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Houston By Bike

Want to really see Houston? Grab a bike, because a pair of wheels is one of the best ways to experience H-Town these days. With its mild year-round temps, recently-expanded bike trails (more than 300 miles of interconnected bikeway network cover the metro). Whether you ride your own, or rent one from a local store, you don't want to miss out on the chance to explore Houston by bike. Before you begin any biking adventure, take a gander at the Bike Houston website for up-to-date maps, path openings and closures, and clearly stated Texas biking laws and regulations.

B-Cycle bicycle share

Though it would be easy to spend an entire day biking the city, we’re breaking down excursions by neighborhood. Expect each to take a few hours, depending on your pace and number of stops.

Kick off a ride through the Central Business District at Discovery Green park. From the north side of Discovery Green, follow Crawford Street northeast, past Minute Maid Park and take a left on Congress Avenue to get to historic Market Square Park, which is home to several restaurants and bars like Angel Share and La Carafe. It’s a great place to wrap up your Downtown exploration later on.

buffalo bayou

Continue past Market Square, through the Theater District, making sure to stop at Sam Houston Park before hopping on the Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trails. (There’s an entrance to the trail on the south side of the park.) From there, the path winds along Buffalo Bayou and offers great views of the Downtown skyline and, if you time it right, a view of the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony making their nightly exodus. When you’re ready to head back Downtown, cross any of the bridges and connect back with the trail on the other side of the water, heading back east.

Discovery Green

Discovery Green, a 12-acre park located in downtown Houston, is designed as an engaging and active place with programming to serve…

Minute Maid Park

The home of the Houston Astros also offers a unique setting for private events and corporate meetings. From the ballpark…

La Carafe

The oldest haunt in Houston, La Carafe wine bar is less a ghost than a piece of living history, a timeless challenge to the…

Sam Houston Park

Mayor Sam Brashear appointed Houston’s first park committee to oversee the establishment of a city park in 1899. The 10 acres…

Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou, the 52-mile slow-moving waterway that was the site of Houston's founding in 1836, has become a destination for…

Museum District

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Even if you don’t start the day at the Houston Zoo, the lush area, located on the south side of Hermann Park, is a great place to hit the trail. Follow the path around the 445-acre park and check out McGovern Lake and the Jesse H Jones Reflection Pool, along with the tranquil Japanese Garden and the park’s art installations. 

Beyond the park, guests will find plenty to do in the Museum District, which is home to 20 art-and-culture filled institutions. Hop off your bike for some time spent perusing the Museum of Fine Arts Houston or Contemporary Arts Museum. Wrap up your outing with a bite to eat at one of the area restaurants—Lucille’s and Bodega’s Taco Shop are all solid selections—and a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (Note: Miller’s performances are free and run April through November.)

Hermann Park

Hermann Park has a bountiful assortment of entertainment: a golf course, an outdoor theater, a jogging track, a beautiful rose…

Houston Zoo

Serving as a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Houston, and neighbors with the world renown Texas Medical Center, the Houston Zoo is…

Lucille's

It doesn’t take long for visitors to Lucille’s in the Museum District to understand that family is important to Chef/Owner Chris…

Bodegas Taco Shop

Located in the heart of the Houston Museum District, Bodegas Taco Shop is a casual Mexican restaurant and tequila bar that…

Montrose + Midtown

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The corner of Fairview and Taft is a great place to start your Montrose exploration. Visit Boheme Cafe & Wine BarReeves Antiques, and Cuchara Restaurant. Enjoy exploring what the American Planning Association dubbed one of the country’s 10 great neighborhoods. The area’s street grid, historic districts, and eclectic architecture make it a fun (and easy) place to peruse by bike. 

Don’t miss the Funnel Tunnel sculpture on Montrose before stopping for coffee at Inversion. Later, head south toward the Westheimer Curve where consignment and antique shops dot the walkable strip. Finally, head down West Alabama to Mid Main in Midtown and shop at My Flaming Heart or The Tinderbox and catch a show at the Continental Club.

Cuchara Restaurant

In August 2012, Montrose made room for a stylish Mexico City bistro concept with the arrival of Cuchara. Located a stone’s throw…

The Heights

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Residents once flocked to The Heights area to escape the big city and today it’s a great place to find character-filled architecture, mom and pop-type shops and funky restaurants. Start your jaunt in front of the Stude Park Community Center (1031 Stude St.) where you will find plenty of parking. Zig zag your way northwest through the area, taking in all of the Victorian, Craftsman and Colonial revival-style architecture, until you get to the 19th Street Shopping District.

Indulge in a little retail therapy at Jubilee and after, head south along Heights Boulevard, hopping on the bike trail, which runs in front of Donovan Park. (You can’t miss the kids playing on the park’s 40-foot wooden train.) Follow the tree-lined trail to White Oak, where you will find restaurants and bars. Ride White Oak east to return to Stude Park or hop back on the trail, heading south, and continue your adventure towards Downtown.

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