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Old 06-28-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Going from San Antonio to Houston. Anyone have a suggestion on a nice place to stay? Big rig, maybe pull thru but don't really care as we will unhook for the stay. Probably stay 4-7 days.
Also any thing we should visit other than Johnson Space Center? This we will do but not sure what other kinds of cool things there is to do there.
Any easy way of getting around the toll roads. Never really been on them coming from the west coast so would like to avoid them. Not sure why really.

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Old 06-28-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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Just north of San Antonio on 35 I stay at lone star south of Houston mile marker 4 on 45 Tiki Toms on the gulf fishing is great
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If you like nature, Brazos Bend State Park 20 miles south of Houston. Lots of hike/bike trails, and the alligators and birds are nice to watch. Good nature center and sky observatory. No swimming though.
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You didn't say when you would be visiting Houston, my first choice would be Brazos Bend. It is as close to Houston as one can get, and it is a neat park. But it will be hot and humid.

An alternative would be Huntsville State Park which is north of the city about 60 miles. It has a lot of nice big shade trees.

If it were me, I would stay at Brazos Bend.
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You meantioned the Space Center. Any other palces you want to visit? Houston is really spread out. Do you prefer Resort type places, normal campgrounds or State Parks.

Let us know your preference and area of town you prefer and we can make better suggeastions.

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On the chance that what you consider "nice" might be the premium, resort-type RV park, there's Rayford Crossing on the north side of Houston (east of I-45, just south of The Woodlands) and Advanced RV on the south side of Houston at Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8 and TX288. Both have concrete paved roads, concrete pull-throughs, full hookups (of course) and numerous amenities.

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I would second Rayford Crossing as the nicest commercial RV park in the Houston area. it is close to the Woodlands with lots to do. We live in Houston and love to go there for the weekend.
On the south side near NASA, is the www.kemahrvresort.com It is very nice, close to Galveston Bay and 20 restaurants some within walking distance. NASA is just across Clear Lake from the park

Welcome to Houston, enjoy your trip to our home town
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I need to correct my last response. I should have reccomended to you the marinabayrvresort.com and not the Kemah RV Resort. I have not stayed at the Kemah RV Resort.

Sorry for my confussion
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:18 PM   #9
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"Let us know your preference and area of town you prefer and we can make better suggeastions."

We are leaving on July 6th to go to San Antonio. Hot I know but won't be any worse than here in Mesa, az. Staying a week there and then heading to Houston. This is the first time we don't really know where we are gonna end up. Probably gonna be out for 3+ months.
Well our coach is 45' long. I think that lets out some parks. Want Sat reception (racing season). Other that the space center we know nothing about the area. This is why we are picking you guys brains.

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Second what RustyJC said. Rayford Crossing is only one of two places in Texas that have the Good Sam full 10 rating. We have stayed there several times.

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All that have been recommended will do. Let me add Green Caye in Dickinson, TX. Twenty miles from Galveston, 30 miles from Houston and lots to do in both places. Green Caye is about $27 a night. Green Caye also has a 9 hole par 3 golf course, lighted. Another one in Dickinson is The Palms with an on-site resturant. Space Center from Dickinson is about 15 minutes. Marina RV in Kemah is nice in the "Right" side. It sort of merged with the older park next to it and the older, well, just isn't as nice.

Another one in Galveston that is new of last May, or maybe the May before, is Louie's Bait Camp. Yep, that's the name. Rather tight but great fishing out your back door if you get one of the outer spots. Another one that is overlooked, and a little pricy, is behind Tillman's Seafood in Dickinson. It's called Galveston Bay RV Resort, 10000 San Leon Dr. Dickinson, TX. Check for newer prices there. One I have not been in is called "Space Center RV Park, about 5 minutes from Space Center Houston, but I have not been in it. Bay Colony is in Dickinson about 1/2 mile off of I-45S and should meet your needs. It's walking distance to some fast food, easy on and off I-45 to go to Houston, or Galveston. Don't miss going to Galveston and walking "The Strand."

You will not be "looking" for an RV park as they are all over the place. Some good, some not as good, but all will put you up for the duration as long as you pay.

If you are out sight-seeing, Ride to Galveston, ride along the Seawall, and then ride down to Freeport on the Blue Water Highway. The Galveston State Park is open with Electric and Water with a dump station, and further down is Jamaica Beach which has a nice CG but the distance back to Houston is 50-60 miles

Texas City, TX, where I live, has a 5 mile dike that is an attraction and there is swimming there. It will cost $5 for a day pass to get on it. Also there are two great Taqueria's and Grand Prize BBQ. All three will water your mouth with plenty of inexpensive food. All three are within 1/4 mile or less of each other.

Have a nice, safe trip.
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Just a few suggestions on what to do when you get here.

1.) Kemah boardwalk (nice scenery, games, restaurants, shops)

2.) Downtown Aquarium (good restaurant, nice aquarium, feed the stingrays, see the white tigers, games, rides)

3.) Houston Zoo (includes a new dinosaur section)

4.) Houston Museum (I-max movies are great)

5.) Moody Gardens (you name it they have it)

Houston is filled with restaurants scattered all over town as well as great attractions. There is also almost every major American sport located here with stadiums all over town. You might be able to go see a game of some sort if you're interested.

Last but certainty not least. Check the websites on places such as the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Reliant Stadium or Reliant Arena. There is usually something going on every weekend such as boat shows, car shows, RV shows, gun shows, home shows, etc.

Hope this helps.
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On your way to San Antonio be sure to go up and see Fort Davis Tx. Stay at the Davis Mountains State Park. Another choice for a long stay in the Houston area would be the Sand Piper right at the beach in Galveston. Very nice park and several sites have beach views! They have full hook ups plenty of room for your coach a great pool and lots to do in Galveston. We went last month for a weekend and joined in the hot dog dinner/pot luck. Turned out that they had prime rib and baked potatoes, live blue grass band and margarittas. We had a great time and have gone back several more times. they are a very small park so call ahead. You could easily spend a month in Galveston. You might want to split your stay between the Woodlands and Galveston.

Plenty of good freeways so no need to get on any of the toll ways if you do not want to. Just avoid anywhere in the Houston area durring weekday commute times, you will not like our traffic in your coach!!
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