Since we have been in Houston for about 3 weeks now, we have not been bored a single day! We have filled our days working, exercising, eating, spending time with family, but we have also gone many places! I’m sure there is a lot more to explore because Houston is such a large, sprawling city, but here is my review on some great things to do in Houston, TX!
Although it was raining the day we went to the zoo, we still had a good time. This is a good sized zoo (mile long trail around), with a decent variety of animals to see including tigers, elephants, chimps, gorillas, longhorn cattle, many reptiles, and much more! There seemed to be a lot of fun things for the kids too including a splash park, carousel, petting zoo and more. This zoo is a great opportunity to not only see animals from all over the world, but learn about them too!
We happened to go mid-week during the day, and we basically had the place to ourselves! A very nice man who worked there told us all about the museum, and specifically the dinosaur exhibit. Apparently it is the largest in the country! We did not have enough time to see the whole museum, but we were very impressed with what we saw. This is one of the great things to do in Houston, especially when you get a good deal! We got a Groupon deal, which included the planetarium show as well as general admission. Afterwards we walked through the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park.
Houston, we don’t have a problem here! This was a great place to learn about the history of space travel, learn about the moon missions and more! One of the most interesting things to do in Houston! It was really great seeing the same room where a room full of people got to hear and see the moon landing, as well as other successful and not so successful missions. It is amazing to see how big these rockets and space shuttles really are! Back at the main building, there are so many cool learning experiences for kids and adults of all ages.
The Miller Theater has free concerts all summer long! Maybe even longer? We packed a bunch of munchies from Trader Joe’s, some beer and wine, and set up a picnic on the grass! I believe you can purchase and/or reserve tickets in the seated area as well, but we were happy with our lawn picnic. We saw some Israeli dance group that was…well, interesting haha. But either way, it was nice being outside on a nice night, enjoying each other’s company.
There are many other museums in a pretty small area. In addition to the Museum of Natural History, we also visited the Holocaust museum which taught us a lot about the history of the war and the awful things that the Nazi party did, and what we have learned from it. We also got to see the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Menil Collection. There are many others that we did not visit, but there is certainly a museum for everyone!
Top Golf is apparently all over the country now, but this was my first time hearing about it and experiencing it. It is basically a driving range, with a bowling feel because they track your ball and give you points on a screen for how well you do. We brought two young kids, and they also enjoyed it. They have great drink and food selections as well, making it a great place for work gatherings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more!
I know this isn’t technically Houston, but it is about an hour away. Galveston is an ocean side city on the Gulf of Mexico, which is a very popular vacation spot for Texans and beyond! We went to Galveston for 2 nights, and stayed at a house in Pointe West Resort. The house was really nice, and it gained us access to the really nice pool with BBQ areas and the beach club. Coming from the East Coast, the beach was just okay for us. The water was REALLY warm being the end of September, too warm, so we spent most of our time at the pool which over looked the beach. We did enjoy that!
Texas football is almost as important as going to church, and University football is no different! How fitting it was that the University of Houston was playing UConn while we were here! We paid $20 for tickets, had a few drinks, got some popcorn, and had a fun time! Texas sure does love their football!