17 Excellent Ways To Enjoy The Summer In Houston
Rewind a few years ago, and Houston hit the national news headlines in a big way. The catalyst was Forbes’ annual edition of “America’s Coolest Cities.” Guess which city ranked number one?
If you guessed Houston, and the surrounding communities, including The Woodlands and Spring, you probably read the article, along with the many professionals and families that began a slow and steady migration in the direction of the nation’s fourth largest city.
But Houston isn’t just a mecca for job opportunities and an economic cost of living. It is also rapidly becoming one of the nation’s major cultural centers as well. No matter when you arrive in Houston, you will have your pick of fun things to do. Houston’s summer season is coming fast, these activities should top your list of ways to beat the heat and enjoy summer.
Spend one evening enjoying the free entertainment at Miller Outdoor Theater and you’ll be hooked. Arrive early to nab free covered seating or bring a picnic to enjoy the vast green lawn space. They also have a generous selection of daytime events for kids. This an Amazing event for families, but remember, no pets allowed at the theater.
Discovery Green sits on 12 acres in the center of downtown Houston. This kid-friendly, dog-friendly park has it all — outdoor movie nights, daytime yoga classes, weekday kid activities, farmers markets, art fairs, and fabulous seasonal features (come back during winter and you can go ice-skating!)
Houston Public Library
Houston has a public library system unlike any other. But the downtown branch, in particular, is a must-see (and a great place to go for a little air-conditioned break in the heat of summer)! The architecture is gorgeous and the reading material and special events are extensive and very kid-friendly.
If you love plays, musicals, dance, ballet, opera, the symphony, art, comedy, and shows, you will simply love the diversity and variety of Houston’s downtown Theater District.
Lest we neglect sports, regardless of your favorite, Houston has a team to root for. With nine sports stadiums and recently hosting this year’s Super Bowl, you can cheer for all the football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, and other sports you can handle.
This amazing architectural wonder features a 64-foot wall of water that pumps 78,500 gallons every 3+ hours. The grassy knoll beneath it offers a perfect place for a summer picnic.
Paddle boat with ducks, geese, fish, and turtles, and then hop on over to the Hermann Park Railroad and enjoy a ride or head for the Zoo to get up close and personal with the wildlife. You can also use the many walking trails to head over and enjoy a free event at Miller Theater.
Free beer? Beer tours? This local brewery — Houston’s oldest craft brewery — is a true friend to Houstonians and visitors with its free tours, beer, and edibles; making it a must-visit stop for summer refreshment!