25 THINGS TO DO OR PLACES TO VISIT IN HOUSTON, TEXAS – AND MANY ARE TOTALLY FREE!

25 THINGS TO DO OR PLACES TO VISIT IN HOUSTON, TEXAS – AND MANY ARE TOTALLY FREE!

    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?

     

    Sporting Events/Stadiums

     

     

    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.

     

    Museums

     

     

    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

     

    Shopping

     

     

    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 Chocolate Bar Heaven for chocoholics, try their chocolate pizza. Great place to pick up gifts. Bonus: visit Candylicious next door to ensure you will need to book a trip to the dentist.

     

    Theatre/Culture

     

     

    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.

     

    Nature/Outdoors

     

     

    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

     

    Great for Little Ones

     

     

    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

     

    Tours

     

     

    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

      12 Comments
      • I LOVE this post , and your blog is lovely! I have never spent time in Houston except at the aiprot, on the way to Port Arthur( yuck, should’ve stayed in Houston…lol) I love San Antonio also! Sounds like you are a jet setter…good for you! I hope to do that soon when my fashion career takes off, getting there slowly but surely!

        Best to you!
        Valerie
        xo

      • Emily says:

        Howdy!! I am a fellow Houston blogger and love this list of things to do in the summer!!

        Also, your blog design is fantastic!! I love it!!

        Emily
        ​​Something Gold, Something Blue

        • Sue says:

          Emily that is so sweet of you. I have just moved from Blogger to WordPress (huge learning curve) and am slowly trying to grow this blog so its great to get some words of encouragement.

      • Rowan says:

        Great post – I would love to visit Houston! <3

        • Sue says:

          Thanks Rowan, it was never even on my list of places to visit before we moved here for work, but Im very happy to call this city home now 🙂

      • My FIL lives in Houston and DH and the boys are planning a trip there while I attend a conference. I should send this to him!

        • Sue says:

          Please do, Houston is a great city to visit, so much to do and see. It sometimes gets overlooked by the more glamorous US locations but I love calling this city home (and Im British by birth)

      • Bailey K. says:

        Great roundup! I grew up in Houston, but left after high school for college, and then ended up in Austin with my husband who is a musician. I love Houston – all of my family is still there, so I get to roam around a lot when visiting. My favorites are all the museums!

      • That’s a nice comprehensive list of freebies 🙂 Thank you for putting it together. We’ll put those tips to good use when we visit Houston.

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