Who says that being outside the Loop keeps you out of the loop? While young Houstonians flock to the city’s inner Loop (the area inside 610), there’s sprawling communities and entertainment available throughout the greater Houston area.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Vintage Park: 114 Vintage Park Blvd.
Katy: 531 South Mason Road
Your hipster friends are right — this isn’t just a movie theater. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is one of the state’s most historic movie theaters, and it’s evolved into one of the trendiest, too. As the name implies, you can enjoy a nice craft brew alongside your movie, and the theater is also known for its signature series. The theater also airs cult favorite movies, marathons of popular TV shows and more.
Katy: 1030 Memorial Brook Blvd.
Spring: 560 Spring Park Center Blvd.
Expect to spend around $15-$40 per person, including food and drinks.
As further proof of its greatness, Top Golf is one of the city’s most popular hangouts for young Houstonians. It’s a multi-story driving range, and the objective of the “game” is to hit your ball to one of the range’s many lit-up targets for a set amount of points. Don’t worry, though – about 99 percent of the people that go to Top Golf haven’t held a golf club in their lives. Top Golf has two bars, foosball tables, an upstairs patio and offers appetizers, entrees and drinks while you’re playing.
North Houston Skate Park
Spring: 12351 Kuykendahl Road
In case you didn’t know, Houston is home to the largest skate park in the nation. The park was completed last summer, and all 78,000-square-feet of bowls, vertical ramps and one bowl shaped like Texas are always free of charge. Pardon the jargon, but for the skaters out there, the park also has a fullpipe, a snake run, and a lazy river-style pathway. If you’re not into skating, the park is still visually stunning, and makes for a great hangout to watch some of the city’s most talented skaters.
Galveston: 2501 Seawall Blvd.
For Houstonians still reeling from the loss of Six Flags AstroWorld in 2005, Galveston’s next-best offering comes in Pleasure Pier, a 16-ride theme park in Galveston. The rollercoasters aren’t as extreme or intricate as the ones at AstroWorld, but they’re guaranteed to deliver some much-needed catharsis. There’s also food and drinks served, and it’s located right next to the beach. It’s aimed at all audiences, so it’s safe to bring your family here one weekend and let off some steam with your organic chemistry buds the next one.