The Ultimate Bucket List of Things to Do in Houston

Whether you're in Houston for a day or a lifetime, we have ideas.

By Jessica Lodge

Houston is no place for boredom. We have parks for days (the bigger the better), bustling farmers markets with fresh produce throughout the year, a nightlife scene second to none, and miles and miles of hikes. We have some of the most unique boutiques in the nation, and when your arms are tired from toting around all your new, well, totes, relaxation is around the corner at one of our city's many serene day spas. And don't even get us started on food. Or do! Houston has top-notch steakhousesinsanely good tacos, and Italian dishes that could compete with a bowl of risotto straight out of the Lombardi region.

Want to take advantage of all Houston has to offer, but not sure where to start? When you want to plan a trip, family day, or a first date, grab some ideas from our complete list of things we love to do in the Bayou City. Whether you’re longtime Houstonian or a tourist, this shall serve as your ultimate bucket list.

Fun Outdoor Activities in Houston


Discover a Park

There are plenty of parks to choose from—newly established, tucked away, and kid-friendly. So of course, the bigger the better. Some are great for small human interaction like Buffalo Bayou and Midtown Park; others cater to our four-legged, furry friends

Take Photos

With a city this big, there are nearly endless options for Instagram-worthy photo-op spots. Just grab your phone and take yourself on a tour of some of Houston’s most photogenic places.

Ride on a Trail

For those looking to stretch their legs, there are tons of trails to explore. Houston traffic can be hectic and taking your bike for a spin can sometimes be the best form of transportation and a unique way to uncover the city. 

Rent a scooter

Two words: electric scooters. Rent a scoot and glide (up to 30 mph) through the downtown streets. 

Root for the Home Teams

Football, basketball, and baseball are big in this town. Walk from Minute Maid Park to the Toyota Center or tailgate outside of the NRG Stadium with fellow fans of the Texans, Astros, and Rockets.

Discover the Green

Discovery Green, with its 12 acres of green spaces, is the perfect place for a stroll, picnic in the grass, or to let the kids just run free. 

Cozy Up Outside

On the grass or in the car, ditch the traditional movie theater and enjoy a viewing outside under the stars

View Public Art

Home is where the art is—and we have plenty. Our murals, strewn across every flat surface under the sun, tell a visual story of the city’s history. Hunt around Houston for some of the city’s most creative sculptures. It’s a great way to get acquainted with different areas, and you can level-up your selfie game.

Get Wet

Early summers, errr spring, can mean extremely high temperatures for Houstonians. Luckily, our city is built around the heat. There are water features (rivers, parks, pools, and more) all over Houston and its surrounding areas.

Road Trip to the Water

In (almost) under an hour, Houston residents can check out the boardwalk and beaches at either Galveston and Kemah. On Galveston Island, you’ll be able to explore 32 miles of sand and sun along the coast, Moody Gardens, and Pleasure Pier. Kemah is home to a small amusement park, splash zone, and restaurants such as Landry’s Seafood House. 

Visit Surrounding Cities

Houston is (objectively) the best, but venturing to new cities could be fun, right? Check out the college town of San Marcos, world-renowned antique spot Round Top, or our archnemesis, Dallas.

Fun Indoor Activities in Houston

Visit a Museum

There are so many museums in Houston that we have an entire district dedicated just to them. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Children’s Museum are the most prominent but even the ones located outside of the district lines are worth a visit. 

Catch a Show

The performing arts are prominent in Houston; Broadway-calibur plays, concert tours, and orchestra performances are in a constant rotation in our theatre district

Game at an Arcade

Who said that adults can’t get their game on? No one absolutely ever! Play your nostalgic favorites of PAC-MAC, Street Fighter, even The Simpsons at Cidercade with a nice serving of cider or with a shot or two at FAO. 

Enjoy a Dinner and Movie

Why choose if the dinner or movie should come first when you can do both at the same time? These luxury theaters will upgrade your dinner-and-a-movie style. 


Where to Shop in Houston


Buy at Buc-ee’s

We pledge allegiance to Buc-ee’s, in the United State of Texas. Where else can you get a hot brisket sandwich, banana pudding, and beaver branded apparel in a convenience store? 

Find Fresh ‘Fits

Local small businesses and name brand stores to boutiques and strip malls, Houston has your retail search covered. Shop popular lifestyle clothing items, streetwear trends, or athlete pre-owned sneakers. They’ll be sure to leave your pockets empty. 

Shop CBD

Weed is not legal in our great state, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get your budz on. CBD is slowly transforming the eat and drink culture within Houston and you can also purchase some hemp goods in the form of gummies, lotions, and more. 

Browse through HEB

Who needs Walmart or Krogers when HEB markets is a home-state favorite. It's such a staple in the community we had to create a list of our favorites worth shopping at. 

Purchase a Plant

From shrubs, roses, trees, and maybe even a cactus, we’ve rounded up a list of 20 nurseries that will help you to get all the necessities for your new plant baby. 


What and Where to Eat in Houston


Try the Best Restaurants

We already did the hard work of creating a nearly impossible list of Houston’s greatest dining spots, so you don’t have to hunt around.

Dine Outside

Food trucks are the real “fast-food” champions when you don’t want to dine in. Want a burger but also have a taste for hibachi? Maybe you want to top it off with a creamy milkshake? We’ve got the tastiest mobile eatery picks.

Fulfill Your Sweet Craving

S’mores pie. Conchas. Kolaches. King Cake. Our bakeries offer an endless supply of regionally beloved flavorful sweets and treats. 

Take a Sip

We appreciate a good beverage. In fact, we appreciate them so much that we’ve literally reviewed any handcrafted drink you can think of: coffee, wine, CBD cocktails, and juices. Get your sip on! 

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