Matt and I spent quite some time exploring a lot of Texas destinations last year when we were getting the travel itch, but we hadn't really explored much of the outskirts of Houston... until now.
We had always seen signs for "Alvin" before but never thought to explore it! Alvin, TX is a small charming town about 45 minutes outside of the city and less than an hour from Galveston, Kemah, the Space Center, and more. The town boasts a rich history, 13 parks, and is the perfect destination for a quick day trip or overnight trip! We spent just about a full day there, and can't wait to share this trip idea with you. Go ahead and pull out your pen and paper, and take some notes!
Where to Eat & Drink
Smokin' D's BBQ Fusion | We were blown away by this fusion BBQ spot. Aside from your BBQ classics like brisket, ribs, sausage, and turkey, the menu features a mix of Asian-fusion and Mexican-fusion dishes as well, including Brisket Pho and Smoked Chicken Pho! While the pho is normally a Friday special, if you don't make it that day, the Brisketmacdilla here is what they're known for, a brisket mac n cheese quesadilla, topped with a house-made southwest ranch. It's also an absolute must!
1820 Coffee House | Get coffee flights at this Alvin local coffee shop, owned and operated by long time residents of Alvin! They have a huge list of different coffee drinks available to choose from too, and they're all delish.
Dairyland | Grab a burger from the oldest restaurant in Alvin, TX! They're known for their tortilla burgers, which is a burger but with crispy tortillas instead of your typical buns. It adds a nice crunch that we quite enjoyed! Their malt shakes are also tasty and refreshing!
WHAT to Do & See
Froberg's Farm | Pick-your -own fruits and vegetables at this year-round farm! Depending on the season, Froberg's Farm will have strawberry-picking, blackberry-picking, and citrus-picking; but with the Fall season upon us, you will not want to miss their corn maze, pumpkin patch, and fall festival!
Historic Train Depot | This 100+ year old Train Depot was once the hub for business and agriculture, serving the Santa Fe Rail Line. While both the interior and exterior has since been renovated, it is neat to see this historical landmark in person.
Disc Golf Course at Briscoe Park | This disc golf course covers 42 acres and consists of 18 holes. Being in Texas where the days are hot, the best part of the course is that the entire course is lighted, so you can play once it cools down in the evening. We also recommend bringing along a cooler of beverages to enjoy throughout your game!
Bayou Wildlife Zoo |Though we didn't make it to the Bayou Wildlife Zoo, we've heard nothing but good things and have been told that the zoo is a must-visit destination. The zoo is open range and is home to a wide range of animals from farm animals to exotic and rare animals, and we can't wait to go the next time we're in Alvin! Stay tuned for updates once we visit!
Where to Stay
Although Alvin, TX is less than an hour outside of Houston, if you would like to enjoy an entire day there and not worry about having to drive back, there are a few different hotels in the area.
Thank you Visit Alvin for partnering with us on this post! As always, all thoughts and opinions are ours.