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What to do!
Submitted by Brittany from 77056 on 10-16-2014

Veronica, I have a 4 year old and I am trying to plan a sunday funday. My husband and I are out doorsy, however the day before we are doing Hermann Park and the Houston Zoo, so I need something else... it doesnt necessarily have to be out doors either. Free preferred, but if it something really fun we will def pay! Our daughter isnt in to the childrens (or other) museums either. We are looking for this sunday, October 19,2014! Thanks!!


Hi Brittany,

I think I can come up with some ideas for you! How about picking pumpkins at a pumpkin patch? The Texas Renaissance Festival is a little bit of a drive, but totally worth it! The Woodlands hosts its annual International Festival this weekend. There are guided nature hikes and programs each weekend at Brazos Bend State Park.

Tucked on the west side of Memorial park is the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, a 155-acre nature sanctuary that educates visitors on how to protect native plants and animals in the city.  Walk the center's five miles of trails and visit the sanctuary's interactive exhibits free of charge.

If that's not enough, check out our Family Itinerary for more suggestions.

Hopefully one of these ideas strikes you!



Jazz Bars/clubs
Submitted by Julie from Houston Northside on 10-13-2014

Veronica, are there any good jazz bars or clubs around town???


Hi Julie,

You have a few options:

Cezanne is a great place for jazz.  Sambuca is also a good option, and so is Red Cat Jazz Cafe

We also have a whole Live Music section on our site you should check out.

Hope this helps! 

Submitted by julio from spring tx on 10-10-2014

there is a steak house in Houston tx close to the horse track on sam Houston pkwy also known as beltway 8 and I don't know the name. what is it ?



I'm not quite sure which steakhouse you are thinking of, but I know that there are two nearby including Steamboat House and Genghis Grill.

Hopefully that helps!

Stay downtown over Christmas
Submitted by Melanie from Vancouver on 10-09-2014

Wondering if staying in Downtown Dec 28-31st would be a bad idea. Will it be a ghost town at that time. Would be relying on public transportation to get around the city. Thanks


Hi Melanie,

No! I suggest you stay near the Market Square area for good dining and nightlife options. Check out Hotel Icon, The Sam Houston Hotel or Magnolia Hotel as options.

Also, staying in downtown allows easier access to the light rail.  You can hop between downtown, museum district and NRG Park area on the light rail. I highly recommend you get a Houston CityPASS as a majority of the acitivties are accessible via light rail.

Hope this helps,


Bike Rental and outdoor fun for couples
Submitted by Maggie from Simpsonville on 10-08-2014

Hi Veronica: My husband is working in Houstan area and I am coming for our anniversary over the weekend 10/10 - 13. Are there any bike rentals? Also, what else could we do as far at outdoor fun. Also any special restuarants you would recommend. Thank you.


Hi Maggie,

Yes, check out the Houston B-Cycle stations around town. Here are some great options on your biking adventures around town.

I also recommend you check out our itineraries - outdoor and romantic itinerary sound like great options for your trip!

Have fun!


Submitted by Nikki from Houston on 10-08-2014

What can me and my girlfriend do today in houston that's fun, cool, and ladies back?


Hi Nikki,

Here's a list of the events happening around the city today. You could go explore the art at Hermann Park or head to the zoo since it's such a nice day.

Satisfy your culture craving in Houston’s picturesque Museum District. Even though you won’t have time to hit all 18 institutions, it’s still worth a visit. Find glittering gems and jewels on show at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, new works at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and more than 63,000 pieces at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

These are just a few suggestions. Visit our Itineraries section for more ideas!


Highway Tolls at Houston
Submitted by Dennis Ho from Vancouver, Canada on 10-06-2014

Hi Veronica My wife and I are planning a trip to Houston in March 2015.I`m staying at Houston for 3 nights and then heading to New Orleans and then back to Dallas,Austin,San Antonio and finally back to Houston.My question to you is, are there cash payment booths at all tolls?If not would it be wise to purchase tolls passes from car rental company? I heard it is pretty expensive pass and would cost around 12.00 per day.Since i am renting a car for 14 days it would cost me about $200 when I`m only in Houston for only 3 days. Please advise me what better options do I have in such a situation. Thank you


Thanks for your question and hopefully Ill be able to shed some light on our toll road system.

Most of the toll roads have a cash option, however the Westpark Tollway, Katy Managed Lanes and the Northeast section of the Sam Houston Tollway are all-electronic tolling. All-electronic tolling means there are no toll booths, and no cash payment is accepted. An EZ TAG or other interoperable Texas toll payment tag is required. Prior to entering these roads, you will see signs that say "EZ TAG Only". Here is a map to give you an clear picture of where they are located.

That said, you can circumvent these toll roads (take I-45 instead of the Hardy Toll Road, for example).

I also checked with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and found that there is a $2.95/day service charge ONLY if you use a toll road that day, plus the normal toll fee which would be charged to your card. I recommend giving them a call to verify  prior to renting a car, but it looks like there are cheaper options that a $12/day flat rate fee. Especially if you only use a toll a couple of times.

I hope that helps,

Beach on the Mexican gulf
Submitted by Andre Krylov from France on 10-06-2014

Hello - Is there a nice beach within 1 hr drive from Houston where I could go for some sunbathing and swimming? Thank you



Galveston Island is about an hour from Houston and a fun coastal getaway.  And just in case you are up for some exploring, I've put together a few additional things to do beyond the beltway!

I hope that helps and enjoy your stay,

Submitted by Patti Padgett from cleveland ohio on 10-06-2014

I will be arriving into IAH in December heading to a hotel close to the cruise docks. A taxi is around $100. I looked into renting a car at IAH and returning it at Seabrook, but Enterprise doesnt allow that. I dont want to pay $300 for the week to let a rental car stay in a parking lot while I am on my cruise. How can I get to the docks from IAH reasonably inexpensively?


Hi Patti,

Thanks for your question. SuperShuttle will get travelers from the airport to the cruise terminal or from Downtown to the terminal. If you are going to a hotel nearby the cruise terminal, I recommend calling the hotel to see if SuperShuttle will drop off there as well. Also Sam's Limousine  will get you from whatever hotel to the terminal. I recommend calling to find out pricing for Sam's, but I believe it will be more cost effective than renting a car. Additionally, you can speak with your hotel about drop off services to the cruise terminal, as many offer some sort of transportation.

I hope that help,

Submitted by Wanda from North Carolina on 10-03-2014

What is a safe area of town for choosing a hotel near the Metro system? Want to explore the Galleria, Downtown and museum area as well as some of the parks. Looking for a hotel, with self parking but within walking distance of metro?


Hi Wanda,

Thank you for reaching out! I'm going to give you a few recommendations.

The new JW Marriott just opened last month and it is just a block away from a Metro stop on Main. The more established Hotel Icon is also just a block away from a stop. Both of these Downtown properties are great. Another you might consider is Hotel Zaza, which is in the Museum District and just a couple blocks from a rail stop and access to Downtown etc.

Here are a few other Downtown hotels in case these don't work for you.

Unfortunately our MetroRail does not service the Galleria area currently. But the Galleria is just a short cab or Uber ride from Downtown or the Museum District.

I hope this helps!


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