Fun on the Water
Some of the best spots to enjoy the coastal life
From coastal sailing and fishing to kayaking area lakes and bayous, the Houston region offers an abundance of activities on the water.
Four-legged friends feel the love in H-Town
Within the area's 49,643 acres of green space, guests will find many dog parks for locals and visitors to explore-from urban escapes to sprawling outdoor expanses, H-Town proves to be a pup's paradise.
Fourth of July in Houston
Your guide to family-friendly activities for Independence Day
Picnics, parades, festivals and fireworks make for a lot of fun.
Birding in Southeast Texas
The area between Houston and Galveston is a birding mecca
Winged beauties of all kinds are found here, particularly during the colder months of November to March when many species migrate to the area to escape frigid northern temperatures.
Go Beyond the Beltway
There's plenty to do outside Houston's city center
Looking for a stimulating, quality leisure experience that's not too far away? Houston has many attractions beyond its outer loop, Beltway 8, to suit your recreation and leisure desires.
Spring Festival Roundup
Check out the biggest events happening in the region during the spring season.
What to do Around Rodeo
When the big show comes to town, there are plenty of ways to celebrate
Not all of the western fun is at the Rodeo itself--here's how to "go Texan" all month-long in H-Town.
These organizations are carving new paths in Houston art
From ballet to opera, Houston certainly has more than its share of major performing and visual arts companies. But the city is also bustling with innovative, niche groups...
Channel your inner artist at one of Houston's adult-friendly, DIY creative studios
Set in a little art studio, on the edge of Montrose and Midtown, Pinot's Palette welcomes guests for weekly, adult art classes. The regular events combine local artist-led...
Think you've got Houston figured out? Think again.
In its nearly 175-year history, the city founded near the banks of Buffalo Bayou has grown from the capitol of the Republic (1837 to 1840) to the fourth-largest city...
Off the Beaten Path
Houston's beer can house and other unique spaces
At first glance, visitors to Houston will see a sophisticated city, a friendly and hospitable city, a city with an abundance of lush, green space. Houston is also a diverse city, with eccentric...
One writer's guide to Houston CityPASS
As a native Houstonian, it’s sometimes easy to take for granted the one-of-a-kind sights that this city offers. Sure, I can tell a visitor about the shows in the Theater District or why...
Endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike
From boat tours on Buffalo Bayou to one of the top children’s museums in the U.S., Houston offers endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. Plan a visit and...
Houston has a lot to offer when it comes to multicultural arts
In a city where more than 90 languages are spoken and nearly one-quarter of all current residents were born outside the U.S., Houston is one of the most diverse places...
These memorable museums won't break the bank
Spend your day exploring Houston's museums, while saving big with a well-edited list of the city's most-loved free things to do. Fortunately, for locals and visitors alike...
Forget taming these free spirits
Houston's culture vultures are branching out from the classical arts with a bevy of outside-the-box, rising-star performing arts troupes...
Q & A with Gregory Boyd of the Alley Theatre
Artistic director talks favorite works, defining a great actor
As artistic director at Alley Theatre, Gregory Boyd has produced more than 100 new productions-eight of which have been nominated for Tony Awards. Under the direction...
Get Your Game On
On the field or on the court, Houston's home teams offer year-round competition and high-energy action for loyal sports aficionados....
My Houston sports round-up
Houston is home to some of the world's most celebrated athletes, so who better to dish on the city's sports scene than Houston's star players?...
Get Your Buzz On (Liquor Tours)
From beer to wine, these local tours illustrate the art of making alcohol
It's fun to see how things get made. It's even more fun when you get to taste the end product. That's the case with several area companies whose business is bottling goodness...
Behind the Scenes
Explore the inner-workings of some of Houston's top attractions
Ever wonder how keepers care for the wild animals at a major zoo? Or what goes on backstage at a blockbuster concert? With these behind-the-scenes tours, you get a backstage pass to see what makes some of the city's top places to visit tick.
On a Roll
Explore the city through bike trails
Soak up Houston's picture-perfect weather and get a chance to explore the nature-filled areas that often go unseen in the city. Thanks to a 345-mile interconnected bikeway network...
Experience the natural wonder of Houston
Newsflash—Houston is an outdoor city. The metro area offers tons of places to get out and experience nature in small ways (an urban downtownpark) and big...
Your year-round guide to Houston's great golf courses
More than 165 golf courses - many designed by leading architects - and a mild winter climate make Houston a prime destination for golfers. Challenging play, eye-catching...
On the Green
A review of the city's top courses
Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, is a metropolis surrounded by forests. A welcoming town with a spirit more akin to New Orleans than El Paso. Think bayous...
Take advantage of the mini treatments popping up on many a Houston treatment menu
Travel-weary? Overbooked and overstressed? Book a speedy spa pick-me-up between sightseeing or biz meetings...
Good Enough to Eat
Spa menus across Houston are reading like café, bar and dessert menus, incorporating tasty fruits, cocktail mixers and other yummy garnishes that do right by your hair, skin and...
Embrace Your Inner-Scarlett
Go ahead and admit it. Ever since you were old enough to work your parents VCR you’ve dreamed of being Scarlett O’Hara—a center-of-attention drama queen living in a big Southern...
A tour - constructed
Historic buildings are a great way to explore the past of any city, and Houston is no exception. From the art deco glory of City Hall to the groundbreaking modernism of the...
The ultimate girls weekend in Houston
Ready to revel in a weekend with your favorite ladies? Houston delivers with fabulous shopping, standout spas, to-die-for dining and nightlife that keeps the party going well...
The Guy's Weekend
The ultimate guys weekend in Houston
Need a little help planning a weekend in Houston with the guys? We've put together an itinerary for a great time. Mix it up, swap things out, and don't forget to have...
Family Vacation - 3 Days
Your guide to three days of fun
Coming to Houston with the brood? There's one thing for certain: no one will be bored! H-Town is jam-packed with exciting things to see and do year-round. Here's your three-day guide....
Family Vacation - 5 Days
Your guide to five days of fun
Coming to Houston with the brood? There's one thing for certain: no one will be bored! H-Town is jam-packed with exciting things to see and do year-round. Here's your five-day guide...
The ultimate romantic weekend in Houston
On a quest for some quality time with your significant other? Houston offers romance, aplenty. Candle-lit dinners, cozy cafes and spicy spas—the lucky in love are well...
A Guide to Houston CityPASS
One writer's guide to Houston CityPASS
As a native Houstonian, it’s sometimes easy to take for granted the one-of-a-kind sights that this city offers. Sure, I can tell a visitor about the shows in the Theater District or why a beer-can...
Culture vultures find a wealth of options in H-Town
Gallery by gallery guides, must-see art spaces, Houston diversity and more...
Wine and dine your way through H-Town
Houston boasts numerous diverse neighborhoods, many of which are anchored by ethnic restaurants and groceries. Explore key destinations that have...
Journey through Houston's past
NHouston is a city of firsts--home to the first successful human heart transplant and America's first public television station; the first word spoken on the moon; the birthplace of...
Find your open air adventure in Houston
Newsflash--Houston is an outdoor city. The metro area offers tons of places to get out and experience nature in small ways (an urban downtown park) and big ...
From ball games to horseracing, Houston's a place for action
If there's one thing Houstonians love, it's competition-especially when it's on the field. And that makes H-Town a sports-lovers' mecca. Whether you're looking for the big game or want...
Tips on where to shop in Houston
Houston is arguably the style capital of the South. It's home to a Project Runway winner and more than a dozen distinct shopping areas, with retail that runs the gamut from vintage to high-end designer.
The Bayou City is full of interesting buildings that reveal its past
Interested in examining Houston through the lens of its buildings? Throughout Downtown and the city's central core, there is an abundance of significant architecture that tells the story of the city.
Quench your thirst at one of these home-grown breweries
Texas' oldest craft brewer, took over a 100-year-old warehouse on the edge of Downtown Houston in 2010. That's where Saint Arnold makes 10 different craft brews.