Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit Houston as a tourist? Well, with this guide, you can do just that, and pretend that just for one day, you are a wide-eyed visitor hoping to explore everything H-Town has to offer.
It’s breakfast time, and the first stop on your travel list should be none other than the Houston staple, the Breakfast Klub. I have never not seen a line to get into this place, and for good reason too. Do yourself a favor, and cross this one off your bucket-list if you haven’t already.
They don’t just call this the Space City for nothing, so get your car ready and make the drive out to Space Center Houston. They open at 10 a.m., and since this place is so far away from everything else, might as well go early in the day to get it over with.
After spending enough time exploring the Space Center, it is time to return back to the inner loop to get lunch at none other than Frenchys Chicken. This place has Beyonce’s endorsement, and if that isn’t enough to make your inner tourist freak out, nothing will.
After enjoying some delicious fried chicken for lunch, why not walk it off at Buffalo Bayou? Get some fresh air at Eleanor Tinsley or get some fresh IG pics at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a decommissioned underground reservoir built in 1926 that now features art installations. This place looks creepy, but cool as hell, so might as well make the most of it.
After taking things easy on the Bayou, buy those souvenirs you know your relatives will bug you about later. The best place to buy them? Probably somewhere along Heights Boulevard, where you can support local Houston businesses and get thoughtful, handcrafted items for your loved ones to enjoy at one of its many local artisan boutiques.
Once you’ve made sure to buy something for everyone back home, head over to the Museum District to visit all of the wonderful museums that Houston has to offer. Most of these places are within walking distance, so you will really be able to take in the city as you soak up the artwork at the same time.
After all that walking, you’re probably hungry at around this time. While Houston has so many food options you can go with, I recommend Hugo’s. This place is an H-Town exclusive, and offers some damn good authentic Mexican cuisine (and margaritas to boot).
The sun is just starting to set around this time, and you owe it to yourself to make a visit over to Rice University to watch the sunset at James Turell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace. Over here, you can get the absolute best view of the sun setting over the city, and take in the beauty of this art installation too.
If you’re not sure what to do at around this time, you should pay a visit to the downtown aquarium. Over here, you can revel in the tranquility of gazing into the enormous fish tanks, or take a ride on the ferris wheel at night, and get a great view of the Houston skyline.
After spending a few hours at the aquarium, it’s time to have some fun and party at Houston nightlife staple Numbers Night Club. Here, you can dance the night away and party like it’s 1999.
Once you’ve spent the last few hours dancing the night away with total strangers, take one lucky stranger with you to the pedestrian bridge over Allen Parkway to leave a love lock behind and solidify this night spent together. You can also get a great view of the Houston skyline together. The bridge is right beside Eleanor Tinsley, so you can come back and explore the same place at night, and if you’re feekling adventerous enough, walk down to Waugh Drive Bat Colony together.
At 1 a.m. in Houston, House of Pies is always the place to be. While the rest of the city may be asleep, this place never does, and is open 24 hours. Come here for late night coffee, complete with eggs, hashbrown, pancakes and of course, pie.