The number one city for job creation in the US and home to 26 Fortune 500 companies, Houston has a lot to offer its inhabitants! The fourth largest city in the US is a diverse destination with a thriving museum district, sports to suit all tastes and unrivalled barbeque dining – you will have no problems filling your days in the so called ‘Oil Capital of the World’. We asked the team in the Fircroft Houston office for their top 5 things to do in the city, and this is how they responded...
Houston plays host to an impressive 19 museums in the Museum District alone and hundreds more throughout the city. Whether you wish to take in contemporary or fine art, African American history, Natural Science or photography, the Museum District has options for everyone.
As a city with a hugely diverse population, Houston benefits from a remarkable multicultural arts scene. The Asia Society Texas Center is an impressive $48.4 million headquarters comprising of an art gallery, theatre, public spaces, classrooms, conference suites and offices. In the Museum District, you can visit the Museum of African American Culture, one of the newest additions to the city offering exhibitions and lectures as well as worship services.
To get in touch with your artistic side, you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts or the Contemporary Arts Museum where you can expect national and international exhibits from the past and present. There really is something for everyone, many of which are free to visit!
Not forgetting the top attraction for international visitors – the Official NASA Space Center – where over 400 space artefacts are on display as well as permanent and travelling exhibitions offering an insight into the past, present and future of America’s space programmes.
Regardless of the time of year, the sheer volume of sports in Houston means you are sure to find a team playing. Competition is fierce not only on the pitch, but off the pitch – when you have to choose between home runs at the Houston Astros (Baseball) or goals galore at the Dynamos (Soccer). There’s also slam dunks at the Rockets (Basketball) and touchdowns at the hometown favourites, Houston Texans (American Football).
And if ball games are just too mainstream for you, the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracts over 2 million visitors across a 3-week spectacular.
Parks and adventure seekers
Boasting acres upon acres of park space, Houston offers city-wide outdoor adventures. You may wish to stay central, visiting the downtown Urban Green. Hosting art exhibits, monthly flea markets and weekly film screenings which then transforms into a winter wonderland throughout the festive season with a 7,200 sq/ft ice skating rink and visits from Santa Claus.
Alternatively, take a trip to Hermann Park, the unquestionable all-rounder! Playing host to the Miller theatre, you can take advantage of the numerous outdoor concerts and events. There is a convenient METRO train stop right next to the Japanese gardens as well as impressive lakes and monuments. All this and still within walking distance of the Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo and a golf course.
If a trip to the park sounds far too tranquil, a short drive out of Houston can fulfil your adventurous curiosity. Soaring – the extreme sport of hopping in a motor-less plane and gliding through the air, weather permitting! Is wakeboarding more your thing? How about paintballing, skateboarding or even indoor skydiving?
To make the most of the Texan weather, you can head an hour out of Houston towards Galveston Island where you can sample the seafood, quaint boutiques and a small amusement park on the pier. Alternatively, Surfside Beach costs just $12 for an annual pass.
Once you’ve had your fill of scientific musings, cheered on numerous touchdowns, visited the picturesque parks and brushed the sand from your feet, you’ll be ready to refuel – Texan style! It’s all about the barbeques in Houston and there are plenty of options to choose from. You could head out of central Houston to one of the smaller towns, or stay in town with options such as the popular Killen’s. The chef, Ronnie Killen, trained at Le Cordon Bleu, so no wonder customers are standing in line for hours. You’ll receive a free cold brew for your troubles – and it’s worth it!