in April & May Birders who want to experience spring migration in League City can take advantage of exclusive hotel packages and rates designed specifically for them. Visitors who book an overnight stay at participating hotels will receive a free League City birding swag bag and local birding guide. On select weekends, they can also attend a free two-hour birding field trip led by Kristine Rivers. The field trip dates are April 24, May 1, and May 8. There will be four classes offered each day, with a limit of 10 people per class. Additional hotels are also offering exclusive rates for a limited time for birders who want to explore League City and enjoy a full weekend of birding and nature activities. Look for these deals at VisitLeagueCity.com/springmigration. Bay Area Houston’s celebration of spring migration will culminate with a Big Sit event in League City on May 15. “A Big Sit is a competitive birdwatching event hosted by Texas Parks and Wildlife as part of the Great Texas Birding Classic. A team of birders spot as many different kinds of birds as they can from within a 50-foot circle,” said Polk. “It’s a wonderful way to take part in birding and learn from experienced birders on location.” The Big Sit festivities begin on Friday, May 14 with a screening of “The Big Year”—a birding movie starring Jack Black and Steve Martin—food trucks, kayak rentals, yard games, and more at Heritage Park from 4 to 10 p.m. The Big Sit will run from midnight to midnight on May 15, and everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon of live music, food, and fun at “Sundays in the Park” from 12 to 4 p.m. at League Park on May 16. Rundown of League City Birding Classes and Events March–May Virtual birding classes (free) April 5, 12, 19; May 3, 10, 17 In-person birding classes Full Vacation package birding classes (free with hotel stay at participating hotel) Dates: April 24, May 1, May 8 Times: 8–10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30–3:30 p.m., 4–6 p.m. Limit 10 people per class Big Sit weekend events (free) May 14 | 4–10 p.m. | Heritage Park | Outdoor screening of the “Big Year” featuring food trucks, kayak rentals, and more. Movie starts at sunset. May 15 | midnight to midnight | Location TBD | The Big Sit. Participants can choose the times they wish to attend and are not required to stay the whole time. May 16 | 12–4 p.m. | League Park | “Sundays in the Park” featuring live music, food, and more.
League City's Birding Guide Featured in Houston Chronicle
Our favorite birding expert, Kristine Rivers, was recently profiled in the Houston Chronicle. The article discusses Kristine's past and upcoming birding classes, and her efforts to educate the local community about birding. Kristine is the founder of Birding for Fun, and has been working with the League City CVB in recent years to provide birding classes, along with other nature-centric classes for kids and adults. Learn more about her upcoming classes here. Click here to read the original article.
Pierogi Queen Pierogis Sold in Houston General Store
League City's very own Pierogi Queen restaurant was mentioned in a Texas Monthly article featuring Henderson & Kane General Store in Houston. The store sells an eclectic variety of items, including Pierogi Queen's famous pierogis. Click here to read the original article.
Birds of a Feather | Red-winged Blackbirds
You know the old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” right? We usually think it refers to birds of the same species staying together, but in the case of Red-winged Blackbirds it’s even more accurate. Let’s take a closer look at this fascinating species, and I’ll show you what I mean. Red-winged Blackbirds are normally seen traveling together in large flocks. In fact, their genus name Agelaius derives from the Greek word meaning “belonging to a flock.” If you’ve been out just before dusk recently, you may have witnessed a mesmerizing flocking behavior known as a murmuration. In this amazing spectacle, thousands of blackbirds fly en masse in perfect synchronization, creating swirling, shape-shifting black clouds in the sky. After coming down to roost overnight, these huge flocks spread out as far as 50 miles foraging before rejoining the other members in the evening. In smaller flocks, Red-winged Blackbirds can be recognized by their distinctive undulating flight pattern, with rapid wing beats interspersed with short glides. Another behavior helpful in identification can be seen as flocks are landing: as the birds in the front light, the birds in the back fly over them to land in the front, creating a leap-frog effect. Males and females of this species are dimorphic, meaning they look different from each other. Males are glossy black all over, and easily recognized by their large, bright red and yellow shoulder patches (or epaulets) – the older and more experienced the bird, the more impressive the wing patches. Females are much smaller, brown, and heavily streaked, with a noticeable whitish eyebrow. They look like an entirely different species, and for that reason are often confused with sparrows. This time of year, when our resident population is joined by migrants from up north, identification is made even more difficult because males and females tend to flock separately. Males migrate before females in the spring, and after them in the fall. This means that even within the same species, birds with the same plumage flock together, apart from the rest! In breeding season, males perch high atop cattails and reeds, singing loudly while flashing their bright red epaulets. Females are more likely to be seen on the ground, foraging, and gathering nesting material. Red-winged Blackbirds nest in loose colonies in both fresh- and salt-water marshes. Due to the scarcity of appropriate habitat, males are polygamous, with as many as a dozen nesting mates crowded into one small territory. For this reason, the males’ flashy displays are not meant to attract females, but rather to defend their territories against other males. Once nesting has begun, the males shift their attention to defending the nests against predators. Throughout the summer, the Red-winged Blackbird’s diet is largely made up of high- protein pest insects, such as weevils, corn worms, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and flies. During the rest of the year, they feed heavily on seeds and grains, making them an unwelcome visitor around farmers’ crops. When resources are abundant, two to three broods are common. Females build new nests for each brood, creating intricately woven nests within the reeds, and lining the cups with mud and soft grasses. Nests are placed a few inches above the water surface to protect eggs and nestlings from predators. Unfortunately, this makes them susceptible to spring heat waves and large flooding events such as the one we experienced in late 2017 with Hurricane Harvey. Our local population was reduced to around 10% of its normal size, and marshes once filled with the cheerful sounds of Red-winged Blackbirds were eerily quiet. I’ve been very happy to see the species rebounding in our area in recent years, and to once more hear their bubbly songs and enjoy their flashy displays. If you’d like to attract Red-winged Blackbirds to your yard, try scattering some birdseed on the ground – they love millet, cracked corn, peanut hearts, and black oil sunflower seeds. You can purchase pre-mixed premium seed at the store, but I enjoy creating my own special mix. Either way, your yard is sure to be a popular spot with these beautiful birds! #LeagueCityBirding
Contributed by Kristine Rivers, founder of Birding for Fun.