Tie up your walkin' shoes! Dust off your bike! It's time to hit Texas City's "Hike 'n Bike" trail. Take a break and enoy our beautiful parks, awesome statues and famous landmarks. It's a great outdoor adventure guaranteed to help you appreciate the rich history and culture of this All-America City.
As you wind throughout the streets of Texas City, make sure to visit any one of these special points of interest:
Memorial Park - Start or end your journey at this beautiful and peaceful park that honors many local residents who fought for Texas City and their country. Feel your spirit soar at Memorial Fountain, a majestic, marble statue of an angel who watches over firefighters who died in a 1947 explosion. The War and Peace Monument commemorates Texas City soldiers who bravely fought during the wars of the 20th century. Memorial Park is located at Loop 197 Morth and 29th Street North.
Texas City Dike - Got bait? - Then, go fishin' for dinner off the "World's Longest Man-made Fishing Pier." Or sail, windsurf or jet-ski through the waters of Galveston Bay. All of this, plus lots of seagulls, awaits you at the Texas City Dike.
Bay Street Park - Fly into aviation history at Bay Street Park. The Wings of Heritage Display features a life-size model of a 1913 Burgess and Curtis Biplane, as well as an actual U.S. Air Force F-100 Saber Jet. Both aircraft celebrate Texas City's place in history as the home of the First Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army, the birthplace of the U.S. Air Force. Travel further into this park and you will find a natural habitat area dedicated to boys and girls who participated in scouting programs in Texas City since 1919. In addition, one of the largest public handicap playgrounds in Texas is located on the southern most end of the park. Enjoy the unique scent garden designed for our visually-impaired visitors.
Shoal Point Lighthouse - Ever had an up close look at a real-life lighthouse? Then make sure to stop at Bay Street Park and check out the Half-Moon Shoal Lighthouse. Over 150 years ago, this landmark sat 2.5 miles off the Texas City Shoreline and guided seamen to safe harbor while sailing through Galveston Bay. After being destroyed in the 1900 Storm, it was replicated in 1998 and now sits alongside the Texas City Dike.
Davison Home - In 1897, the first child born in Texas City was delivered inside this house. Frank B. Davison later became the first post master, a city commissioner, school board member and operator of the city's first grocerty store. You can tour this famous house on the first Sunday of every month 2-5 p.m.
Charles T. Doyle Convention Center - This state-of-the-art facility features an area for traveling exhibits, four large meeting rooms and a formal reception gallery. The awesome "Phoenix Fountain" adorns the entrance and is a good place to stop and rest.
Around the Convention Center, enjoy a separate, miniature "hike 'n bike" trail. This 1.5 mile course takes you by the Lowry Fitness Center, Nessler Swimming Pool, City Hall and Rotary Pavilion. Moore Memorial Library, which opened in 1914, features special collections, pre-school and summer children's programs, reference and Internet services, Texas Room for local history and genealogy and more.
Noble Park - Noble Park is "workin' on the railroad." This city park salutes the history and importance of the railroad industry. Don't miss the actual steam Locomotive #555, which sits alongside the Kiwanis Depot and Lulac Fountain.
Other Parks - Texas City parks cover over 500 acres throughout this small-town community. Each of these natural havens features lush greenery, amazing sculptures and resting areas. Some of the parks along the "Hike 'n Bike" trail include: