Things to Do in Houston

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What exactly is an art car?It's a fair question, more easily answered by showing rather than telling, and that's not the only reason the Art Car Parade,... Read More

This culture and education center is housed in a striking building by Yoshio Taniguchi. He only used the finest materials—Jura limestone from... Read More

Worship film? This micro-cinema, housed in a little white 1924 church, gives literal meaning to the phrase and passion. Congregations of moviegoers sit... Read More

Ideal for a quick dinner, creative cocktails, and some of Houston’s best people-watching, this stylish bar is part of the multi-concept RDG + Bar... Read More

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,... Read More

Willie Wonka has apparently found a new home in Houston at this eye-popping, all-American candy store. Everywhere you look in this chockablock room,... Read More

Found, unexpectedly, in a rambling ivy-covered brick building that houses a homey-looking branch of the Houston Public Library, the Kraftsmen Bakery,... Read More

Centered around a large green plaza where children run and couples stroll hand-in-hand, this is one of those multi-use outdoor retail districts that has... Read More

CAMH is an innovative, world-class institution founded to document the role of art in modern life. Since 1972 its been housed in an ... Read More

The Houston outpost of the Austin music-and-dance club had a rocking opening in 2000, and the tin-ceilinged joint hasn't quieted down since. Expect to... Read More

With its dark wood tables, large leather sofas and 400-square-foot humidor, Downing Street Pub certainly exudes masculinity. That's not to say women... Read More

Crystal chandeliers hang from ceiling grids of hog panel (heavy metal agricultural fencing); statuesque 19th-century gilded candlesticks are clustered... Read More

Since 1972, this Houston-based travel agency has been helping travelers plan luxury trips and vacations across the world. FROSCH's travel consultants... Read More

Following its 2003 expansion, The Galleria became the fourth largest mall in the nation with 2.4 million square feet of retail space. Beneath the... Read More

Museums aren't Houston's only art venue. The city's gallery scene is one of the hottest in the country, with Thursday and Friday preview parties, open... Read More

Established in 1883, when two brothers opened a dry-goods store downtown and began outfitting Houston's emerging upper class of cattlemen and cotton... Read More

Rearing up at the main gateway, an equestrian statue of Sam Houston keeps watch over the 445 acres of Hermann Park, which is nearing completion of a... Read More

Seasoned cheese professional Lindsey Schechter started Houston Dairymaids in 2008 dedicated to finding the best artisan cheese makers in Texas and... Read More

Nationally and internationally recognized, the Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company in the world to win a Tony, two Grammy and two Emmy Awards.... Read More

It's hard to say what's most compelling about Installations: the array of merchandise (a 200-plus-year range described by owners Becki and Jur Van der... Read More

With the city skyline in the background, Houston’s skateboarders show off their skills inside this 30,000-square-foot complex. Designed by... Read More

Dedicated in 2001, this gray-clapboard Quaker Meeting House is as spectacular as a place of determined simplicity can be. Designed by architect Leslie... Read More

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... Read More

More than 20 years of experience have provided Mark Hoyer with the know-how to guide travelers through the most beautiful places in the world. His areas... Read More

About 30 miles northwest of Houston, Matt Family Orchard has 40 acres planted with blueberries, blackberries, figs, Asian pears, and persimmons, all of... Read More

Opened in 1975, Moody Gallery displays work by contemporary American artists with an emphasis on artists living and working in Texas, as well as those... Read More

Built in 1958, Mies van der Rohe's glass-and-steel pavilion, a renowned example of the International Style pioneered by the architect, changed the look... Read More

Slide into a booth for a mescal cocktail or a limited production sipping tequila at this new bar on Houston’s Main Street. Interiors have a... Read More

Located just beyond Houston's Museum District on Montrose, the Peel Gallery Shop is both an exhibition space and retail store. Established in 2005, this... Read More

When unveiled in 1993, this rehabilitated row of 1920's one-room-wide shotgun cottages in Houston's historically African-American Third Ward pioneered... Read More

This limestone warehouse, a mid-century beauty that was once a steel-fan factory, blasted back to life in 1980 as a dance club, with owners promoting it... Read More

Part of the Menil Collection, the seminal Rothko Chapel, a masterpiece of religious modern art, represents the culmination of collaboration between... Read More

Rising improbably from a 22-acre plain in a far-flung and otherwise bleak Houston suburb on the flat Gulf Coast landscape, this is the first traditional... Read More

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... Read More

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. The... Read More

The fourth largest mall in the country, the label mecca covers 2.4 million square feet, boasting luxury brands including Prada, Neiman Marcus, Saks... Read More

No, a UFO hasn't landed on Houston's Rice University campus—it's the latest Skyspace from artist James Turrell. Named the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial... Read More

The internationally renowned Menil Collection is perhaps the city's ultimate hidden jewel, with a main building that's tucked away on a residential cul... Read More

Built in 1958 and extended in 1974, Mies van der Rohe's glass-and-steel pavilion, a renowned example of the International Style pioneered by the... Read More

Evolving from the city's thriving hip-hop music scene, The Tipping Point is something more than a store for the sneaker connoisseur. The three owners,... Read More

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... Read More

With its location near the Rice University campus, you might expect Under the Volcano to be a dive-y, rowdy college bar, but it serves some of the best... Read More

As a nod to Houston’s long history with the railroad, the Houston Astros new MLB stadium was built on the site occupied by the city’s... Read More

There's nothing to do in this converted icehouse but enjoy a cold one, strike up conversations with the friendly bartenders and fellow customers, and... Read More

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