Things to do in Houston
Houston's museums cover the gamut from space travel to modern art, while Hermann Park and the Galleria provide less cerebral distractions.
Johnson Space Center. Exhibits cover the history of NASA expeditions and visitors can touch a moon rock.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston. At over 300,000 square feet, Houston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest art museums in the country. Among its seven buildings is the only Mies van der Rohe designed museum in the United States.
Menil Collection. Architect Renzo Piano's first American commission was the building to house the collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Especially notable for its early modernist art it also includes works ranging from South Pacific carvings to Byzantine frescoes.
Hermann Park. Near Rice University and the Museum District, this park is one of Houston's most popular and is also home to the Houston Zoo, a Japanese Garden, and the Museum of Natural Science.
The Galleria. At 3 million square feet, with 375 stores, a hotel, and an ice-skating rink, the Galleria is a destination in its own right. It's also the largest mall in Texas and the 8th largest in the country.
This tiny hole-in-the-wall's namesake, Sig Byrd, was the coolest cat in town in the 1950's and 60's, covering the local music and club scene for two dailies, the Houston Press and the Houston Chronicle.
A shimmering oddity on a quiet residential street near Memorial Park, this marvel of folk art may strike some as merely a wacky recycling project.
Seasoned cheese professional Lindsey Schechter started Houston Dairymaids in 2008 dedicated to finding the best artisan cheese makers in Texas and bringing their products to Houston. The company seeks out cheeses made by hand, and if possible, using unpasteurized milk.
Colorful lighting and retro furniture creates a swanky vibe in this Uptown night spot. A long bar stretches almost the entire length of the main room, offering plenty of space to order drinks.
This venue has closed.
When unveiled in 1993, this rehabilitated row of 1920's one-room-wide shotgun cottages in Houston's historically African-American Third Ward pioneered new ideas about indigenous art and domestic architecture.
This is Houston's version of the sort of rural compound you might find in Tuscany or Provence, an enchanting oasis that includes a nursery, home and garden shop, and café (Tiny Boxwood's), all in one.
With its dark wood tables, large leather sofas and 400-square-foot humidor, Downing Street Pub certainly exudes masculinity.
Success has not spoiled Chloe Dao, winner of Project Runway's second season. Located on the edge of Rice Village, the almost bare-bones space is nothing fancy, and the no-nonsense, no-frills aspect of the enterprise is refreshing. Here, it's all about the clothes.
Worship film? This micro-cinema, housed in a little white 1924 church, gives literal meaning to the phrase and passion. Congregations of moviegoers sit in pews in an intimate environment that's part theater, part art space.
Sloan/Hall far exceeds expectations for what might seem to be, at first glance, another candle and card shop.
Retro-chic DJ lounge. This lounge's eclectic design includes pastel plastic sofas, a refurbished tavern bar from the South Side of Chicago and an enormous Absolut bottle covered with 1,000 coats of paint.
Established in 1883, when two brothers opened a dry-goods store downtown and began outfitting Houston's emerging upper class of cattlemen and cotton merchants, this enduring family operation has been producing fine bespoke shirts longer than London's Turnbull & Asser.