La Porte, Texas is a small Texas town located just south of where the Houston Ship Channel meets Galveston Bay. We are rich in history, and built on community. Established in 1892, many of the families who settled here still call La Porte home and there's a reason for that. A roaring tourist stop in the 40's, La Porte is now a sleepy escape from the reality of the big City. Just 35 minutes from downtown Houston, La Porte offers a quiet escape from reality, friendly faces that will know your name before you leave, and a unique visitor experience that leaves you feeling like a local. From bay views to boutique shopping to history lessons that helped shape our nation, we have much to offer and at a slower pace than this fast paced world can offer! The industry that surrounds us is a huge part of that. The people that live in our community and the work that they do is invaluable to our nation. They tell our story. While we are proud to be an industry town, we are also proud to be so much more. We are truly a hidden gem on galveston bay, and quite frankly we like it that way.
The 60th Annual Sylvan Beach Festival, Sponsored by the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016 and Saturday, April 30, 2016 with gates opening at 5:00pm on Friday afternoon and 10:00am on Saturday morning at Sylvan Beach Park on Galveston Bay. The festival kicks off with a parade beginning at 11:00am. Activities at the park begin immediately following the parade with many exciting things to enjoy throughout the day including live entertainment, food, arts & crafts booths, a carnival, cook-off, pageant, and much more. And, always exciting for the crowd, Miss Sylvan Beach 2016 will be crowned on the main stage between 6:30 and 7:30pm. Admission is $5 from 10:00am-5:00pm and $15 after 5:00pm, $2 for senior citizens, and free for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce at 281-471-1123 or visit www.laportechamber.org.
From a quilters cabin, a bed and breakfast, to over a growing number of hotels, La Porte offers several choices for where you rest your head while you're here with us. Click here to view all of your options.
From antiques to boutiques to thrift store finds La Porte offers a wide variety of shopping options to visitors. Most stores are locally owned and have a story to tell if you ask! Click here to view your options while you're in town.
From healthy options like the Lunchbox to sinful options like Main Street favorites El Torro, El Ranchero, Mainly Drinks, and Main 101, there are so many choices in La Porte that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Our chefs are pretty amazing - try them out.
From things to do to places to go there is so much that lies beyond the industry you see as you drive in. Whether you are interested in a history lesson, want to dip your toes in the ocean waters, or if you want to browse the local farmers market - we've got you covered.