Points of Interest
The North Channel Area holds a special place in Texas’ rich history. At one time Texas claimed independence from Spain as its own sovereign nation. While the reign of the Republic of Texas was brief – 1836 to 1848 – many of the state’s earliest historic sites are located within minutes of the North Channel area.
With its scenery, culture and history, the greater Houston area has enough sights and sounds to keep visitors or lifelong residents busy. Points of interest include Space Center Houston, NASA, the downtown Theater District, and The Galleria. Family recreation includes Houston’s numerous parks, Houston Zoo, Lake Houston and golf courses.
Houston is fortunate to have several professional sports teams. The 2005 National League champion Houston Astros play their baseball games at Minute Maid Park. The state-of-the-art stadium features a retractable roof that opens to provide spectators a grand view of the downtown Houston skyline. Basketball fans cheer for the NBA’s Houston Rockets who play their home games in the Toyota Center. Houston is also proud to be home of the NFL Houston Texans, who play at NRG Stadium. Professional soccer is alive in Houston courtesy of the Houston Dynamos who play at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
Local Golf Courses
The area is served by superior golf courses including the Texaco Golf Club and River Terrace Golf Course. Both courses provide a number of challenging holes coupled with green fees that are among the lowest in the greater Houston area. More than 20 other 18-hole courses are within a 30-minute drive.
Sam Houston Race Park
The first Class 1 horse track in Texas, the 320-acre Sam Houston Race Park cost $90 million to build. The park hosts thoroughbred and quarter horse racing seasons, and simulcasting of both national and international races. It is minutes from the area via a quick trip on the Sam Houston Toll way, located on Beltway 8 between Highway 290 and I-45. There are more than 1,000 monitors in the pavilion. (281) 807-8700
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Each spring, the community takes on a Western flavor as young and old celebrate Texas’ cowboy heritage at NRG Park and Stadium. This event is among the largest of its kind in the world. Spread out over three full weeks, it attracts top professional cowboys and cowgirls along with headline acts from the world. It is one of the largest economic catalysts in the city. Beginning with the world’s largest barbecue cook-off and through the rodeo championship finals, the event raises millions of dollars targeted for scholarships and educational programs.
RODEO TIME IS HERE (March 7-26, 2017) - Visit Official Website for times
The Bayport Cruise Terminal nestled between Houston and Galveston Bay in the city of Pasadena offers a one-of-a kind experience and only minutes from the North Channel area. Princess Cruises are now sailing out of the Bayport Cruise Terminal through 2016. To book a cruise call 800-PRINCESS or visit www.princess.com
Norwegian Cruise Lines returned to Houston and also offers cruises out of the Bayport Cruise Terminal. To book a cruise, call Norwegian at 800-327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com