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Top Spots For A Bonfire In Houston

June 7, 2014 7:00 AM

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Everyone needs some time away from the hustle and bustle of city living. A nice retreat to a local park or other natural setting is a great way to calm down and relieve stress. The addition of a warm, cozy fire can add ambiance and romance to any gathering and can make any outdoor gathering more memorable. Here are some great places in the Houston area to enjoy a nice bonfire.
Surfside Beach
1 Beach Drive
Surfside Beach, TX 77541
(979) 864-1541
www.surfsidetx.org

If you want quiet and a nice bonfire, head down to the Gulf of Mexico to Surfside Beach. This beach area is less popular than its cousin to the east, Galveston, but it’s also less commercialized and quieter. Surfside Beach allows guests to drive on the sand, walk on the sand and build bonfires no bigger than three feet by three feet for recreation. It’s more secluded than many of Texas’ other beaches and cleaner, making it an ideal place to gaze into the open sea while feeling the warmth of the fire behind you.

Galveston Island State Park
14901 FM 3005
Galveston, TX 77554
(409) 737-1222
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/galveston-island

Located on Galveston Island’s west end, Galveston Island State Park is a nice retreat from the tourist-oriented city of Galveston. The park is directly on the Gulf of Mexico and while the beach is a little on the narrow side, there is still enough space to stretch out and relax. Bonfires can be built in the sand, but the park does require the use of a fire ring or other containment. It’s just a short distance west of downtown Galveston and many prefer this to the more commercialized Galveston beaches for its seclusion and cleanliness.

Sheldon Lake State Park
15315 Beaumont Highway
Houston, TX 77049
(281) 456-2800
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/sheldon-lake

Just east of downtown Houston lies Sheldon Lake State Park. Many Houstonians are not even aware of this park, but it has been around for a while and it makes a nice backdrop for a radiant bonfire. Guests have to use a fire ring, grill or hibachi for any type of fire within the boundaries of the state park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and enjoy a small fire and its warm, alluring glow. The area also features Sheldon Lake, making it a nice getaway for those who enjoy the water and want a respite from city living but don’t feel like driving to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Lake Livingston State Park
300 State Park Road 65
Livingston, TX 77351
(936) 365-2201
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lake-livingston

One of the larger lakes in Texas, Lake Livingston is a popular place for fishing, boating and hiking. The lake itself is also a nice place for a bonfire and it’s no surprise that so many Houston natives flock to the lake throughout the year. Like with other state parks, a fire lit within the park’s boundaries has to be confined to a grill, fire ring or hibachi, but other than that, you are free to enjoy your fire in a natural setting. Family visits to Lake Livingston often include a stay at one of the cabins or a camping excursion in a tent. Whatever your sleeping quarters, an outdoor bonfire is a nice way to wrap up the day while watching the sun set over the lake.

Stephen F. Austin State Park
Park Road 38
San Felipe, TX 77473
(979) 885-3613
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/stephen-f-austin

A smaller park located on the banks of the Brazos River, Stephen F. Austin State Park is located just west of downtown Houston in the nearby city of San Felipe. Visitors to this park often go here to get away from the noise of the city and Stephen F. Austin State Park is perfect for that purpose. An afternoon with the family and a nice, warm bonfire make for the perfect weekend getaway. Restrictions are the same here as in any Texas state park, so be sure to follow the rules before you decide to build a bonfire. A warm, glowing fire is the perfect end to a day hike through the woods before entering your cabin for a restful night’s sleep.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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