Hi friends, today I'd like to talk about the most populous city in Texas, the fourth-most populous city in the United States, the city of Houston. With a population of 2,304,580 it's easy to feel right at home here in this city full of history, and you don't need to venture far out to find lots of exciting things to do or fantastic places to eat!
Places To Experience in Houston TX
Space Center Houston – This is a huge complex, where you can walk through the replica of Independence and the enormous carrier aircraft it's mounted on. The visitor center includes replicas of America's first space station and moon rock. Astronauts can be met at noon Fridays in a separate building from the main complex. A tram tour of Johnson Space Center takes you to Rocket Park to see actual rockets on display.
Houston's Museum District – The Museum District is one of Houston's greatest cultural attractions, with 19 museums in the area. Eleven of these are free to the public. Highlights include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Also in this area is lovely Hermann Park, with its Houston Zoo and Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Museum of Natural Science – The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most popular museums in town. Fun for all ages, it covers a wide range of topics and is sure to please everyone in your group. Be sure to swing by the Hall of Paleontology during your visit to see several complete dinosaur skeletons. For something that's still alive, tour the Cockrell Butterfly Conservatory, where nearly 1,500 butterflies flutter around in humid air.
Houston Zoo – The Houston Zoo sits on 55 acres in Hermann Park and is home to more than 6,000 animals. The zoo has an education center and children's zoo. Some of the highlights include feeding the giraffes, seeing marine life up close in the aquarium, and watching sea lions and otters frolicking about.
Museum of Fine Arts – The museum, boast more than 63,000 pieces in its collection, is housed in two structures: the Audrey Jones Beck building and the Caroline Wiess Law Building, both connected by the unique Wilson Tunnel. The museum's focus is French and Italian impressionist paintings, fine sculptures, and European and American decorative arts.
Houston Children's Museum – The Houston Children's Museum is one of the amazing places to visit in Houston for people with young kid. Inside the colorful, noisy museum, kids can run wild and have a fun time getting busy with all the hands-on and interactive displays.
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park – The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is a lovely Houston park that features an impressive sculptural fountain, with sheets of water cascading down concrete walls and sculptures. The structure's semi-circular shape towers 64 feet above you, with a large arch and 46,500 square feet of water. This 2.77-acre park, covered with dozens of live oaks, is located in Uptown Houston.
Art Car Museum – The Art Car Museum, which opened in 1998, has attracted Houston residents since it first opened. The cars and exhibits change regularly, so you'll never quite know what you will see.
Galveston – The beautiful beaches of Galveston are less than an hour away from Houston. If you're looking for a quick break from the city, head out to Galveston to enjoy the beach and a seaside restaurant. Miles of endless beach and shallow, turquoise water stretch along the ocean front.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – I If you're new to an event of this kind, you'll be pleasantly surprised by all there is to do. On the grounds are carnival rides, games, and food stands, and tons of entertainment to keep you busy all day long. At night, some of today's biggest names in music will be performing on stage!
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston is a sight to behold. It's the largest temple in Texas and so eye-catching you'll want to take a little visit.
Parks to Visit in Houston TX
Buffalo Bayou Park – This is a 160-acre green space running through the city. The park has extensive walking and biking trails, as well as a dog park, sculptures and plenty of shady areas for relaxation.
Hermann Park – Hoston’s Hermann Park offers lots of opportunities for recreation—from the gorgeous Japanese Garden, Miller Outdoor Theatre and the totally cute Hermann Park Railroad.
San Jacinto Park – There are a lot of great things to do at San Jacinto Park. You can take a stroll through the grounds and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Not only that, but there’s history in this park too! The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is right here, which has a museum and monument to visit.
Evelyn’s Park – This 5-acre park hosts food trucks and farmers markets, plus yoga classes, concerts, and other fun events.
Buffalo Bend Nature Park – Built in 2016 from the remains of a tall, grassy hill, this 10-acre park features reconstructed wetlands that mimic the original landscape of the area, pre-industry. It offers visitors a totally different view of Buffalo Bayou.
Sam Houston Park – This park is the first in the city and is located just steps away from City Hall. The 19.7 acres contain 10 historic buildings that have been restored.
Tranquility Park – This Park, located at Walker and Rusk Streets, is a great place to get away from the noise of downtown. It offers walkways, pools, and cylindrical water fountains.
Market Square Park – The park originally served as the city’s original town center, but now it provides entertainment and relaxation, plus a dog park and a food and beverage kiosk.
Cullen Park – This is a 9,300-acre park with a ball field complex, multiple picnic areas, hike and bike trails, an archery range and a water playground.
Memorial Park – This 1,400 acre urban park offers walking and running trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball and tennis courts as well as multiple ball fields and a major golf course.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park – The park has 4,786 acres of wooded land and 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as kayaking on tree-lined creeks and horseback riding on equestrian trails.
Keith-Wiess Park – This 500-acre park offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities, including baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, and picnic shelters in a wooded setting with detention ponds to prevent flooding.
Best Restaurants in Houston TX
Flora – This is an attractive, casual restaurant that has a variety of Mexican flavors with a Houston flair. Here, you'll find delicious tacos, charred octopus and chorizo, a sirenly yellowtail ceviche negro made with squid ink, and their version of tender fajitas, plus the best margarita in the city.
Squable – The atmosphere is casual and cozy at Squable, a popular neighborhood restaurant that serves casual European fare with American influences. Dishes range from small plates to large; consider the bolognese lasagna with pickled collards, or the restaurant's famed French cheeseburger, which is smothered in raclette cheese.
Feges BBQ – They offer a wide variety menu which includes boudin, brisket, and pulled pork. What sets them apart from other barbecue restaurants is that they offer dishes beyond the usual barbecue staples.
Truth BBQ – There’s nothing quite like Truth BBQ, which has been billed as one of the top barbecue spots in the state and has a pitmaster from Brenham who smokes meat with a backyard flair. The restaurant also serves up an array of side dishes, including trays full of meat and bread.
Xin Chao – This is a restaurant that combines Texas and Gulf Coast cuisines with Asian influences. The menu includes smoked beef rib flat rice noodles and lemongrass-buttermilk fried chicken served over pandan rice, pickled cucumber and hot satay honey.
Bludorn Restaurant – At this restaurant they serve dishes that are influenced by the freshest seasonal ingredients and flavors from around the world. For starters, order the charred octopus or a Tarte flambee. They also have a flavorful seafood tower that is to-die-for!
The Original Ninfa's on Navigation – This popular Tex-Mex restaurant has earned fame for inventing fajitas. Make a meal of its signature dish, plus queso flameado and mango-habanero margaritas to get an authentic Houston taste.
Aiko – Try some of the restaurant's tasty bites, like the trumpet mushroom, foie gras, engawa, or smoked sawara (Spanish mackerel) nigiri.
Uchiko – They offer tasty dishes such as Hama chili, crispy karaage (Japanese fried chicken), high-quality sushi, and refreshing sunomono. Their gyutoro maki is made with wagyu short rib that's been cooked for 72 hours.
There is so much to do in and around Houston. We might have missed some favorites, so be sure to share with us any new finds. You can email us, leave a comment below, or tag us on Instagram! @jordanschilleci
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