Parks & Recreation

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Purrr-fect Gifts For the Pet Parent

Don't forget about your furry companions this holiday; we've got you covered.

12/03/2022 By Alexia Partouche

Ice Breaker

The 7 Coolest Ice Rinks in Houston

Who cares if it's 70 degrees outside? Lace up!

11/28/2022 By Jeanne Lyons Davis and Anna Rajagopal

Winter Road Trips

Roughing It in Style: Where to Go Glamping in Texas

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite “glampgrounds;” perfect for a fall or winter getaway.

11/24/2022 By Ana Garcia

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Gifts for the Plant-Obsessed Friend in Your Life

It takes a village (and plenty of gifts) to raise a plant.

11/19/2022 By Alexia Partouche and Rosemary Akpan

IT’S LIT

Holiday Fun Returns to the Houston Botanic Garden with Lightscape

For the second year in a row, Lightscape will feature a path through the botanical garden lined with holiday-themed tunes and immersive installations.

11/18/2022 By Geneva Diaz

'Tis the Season

13 Local Farms Where You Can Pick Your Own Christmas Tree

Christmas tree farms in the Greater Houston area, including Spring, Huntsville, and Manvel.

11/15/2022 By Shelby Stewart

Free Love

10 Fun (and Totally Free) Date Ideas in Houston

From a free bout tour to a show under the stars, here's our list of the top free date ideas in Houston.

10/19/2022 By Stephanie Bartels

TGIF

5 Family-Friendly Farms Worth a Visit in the Fall

Old MacDonald’s Farm, 7 Acre Wood, and more farms with cool fall events throughout September, October, and November.

10/18/2022 By Stephanie Bartels

Snap a Pic

20 of Houston's Most Instagram-Friendly Selfie Spots

Try out one of these photogenic sites for your next Instagram post.

10/18/2022 By Jessica Lodge

Newcomer's Guide

Our 10 Favorite Parks in Houston

Houston’s new(ish) and newly redone urban parks will make you want to get out and get moving—yes, even on those 90-degree days.

10/06/2022 By Katharine Shilcutt and Stephanie Bartels

Skele-fun Events

11 Halloween Events Happening in Houston This October

Not sure how to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year? Check out these 11 events perfect for kids, adults, and ghouls.

10/03/2022 By Danielle Wright, Shelby Stewart, and Claire Anderson

SPLASH TIME

Grab Your Towel! Great Wolf Lodge Gulf Coast Texas Opens in 2024

The country’s largest water park franchise is taking to the Gulf Coast to give Houston-area families the best stay-cation possible.

09/26/2022 By Anna Rajagopal

Woof Woof!

5 Houston Dog Parks Perfect for Puppy Playtime

Your pooch will want to sink its paws into these puppy playgrounds.

09/14/2022 By Jessica Lodge

Fresh Water

Paddle On: Here's Where to Kayak and Paddle in Houston

Rent kayaks from Bayou City Adventures at Discovery Green to North Lake Conroe Paddling Co. in Lake Conroe—our city has no shortage of paddle-worthy waterways.

07/21/2022 By Katharine Shilcutt and Geneva Diaz

Overnight Stays

Downtown’s C. Baldwin Hotel Is a Mix of Opulent and Outdoors

The C. Baldwin Hotel is a Downtown Houston hot spot that has a deal that's perfect for a summer staycation.

06/28/2022 By Shelby Stewart

Independence Day

Where to Watch Fireworks in Houston This Weekend

8 family-friendly places to celebrate America’s 245 birthday.

06/29/2021 By Shivani Parmar

ignite the light

Here’s What You Need to Know about Shell Freedom Over Texas 2021

The city’s annual 4th of July celebration is going virtual again, but there’ll be live fireworks.

06/25/2021 By Kelsy Armstrong

Juneteenth

Celebrate Juneteenth with Emancipation Park All Week Long 

Houston’s oldest public park is commemorating history with a series of virtual events. 

06/14/2021 By Shivani Parmar

Family Outings

Houston Arboretum's Playscape Awaits

Let the kids go wild at this natural play area.

05/31/2021 By Gwendolyn Knapp

No Fault in Our Stars

Weekend Stargazing is Back in Brazos Bend State Park

HMNS’s historic George Observatory is welcoming back visitors after a two-year makeover.

04/15/2021 By Kelsy Armstrong