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Things to Do in Houston

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Houstonians love quirky art! From Art Car Parade entries to year-round collections at Garage Mahal, Houstonians appreciate creative pieces from every genre. Experience it all first-hand during a guided Houston city tour!

Houston’s Museum District offers art, history and science all under one roof. Explore dinosaur fossils and Skylab before going on to the Menil Collection.

Art Cars

At once cosmopolitan and urban, this neighborhood boasts chic shopping destinations, delicious eateries, and an exciting nightlife that lasts well into the early morning. Ideal for exploring with a group, whether that’s girlfriends or guys – or simply for exploring solo. This area provides something for all!

City parks and trails contain lush pockets of flora that inspire wonder, awe and romance. Explore these hidden gems by taking a scenic walk or spending an afternoon lounging in one of these tranquil gardens.

Make time to witness Houston’s stunning sunrise or sunset – an unmissable and free spectacle which will leave you feeling rejuvenated. After, check out a rooftop with views of Houston’s skyline or stop into an old-school drive-in movie theatre for an experience you won’t soon forget!

This spring marks the return of the beloved Festival of Visionary Art on Wheels (FOAW), featuring hundreds of rolling masterpieces through downtown. If you appreciate creative contraptions or simply admire what goes into every vehicle’s creation, don’t miss this event – don’t miss it!

Step onto the northbound Red Line of METRORail from Ensemble Station near Mid Main Lofts and take four stops until reaching Market Street Square Station on Market Street Square Station, four stops later. A four block walk west along McKinney Street will bring you right into the heart of the parade; alternatively, The Orange Show has organized special “mini parades” at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and developmental facilities in order to spread some joy – for more information please visit their official website.

Museums

One of the best and most rewarding activities to do in Houston is exploring its extensive collection of museums. Situated within easy walking distance in Houston’s Museum District, these 18 cultural centers and museums earn international acclaim for their wide-ranging exhibitions and subjects covered. Of special note is Jean and Dominique de Menil’s Menil Collection that boasts 20th century art, antiquities, medieval pieces as well as African pieces – truly an impressive feat in itself!

At the Museum of Natural Science, there’s plenty to keep visitors engaged with exhibits spanning astronomy and geology to physics and Texas wildlife. One popular area is Morian Hall of Paleontology which displays many replica dinosaur skeleton mounts; similarly, Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals provides plenty of shiny treasures to see!

For an artful experience, visit the Contemporary Arts Museum – it features rotating exhibits as well as permanent works from both local and international artists. Also make time to visit Museum of Fine Arts Houston which contains collections containing antiquities, European and American art as well as modern and contemporary artwork.

Families should make time to visit the Children’s Museum of Houston, featuring interactive exhibits designed to foster kids’ creativity and curiosity. Children ages 10 or under enter free, and there is an age grouping system in place so everyone in your party will enjoy themselves!

Memorial City offers some of the city’s upscale mixed-use mall shopping. Shop for designer clothes such as Zara, Michael Kors and Banana Republic before dining at one of Memorial City’s fine eateries such as Manready Mercantile or Emerson Rose for lunch or dinner.

Shopping

No matter your shopping needs – be it gifts for others or a treat for yourself – Houston offers an abundance of shopping options, from mom and pop shops lining historic streets to designer boutiques and malls; something will surely catch your eye here.

Not to be outdone, Houston boasts some of the top shopping areas free to access. Stroll through the historic Heights district and browse Manready Mercantile and Emerson Rose stores, or search through antique and vintage pieces at Lower Westheimer Curve. Don’t forget the River Oaks Farmers Market either for fresh food finds.

Or if retail therapy is your preferred exercise form, hop on a bike and explore Houston’s network of urban bike trails that wind throughout downtown. From Eleanor Tinsley Park paved paths to Buffalo Bayou through historic districts – biking offers a great way to work up a sweat while taking in views of its skyline!

If you prefer shopping malls over walking or riding, head to the Galleria shopping center for a day of window-shopping and people-watching. With luxury stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom–not to mention more than 375 other retail outlets such as trendy boutiques and popular chains–in its impressive portfolio, the Galleria shopping center will leave you wanting for nothing!

Discovery Green in the heart of San Antonio boasts 12 acres filled with family-friendly activities on two former parking lots. This urban oasis features a jogging path, 1-acre lake, restaurants, dog run and two performance venues – plus much more! For something a little less hectic or active try Market Square Park to meet locals while watching movies or concerts on an outdoor screen on its lawn!

Music

Houston is famous for its arts district, theaters and Space Center; but its music venues also deserve recognition. The First Ward and Arts District offer unique spaces where you can sip a beer while watching bands perform live; you could even check out an interactive light show and music event at Rice University’s James Turrell Skyspace!

River Oaks offers an upscale experience. This trendy neighborhood features numerous upscale restaurants, clubs, and plenty of live music options like concerts at House of Blues or jazz performances at The Green Room.

Warehouse Live is one of the city’s premier music venues, boasting acts like Fifth Harmony, Logic and Modest Mouse as performers. Perfect for people seeking an affordable concert experience without breaking the bank for tickets to larger arenas, this venue allows people to see big name acts without paying their ticket prices in advance.

Cactus Cafe in Montrose provides an intimate musical experience. This independent venue is beloved among locals, hosting artists of various genres of music. Cactus Cafe provides an ideal environment for discovering new talent while hearing old favorites.

Are You an Avid Sports Fan? There’s Something Special in Houston For Sports Lovers If so, Houston boasts several stadiums and arenas where fans can catch games – Astros/Texans baseball games are hosted by Minute Maid Park while Dynamo soccer matches take place at Dynamo Field, while Rockets basketball action happens in Toyota Center.

Food

Houston is an iconic foodie destination, boasting an incredible diversity of flavors and cuisines for visitors to discover. Houston’s acclaimed chefs have opened numerous new eateries offering everything from fine dining to comfort food options – you will not go hungry in Houston!

If seafood is your thing, visit Kata Robata or Goode Co Seafood for an authentic taste of Houston’s Gulf Coast. Additionally, Houston boasts some of the top sushi joints in the nation; Mi Cocina serves up elevated regional flavors while Nonno’s pizza joint brings the classics with quirky offerings such as their Menage Foie Gras roll featuring pate, uni, and wagyu beef for something completely new and exciting!

Houston offers plenty of breathtaking rooftops where visitors can sip cocktails or dine among a breathtaking skyline while sipping drinks or taking brunch, be it at an Italian hotel or British boutique; all are excellent places for meeting friends for drinks and lively conversation on these breathtaking patios.

If you’re craving a sweet treat, visiting the city’s best ice cream shops is worth your while. Fat Cat Creamery, Sweet Bribery by Craft Creamery and Underground Creamery are some of the must-visit spots. Or if gelato is more your style then head over to Paprika or Gelato Spot in Montrose for delicious creations made with local ingredients!