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Webster (Texas)

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Webster is a city near Houston, Texas.

Understand

A suburb of the expansive Houston, Webster has become forever associated with NASA and the bay area.

Get in

Get around

See

  • Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston, 281-483-0123, [1]. Rocket park is available for personal tours, though the Saturn V rocket is covered for maintenance.
  • Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Road 1, Webster (located 25 miles south of downtown Houston in the NASA/Clear Lake area), 281-244-2100, [2]. Summer hours: June 10am-7pm, July 9am-7pm, August 10am-5pm, 10am-7pm Weekends. Winter hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm.. Indoor fun space museum with lots of hands-on space-science exhibits and artifacts from the full history of U.S. space exploration. A big hit with kids, but informative for adults. A highlight are the two tram tours of NASA's Johnson Space Center, one of which includes a visit to Mission Control and actual Apollo and Mercury launch vehicles, the other focuses on astronaut training facilities. $17.95 Adults, $13.95 Children (4-11), discounts for seniors. Parking $5.
  • Kemah Boardwalk, [3]. A small theme park and recreational area on Galveston Bay in Kemah.

Do

Sail

There are several marinas that offer various yachting services. Consider chartering a sailboat for half a day, or looking into a weekend-long sailing certification course.

  • At the Helm Charters and Sailing School, 281-334-4101.
  • Captain Kidd Charters, 281-334-5433.
  • Gateway Charters/Southwest Sailing Ventures, 281-334-4606.
  • Houston Yacht Sales Inc., 281-334-1400.
  • Lighthouse Charters, 713-822-0825.

Fish

The area is renowned for its fishing. Red Drum are a popular hunt, as are croaker, flounder, and trout.

  • Flipt, 243 Marina Bay Dr, 281-334-6506. Sporting goods, including kayaks and canoes.
  • Marburgers Sporting Goods, 1400 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook (north on TX-146, just over the bridge, an orange building on the right side), 281-474-3229. Outfit for hunting or fishing. Knowledgable staff, decent selection.

Buy

  • Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall (IH-45 South at Bay Area Blvd.), Friendswood, 281-488-4620. 10-9 Mo-Sa, 11-7 Su.

Eat

  • Tokyo Bowl, 2402 Bay Area Blvd., 281-480-5311. Japanese fast food. $10.
  • Chabuca's, 316 NASA-1, Webster, 281-554-8000 (, fax: 281-332-5029), [4]. South American style food and buffet, great atmosphere.
  • BJ's Restaurant and Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster, 281-316-3037 (fax: 281-316-4213), [5]. 11 am - 12 am MO-TH, 11 am - 1 am FR. A brewpub with several house brews and a variety of microbrews available. $4/pt.


Drink

  • BJ's Restaurant and Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster, 281-316-3037 (fax: 281-316-4213), [6]. 11 am - 12 am MO-TH, 11 am - 1 am FR. A brewpub with several house brews and a variety of microbrews available. $4/pt.
  • The Outpost Tavern, 18113 Egret Bay Blvd. (At NASA-1), 281-333-1235 (), [7]. Dingy local bar with a colorful crowd, (inaccurately) portrayed as an astronaut hangout in movies like Space Cowboys and Rocketman (but no less worth the visit).

Sleep

  • Microtel Inn & Suites Houston (Clear Lake City), 1620 Nasa Rd , Tel: (281) 335-0800,[8].


Get out

  • Houston
  • Galveston Only about an hour's drive southeast from the city, Houstonians go to Galveston island for its beaches, the Strand, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston, and Moody Gardens.
  • Kemah Smaller and on the Bay, it features the Boardwalk and plenty of small businesses and sights to see.
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