Probably one of the most famous cities in Texas, Houston is a great city to visit on the weekends. Located near the Gulf of Mexico, history dates back centuries and a bunch of cool little food places – one of the entertainment of American cities visit on a little getaway. And not only that, in Houston and around the immediate outskirts of the city there are a multitude of the best things to do.
All of this makes it perfect for exploring!
Rewinding forward so far and we still love it.
So, to help you get the most out of your visit to Houston, I would like to share a few gems that we loved immensely as we explored.
Check out the best things you can do in Houston below. Have fun visiting Texas.
1.) Hermann Park
Probably one of the best things to do in Houston if you want a day for chillout, Hermann Park is nice for a walk.
Located near Hoston’s largest museums, Hermann Park has plenty of space to explore. From the beautiful Japanese Garden, the Miller Open Air Theater to the completely sweet Hermann Park Railway – you’ll love to visit.
Also, if you have time, visit the nearby Natural History Museum and Holocaust Museum. Both are great places you really shouldn’t miss.
Finally, for an informal lunch, get ready Turkey hut (on the way to Almed). Their sword cancer, cheese and turkey legs are everything!
2.) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Located on the southwest edge of Houston, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (temple) is absolutely beautiful to see. And not only that, it’s the largest in all of Texas and so appealing for a small visit.
Open daily, everyone is welcome to visit and see them. Just remember to be honest and not take photos inside.
3.) Museum of Fine Arts
Still longing for some more exhibitions and galleries? Then jump to the Museum of Fine Arts.
It houses the largest cultural institution containing collections of nearly 70,000 objects of American art and Latin American art.
And not only that, but the museum also houses European paintings, sculptures from the 20th to the 21st century. Centuries and much more. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.
If that’s none of your business, stop by the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Natural History Museum. It is a huge ecosystem enclosed by glass that includes thousands of colorful species of butterflies.
To fill your stomach, head towards Breakfast club which is one of the best eateries in all of Texas. They have a delicious menu that is too good to miss. Their wings and semolina are so good.
4.) Buffalo Bayou Park
Buffalo Bayou Park is a beautiful urban park that contains a number of places that are great for a relaxing day in Houston. Including a skateboarding park, playground (for children), a picnic pavilion and a tributary, it is a place for real relaxation and a break from guessing the city streets.
And not only that, it is absolutely a nice place to enjoy kayaking and rowing on a warm sunny day.
After that, walk to Sawyer Yards and Silos (at Sawyer Yards).
It’s great to stop for a bit to visit delicious food vendors, see street art and listen to live music at certain times of the week. The vibration is really great.
5.) San Jacinto Park
Leaving downtown Houston? Enter San Jacinto Park to explore this beautiful part of town. Not only are the park grounds extremely beautiful for a walk on a sunny day; but there is also a lot of history to this site.
You see, here is the state historic site of San Jacinto Battleground which has a museum and a monument to visit. After paying a small entrance fee, you’ll have to wander around the exhibitions and learn more about Texas ’independence from Mexico in 1939.
Plus, you’ll have amazing views from the top! This alone certainly makes for one of the best things in Houston.
Upon returning to Midtown head to Tacos A Go Go for their spicy tacos and quesadillas. Again, it’s not a fancy place, but the dishes are so good!
6.) Children’s Museum of Houston
Yes, if you haven’t figured it out by now, Houston has a bunch of museums to explore; and they are all so good!
For a family fun spot, head to the Children’s Museum in Houston which is absolutely great for kids (and big kids too).
Once here you will see exhibitions of science and technology, as well as exhibitions of history and culture and art that make their permanent collections so special.
After a morning at the museum, head towards Lucille’s for their delicious Southern breakfast. Their chicken and waffles will stay stuffed for you!
If you want to escape downtown Houston, hop in the car and drive to the coast in Galveston.
Fill beautiful beaches, kitsch amusement park and mole for pleasure, it is the kind of place you can spend all day.
Honestly, Galveston has a lot of epic things to do and explore and is perfect for a while away from the city itself
Once here you can’t miss some of Galveston’s best beaches. Some of the favorites are; East Beach, Stewart Beach, Porretto Beach and San Luis Beach. Just watch out for sunscreen; the wind can trick you into thinking the sun isn’t that strong!
Oh, and don’t forget to visit the historic East End of Galveston and Bishop’s Palace (sometimes also known as Gresham Castle) which is fully decorated.
It dates back to the 1800s and is so stunning to see.
Also, if you’re planning a full day trip out of downtown, be sure to stop at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This place is amazing to learn more about space exploration and even see some real rockets and space shuttles!
8.) Gerald D. Hines Waterwall
Quite unique and completely Houston, Gerald D. Hines Waterwall is a place you can’t miss. Yes, it’s an artificial waterfall, but the power is amazing and it’s actually a really great place to visit, next to the Williams Tower.
Although be warned, when the wind changes direction, you might just spray yourself with a downpour!
Also, it’s not too far from the Gallery, with its huge 400 shopping boutiques until you drop by! Not only are there some Texas brands, but you’ll also find a bunch of international ones like Burberry, Chanel and Gucci (to name a few).
After that take a table in Caracol, their cocktail “ranch water agave” and their baked caps (Callo De Hacha, I think the dish was called) are so good!
9.) Houston Museum of Natural Sciences
Another great place, a visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences is one of the best things in Houston to travel back millions of years!
You see, inside is a world-famous paleontology hall that you can’t miss. Here you can explore dinosaur fossils and many exhibition halls, including space station models and mineral samples.
You’ll also see some Egyptian exhibit and a butterfly museum center (which I mentioned earlier).
If you like the tip later, head to Natachee’s Supper ’n Punch. Not too far from the breakfast club I mentioned earlier and a great stop for a tip.