15 Best Things To Do in Houston, Texas

By Kach Umandap October 5th, 2021 Posted in North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Houston soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Houston, Texas for your next trip to the USA!

Houston is a big city in the US State of Texas. It is the largest metropolis that extends to Galveston. With this, it is undeniable that Houston is one of the places that tourists tend to visit when they head to the United States. If you’re wondering what to do in Houston, we listed down below the things you can enjoy here.

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Top Things To Do in Houston, Texas

1. Discover Amazing Tours

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There is so much more going on in Houston other than just walking around the city.  In regards to exploring the area, here are a few things that may be of interest:

  • Gerald D. Hines, Waterwall Park – is located in a park and is meters away from The Galleria. The sound of water falling and splashing is very therapeutic. It also creates a perfect backdrop that offers great photo opportunities. Currently, it costs $88 for the entrance.
  • The Galleria – is a shopping mall, but is also an international attraction visited by millions every year – it has an ice-skating rink open all year. Absolutely the perfect place for those with a short time in Houston.

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  • Discovery Green – is a small urban park, with a great atmosphere. Being next to the Convention Center, it is very populous with some restaurants very close by. It also has a program of special activities throughout the year, you can visit their official website and get more information. Admission here is free.
  • One-day Brew Pass – from the Experience Houston Marketplace. You can try beer tasting at different breweries with this pass. This pass costs $28.95.
  • Seismique – Enjoy colorful arts and magnificent displays at Seismique. The admission starts at $28 for children and $35 for adults.
  • Houston CityPASS – includes admission to top attractions. This pass costs $64 for adults and $54 for children. 

2. Explore Museums

  • The Houston Museum of Natural Science – is an excellent place to see dinosaur skeletons and much more. Not all the pieces are original but they have very good reproductions and animations, and they will let you travel to the past.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – is the largest museum in Houston and has the most exhibits. You can find many old Chinese and Japanese artworks, including Western religious paintings that are also on display. These spacious buildings allow you to see works by Chagall, Monet, Picasso, Matisse, etc. up close and slowly.
  • Children’s Museum of Houston – is an interesting and fun museum dedicated to the little ones. It has a lot of interactive activities using science as a base that can help children develop. It also allows you to discover science; electricity, fluids, robotics/programming, etc. The whole concept of the museum is brilliant!

All these museums are possible to visit by using a Houston CityPASS

3. Be Amazed at Space Center Houston

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At the Space Center Houston, you can find much of the United States’ history for putting a man on the Moon and of the plans to reach Mars in the near future. It is a magical and unforgettable experience for any lover of astronomy and space history.

4. A Place for Basketball Lovers – Toyota Center

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Toyota Center is the home of the Houston Rockets. If you have the opportunity to come to see a basketball game, don’t hesitate to go here. The stadium itself is very comfortable and it is very easy to get to your place. 

5. Watch a Game or do Shopping at Minute Maid Park


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With a capacity for more than 40 thousand people, it has numerous cabins. It’s also airconditioned which makes it a comfortable place to go to. If you don’t like watching baseball games, no worries, the stadium is a shopping mall so there is everything to do!

6. Food Walking Tour in Downtown Houston

If you’re a foodie like me, a food walking tour in Downtown Houston is a must-do! A lot of restaurants to try and food to indulge. Whether it be some juicy steak, smokey ribs, crunchy chicken wings, delicious snacks like tacos, or even sweet desserts! All your cravings can be found here! I am certain that a food walking tour is one of the best things to do in Houston.

7. Pig Out at Railway Heights Market

This Food Hall in Houston is definitely a place to be! All the foodies out there can enjoy gorging to different types of food. Seafood, meat, snacks, and some cuisine with different flavors, all of that are available at Railway Height Market. Already full from eating? Explore the area! There is so much to see here including dog parks, a beer garden, art vendors, a farmer’s market, and a lot more. Your precious time won’t be wasted here.

8. Visit Galveston

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Galveston is a historic beach town that’s only less than an hour away from Houston. For this reason, it is considered as an extension of the said city. No one would really get bored going here as there are a lot of things to do. The beach, the historic district filled with a lot of Victorian architecture, and old seafaring inns. Aside from swimming and sunbathing, you can also try fishing or exploring historic ships. 

9. See Vibrant Graffiti Arts


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In Houston, you’ll see a path of walls painted in all the colors of beautiful drawings which are very original and very artistic. These graffiti arts are one of the top attractions in the city as people love taking photos here due to their beautiful effect that creates a wonderful photo.

10. Go to Chinatown

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Houston is the second city in the US that has the largest Chinese population. With that, it is not surprising to know that there’s a Chinatown everyone could visit. Once you get here, you’ll be able to taste, see, and smell a lot of Chinese cuisines, especially in the Hongkong Food Market area. The dim sum and Chinese soup are such delights you shouldn’t miss! Already full with all the food? Spend your afternoon at the Jade Buddha Temple which has a garden, and a lotus pond. Such a peaceful place! 

11. Take a short tour at the Beer Can House


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A lovely drive downtown will take you to Beer Can House. It is one of the most popular sites in Houston Town. Upon going here, you’ll be amazed by all the 50,000 beer cans that serve as the aluminum armor of the retired upholsterer John Milkovisch’s house. You can enter inside by paying around $5 or you can just admire the beauty of the creation from outside. 

12. Visit Different Breweries

When in Houston, it’s a must to explore breweries. It can be a bit hard to decide where to drink, especially that Houston is known to be a craft beer haven. So to help you decide, here are some of the breweries that you shouldn’t miss!

  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company
  • Equal Parts Brewing 
  • True Anomaly Brewing Co
  • Platypus Brewing

13. Watch Any Shows at the Miller Outdoor Theater

Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park is something to look for when visiting Houston. You’ll get the chance to enjoy everything from drama to the symphony. How much does it cost to go here? It’s free! You just have to check the calendar for the event that’s coming up before your visit. So don’t forget your blanket, food, and drinks, enjoy some quality time with your family or friends!

14. Visit the NRG Museum

This multi-purpose stadium has a capacity of 72,220. It is considered one of the best places to go to if you want to watch live entertainment around town such as concerts, sporting events, shows, etc. I personally had a great time when I visited the stadium.

15. Enjoy Houstonian Food!

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Houston’s diversity when it comes to food is something that makes this city a must-visit. Some of the iconic Houston dishes you should try are crawfish & noodles, steak, smoked meats like turkey, chicken, and brisket, and a lot more!

You can read more here: Best 14 Restaurants I’ve Visited in Houston, Texas

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.