I moved to Houston in 1999, initially for two years, but lets just say that 16 years later I’m happy to refer to this city as home. When my family first arrived we would blitz all the best places to visit but sadly that was long before I discovered the blogging world. So as I prepare to return to Houston for a few weeks I thought I would put together a list of 25 things to do or places to visit in Houston and will share my findings with you over the coming weeks.
If you just can’t wait and are looking for ideas now then I have added links on this page to give you the basic information. Notice also that quite a few are FREE. Please drop me a line and let me know what you think if you visit any?
Minute Maid Park Home to the Astros baseball team, and originally called Enron Field when I first arrived in Houston
NRG Stadium If you come to Houston during Rodeo season then this area is hopping.
Toyota Center Home of the Houston Rockets basketball team but also a venue for concerts.
Golf courses Plenty of options available, here’s a link to 10 courses.
The Menil Collection There are so many fantastic museums in Houston but this is one of my favorites and as an added bonus there is no entry charge.FREE
Museum of Natural Science Tip: Visit on Thursday between 2pm-5pm when it’s FREE!
Cockrell Butterfly Center Located inside the Museum of Natural Science, you do need to buy a separate ticket for entry but its well worth it, especially when a butterfly lands on your shoulder. Tip wear bright colored clothing to attract the butterflies.
Museum of Fine Art Tip: Thursday all day is FREE entry courtesy of Shell
The Galleria – Ok who doesn’t like to shop? This huge mall has it all, from the high end shops like Tiffany and Channel to department stores like Macys and Nordstrom but it also an ice skating rink and of course a huge food court. FREE to browse and people watch.
City Centre Parking here is truly horrible so my Tip is valet park. It remains a great place to shop, eat and play and can be FREE if you don’t get tempted to splurge.
The Alley Theatre Houston is home to quite a few theaters so its easy to find something to please everyone.
Queensbury Theatre I particularly like the local theaters and am watching with great anticipation the final stages of the renovations of this new venue that used to be known as the Country Playhouse.
Houston Symphony Check out the online calendar to see what events are upcoming.
The Hobby Center If you like musicals then this is the place for you.
Miller Outdoor Theatre Take your blanket and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a summer show thats FREE.
Water Wall This wall of water is quite the sight, and a very popular location for photo shoots. FREE
Houston Audubon FREE
Houston Arboretum Nature eduction center FREE and very dog friendly
Houston Zoo A little hot to visit over the summer months, but thankfully plenty of indoor spaces to cool down.
Children’s Museum If you have little ones then this is a fantastic hands on museum. My daughters loved this place when they were younger.
Discovery Green So much more than just a park, this downtown green space has a wide variety of events throughout the year. Kids love running through the fountains in the summer heat. FREE
Saint Arnold Brewery I must admit that this is going to be near the top of my list to visit!
i Fly World This newly opened eventing area could go under kids or the sports section but the reviews are amazing.
Culinary Tours Houston is home to some great food options so why not take a tour to learn more?
This list is really just a small taste of what Houston has to offer, but its a good starting point if you are visiting this fun city. I hope you enjoy some (or all) of the above. Check back with my blog soon to see full reports and more tips.
Featured Image Attribution: Katie Haugland: Houston