8 Interesting Things to Do In Houston

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  • cooking pot filled with broth and spices.

  • Large metal sculpture outdoors

  • red bike rentals

  • Brightly colored outdoor mural that reads, "Houston".

  • chicken fried steak on a blue plate

  • moon style light

  • black and white photo of a ferris wheel

“Howdy, Y’all!” Houston: diverse culture, authentic restaurants, and home of NASA! If you’re a foodie, shopper or an adventurer, you are in for a treat! Let me help you get started on your own adventures in Houston by sharing 8 of my favorite places I like to visit throughout the year.

Discovery Green
Located in the heart of downtown the Discovery Green is a great place for a nice day! Kayak at Kinder Lake or stroll along the gardens where you will find beautiful landscapes and unique sculptures like the Monument Au Fantome. Cool off at Fountain Gate and grab delicious food at The Grove. Visit at night to enjoy their evening festivities including theater arts performances, concerts, outdoor movies and so much more.

Houston Live Stock and Rodeo
Rodeo season is a BIG deal. It takes place from late February to the end of March. Houston Rodeo displays the largest livestock exhibits and rodeo. Livestock participants present their animals for judging and the winners have the opportunity to auction off their livestock. The rodeo has two parts, first, enjoy watching the cowboys/cowgirls compete in a series of events such as tie-down roping, bareback riding, bull riding, barrel racing, etc. Next up is the concert – the rodeo not only features country stars like George Strait and Garth Brookes but also major artists like Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. For the ultimate experience ride the gigantic Ferris wheel that oversees the fair and eat carnival foods like smoked turkey legs, foot-long corn dogs and fried pecan pie.

Museum of Fine Arts
If you are traveling solo or with a group, the Museum of Fine Arts is a great place to visit for a variety of wonders. When you plan your visit, check out the calendar of events filled with activities for all ages. Explore the impressive Glassell School of Art, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens & Rienzi. The museum is free on Thursdays.

NASA Johnson Space Center
Ever wondered what it would like to live, explore, and adapt in another planet? Space Center Houston features more than 400 space artifacts, traveling exhibits, and interactive attractions. From flying a virtual drone to eating space ice cream, Space Center Houston is entertaining to all.

Dish Society
Listed as one of the top 11 Houston Brunches in Houston by Houstonia Magazine, Dish Society has taken breakfast classics to a whole other level. They add Texas twist like the Brisket n’ Eggs, with a side of the best smoked Gouda and a buttermilk biscuit. Pair it off a with a Bromosa and you have the perfect brunch!

Hickory Hollow
Foodie fans are in luck, Houston offers the best of the best! If you enjoy southern comfort cuisine and barbecue I suggest eating at Hickory Hollow. Known for their Texas-style barbecue and chicken fried steak. Don’t forget the banana pudding and pecan pie for dessert!

Little Sheep Hot Pot
Little Sheep Hot Pot is all about experiencing something out of your element. This unique experience includes cooking your meal over a tabletop burner. It is then served in a metal pot filled with herbs and spices. First timers, I advise you let the host join you so they can explain the process of cooking and ordering your food. You will be given a paper to fill out, to choose the protein, seafood, vegetables, sides, noodles, rice and spices that you would like in your dish. Start by taking thin slices of meat and dunking it in the hot broth, watch as it cooks and when it’s done you can eat it as is or dip it in an herb sauce or with rice.

Chocolate Bar
Ever had potato chips dipped in chocolate? Chocolate pizza, a 4-layered slice of chocolate cake or what about creating your perfectly crafted chocolate bar? This is the perfect place for you, they offer gourmet bars, fresh fruits, dipped cookies, treats for doggies, popcorn, ice cream, and coffee. Visit their menu for more chocolate items you crave.

Thank you for letting me share some of my favorite things to do in Houston. From adventuring in Space at NASA to getting chocolate wasted at the Chocolate Bar—Houston is a FUN filled city to visit. To get a list of upcoming events in Houston visit 365Houston.

Know Before You Go

  • Houston is known for its haunted sites. Allen’s Landing is especially popular since it dates to 1836 and is the birthplace of Houston’s business district.
  • One of Houston’s most remarkable features is the Downtown Tunnels, where you can find a long path of restaurants and places to shop.
  • The Houston Museum of Natural Science is an excellent place for entertainment. Don’t skip a stop at the Butterfly Center!

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Apple B. Are you interested in traveling to Houston? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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