Houston’s coolest crystal lagoon has the most floating cabanas in the US

Last summer, Texas Lagoon Party nearly broke the internet when the beach destination introduced its unique floating cabanas – cleverly dubbed “aquabanas” – to its crystal clear waters.

Now, the 12-acre lagoon at Lago Mar in Texas City now boasts the largest collection of floating cabanas in North America – just in time for the triple-digit onslaught of a scorching Houston summer. Lagoonfest has added 18 new aquabanas to its fleet for a total of 22 on the water.

For the uninitiated, floating cabanas combine the thrill of water activities with the thrill of sipping cocktails in a cabana. Lagoonfest’s collection includes picnic huts with a center table with cup holders, shaded seating and a lounge chair for sunbathing, according to a statement.

Three floating huts – called party huts (naturally) – are connected to a central inflatable island. They are over 370 feet long and can accommodate over 180 people at a time.

Lagoonfest CEO Uri Mann notes that the regular party and cabanas are perfect for private parties, group getaways, or large birthday parties — all popular draws at the lagoon. Prices for full-day floating cabin rentals start at $450.

When they’re not sipping, lounging, or swimming to cool off, visitors can also rent kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddleboards, and bumper boats. Active fun comes through the floating obstacle course and the 42-foot Titan slide. Full menus of dining and bar options are also available.

By the numbers, the 12-acre Lago Mar lagoon is the largest in Texas and offers visitors more shoreline than any other man-made lagoon in the United States. Holding more than 24 million gallons of water, the lagoon liner system is large enough to cover the entire Galleria mall – or 14 NFL football fields. Another fun fact: the surface area of ​​the lagoon is equivalent to some 1,350 residential swimming pools.

Last year, the lagoon welcomed more than 80,000 visitors from across the state to its white-sand shores.

Those interested can find tickets, availability and more information on the Lagoonfest official website.

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Texas Lagoon Party; 12600 Crystal View Blvd. The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Individual ticket prices start at $22; season passes start at $69.

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