Houston, a fun-filled cosmopolitan of Texas, is way beyond a commercial hub. There are endless things to see and do here, from museum hopping to park-picnics, to amazing seafood and a lot other thrilling adventures. From a weekend getaway to a nice, long vacation- Houston serves the purpose of one and all!
So if you have never looked up to this city as one to be explored, we are going to give you a lot of reasons to think otherwise. Houston has a whole new world to offer.
So here are the Top 31 Things to do in Houston:
Hit the family-friendly neighborhood of Buffalo Bayou
This creek gives the concrete jungle of Houston, a nature’s touch. We are talking about a 52 mile waterway that begins in Katy, Texas and rests in the Houston River Oaks area. The neighborhood has now been refurbished to a contempo landscape with hiking trails, walking paths and much more. You can rent a bike from the city bike share program Bcycle and set your way to exploration.
The Children’s Museum of Houston is above any play-zone!
From toddlers to the slightly older kids, this place is Wonderland for all the tiny tots. There are mirrors and balls and a bunch of pillow pits for the little ones and a lot of fun exhibits such as Mini Engineering Workshop, EcoStation and Invention Convention for the 1st graders. Don’t miss out on the KLUTZ Exhibit, where your kid can let the crazy out and learn offbeat fun tricks like juggling, tablecloth pulling and card throwing.
Explore the antiquities of The Menil Collection
This Museum is all for John and Dominique Menil’s private collection, one of the greatest artists in the 20th century. With over 16,000 works ranging from Paleolithic area to present day, this place is heaven for art and peace lovers. No guided tours are given here, so explore your way through in silence.
Go back in time at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Natural Science brings dinosaurs to everyone’s mind. But this one’s way beyond. Apart from gawking at the eerie fossils, you can explore sparkling gemstones and a bunch of interactive exhibits in the Chemistry Hall. For a dime or two extra, take your kids to the Planetarium and Cockrell Butterfly Center. This place is a treat for children and adults alike!
Enjoy an educational tour with your kiddos at the Johnson Space Center
This gigantic entertainment and educational complex lets you experience Space while living on the planet. There are space artifacts, interactive exhibits, shuttle launch display, space suits exhibits, Mission Control tours and the popular Starship Gallery. There’s so much to see and interact with that it may take half of your day.
Catch a thrilling game at the Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park, home to Houston Astros (Major League Baseball) offers you much more than just a ballgame. There’s delicious ballpark food and a very clean and air-conditioned property to relieve you of Texas heat.
Splurge out at The Galleria
Big is an understatement, The Galleria is downright titanic! Housing all kinds of brands from the major upscale brands such as Armani, Hugo Boss, Versace, Tiffany & Co., etc., to the more affordable Forever 21 and Gap, it is haven for all sorts of pockets. But there’s more! Go Ice skating located right in the heart of it. Wear your comfy shoes; there’ll be a lot of walking.
If you are a Petrolhead, you’d love the Art Car Museum
The weirdest of wagons you will ever come across! You will eerily ornate, uniquely painted and decorated vehicles. Beside these vibrantly designed cars, the museum houses sculptures, modern art and photographs. To dig in deep, plan your vacation in April when the city hosts its Art Car Parade.
Spend a day at the Houston Zoo
With over 6,000 animals and species, Houston Zoo is the most popular of all zoos in the nation. Plan a day trip to the gorgeous landscapes and wonderfully maintained habitat for the animals. You can feed the giraffes, have a powwow with the chimps or even assist a Vet!
Befriend a few sharks at the Downtown Aquarium
This Downtown two storey tank houses over 400 species of marine life. And the best part, you can go on a thrilling train ride through the Shark Voyage. The Aquarium Restaurant serves amazing seafood, steak and decadent desserts.
Get a learning experience at the Holocaust Museum Houston
For a perfectly educational sojourn, a visit to this museum is a must. You can see the film footages from World War II, a 1942 Railcar to transport the victims, even the inside of those concentration camps.
Visit the action-packed Kemah Boardwalk
Being the largest amusement and entertainment park of Houston makes Kemah Boardwalk the most widely visited both by tourists and locals. Dine out at the Landry’s Seafood House, have a cocktail at the Cadillac Bar or may be go for a brunch at the Saltgrass Steak House.
Grab some delicious Tex-Mex
Fajita may not have been invented in Houston, but the city has surely mastered it. Visit the best Tex Mex restros of Houston along with a delightful culinary rendezvous with Original Ninfa’s on Navigation.
You can’t miss the Discovery Green!
Discovery Green is an escape from city’s otherwise glass-laden look. This park hosts exercise classes, concerts, special events and much more. Check out their Calendar of Events before planning your visit.
A walking tour to Montrose brings you a deeper travel experience
This demographically diverse region of Houston is a hub for vintage shopping, LGBT activism and live music. Gorgeous boulevards, heritage mansions and bungalows and an overall friendly neighborhood- it’s all in one place.
Get a bird’s eye view from San Jacinto Monument
This 570 ft tall shaft is a symbol of heroism in the Battle of San Jacinto. Make sure you are not scared of heights!
Take a tour of the Saint Arnold Brewing Company
You can’t be on a vacation and just have chocolate milk all the time. For a stouter experience, take a Factory tour here. You can grab a free beer on Saturdays and weekday afternoons.
Nearly 2, 50,000 Mexican Free tailed bats fly over the Waugh Drive Bridge everyday at dusk. If you are a Vampie geek, enjoy this experience!
Have a slice of Scuba fun!
The spring waters cleared by sandstone are ideal for a clear-vision scuba experience. There are other options as well, like kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, etc.
Don’t miss out Natachee’s Supper n Punch
This place offers impeccable food to be enjoyed in an open patio, along with an awesome beverage collection and live music. there’s a lot of space for the kiddos to enjoy as well!
Be a part of one of the Houstonian Festivals
Take your kids to one of those authentic circuses or chow down on a popular Houstonian Barbeque, there is a festival for every rhyme and reason here.
Make your vacation a Staycation with the Houston Citypass
This pass lets you visit some of the top locations at fraction of a price. Plus, commutation is cheaper too!
Your little munchkins will love the Dewberry Farms
A quick drive into the countryside will get you acres of fun filled activities like hay rides and pumpkin picking. Not to mention the large number of eateries to pick from.
Explore the massive Theatre scene of the city
You can compare it parallel to the NY theater scene. There’s Express Children’s Theater, Main Street Theater and a lot more.
Attend a Symphony Concert absolutely free!
Symphony’s Weatherford Family Concert offers free concert series to the music aficionados. You can even check out the Grand Opera’s abridged versions of classics.
To know Houston better, visit the Farmer’s Market
Know how the Houstonians live, eat and spend here at the Farmer’s market. The place provides fresh produce everyday to the city culture, thus making Houston, a perfect family place.
Try your luck with pottery at the Mad Potter
Paint your own pottery and get your hands dirty at Mad Potter. The place invites both kids and adults alike.
Paint the town red at Combat Houston
The Paintball field awaits you and your sibling to have a cutthroat battle with colors and paints. This place is unlike any other paintball experience!
Taste the best burger at Bernie’s Burger Bus
This gigantic kitchen bus in the middle of a restaurant serves delicious burgers even at wee hours. Then there are yummy milkshakes and a fantastic kids menu to feed the little ones.
Laze around while watching a movie at the Miller Outdoor Theater
This premier outdoor theater f Houston showcases Performing Arts such as classic music, ballet and a lot more. Pack a picnic and laze around on the field to have the perfect family time.
Take up a Sam Houston Boat Tour
This 90 minute cruise tour across the Houston water channel is absolutely FREE! Make sure you arrange prior reservations.
So don’t waste any more time. Houston is waiting to be unraveled! Happy journey!