Post # 1
Any Houston bees out there??? I’m planning a trip to Houston for my husband and I in January. We’re huge basketball fans and we have tickets to a Rockets game. I have never been to Texas so I’m pretty excited. I am looking at staying Thur-Sun. The game is Saturday night. I’m working on figuring out our hotel and flights now. Will we need to rent a car? Is downtown a pretty safe area to walk around and explore? (I live in St. Louis and our downtown area is not the safest, so I have to ask). What else should we do while we’re there? We’re a young couple looking for fun, good food, nice bars.. but on a budget (:
Post # 2
There isn’t really much to do downtown, Houston downtown is much more centered around office spaces. A fun area would be Montrose, which has lots of cool bars and coffeeshops. My favorite coffee places are Agora and the Black Hole, and favorite bar is the Kelvin Arms in Rice Village.
If you are into art, Houston has TONS to do in the museum district. The Menil or MFAH would make for a nice afternoon, or the Natural History Museum (with an awesome butterfly house!). Hermann park is also a nice place to stroll, and you can hop on the adorable little train to ride around.
Feel free to message me for more details!
Post # 3
sheri531: HI and welcome to Houston. If you plan to really explore the city, I would definitely recommend a rental car . The city is not to pedestrian friendly. Downtown should be safe if you keep to the bars and such, but I wouldn’t wander too far off on foot. While you’re there you should check out discovery green and the aquarium. The museum district is also pretty nice, with a park, zoo, and various museums. If you’re looking to drink, montrose has some hip bars. Houston always has stuff going on so I would check out events happening that weekend and see if anything interests you. The galleria is a nice place to people watch and walk around. As for food, it really depends on what you like, we have everything here. You really can’t go wrong at too many places and there are plenty of budget friendly spots.
Post # 4
There is a city pass you can buy that has like 5 attractions in Houston for like $50. I would say look into if you want to do a variety of things. You could also venture into Galveston if you wanna check out the beach during Winter.
Houston is fun, there’s plenty to do. I do love Memorial park, which is in Montrose area. The zoo is there, there’s a great natural science museum, plenty of restaurants. If you like the Chinese culture, the Honk Kong market is also fun to check out
Post # 5
sheri531: Check out http://houston.culturemap.com/. They have inside scoops on things to do, hot restaurants, etc. Houston is a HUGE eating city so there are a ton of great restaurants. For the kitsch factor, I like Rudy’s for BBQ. Liberty Station is a great bar on Washington, and Big Top in Neartown has a great outdoor space and is accessible by the metro if you’re staying downtown and don’t want to drive. (I totally agree with PPs that you need a rental car to visit Houston.)
Post # 6
MissIsa: thanks for your help! Would you consider Montrose a nice and affordable part of town to stay? I’m trying to decide on a hotel. But I’m unsure of what part of town, since downtown no longer sounds like the best option.
enmeek: Is the beach in Gavelston nice to visit in the winter? I would love to check it out. I didn’t realize Houston was that close to a beach.