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League City Introduces First-Ever Visitor Center & Café

League City Introduces First-Ever Visitor Center & Café

The new space, located inside a historic home in the city’s charming Historic District, will celebrate a Grand Opening on November 25, 2023 League City, Texas–League City’s very first Visitor Center had a soft opening in early November inside the historic Station Masters House in League Park, located in the heart of League City’s Historic District. The official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be on Saturday, November 25 at 9 a.m. to coincide with League City’s annual Nutcracker in the Park holiday market, which kicks off at the same time. The home—which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places—has stood in the park for more than a century. The railroad-themed center will provide guests with a warm welcome and a place to grab souvenirs and brochures, along with food and coffee, courtesy of Soulfreak Railroad Café—also now located inside the home. The house dates back to the late 1800s and was originally built as the living quarters for the Station Master of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad. The GH&H Railroad (also known as the “Old Reliable Short Line”) was the first rail line to connect Galveston to the Texas mainland. Over the last 20 years, the home was used as an office space for League City Parks Department staff. Prior to that, the property was owned by the Hewitt/Burd family. Now, it will serve a new purpose as it opens its doors to locals and visitors alike. “The Visitor Center will provide people with a proper introduction to the Historic District and to League City,” said Stephanie Polk, Manager of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This location used to be a bustling town center where people would arrive and immediately be immersed in the heart of League City. We are excited that once again, this is where first impressions will be made,” said Polk. At the Visitor Center, guests can place their orders at the café and enjoy the atmosphere while they shop for souvenirs, browse brochures, or participate in scheduled activities. The café plans on hosting live music nights, movie nights in the park, art classes, and more. The Visitor Center will also soon unveil a brand-new printed guide to the Historic District along with an interactive digital experience. “These new resources will help residents and visitors explore the treasures found in this beautiful, historic area,” said Polk. Funding for the new Visitor Center comes from League City Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), a special revenue fund. HOT fund expenditures are restricted by state law and must be used in accordance with Chapter 351 of the Texas Tax Code. League City collects a 7% HOT Tax from visitors who stay in city hotels and short-term rentals. Address
512 2nd Street, League City Business hours:
Monday–Sunday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Discover League City's Charming Historic District at the New Visitor Center & Café

Discover League City's Charming Historic District at the New Visitor Center & Café

League City, Texas - Nestled in the heart of League City's Historic District, the city proudly announces the opening of its first-ever Visitor Center and Café. Housed in the historic Station Masters House in League Park, this charming space is set to celebrate its Grand Opening on November 25, 2023, at 9 a.m., coinciding with the kickoff of League City's annual Nutcracker in the Park holiday market. A Journey Through History: The Station Master's House Built in the late 1800s, the Station Masters House has stood as a testament to League City's rich history for over a century. Originally serving as the living quarters for the Station Master of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad, this eligible National Register of Historic Places property played a crucial role in connecting Galveston to the Texas mainland. For the past two decades, the home served as office space for League City Parks Department staff, but now, it is ready to welcome locals and visitors alike. All Aboard the Soulfreak Railroad Café Inside the historic home, guests will not only find the warm embrace of history but also the delightful aromas of Soulfreak Railroad Café. Offering a delectable menu of food and coffee, the café invites visitors to enjoy a cozy atmosphere while perusing souvenirs and brochures. The new location aims to recreate the bustling town center atmosphere, making it the perfect place for first impressions of League City. Exploring the Historic District: A New Guide Stephanie Polk, Manager of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, expresses excitement about the Visitor Center's role in providing a proper introduction to the Historic District. Polk shares, "This location used to be a bustling town center where people would arrive and immediately be immersed in the heart of League City. We are excited that once again, this is where first impressions will be made." The Visitor Center offers more than just a warm welcome; it provides the perfect starting point to explore League City's treasures. Guests can place orders at the café, shop for souvenirs, browse brochures, and even participate in scheduled activities. The café plans to host live music nights, movie nights in the park, art classes, and more. Additionally, the Visitor Center will soon unveil a brand-new printed guide to the Historic District, complemented by an interactive digital experience. Funding and Location Information Funding for this exciting addition to League City comes from the League City Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), a special revenue fund restricted by state law. The 7% HOT Tax collected from visitors staying in city hotels and short-term rentals contributes to destination marketing and League City's tourism initiatives. Plan Your Visit Ready to experience the charm of League City's Historic District? The Visitor Center and Soulfreak Railroad Café is conveniently located at 512 2nd Street, League City in League Park. Operating hours are Monday–Sunday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Embark on a journey through history, indulge in delicious treats at Soulfreak Railroad Café, and discover the treasures of League City's Historic District at the new Visitor Center. We look forward to welcoming you!

The October Breakdown!

The October Breakdown!

Everything seems to be happening in October! From airshows and dark history tours to classic ballets and space-themed Halloween fun, October is the month for thrilling experiences and memorable events. Murder & Mayhem WALKabout | Fridays & Saturdays in October Are you a spooky history buff? Take a walk on the dark side of historic League City with the League City Historical Society and their popular Murder & Mayhem WALKabouts. Travel back in time to League City at the turn of the century, where the crimes and unsavory history were making news headlines. Book your spot today before they run out. BAHBT Presents: Cinderella | October 13, 14, & 15 Take a trip to the theatre and experience the classic, beloved tale of Cinderella performed by the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre. This performance will delight the young and old, and you won't want to miss it! Johnson Space Center Open House | October 14, 9 AM–3 PM NASA’s Johnson Space Center is opening its gates to the public by hosting their 2023 Open House, celebrating NASA’s 65th anniversary, the International Space Station’s 25th, and the upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the Apollo and Artemis Mission Control Centers, meet and greet with NASA astronauts, and see other behind-the-scenes historic accomplishments, as well as view the annular solar eclipse. Harvest Festival | October 14, 9 AM–2 PM Celebrate fall and join League City’s Parks and Recreation Department for their annual Harvest Festival at League Park. Enjoy activities for the entire family, including a pumpkin carving contest, kid’s costume contest, hayrides, kid’s crafts, games, food trucks, artisan and craft vendors for holiday shopping, and more. Houston Country, Folk & Blues Festival | October 14, 9 AM–10 PM Jam out at Clear Lake Park during this music festival. Enjoy concerts from Grammy Award Winners and Billboard #1 artists, 120 artists & crafters, a farmers’ market, and dozens of fun contests and attractions. This is a free, public event. Wings Over Houston | October 14 & 15 Get ready for a full weekend of aviation fun! Experience the thrills of modern aviation and vintage World War II aircrafts at one of the top airshows in the United States. This year's Air Show Weekend features the USAF Thunderbirds. League City is proud to be a Wings Over Houston sponsor. Galaxy Frights at Space Center Houston | October 21, 22, 27, & 28 Space Center Houston is transforming into a launchpad for space-themed Halloween fun. Transport the whole family to explore the wonders of space–with a spooky twist! Show off your Halloween costumes, enjoy special activities and more. Sip & Sail Cruise: Sponsored by Ghost Tequila | October 21, 4 PM–6 PM Coast on the waters of Clear Lake during a 2-hour, adults-only cruise with South Shore Harbour Resort and Houston Party Boats. Beer and wine, light bites, and a specialty drink from Ghost Tequila will be provided. Tickets are $59 per person. Reserve your spot by calling 281-334-1000 ext 2022 Thursday Wine Dinners at South Shore Harbour | Oct. 26, 6 PM–9 PM These festive dinners showcase wines from Bay Area Houston’s own backyard and well beyond, exquisitely paired with innovative cuisine. Kick off a long weekend early with a Thursday Wine Dinner, followed by a relaxing weekend in the Bay Area. Music at the Museum | October 27, 7 PM–10 PM League City Historical Society and League City Folk Association invite you to join them for a free evening of acoustic live music on the beautiful and historic museum grounds of the League City Historical Society. Located at 210 N Kansas Ave. Helen Hall-o-ween | October 28, 12 PM–4 PM Trick-or-treat at Helen Hall Library! Enjoy a pumpkin walk and vote for your favorite decorated pumpkin, visit a petting zoo, shop local vendors, and more. Trick-or-treat throughout the inside of the library and at every outdoor activity station. All ages are welcome. Fire Station 4 Haunted House | October 28, 6 PM–10PM League City’s volunteer firefighters are bringing back an annual favorite—the Fire Station 4 Haunted House! Stop by Fire Station 4 (175 W. Bay Area Boulevard) for this FREE event. Recommended for kids 12 and over, but kids under 12 are welcome at their parents’ discretion. Parental supervision is required. Holidays Sneak Peek! November is already right around the corner. Get ready for some holiday magic with Holiday Open Houses and Block Parties from boutiques and businesses like Belle Lees Boutique , Strawberry Hill Upcycling Boutique , and Butler’s Courtyard . Stop by South Shore Harbour Resort for a giant Gingerbread House unveiling , and sip tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy during Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre’s Sugar Plum Fairy Weekend . Find more holiday events by visiting Visit League City’s Events Page .

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Top 5 Spring Break Things to Do in League City

Top 5 Spring Break Things to Do in League City

Spring Break is just around the corner, and it’s time to plan for a week of school-free fun. From historic tours under grand oaks and thrill-seeking activities, to waterfront views and shopping sprees, plenty of excitement is found here in League City. Explore the Historic District Take a step back in time as you check out League City’s beloved Historic District . Stroll through this charming district, full of flourishing oak trees and authentic Texas history. Explore historic hot spots like the West Bay Common Schoolchildren’s Museum & Barn Museum , Butler’s Courtyard , the Shoppes at Founder’s Square , and historic homes and buildings that make up the district. Take the opportunity to snap a couple of selfies in front of colorful art murals and detailed sculptures in League Park or stage a photoshoot in the floral beauty of Helen’s Garden . Paddle on the Creek Nature beckons you to the Clear Creek Paddle Trail , a meandering 5.5-mile stretch of water and scenic views from Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside all the way to Heritage Park. Spot wildlife that lives around the creek on your journey, including wading birds, alligators, and deer. Need a rental? Clear Creek Kayaks offers kayak rentals and guided trail tours on the weekends. Enjoy Waterfront Views Offering incredible dining and some of the best views in League City and Bay Area Houston, waterfront restaurants are sprinkled throughout the Clear Lake region. Opus Bistro & Steakhouse is nestled into South Shore Harbour Resort and overlooks the glistening blue of the marina. Choose mouthwatering entrees from fresh crab cakes and Veal New Orleans to Red Snapper Charlie Brown and 22oz ribeye. Close by, Schafer’s Coastal Bar and Grille has a more casual atmosphere, an outdoor patio, and cuisine with a Guld Coast flair. Try the creole crab dip or blackened Mahi Mahi fish tacos and splurge on Schafer’s signature apple crisp dessert. Find more waterfront dining options here . Feel an Adrenaline Rush Itching for a more thrilling experience? Release your inner Viking at Axe Masters , a family-friendly, air-conditioned indoor axe throwing facility that will have you feeling like a legendary warrior. If axe-throwing isn’t your cup of tea, take it outside to the paintball fields at Glory Paintball . Whether a professional or beginner, this paintball facility is fully equipped with rentals, paint ammo, and a whole “city” of shipping containers, vehicle props, and casualty dummies set up across two acres of land for you to conquer. Go on a Shopping Spree 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. Whether prepping for rodeo season, looking for chic new outfits, or finding eclectic gifts for yourself or friends and family, League City is proud to home so many local boutiques and specialty shops for you to shop locally. Check out our newest Shopping Guide for the latest boutiques.

6 Ways to Spend Your Galentine’s Day

6 Ways to Spend Your Galentine’s Day

Grab your girlfriends and plan a girl’s day out for Galentine’s Day. League City is home to plenty of fun activities and memory makers to experience with your friends. Hit the Pedal to the Metal Cruise the waters of Clear Lake onboard the Houston Pedal Barge –a special pedal party pontoon boat tour that’s perfect for a girl’s only trip. Bring your own drinks onboard a 35-foot pontoon boat that features large bluetooth speakers, restrooms on board, a spacious sundeck, a pedal-assisted paddlewheel, and an on-board motor for when you don’t want to paddle. Share the Heart (Cinnamon Roll) Dig into all the ooey-gooey, sweetest cinnamon rolls you can eat at Bonnie’s Donut . These cinnamon rolls are the perfect treat to share with friends. Be sure to order 24 hours in advance so you can enjoy these giant desserts with everyone. Paint it Pink, Paint it Blue Host a Valentine’s-themed ceramic painting session at the Ceramic and Pottery Center . Choose from ready-to-paint pieces like mugs, wine glasses, figurines, plates, tiles, and flowerpots; let your artistic style flow, and create cute essential items to take home and display. Activate Relaxation Mode Unwind after a long day with a deep tissue massage at the Spa and Wellness Center at South Shore Harbour . The spa offers custom spa packages, cleansing facials, body wraps, and even acupuncture treatments that will refresh and invigorate you. Cheers to Tea Parties Relive childhood memories as you sip from dainty teacups and throw yourself a cute tea party at the Holly Berry Tea Room . Tucked away in the historic homes of Founder’s Square, stop by for tea, sandwiches, snacks, and desserts while donning adorable hats and dress-up clothes that are available to everyone. Axe Masters Conquer the arena with your girlfriends at Axe Masters , where aim is the name of the game in this indoor axe-throwing facility modeled after an 800 AD Viking Great Hall. Take your pick from several types of axes and throwing stars, and don’t forget to snap a photo of your group posing fiercely in Viking gear. Honorable Mentions (AKA more exciting fun!) The Chandlery Candle Bar This is your time to shine and create uniquely scented candles that scream YOU . From picking gorgeous vessels, finding the perfect fragrances, and adorning your candles with crystals, glitter, florals, and more, this is the perfect activity to sit back, create, and enjoy time with your closest girlfriends. Hawaii Fluid Art Feel the fluid movements of Fluid Art and take an artistic journey while letting paint flow on the canvas. Hawaii Fluid Art specializes in visual arts, finding the natural beauty in fluid dynamics that come with tilting your canvas after pouring your colors onto it. The results are always unique and unexpected, and that's where the magic lies.

23 Things to do in League City in 2023

23 Things to do in League City in 2023

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