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Things to do in Pasadena

California isn’t the only state with Pasadena; Texas has a city called Pasadena too. In fact, the founder named it after its Golden State counterpart. Pasadena is one of the greenest parts of Texas, close to Houston and the Gulf. Pasadena is a significant cultural destination when in the Houston area. There is also a focus on education, with the independent Pasadena School District being the largest employer in the area. Pasadena is also an oil town with several historical and operating fields still around.

San Jacinto Museum

You can’t miss the San Jacinto monument being nearly 570 feet tall and with a huge star on the top commemorating the Battle of San Jacinto in the Texas Revolution. Every April 1st, on the anniversary of the battle, there are events that the whole town and more attend. The monument itself can be ridden to the top, which is highly recommended by visitors. The location and battlegrounds themselves are also on the property with the warship, the USS Texas, as a floating museum. This is one of the foremost destinations to learn about Texas history.

San Jacinto Museum

1 Monument Cir,

La Porte, TX, 77571

No more than 12 miles from Pasadena

Houston Botanic Garden

The 132-acre-Houston Botanic Garden is by no means far from the town of Pasadena. The main terrain here is bayous and wetlands, but there is flora from other parts of the world as well. The area was once a golf course, so it always has been well maintained. The coastal prairie garden showcases flora on the prairie wetlands; the pine grove garden is a small forest of pines, the culinary garden shows off all the fruits and vegetables we enjoy along with herbs we use for medicine and walking trails around the whole facility.

Houston Botanic Garden

1 Botanic Lane,

Houston, TX, 77017

No more than five miles from Pasadena

Armand Bayou Nature Center

This is one of Pasadena and Houston’s foremost nature preserves, especially in a pretty urban section of the city. In fact, Armand Bayou is the largest urban nature center in the country. There are over 300 species of animals that populate the bayou, including gators, bison, and armadillos. You can get lost in the tallgrass prairie for hours, both mentally and physically. Their butterfly garden is also especially enchanting. It would take a whole day to fully explore the nature preserve.

Armand Bayou Nature Center

8500 Bay Area Blvd,

Pasadena, TX, 77507

Strawberry Park

A great, small local park in Pasadena is Strawberry Park. While there isn’t exactly a strawberry patch or garden, there is a pool and tennis facility. During the spring and summer, they open their waterslide and sports fields. At the same time, Strawberry Park is home to Pasadena’s war memorial for veterans from the area. Strawberry Park is also the ideal picnic area.

Strawberry Park

1104 Parkside Dr,

Pasadena, TX, 77504

Burke Crenshaw Park

In addition to the usual amenities like baseball fields and wetlands wildlife, Burke Crenshaw Park is also a fishing spot. The lake is stocked with trout, thanks to the state. Bass are also reported to be catchable. There is also another field game with their disc golf course.

Burke Crenshaw Park

4950 Burke Rd,

Pasadena, TX, 77504

Lonestar Flight Museum

Houston’s official aerospace museum isn’t far from Pasadena. What makes this museum different from all the other ones is that most of the aircraft on display can actually still fly. Some days, they fly planes from WWII and the Cold War era. Their largest aircraft is the classic Thunderbird, which still flies today. The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame is also located here. The best part is, that the museum is located at the Ellington Airport, so visitors to Texas can immediately visit it.

Lonestar Flight Museum

11551 Aerospace Ave,

Houston, TX, 77034

About 7 miles from Pasadena