Houston Bucket list: Top Things To Do & Eat In Houston

I moved to Houston in June 2015. And it was a struggle to find different things to do. I would ask locals and recent transplants what is there to do in Houston,and the answer would always be “Oh there’s a lot!”. But they could never tell me anything other than going to the club or hanging out downtown. I’m not a huge club person so the answers wasn’t all that helpful. I decided after many failed attempts at asking others to do my own research and exploring. I’ve come up with an array of different things you can do with family, use as a date, or just exploring by yourself. This Houston Bucket list will guarantee that you will always have something new to explore. Some of these will be Houston and some will be in the surrounding areas. But if you’re from Houston then you will know that driving 45 mins to an hour is normal around here. 

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Houston Bucket list


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  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Houston Underground Tunnel
  • Inspire Rock Climbing
  • Iceskating at the Galleria Mall


I love the museum district in Houston. Make sure to take advantage of the free admission days listed below. There are more museums in the area, but these are just my favorites. The Art Car Museum is not in the museum district, but it’s worth the trip. 

  • Art Car Museum
  • Comtemporary Art Museum (Always free)
  • Museum of Fine Art (FREE Thursday 10 am–9 pm)
  • Museum of Natural Science (FREE Thursdays: 6-9 pm)
  • Health Museum (Free Thursdays from 2-7pm)

Outside Activities

  • Houston Police Memorial
  • Japanese Garden @ Hermann Park
  • James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace
  • Skywave Art Installation
  • Roof Top Movie
  • Aggieland Safari
  • Texas TreeVentures
  • Bayou Wildlife Zoo
  • Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
  • Old Town Spring
  • The Woodlands Waterway
  • Lake Conroe Boating/ Jet Skis




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