Have a question about what to do, where to eat or anything else pertaining to your visit to Houston? Just Ask Veronica. She has the answers to your queries about H-Town.
Hey Veronica, My parents are helping me move to Houston next weekend, and will be in town from July 2-5. While they're in town, I'd love to explore the city with them and experience some of what Houston has to offer. The problem is that because I'm new, I don't know much of what there is to do in Houston (although I know there's a ton). It'd be great to enjoy an outdoor festival, a play, or just visit one of the many museums Houston has. Also, what July 4 activities are there? Thank you for your help! ~Brad
Welcome to town! We're glad to have you. And I'm so glad you're thinking ahead to what you can do with your parents while they're in town. There are indeed a lot of things happening around the city for the Fourth of July. Our staff has actually put together a helpful roundup of those events which you can find here.
As for other things that I would suggest: the Houston Museum of Natural Science has several great exhibits going on right now including Warriors Tombs and Temples from Ancient Asia and another on Titanic. The museum also recently unveiled its new Paleontology Hall, which is truly stunning. You can event download a great coupon for all of these here.
The Museum of Fine Arts also has several great exhibits happening now if that's your family's scene. As for performing arts, I don't see anything happening between the 2 and 5th unfortunately.
Finally, check out our itinerary section for other options that fit everyone's interests and here's a list of restaurants around Montrose to make things easier.
Again, welcome and I hope you have fun!
by: the wave from inside loop
There is an awesome event called "Bourbon, Burgers, and Brew Bus" going on July 4th. Perfect for the parents & showing you how Texans do it. You can read more about it at http://bbbbwave.eventbrite.com. Also, if you are new in town, the best way to learn about the City is riding The Wave, Houston's Jitney Shuttle. You can learn more at http://thehoustonwave.com
I will be in tonw the weekend of 6/23. Iam looking for a play, braodway show or intimate R&B or Jazz concert to attend. What do you recommend. thanks
I'm sorry to get to your question a day late. There are a number of performing arts events happening this weekend, including Noises Off at Alley Theatre and performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Click here for a rundown of events.
what is the best dance/techno music club im houston?
Let me know if you have any other questions.
My 10 year old neice is visiting this summer from NC and she would like to ride a horse. Where can I take her for a free or a reasonably priced horseback ride?
Cypress Trails offers adventure trail rides for $50 for one hour. Honestly, I'm not sure you're going to find anything cheaper than that!
I hope this helps.
My friends & I are coming into Houston Fiday June 22- Sunday June 24. Do you have any suggestions for us? We are in our 30's, like to shop, listen to music, plays, drink wine, and people watch! Thank you
I responded to your question on June 14, but I'll repost it again for you!
We've recently put together our idea of a perfect girls getaway itinerary. This will definitely be a good place for you to start!
That weekend, the Houston Symphony is performing at Miller Outdoor Theatre, a free outdoor amphitheater in Hermann Park. You can bring wine and a picnic, and sit on the hill and listen to music. Friday night, they are performing Carmen and The Firebird, and Saturday night, they are performing Mendelssohn and Brahms.
The Alley Theatre is performing Noises Off, which is supposed to be hilarious.
There are so many great places to shop. You have to check out Tootsies--it's 35,000 square feet of retail heaven. I also love Muse, which is right around the corner. It's much smaller, but really well edited. And, of course, The Galleria has so many options.
I love 13 Celsius, a wine bar in Midtown. One of my favorites.
Take a look at the itinerary and these suggestions, and let me know if you need more ideas!
Hello, my parents will be visiting houston in August and both may need to be in a wheelchair at that time. Are they will be spending time with my 9 year daughter. Are there most places wheelchair accessible. And does the City pass provide a Senior priced ticked.
CityPASS does not provide a ticket for seniors, but it shouldn't be a problem since the pass is already discounted 41 percent.
Almost every attraction in Houston is wheelchair accessible. Here are some specifics for some of the attractions.
Children's Museum of Houston: All hallways, exhibits and restrooms are handicap accessible at CMH. Those requiring assistance or parents with strollers wishing to reach the second level of the How Does It Work? or PowerPlay exhibits may use the wheelchair/stroller lifts. Visitors wanting to use these lifts should locate a staff member in Science Station (for How Does It Work?) or PowerScience Lab (for PowerPlay) for assistance.
Houston Museum of Natural Science: The Museum provides handicapped access to all venues for our patrons with disabilities. Wheelchairs available on request, subject to availability. See Museum Services desk.
Houston Zoo: You can rent a manual push wheelchair for $6 and a motorized scooter for $21. All prices above include a $1.00 deposit that is refundable when you return your wheelchair with your rental receipt to the rental location at least 1 hour before the Zoo closes for the day. For wheelchair and motorized scooter rentals, your photo ID will be held at the rental location until the items are returned.
I hope this helps!
Hi, me and my sister are coming to Houston just for 2 nights and want to stay somewhere not too expensive, see a bit and go out on the nights we are there, we are both young 20s- so would ideally like to stay somewhere we can meet other young people! We are from London and have never been to the city before. Can you suggest anywhere to stay, stuff to do so we can use our time as well as possible? Thank you!
Welcome to Houston!
As far as a place to stay, I'd suggest staying Downtown as there is a ton of stuff to do in and around that area. Also, the light rail runs through Downtown and can take you through to Midtown and the Museum District. Here is a list of our hotels, and you can filter by area of town. I'd suggest the Magnolia Hotel or Hotel Icon, which are both Downtown.
If you're interested in sight-seeing, check out the Houston CityPASS. The CityPASS gets you into all the top attractions at 45% savings! I recommend you check out the museums in town - the Houston Museum of Natural Science just opened the new Paleo Hall and they also have the Titanic Exhibit (be sure to check out our Coupons and Discounts page for savings at HMNS). We also have some great itineraries you can use - be sure to check out the Girlfriend Getaway list. Here is our Calendar of Events so you can see what's happening while you're in town.
As far as meeting other young people, Washington Avenue has a ton of bars and restaurants where youngsters hang out. Also, check out Midtown, places like Howl at the Moon and Pub Fiction are always fun. I also recommend Lower Westheimer and the Montrose area - Anvil Bar and Refuge always has a young, hip crowd.
Hope this helps,
I'll be coming to Houston to visit a July 4th-8th. What do you recommend for the 4th and what are some other must-see/do places/events in Houston? Thanks!
For July 4th, there are two key events happening. Freedom Over Texas is the official City of Houston July 4th event, with headliners Sara Evans and Billy Currington. The Houston Symphny performs their Star Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which is also a great time.
Since you're from Atlanta, you may be familiar with CityPASS, which is a discounted ticket booket to the top attractions in the city. That's always a great place to start.
What are your interests? Do you like art? Food? Craft beer? Outdoor activities? Sports? Let me know, and I can send you some more specific ideas.
by: the wave from inside loop 610
The best event in town on July 4th is Bourbon, Burgers & Brew Bus. The best of the best. You can get more details at http://bbbbwave.eventbrite.com. And for new folks, The Wave is the way to go. It is Houston's Jitney service. Public transit but a bit of a hybrid between a taxi/limo/bus. We also have concierge service and a weekly "What's Up in Houston" newsletter on the buses. You can learn more at http://thehoustonwave.com
by: Veronica from Houston
Happy to help! I have a few suggestions for you.
First and foremost, we've put together a list of 15 iconic Houston meals. It's a great place to start. You should also check out our list of award-winning restaurants. If your boyfriend lives in the Energy Corridor, I'd check out CityCentre, which has all kinds of restaurants, bars and shops in that area.
Lower Westheimer is a great place to park, walk and explore. There are great resale and antique shops, sidewalk cafes, great bars and some of the best restaurants in the city.
Click here for a list of free things to do around town--there are some great options here.
Sometimes it's helpful to read articles that major publications have written on a city to give you ideas. Click here for a round-up of Houston stories.
Let me know if you have additional questions!
The arts scene in Houston is huge, and we've put together a guide for visitors to easily navigate the Museum District, including places to drink and eat near each museum.
by: Haley from Atlanta
Thanks for your quick response! I'm looking to get kind of the classic Houston experience, whether that involves great restuarants, outdoor activities, shopping, local breweries, music or anything that makes Houston unique from other cities! Anything free or cheap is, of course, a plus! I'm visiting my boyfriend who just moved to Houston (Energy Corridor area) for work a month ago and has had no time to explore the city yet. Appreciate any recommendations you can give!
How much are tickets to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston aquarium for children and for seniors? In your opinion, which aquarium is best -- Houston or Moody Gardens?
General admission to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for adults is $15 and $10 for kids. Special exhibits, the butterfly center, IMAX, etc. are extra. Admission to the Downtown Aquarium is below.
Aquarium Adventure Exhibit
Seniors (65+) $8.25
Children (2-12) $6.25
Children (under 2) FREE
Shark Voyage $4.99
Diving Bell Ferris Wheel $3.99
Aquatic Carousel $2.99
Lighthouse Dive $3.99
One thing to keep in mind--both the Downtown Aquarium and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are included in the CityPASS, which is a discounted ticket booklet to the top attractions in the city ($39 for adults, $29 for kids).
Both aquariums are good--Moody Gardens is bigger.
Let me know if you need anything else!
Is there a boat from Galveston that follows the dolphins and watches the shrimpers? If so, how can I get information about it?
Galveston Harbour Tours offers daily dolphin watching tours. Click here for more information.