Summer

Bolivar Peninsula

The Bolivar Peninsula is a 27-mile stretch of beautiful coastal land with the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Intracoastal Waterway extending the peninsula’s entire length to its north.

The peninsula, which is rich in history, is named after South American hero Simon Bolivar, who led South and Central Americans to fight for their freedom against Spanish rule. Natives once inhibited the area as Bolivar explored the land, as did Cabeza de Vaca and pirate Jean Lafitte.

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Young people and their families are invited to Big Thicket National Preserve every Friday in July from 9 a.m. – noon for Junior Ranger Days. Each week, park rangers will lead fun, hands-on activities focused on a variety of topics, from wildlife to wilderness survival. These program are designed for kids ages 8 to 12.

July 6 – Wilderness Survival for Kids: Could you survive being lost in the outdoors? Learn the basics of wilderness survival.

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Water playground devices at seven different Beaumont parks will be turned on Saturday, May 26.

The parks include Chartlon-Pollard, Cottonwood, Halbouty, Liberia, Perlstein, Pine and Roberts Park. Unfortunately, Central and Roberts Park’s water playground devices are still under repair.

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Summer vacation just got wild! Public registration begins Monday, Feb. 26 for Camp Zoofari at the Houston Zoo. Camp Zoofari is a summer camp experience for children ages 4 through 16 (and now adults, too!) that features fun and educational activities with animals at the center of it all. Running June 4 through August 17, Camp Zoofari offers an exciting lineup of programs that have been specially created to connect children to animals to inspire a life-long love of wildlife.

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Southeast Texas summers can be brutal, and triple-digit heat indexes are not uncommon with high humidity causing sweltering conditions across the region.

Medical experts warn that in conditions like these, discomfort can rapidly turn to danger. Mayo Clinic staffers warn that “prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures” could lead to heatstroke, the “most serious form of heat injury,” a condition that could occur when one’s body temperature “rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.”

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Texas Typhoon

Hall of Fame rockers The Lovin’ Spoonful said it best in 1966: “Hot town, summer in the city.” We are now nearing the end of July, and temps will consistently be in the upper 90s.

Local businesses have already begun to advertise “back to school” sales, with entire aisles dedicated to school supplies. Cheerleading camps, as well as drill/dance team camps are underway, and following that comes volleyball, football and band practices, which start at the first of August.

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The dog days of summer are here. Southeast Texas’ mid-day temperatures are hovering near the century mark, and high pressure is keeping the rains at bay, meaning little relief from the baking-hot sunshine.

Those high temperatures can also mean higher-than-normal energy bills, particularly as Southeast Texans work to keep their homes air-conditioned. There is, however, free help available to you from Entergy Texas that might take a bite out of your dog days energy consumption.

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