Houston, Texas. The fourth largest city in the United States. The home of Beyonce. (I mean… need I say more, really?) It houses the largest medical center in the world. It is the home of America’s largest freeway (I-10), and there still manages to be traffic. *Rolls eyes* I mean… I could make an entire post about the magnificence that is Houston. (Can you feel my Houstonian pride?) While I believe that you can go anywhere in the world, and 90% of people would recognize Houston and Texas (Texas pride… I can’t help it), I realize that many people have never been here. Therefore, I am offering a Houston Travel Guide from the perspective of a native-Houstonian. Enjoy!
Let Houston Travel Guide You to the Museum District!
Ahh! Sorry, I had to get that yelp out of the way. I have lived in Houston for 23 and a half years, and I have STILL never been to all of the museums. When thinking of pulling this list together, I couldn’t help but start with the museums. Everything that you may need can be found in this area. Food. Drinks. Scenery. Hermann Park. Botanical Gardens. The Zoo. Luxury hotels, and shopping.
While the city holds over 150 museums and cultural arts centers, the museum district houses nineteen. (My favorite is the Museum of Natural Science.) Some of the museums include The Children’s Museum, Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Holocaust Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and more. On top of that, most of the museums offer free days and times (the zoo is included). There’s nothing better, to me than being able to visit a museum for free… especially the Museum of Natural Science. PLUS, most of the museums are great about having fun and informational exhibits that are temporary and permanent.
Let Houston Travel Guide You to an Exciting Nightlife!
It’s no surprise that Houston has gotten a lot of love for the people and the nightlife. I don’t indulge in the nightlife very often, so I won’t spend too much time on it. If you’re looking to bar hop… well, look no further than the midtown and downtown areas. This is not to say that you are limited to this area, but you will do a lot more driving outside of this. They’re close-knit within the midtown and downtown areas. Additionally, depending on what kind of nighttime entertainment you are looking for, Houston has something to appeal to it. Whether you are looking to have a lowkey night out, or you’re looking to let your hair down and get wild. Whatever you want to do… Houston has it.
Let Houston Travel Guide You to a Sporting Event!
No one does sports like a true Texan. No one! I don’t care what anyone says. (Disclaimer: This is the only time I will align Texans and Cowboys fans to one another.) No one tailgates, throws a football party, or comes together like a proud fan of a Texas team. The coming together even goes beyond football. This includes basketball, baseball (I mean… Texas, as a whole, rejoiced with the Astros), and even soccer. (Go, Dynamo!)
Though some may not consider this to be a sporting event, I will also recommend the rodeo. Houston has the largest rodeo in the world. (Not to brag, but we have a lot of the largest events. Remember… everything is really bigger in Texas.) I feel like everyone will have a great time at the rodeo. There are concerts, bull riders, children participating with FFA (Future Farmers of America), the Carnival, and don’t even let me get started on the wonderful food. OMG! Anything that you could dream of is most likely here. Though I must recommend a turkey leg. (Personally, I always look forward to the funnel cake.)
Let Houston Travel Guide You to a Lot of All-in-Ones!
The beautiful thing about Houston is convenience. When I go to the Galleria, I can shop, ice skate, AND pick a nice restaurant (or fast food) to sit and eat. I don’t have to go to three different places… I can do it all in one. There are high-end stores like Nordstrom, Alexander McQueen, and Neiman Marcus and there are stores that can be found in most malls, like Forever 21, Aeropostale, etc. Houston is not short of shopping, I can guarantee that. Plus, you never know what celebrity you might run into here at the Galleria. (A lot of them stay at the Westin and Hotel Derek.)
The Galleria is just one example but there are plenty of places around Houston where you can get multiple things in one place. You can bowl, party, and eat at Lucky Strike downtown (must be 21). I mentioned earlier the variety of things to do in the museum district. If you decide to visit the Houston Aquarium, you can explore and eat here. Like I mentioned earlier, there is no shortage or shopping or eating. There will always be somewhere to do both.
Let Houston Travel Guide You to a Quick Road Trip!
The beautiful thing about Houston is that it is a hub city. You can get to many other places (other major Texas cities) within a couple of hours driving. You can find out fun things to do in some of Texas’ other large cities: Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, several beach towns, and even the state capital, Austin.
I Want to Hear From You!
Let me know in the comments below some of your favorite things/places in Houston. If you’ve never been and would love to visit, what is something that you’d love to visit/try? Also, please, don’t hesitate to share the love by sharing this post to various social outlets. Thanks!0