Baytown is a city deep in the heart of Texas's oil and gas country. Located southeast of Houston, Baytown has a population of 70,870 people, according to City-Data.com as of this publication. History buffs and golfers will find plenty of fun activities in and around the city. Nature lovers can also find relaxing recreational activities nearby.
History lovers can visit the Battleship "Texas" (tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/battleship_texas/) near Baytown. The Battleship "Texas" was the first battleship memorial museum in the United States. It was presented to the State of Texas in 1948 on Texas' anniversary of independence from Mexico . Visitors can walk around the battleship, which is the flagship of the Texas Navy.
San Jacinto Battleground
The San Jacinto Battleground (tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/parkguide/rgn_gc_003.phtml) is the site of one of the pivotal battles of Texas' war of independence from Mexico. Interpretive trail guides line walkways around the park. The National Historic Landmark park covers 1,200 acres. (It is also near the site of the Battleship "Texas.")
Golfers can enjoy inexpensive games on the weekend at the Goose Creek Country Club (goosecreekcc.com) in Baytown. The Club was formed in 1956 and it is an area center for family relaxation and entertainment. Goose Creek Country Club has received several awards, as well.
Royal Purple Raceway (royalpurpleraceway.com), formerly Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, is a fun place to take the entire family. The raceway features drag racing throughout the year. Professionals and amateurs alike bring their cars to the track to race. As long as you're 16 and have a valid driver's license, you can race. Sixteen year-olds need parental consent, however. Children aged under 12 get in free to most events, although some events charge admission for children.
Baytown Nature Center
Birds, native plants and other wildlife abound at the Baytown Nature Center (baytownnaturecenter.org), which is comprised of two peninsulas that cover about 450 acres of woodland and wetland areas. Visitors can enjoy the Nature Center's picnic facilities, ponds and fishing piers. A butterfly garden, consisting of flowers and plants that attract a variety of butterflies, also graces the Nature Center.