You'll find La Porte 35 minutes from Houston, on the banks of Galveston Bay. It was established in 1892 by an investment group who spotted its commercial potential. Boating piers, bathhouses, and a Victorian hotel for dances quickly sprang up, making La Porte one of the nation's most popular tourist locations.
Fires and hurricanes plagued the city in the early 1900s, but it bounced back quickly, rebuilding each time with new tourist attractions like the Sylvan Beach Amusement Park. However, a 1943 hurricane and erosion of the beach proved to be the final straws, and the city changed direction, refusing to rebuild its tourist facilities. Instead, La Porte quietened down, which is just how the locals and the travelers who still visit like it. While the beachfront was restored with new sand from 2009 to 2013, La Porte remains a sleepy state secret.
When to Visit La Porte, TX
While its beach is alluring, La Porte's subtropical climate makes summer days hot and steamy. Unless you plan on spending all your time in the water, and you're happy to pay the high summer prices, you're better arriving earlier in spring. You'll find spring weather is still warm enough for swimming but not so oppressively humid.
Fall temps can also be mild, but hurricanes often batter the Texas coastline in August and September. While it's been some time since La Porte saw a devastating hurricane, strong winds during this season can make vacationing during the fall unpleasant.
Winter is a decent choice, with its affordable hotel rates and cool, rather than cold, weather. Hotel rates jump around the holidays though, so try to avoid a festive getaway if you're watching your pennies.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in La Porte, TX:
Averate Rates by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs displaying average rate patterns by star rating class in La Porte, TX. Analyze these line graphs to determine the most cost effective seasons to book in La Porte for upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotel Options in La Porte, TX
4 Star Average Prices: $80.13
La Porte also has plenty of hotels for travelers who enjoy the finer things in life. Treat yourself to a luxury stay at the following hotels.
As a Hilton property, you can expect something extra when you stay at Hampton Inn & Suites La Porte. Think an enormous outdoor swimming pool, a Manager's Reception with complimentary drinks and snacks on Mondays to Wednesdays, and a free shuttle for exploring the city. Standard rooms, accessible rooms, and suites all have flat-screen TVs showing more than 100 channels, as well as coffee makers and signature Hampton beds. Linger over the generous buffet breakfast served each morning, or grab a Hampton's On the Run breakfast bag, available on weekdays. Both are free to ensure you start your day right.
Candlewood Suites La Porte offers spacious suites with flat-screen TVs showing premium cable channels, DVD players, and full-sized kitchens with stoves, dishwashers, and all the pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery you need to enjoy a home-cooked meal in your room. The hotel doesn't serve food. However, its Candlewood Cupboard store has well-priced food and sundries. There's a small fitness center on-site, but if you want to mix up your routine, check out the larger off-site fitness center for a small fee. The hotel's evening reception every Thursday provides the perfect opportunity for meeting your fellow travelers.
Affordable Hotel Options in La Porte, TX
3 Star Average Prices: $90.10
These La Porte hotels charge less for their rooms, so you'll have more to spend on sightseeing. Look to popular budget chains for some of the best room rates in the city.
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites La Porte-Houston is a basic hotel ideally located for road trippers just off Highway 146. Standard rooms feature creature comforts, including microwaves, minifridges, coffee makers, and large, 40-inch, flat-panel TVs with ESPN. For a more indulgent visit, book a suite or a Jacuzzi room. A guest laundry area and a business center stay open 24/7, while the outdoor pool takes advantage of warm Texas weather from April to October. Enjoy a free continental breakfast and coffee each morning in the lobby. While the hotel doesn't serve lunch and dinner, it's within walking distance of several local restaurants.
Super 8 La Porte upholds the tradition of affordable rooms with plenty of extras synonymous with the Super 8 name. Its rooms are modern and colorful, with bold feature walls and artworks, 32-inch flat-screen TVs showing HBO, and comfortable beds. The complimentary eight-item SuperStart breakfast, featuring popular favorites such as waffles, should give you the energy you need for a day of sightseeing. Alternatively, take it easy relaxing in the outdoor pool. The choice is yours when you stay at Super 8 La Porte.