Houston Sightseeing: What to do in Houston this Weekend

Wondering what to do in Houston this weekend? America’s 4th largest city is a crossroads of culture; a gathering place for diverse foods, museums, and experiences.

If you have some free time while you’re in town, check out these great things to do in Houston:

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NASA / Kemah Board Walk

What to do in Houston this Weekend NASA

Either it’s your life’s ambition to sit in Mission Control and say “Houston, we have a problem,” or you’re a total liar. You have to visit NASA when you’re in Houston. It’s our claim to fame and pretty much the coolest thing we have around here.

But it is a bit of a hike, so I recommend spending the morning at Johnson Space Center (of One Direction fame) before enjoying an evening at the relatively nearby Kemah Board Walk, which sports carnival rides, a great view of the water, and delicious places to eat.

Galleria / Water Wall

The Galleria is Houston’s premier shopping destination, but most importantly it’s home to a GIANT ice rink that you can use to cool off in the Texas heat. Because let’s be real. It’s always hot in Houston.

The Water Wall is also nearby. No one’s actually sure what it’s for, but it’s a great Space City photo OP. If you catch a couple getting engaged here, consider yourself a local.

The Museum District

What to do in Houston this Weekend

What to do in Houston this weekend? Visit the Museum District — it has something for everyone: from a brand new dinosaur exhibit to art spanning thousands of years to the history of bicycles. Seriously y’all. Something for everyone.

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Galveston Island

If you have a spare day, or even spare afternoon during your Houston sightseeing experience, pop down to Galveston Island to take in Texas history and catch some sun.

Galveston is home to the magnificent Moody Gardens, an “educational tourist destination” made famous by its three Pyramids, each housing different educational and recreational activities. They’ve even got penguins.

You can also relax on beach, play on Pleasure Pier (it’s right out of a movie) or visit the Texas Seaport Museum & 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, which tell the story of the 1900 hurricane that changed the course of history.

What to do in Houston this Weekend? EAT.

What to do in Houston this Weekend

Texans like to eat, y’all. And while smaller, family restaurants are always going to be your best bet, if you’ve got a hankering for some authentic Tex-Mex or a good Texas Ribeye, I’ve got you covered. Here are the best places to eat in Houston:

Taste of Texas is a Texas ICON, but that does come with a higher price tag. Expect to spend roughly $30-$60 per dish, depending on your meat.

If you still want a Texas steak, then check out one of Saltgrass’ many Houston-area locations. Just make sure not to fill up on the bread.

These two are really something to taco bout. With multiple locations throughout Houston and a wide variety of delicious dishes, if you want Mexican while you do your Houston sightseeing , you can’t go wrong here.

What to do in Houston this Weekend

The great famine is over y’all! If you can’t make it to the factory out in Brenham, make sure to down a half-gallon or two. Or three.

Of course this is just a short list of what to this weekend in Houston to get you started. Everything really is bigger in Texas and there’s too many cool things to do in Houston to list here.

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  1. February 4, 2017 / 7:03 PM

    Yes! Some great ideas. I do love Pappasitos and their swirl margaritas. And I think Blue Bell’s homemade vanilla is my favorite food of all time.

  2. February 4, 2017 / 8:19 PM

    I’ve been to Houston but didn’t know about all of these fun activities! I’m not going for the Super Bowl but when I head down there, I’ll definitely use these as a guide! Thanks ?

  3. March 5, 2017 / 8:03 PM

    Thanks for the info! I’m heading to Houston soon and I’ve been dying for thing to actually do!

    • March 9, 2017 / 2:43 PM

      Hi Anwar!

      Thanks for reading. It’s surprising, but there ARE actually things to do in Houston haha. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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