125 Reasons We #LoveLP On Our 125th Birthday!
On August 10, 1892, the City Of La Porte was officially incorporated – making this our 125th Anniversary! In celebration of this historic day, we wanted to share 125 reasons why we #LoveLP.
1. You ask anyone and they will tell you – La Porte represents small town charm at its best. From a quaint historic downtown to best sunsets on the bay, La Porte is truly a hidden gem (and quite frankly, we like it that way!).
2. Location, Location, Location! Only 35 minutes south of downtown Houston, so big city amenities are just a short drive away. Any Astros fans out there? You can catch a game any night!
3. Our founding fathers recognized the beauty of this area and invested in it immediately, setting aside 22 acres of land for the famous Sylvan Beach Park. Sylvan Beach Park welcomes residents and visitors alike to enjoy its beauty every day.
4. The Battle of San Jacinto was the “Birth of a Republic” and is an inspiration to every Texan! La Porte is honored to be the home of this historic battle ground.
5. Did you know that the San Jacinto Monument is the tallest war monument in the United States? Its total height is 567.31 feet – 12.31 feet taller than the Washington Monument. Visit the observation deck and enjoy the beautiful views of our beloved La Porte and surrounding areas.
6. Take a short trek across the street and climb aboard the Battleship Texas! This 100-year-old ship took part in some of the most significant naval battles of the 20th century and is now on display for visitors to see.
7. Cinnamon Rolls? Yes Please! No trip to the Monument is complete without a stop by Monument Inn to grab a bite. Mouth. Watering. Now.
8. La Porte has 14 hotels for visitors to #StayLP and explore our authentically small town atmosphere. Quality rooms for an affordable price.
9. There is no shortage of good eats! We have restaurants to fit everyone’s taste buds.
10. The famous Sylvan Beach Park is home to an impressive 1,200 foot long pier! And boasts some of the best bay views around.
11. Interested in fishing? La Porte has you covered! Make sure to stop by Linda’s Bait Shop before you head out on the pier for some family fun time.
12. Home to the Sylvan Beach Festival for 60 years and counting. Mark your calendar for the last weekend in April and enjoy some of the best family fun entertainment around – from BBQ to carnival rides to country music.
13. Locals will tell you, sunrise at Seabreeze Park will rival ANY you have seen. This resident-only park is a local favorite for sure.
14. La Porte was recently named one of the Most Affordable Beach Towns by Realtor.com.
15. Any serious antique shopper knows about historic downtown La Porte. The antique shops are endless and promise to excite the most enthusiastic collectors.
16. Plan your next trip to historic downtown La Porte on the 1st Saturday of the Month for Main Street Trade Days. From antiques and collectibles to repurposed items and artisans, you are sure to find the unique pieces you crave.
17. Have a sweet tooth? Make time for White Chocolate Bread Pudding at Mainly Drinks. Yum!
18. La Porte boasts over 13 miles of walking trails. Grab the girls for a walking date through nature or start training for your next big race.
19. La Portians love their races! Every year the city sponsors the La Porte Half Marathon and the Sylvan Beach Triathlon and Duathlon. Looking for a little coaching before your next race? The Parks & Recreation Department is hosting several workshops.
20. We have some unique Bird Watching opportunities here on the Bay. Did you know that Little Cedar Bayou Park is on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Check it out!
21. La Porte is blessed with several great industry partners. LyondellBasell and the Astros Foundation recently funded new bleachers, scoreboards, and fence caps at Little Cedar Bayou softball fields.
22. Lots of cities have local farmers markets, but here in La Porte we added a twist. Join us on the 3rd Saturday of the Month from 4:00pm – 8:00pm for the Sunset Sip & Stroll Farmers Market. Yes – that means wine! Grab a glass of vino, shop the vendors, and grab a bite for dinner.
23. Miss Sylvan Beach pageant! The Chamber of Commerce continues this proud tradition every year at the Sylvan Beach Festival and awards local girls with great scholarship opportunities.
24. Dig into our local history with the Bay Area Heritage Society at Sylvan Beach Depot Museum. Check out why La Porte was a favorite stop of affluent Houstonians back in the day. You will LOVE the old pics!
25. Don’t forget about the San Jacinto Museum of History. Guests will take an exciting ride down the road to Texas freedom – Texas Forever!
26. All aboard! Bring the kids out to see the old train depot stop and check out the red caboose. It’s a must see for all your little train lovers.
27. Parades! This town knows how to rock a parade – you can enjoy the view every Fourth of July, Juneteenth, and Sylvan Beach Festival. See you down Broadway…
28. Margaritas are serious business here in La Porte. We are proud to say we are home to the corporate headquarters of Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen. The Watermelon Margarita comes highly recommended!
29. We have a famous water tower! The City of La Porte Fairmont Water Tower was named finalist in the #TankoftheYear contest.
30. Hometown favorite Jake Worthington – The Voice – need we say more?
31. Or Olympic Gold Medal Winner – Kerron Clement – way to represent!
32. If your kiddo is into sports, you already know youth recreational sports opportunities in La Porte are awesome.
33. Our Recreation and Fitness Center offers opportunities and programs galore! Barre – Check! Dance – Check! Water Aerobics – Check! Check! Check!
34. Flicks at Five Points: Free Friday night movies all summer long – You’re welcome Moms!
35. For great golf on the Texas Coast there’s really only one option – Bay Forest Golf Course. Come see why Bay Forest is one of the top Houston area golf courses.
36. Catch a wave at the La Porte Wave Pool! We did wave pools before they were cool.
37. Search for Lafitte’s Gold! Rumor has it, buried treasure is still here in La Porte.
38. Be a part of the story and join us for the 1st Annual Search for Lafitte’s Gold festival in October. Get your pirate hat ready!
39. Friday Night Lights are a way of life here in La Porte. Most longtime residents of La Porte can be found at the High School Stadium wearing Bulldog orange and cheering on their home team!
40. The Houston Yacht Club is the “friendliest yacht club on the Texas Gulf Coast” and offers a busy schedule of activities and services that appeal to all boating interests and age groups.
41. The original El Toro’s is here in La Porte. Yep – Right on Main Street.
42. Coming Soon… Gilley’s Family Entertainment.
43. Your fur babies will love being pampered at the Family Pet Boutique on Main.
44. The La Porte EMS department was recently honored with the Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Award from the American Heart Association.
45. Continuing with the theme, the La Porte Municipal Court has been awarded the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Awards. La Porte is the only medium volume court in the State to receive this award for 9 consecutive years!
46. Gas station tacos – almost EVERYWHERE!
47. Pecan Park is home to 10 spectacular youth baseball fields, each is perfectly manicured. The park is complete with dug outs, bleachers, lights, and playground. What better location for a tournament!
48. La Porte is a quilter's haven on Galveston Bay! The Painted Pony has been the most coveted quilt shop in Texas for over 25 years.
49. If you are a quilter looking for a retreat, make plans to stay at Sew It Began – Pieceful Stitches for your weekend getaway.
50. Mardi Gras on Main has downtown rocking! It’s family friendly, so bring the kiddos to enjoy blow-up slides, face painting, and street performers while you enjoy the craft beer garden and live music.
51. Dog friendly dining at the Pipeline patio – yes please!
52. La Porte was recently named the #52 Safest City in Texas by The SafeWise Report.
53. Grab your cowboy hat and meet your friends at Lomax Arena. It is open to all residents for horse riding opportunities, events, and more.
54. Sylvan Beach Pavilion was once home to the biggest bands and dance parties around, welcoming thousands of weekend visitors. Today, you can rent Sylvan Beach Pavilion for your private events with killer views of the bay.
55. The Historic Colored School House will be open later this year. The original building was donated to the city and deconstructed fragments and usable parts are incorporated into the new project.
56. The Fred Hartman Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Texas and connects La Porte to Baytown. The bridge opened on September 27, 1995 and welcomed George W. Bush to the grand opening.
57. One visit to Original City Hall and you will travel back in time to old Main Street. Located on 2nd Street, this is a must stop on the historical trail.
58. We don’t know what makes one DQ better than another, but ours totally rocks! It’s a favorite spot after any sporting event in this town.
59. La Porte is home to lots of great geocaches. Spoiler alert! GeoTour coming soon to La Porte.
60. Regattas! The race schedule is endless at the Houston Yacht Club. Come out for a race and #StayLP for the weekend.
61. Family Fright Night is a family favorite complete with haunted hay rides, movies, and camping at Little Cedar Bayou.
62. Life. By the Bay. is a seriously good thing! Maybe it’s the ocean breeze, but life is simpler around here in that everybody loves their neighbor in a “Mayberry” kind of way.
63. Get your boating on – for FREE! Sylvan Beach Park has a great public boat ramp and is the only public beach park in Harris County.
64. Best Free Skate Park in the area! Safety first – Don’t forget your helmet.
65. La Porte has some great non-profit organizations. We are proud to support the Boys and Girls Harbor that serves children and families in crisis.
66. Another local favorite is breakfast at El Ranchero. They boast family recipes that have been perfected over generations, and there are generations of La Portians that would agree.
67. A Hotel Incentive Plan is available for anyone who utilizes 5 or more hotel rooms in La Porte. Make sure to take advantage when you book your next event.
68. Christmas. By the Bay. Hold on… Christmas takes up the next 8 slots
69. Christmas on Main lights up Main Street and features nearly 100 vendors to start your shopping season.
70. The annual tree lighting is a BIG deal in La Porte - Santa even makes it out!
71. MADD Jingle Bell 5K & 1K Fun Run is another family favorite. We’ll bring the jingle bells, you bring your running shoes.
72. The Lighted Christmas Parade is a new addition to Christmas on Main. How many lights can you even get on one float? Lots!
73. Breakfast with Santa – Yum!
74. Keep an eye out for the firetrucks around Christmas. Santa will be making his way around town with lots of goodies for the kiddos.
75. It’s A Wonderful Life is another great tradition at Christmas – watch it on the BIG screen at Five Points Plaza.
76. Blue Santa is coming to town! Thank you La Porte Police Department for delivering those toys.
77. La Porte has always been known for start athletes. Check out the rosters at state colleges and you will be blown away!
78. The cutest tool shop in Texas happens to be right here in town: La Porte – Tool Box.
79. Acoustic music on Main Street at Sidewalk Saturdays is on point.
80. The tequila soup at Pat’s Eats is guaranteed to make you smile!
81. The La Porte Livestock Show and Rodeo Association host the annual La Porte Livestock Show and Rodeo with a great scholarship program.
82. Southern Komfort Kitchen delivers! Yep – Home Delivery is now available.
83. Chances are you will still see wild deer when driving along Fairmont. Take an evening stroll and keep an eye out.
84. Grab ½ price wine on Wednesday at Main 101. Make sure to say “HI” to Joe before you go!
85. The City of La Porte is passionate about providing services for our special populations. In fact, our SPORT Programs will blow your mind.
86. Word on the street is that the best caesar salad in town can be found at The Lunch Box. Check out their daily specials when you drop in.
87. BBQ! With 2 King’s BBQ locations there is no excuse not to eat good BBQ.
88. Grab some popcorn and get ready to be entertained at the annual Senior’s Melodrama.
89. CCA (Coastal Conservation Association) Fishing Tournament rocks Sylvan Beach Pier every year. Fishing + Conservation = Awesome!
90. Stop by Juan Seguin Park and take an educational tour of the legacy of Juan Seguin. See how he helped shape Texas History as well as the significance of the historic Lynchburg Ferry.
91. The City has a popcorn machine and we aren’t afraid to use it! You never know what park might be giving away FREE popcorn – especially during Parks & Recreation Month.
92. Wanna give a City worker a “High 5”? Send in a compliment to the City and they will be recognized at the quarterly High 5 luncheon.
93. We like to recognize citizens for “Doing the Right Thing” – If a La Porte Police Officer witnesses an exceptional positive act, you might be awarded a gift card. I mean, who else does that?!?
94. Water Sports on the Bay? The opportunities are only limited by your imagination.
95. Love is in the Air every February at the La Porte Municipal Court. Judge Mitrano conducts free wedding and vow renewals for residents and employees.
96. Interested in plant safety? LEPC or LPCAC has ‘em! And La Porte takes safety seriously.
97. The La Porte Rotary Club sells some killer crawfish at the annual Mardi Gras! Their proceeds go to good works in the community, so go ahead and add another pound to your order.
98. In La Porte, bay fishing is at your fingertips. Just another benefit of Life. By the Bay.
99. Splish, Splash I was taking a bath… at one of La Porte’s 3 state-of-the-art Splash Parks.
100. Double Dip Wednesday at the Pool. Hint: That means FREE ice cream in July.
101. Our Citizen Police Academy program is second to none. Thank you CPA graduates for all your hard work keeping La Porte safe.
102. In La Porte, Arbor Day equals FREE trees thanks to a partnership with Trees for Houston.
103. We are lucky enough to have an award-winning school district.
104. Learn to fly at the La Porte Municipal Airport – let the adventure begin!
105. La Portians LOVE donuts. There is a donut shop on almost every corner – it’s the best thing about waking up.
106. La Porte is committed to providing quality higher and continuing education at San Jacinto College.
107. Have livestock needs? We got you covered… Rumor has it folks come from over the bridge to our feed stores.
108. Have you taken a ride on the Lynchburg Ferry? It’s a piece of history you won’t forget.
109. Five Points Plaza has always been at the heart of La Porte. The intersection was one of 2 original stop lights – I guess we were never just a one-light-town.
110. The best quilters in the area will have their work on display at the annual Airing of the Quilts.
111. La Porte is listed as one of the 25 Best Houston-area suburbs for young professionals
112. Santa Anna is defeated again every year at the San Jacinto Festival and Battle Re-enactment. Go Texans!
113. Looking for the BEST Ice Cream in La Porte? We suggest La Monarca Michoacana – it’s delicious!
114. Little Cedar Bayou Park has all the amenities you want in a park. Dog Park – YES. Tennis Courts – YES. Trails – YES. We’ve got you covered at LCB.
115. Native American jewelry collectors come from miles around to shop at The Crow’s Nest Art Gallery. You can’t ever have too much turquoise in the south – can you?
116. The La Porte Library provides programs and activities for kids of all ages.
117. Houston loves the Rodeo! But La Porte schools do Go Texan Day BIGGER AND BETTER.
118. St. Mary’s Catholic Church has a long standing history here in La Porte. Did you know it was once home to a distinguished seminary?
119. Shout out to the La Porte High School b-ball team that won the state championship with a record of 40-0 in 1987!
120. The Wyman House is THE place to be for the historical lovers to #StayLP. This beautifully restored Victorian home is now La Porte’s favorite B&B.
121. If you still need more nature after exploring La Porte – which we can’t imagine - Armand Bayou Nature Center is sure to quench your remaining search for adventure.
122. Take a short drive over 146 and enjoy the Kemah Boardwalk.
123. We can’t not mention NASA! Where else can you learn about the Mission to Mars? Some long time La Portians have been with NASA from the very beginning.
124. La Porte is full of diversity – from our origins, settlers moved from every corner of this great nation to buy a piece of Galveston Bay.
125. Best 125th Birthday Party Ever! Who else can say Clay Walker played a private show at their b-day party :)