La Porte isn't too bad. It's near the bay and not too far from Kemah. There's a Boardwalk with several good restaurants there. Favorite bar is the Turtle Club on Clear Lake. Lot's of performance boaters there on the weekends. My boat is right down the street from there. Let me know what weekend and I might take you for a ride.
There's also a greyhound racing track just south down I-45.