Next time you’re going to be on the Gulf Coast of Texas—on a barbecue quest in Houston or looking for some quality beach time—take a detour to the small town of Bay City. Located only 20 miles from the nearest stretch of sand, Bay City offers a sleepy stop to recharge from hours of fun in the sun. So go ahead and emulate the wisdom of George Strait: “I'll be somewhere down in Texas if you're lookin' for me, drinkin' in that great wide-open...soakin' up the summer breeze.” Book Bay City hotels right here with Travelocity and get a head start on all of the above.
There must be some extra vitamin D in those golden rays, because this 8.5 square-mile blaze in the “Lone Star State” happens to be home-sweet-home to serious athleticism. You could play sports bingo between gold-medalist Charles Austin, Hart Lee Dykes of the New England Patriots, 49er Ronnie Heard, and other pro players. If you start to feel intimidated, remember that if you can’t beat them, join them…for smoked pulled pork in a neighborhood pub.
Once you get a little barbecue sauce on your face, go for a good rinse in the beach-lined Texas Coastal Bend. Just rent a car in Bay City and drive south down Highway 60. You can’t miss it. If you’re in a landlubber state of mind, spend an afternoon at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center or hit the driving range at the Bay City Country Club. After you’ve caught a stunning South Texas sunset, check out the live jazz scene and get a good night’s sleep at one of the convenient Bay City motels, or drive into Houston for a night in the Theater District.
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