One of the great benefits of studying English in Texas is access to stunning natural and historical wonders protected by the United States National Park system. Texas has 13 national parks, 20 natural landmarks and 46 historic landmarks—many just a short drive from LCI Houston English school!
- Big Thicket National Preserve, 2 hours from LCI Houston English school
A wide range of ecosystems converge in the “biological crossroads of North America,” creating one of the most biodiverse regions in the world outside of the tropics.
Take a break from studying English in Houston to walk along hiking trails and view longleaf pine forests, bayous, over 300 species of birds and perhaps even an alligator!
- Padre Island National Seashore, 4 hours from LCI Houston English school
Padre Island offers 70 miles of protected coastline, dunes and tidal flats for students studying English in Houston to explore.
Over 380 bird species call Padre Island home, and the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle finds safe nesting ground here. The park offers camping at five sites and plenty of seashore to discover.
- San Antonio Missions Historical Park, 3 hours from LCI Houston English school
From the 1600s to the 1900s, Spanish Catholic religious orders established frontier missions across the American southwest, including four that are now protected in this historical park in San Antonio.
Tour the preserved structures and sites as you experience the history and beauty of Texas while studying English in Houston.
- Big Bend National Park, 9 hours from LCI Houston English school
The Rio Grande River cuts the boundary between the United States and Mexico for over 1,000 miles (1,600 km), 118 (190 km) of which are protected in this national park. Sprawling deserts and rocky canyons surround the river, providing more than 150 miles (240 km) of scenic hiking trails.
Though it’s a longer drive from LCI Houston, Big Bend National Park offers an unforgettable experience of the American southwest to students studying English in Texas.
And those are just a few of the great options for you to explore while studying English in Houston. Other national parks in Texas include the following: Alibates Flint Quarries, Amistad, Chamizal, El Camino Real de los Tejas, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Fort Davis, Guadalupe Mountains, Lake Meredith, Lyndon B Johnson and Palo Alto Battlefield.