Katy Heritage Park is a picturesque starting point for learning the history of Katy with free tours of historic homes on the first weekend of every month. Visit the Railroad Park and Museum on the grounds of the historic Missouri-Kansas-Texas Depot, which also serves as a tourism and information center. The Katy Veterans Memorial Museum in the VFW Community Building is a must for military history buffs.
Main Street Vibes
For old school Main Street charm, visit downtown Katy near Heritage Park. Start your search for vintage finds on Second Street at Dovetail Antiques and KT Antiques, which has more than 60 local antique dealers under one roof. Take time for a pot of tea paired with delicious pastries and cakes at Kay’s Tea Parlour. Make your way to Highway 90 and explore the unique inventory at Junk Street Market and have a gyro lunch at Snappy’s Café and Grill, where they also serve up hearty breakfasts. On the 3rd Saturday of each month, downtown Katy hosts Katy Market Day from 10 am to 4 pm with local vendors, crafts, arts, and food trucks. For a more modern take on Main Street, head to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, where this 34-acre outdoor development brings the best mix of dining, retail, and entertainment. Dine farm-to-table at Dish Society, slurp your noodles at Agu Ramen, experience South African cuisine at Peli Peli, and get your creole fix at The Rouxpour. The LaCenterra Sip & Shop promotion allows you to enjoy a glass of wine from select restaurants while browsing the numerous big name shops and boutiques. At the Central Green Park, you can take a weekly Tai Chi class or enjoy movie nights and live music under the stars. Get a community vibe at the nearby Cinco Ranch Library for programming that includes everything from Pajama Party Night, where the whole family can partake in bedtime stories and entertainment (pajamas encouraged), to Bollywood Aerobics and chess tournaments on the weekends. Be sure to take a stroll around the pond in the back where the kids can feed the ducks.
Head of the Class
Katy is home to several highly rated high schools including Katy High School, Cinco Ranch, and Seven Lakes High School. Katy is also home to its own version of Friday Night Lights at Rhodes Stadium in the fall. Katy Elementary, the first elementary school in the area, is near the Katy Heritage Park and has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School for its academic excellence. The British International School of Houston welcomes students ages 2-18 at its new Katy campus has a wide variety of studies, including a music curriculum in collaboration with the Julliard School in New York. For extra-curricular activities, The Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center offers classes featuring Shakespeare to sculpture for budding thespians and artists.
Beat the heat with a season pass to the brand new Texas Typhoon Waterpark with tons of water slides and rides plus movie nights, DJ dance parties, and live music. Seek air-conditioned shelter in the Katy Mills Mall, where you can shop ‘til you drop at fashion favorites Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, and Neiman Marcus Last Call. Catch the latest blockbuster or a specialty screening of a classic film at one of the two Alamo Drafthouses conveniently located in Katy area. Adults can kick back and karaoke at Southland Bar & Grill or take the whole family to No Label Brewing Company, housed in an old rice silo with a kid & dog-friendly attitude and a menu of traditional and experimental brews like Forbidden Lavender. Become a regular at La Argentina Gelato & Coffee where the Mansilla family is proud to bring their 30-plus years of gelato making experience to Texas. Be sure to try the Dulce de Leche Argentina, their most popular flavor in Argentina!
The Great Outdoors
Katy has a variety of green spaces ranging from the Katy Prairie Conservancy with wildlife viewing platforms at Warren Lake to the Mary Jo Peckham Park featuring a stocked fishing pond, miniature golf, picnic areas and playgrounds. George Bush Park is home to the Millie Bush Dog Park, where Fido will enjoy the ample romping space with two ponds for the large dogs and a special section for small dogs. Their human owners will enjoy all the park’s amenities from the model airplane airport to the 11-plus miles of hiking and biking trails.
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