Things to Do in Houston

Houston in a great city with lots of fun things to do!

Parks and Activities

Discovery Green is a fun park downtown always having family friendly events and activities! There’s a park and water area for kids and you can see their calendar of events here.

Market Square Park is downtown as well! On June 22 they’re playing an outdoor movie (Fargo). You can see their calendar here.

Hermann Park is a beautiful park with a newly updated Japanese Garden inside and a new garden called the McGovern Centennial Gardens.

Miller Outdoor Theatre is at Hermann Park and a great place for free outdoor events! Bring a blanket, snacks, and bug spray :). On June 24th you can go see the Symphony!

Free boat tour! A reservation is required, sometimes far in advance. See more information here.

The Water Wall is another small park people like to visit. It’s at 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056.

Houston Arboretum

The Sky Space at Rice University is an interesting attraction to visit at sunset. Free, but requires tickets.

The Rothko Chapel

Mercer Arboretum

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Russ Pittman Park

Brazos Bend State Park. A bit of a drive, and has an entrance fee, but a great park where you can see alligators, cool huge, old trees, and also has an observatory.

Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir


The Menil Collection. Free!

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Free!

Air Terminal Museum

Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston

Art Car Museum

A lot of the museums have free days! The following are all free on Thursdays at different times:

Buffalo Soldier Museum

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Natural Science

Holocaust Museum

The Health Museum

Children’s Museum

Places to Eat

This list could go on forever! Houston is known for it’s good food :). There is a wide range of cheap to expensive food (but all delicious!), so check the websites before going!


Emporio Brazilian Cafe – Where Allan proposed!

Luchi and Joey’s – tacos!

Thai Gourmet – One of my favorite Thai places

Songkran Thai Kitchen – Sounds amazing, but I haven’t had the pleasure of trying it yet! Maybe my new favorite if I ever make it there :).


Bernie’s Burger Bus

Coco’s Crepes

Season’s 52

Jus’ Mac

Backstreet Cafe

Local Foods

Ruggles Green

Tiny Boxwoods

Dish Society


Argentina Cafe


Hubcap Grill


Food trucks

Picanha House – Brazilian!

Sticky’s Chicken

The Waffle Bus

Eatsie Boys

Melange Creperie

Pitas Bites

Pi Pizza

Foreign Policy


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