What are the best activities to do in Houston?

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Houston is sort of under the radar, but it’s got so much to offer. It’s a huge city and it’s an international city. It’s kind of gritty and has lots of freeways; but there’s so much to do, and the best part about Houston is the people. I would say, from a pure traveler’s standpoint, I would tell them to hit the Museum District — so The Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts.

I would definitely tell them to participate in Mexican food, so I would give them three or four options of where I felt like they could get great Mexican food — El Tiempo and El Meson. I would mention Discovery Green downtown is super fun. Going downtown — the downtown [area] has taken a much better vibe than it used to [have]. Having a glass of wine on Discovery Green. Tranquility Park is something kind of neat if you’re downtown.

I think also Bayou Bend, which is a museum right outside of River Oaks that was an old mansion that Ima Hogg and her family owned. It has turned into these beautiful French- European gardens. I think that’s a beautiful thing to see.

Mai Pham

Eat some great food. Without a question, one of the best things to do in Houston is eat. With more than 8,000 restaurants around the city, the options are virtually endless. Want fine dining? Restaurants like Tony’s and RDG + Bar Annie are ready to oblige. Want ethnic eats? Take your pick of Chinese, Vietnamese, Indo-Pakistani, Persian, Peruvian, Ethiopian, and more. And then there are the steaks, Tex-Mex, barbecue and burgers. Gourmet food trucks are also making a big splash inside Houston’s inner city loop and can be found near the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) during the week, and at various spots along lower Westheimer, Montrose, and Washington Ave. 

Play a game of golf. Houston is a wonderful place to play golf. Head to Memorial Park or The Woodlands to play on a course with the locals, or visit a PGA level golf course like Redstone Golf Club, site of the Houston Shell Open. Or, grab some buddies and head to Topgolf, the gorgeous new three-decker heated driving range with golf balls, cushy chairs, music blaring, beer and food brought to your table.

Catch a performing arts show. Houston boasts one of the best performing arts hubs in the nation. You can almost always find a ballet, dance group, orchestra, play, or opera if you plan your schedule accordingly. The Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theater, Houston Symphony, and Theater Under the Stars, Opera in the Heights and Society for the Performing Arts offer seasonal performances late Autumn, and early Spring of each year. In addition, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice and Miller Outdoor Theater often offer free performances throughout the year. 

Watch a sports game. Whether it’s the Texans (football), the Rockets (basketball), the Dynamo (soccer), the Astros (baseball), the Aeros (hockey), or the Houston Polo Club, Houston offers a wide variety of viewing opportunities for sports enthusiasts. 

Beth DeLozier-Hayes
Classical Theatre Company past production of Ghosts by Henrick Ibsen © Kyle Ezer

Haute Wheels Houston
If you are a foodie, you will not want to miss Haute Wheels, the Food Truck Festival on March 23rd-24th.  Over 34 of the cities finest chefs will be parking their vehicles on the Houston Community College Southwest Campus, and serving up the fine gourmet truck delicacies that Houston is quickly being known for.  Throw in a healthy heaping of craft beer, fine wine, and live music, and it is sure to get your motor running.

Everyone knows about the big time theatre companies in Houston like The Alley and Theatre Under the Stars, but some of the cities finest talent can be found in its smaller and grittier indie theatre scene.  Here’s what’s playing this month: 

If you are in the mood to hear the voice of the bard, the ridiculously talented folks at the Classical Theatre Company will be delivering their rendition of the Merchant of Venice March 27th - April 14th.  If you are a fan of classical theatre, this company is a must-see while you are in Houston.

If musical theatre is a little more your bag, be sure to visit Texas Repertory Theatre on the north side of town, for Sondheim’s Company March 14th- April 7th

Discovery Green
Relax and become one with nature, while also enjoying stunning views of the Houston skyline.  This month Discovery Green offers weekly Kayak classes on Kinder Lake, Zumba, Bum-ba (bun toning), and Yoga. 

March 12th - if you’re feeling a little bit silly, and interested in revisiting memories of spring break foam parties, you’ll love  Ballet & Bubbles.  The exquisite Houston Ballet will preform from noon until 1:00, then the foam party begins immediately afterward.    

March 13 and 27th - If you are feeling blue around lunchtime, top by the Green for their Blues and Burgers lunchtime concertC

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