As the weather cools, restaurant patios, parks and other outdoor locations across the greater Houston area will be filling with people enjoying their surroundings, whether it is for dining or just for fun. Some of that fun includes watching our beautiful sunsets and often capturing them on film to enjoy later. But where are the hot spots in the Houston area for watching the sunset? Remember not every great sunset has to be on the water, in Houston it is all about the sky.

Galveston Island 
Galveston, TX

Galveston Island has a number of beaches to help you capture that sunset on the water. Among the most popular ones are Galveston Island State Park where your sunset viewing may also include quite a bit of nature as you watch the birds in the area soar, dip and fly. Sea Gull and Sand Castle Pocket Parks offer a little out-of-the-way place to catch the sunset, not as popular as Stewart or East Beach. Think right outside the island on the bay side too, as you can get a grande vista of sunset on the water to enjoy, near Bayou Vista.

Kemah Boardwalk 
215 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
( 877) 285-3624

Kemah Boardwalk is well known for its boardwalk, carnival-type atmosphere with games, entertainment, rides, dining and shopping. However, some of the best sunset moments can also be caught at the boardwalk. Whether it is while you take a cruise on the Boardwalk FantaSea, walk along the marina or enjoy dinner on one of the many restaurant patios, you are sure to find a sunset that is wonderful to see.

Buffalo Bayou  
1113 Vine St., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 752-0314

Buffalo Bayou, supported by the non-profit Buffalo Bayou Partnership, offers Twilight Tours, 30-minute boat rides from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where you can capture a spectacular sunset along with a variety of wildlife to city scenes as you cruise along the bayou’s waters. These tours are first come, first served, so make sure you get your spot early. The hike and bike trail winds its way around the greater Houston area from parts of Katy to the Houston Arboretum, but it official includes 10 square miles along the bayou corridor along Allen Parkway and the north side of downtown. Both on the bayou and trails you will have opportunity to catch some of the best sunsets that Houston has to offer.

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San Jacinto Monument 
3523 Independence Parkway S.
LaPorte, TX TX 77571
(281) 479-2421

Whether it’s the top of the monument in the observation tower or in the parks surrounding it, or across the road at the Battleship Texas, some of the most magnificent sunset views can be seen and captured at the San Jacinto Monument. The actual tours and museum close at 6 p.m. so it’s important to get there early, especially if you want to set up and capture the sunsets on film by staying at the park after the museum closes. Later on in the year is the best time to capture the sunsets from the observation tower of the monument which stands 540 feet high. Entrance fees for the observation floor are $4 for adults and $3 for children.

Harris County Parks
Bay Area Park

7500 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston TX 77058
(281) 326-6539

George Bush Park
16756 Westheimer Parkway
Houston, Texas 77082
(281) 496-2177

Bay Area Park on the east side of Houston offers a dog-friendly atmosphere with botanical gardens and walking trails. Head to the canoe ramp area and walk around the pond area to feed the ducks and catch some of the best of Houston’s sunsets. For those on the west side of Houston, George Bush Park offers walking and hiking trails, a wetland habitat and a pond where you will get your best views of the sunsets on the horizon.

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Mother of four college to Kindergarten, Lisa Carey is a National and Local writer for Examiner. She brings with her 20 years experience in education, working with families and her enthusiasm for the Houston area. Her work can be found at