Sights to See/Things to Do
Most of the state's municipalities maintain parks and recreation departments and sponsor a variety of activities for residents. Information about scheduled programs and activities may be obtained at the appropriate city halls, or contact:
|Texas Department of Highways & Public Transportation|
Travel Information, 11th and Brazos
Austin, Texas 78701
|Texas Parks & Wildlife Department|
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
Inexpensive Things To Do
Ride the MetroRail train from the Medical Center to downtown. Buy a hot dog from a downtown James Coney Island. Walk around the downtown tunnel system (entrances open and close from most major buildings at different times) and find your way to the Texas Commerce Building, Texas at Travis. Take the elevator to the 60th floor observation deck and look at downtown Houston. Then go to the First Interstate Tower, Louisiana at Capitol, to compare the view from their observation deck. Both buildings are open Monday through Friday.
Visit the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, 5101 Montrose Blvd. at Bissonnet, across from the Museum of Fine Arts. Find a good patch of grass and plant yourself. Admission is free.
Visit the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross, 713-525-9400. The permanent collection includes antiquities, medieval and Byzantine art, tribal art and 20th century painting and sculptures. Admission is free.
Visit the Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, 713-522-1138. It's an adventure for children of all ages. Admission is free for children under two years of age.
Watch the boats and yachts come and go along the Ship Channel. From Highway 146, go to the Morgan's Point side of the channel and find a place to sit along the edge of the harbor.
Walk through the greenery and flowers at Bayou Bend Garden, 2940 Lazy Lane. Visit the Ima Hogg estate and grounds. Tour the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics garden at 2503 Westheimer, 713-523-2483.
Visit the Water Wall at Williams Tower, 2800 Post Oak Blvd. Sit on the lawn and watch and listen to the waterfall. Then walk south to the man-made lakes on Post Oak. Soak your feet in the water and feed the ducks.
Take your bicycle to Braeswood Bike Trail and bike for miles along Brays Bayou, from South Main to Loop 610.
Visit the Houston Zoo, 713-523-5888, and pet the animals in the petting zoo. Open every day. Admission is free for children under two years of age.
Ride Galveston's Bolivar Ferry. On the 25-minute ride between Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula, you can see porpoises and smell the salt air. Take a few pieces of bread and feed the gulls.
Ride your bike or roller skate along the seawall in Galveston.
Buy a roll of string, collect some old chicken necks and go to Galveston and stop anywhere along the freeway, at the end of the seawall or along Causeway Bridge to try to catch a few crabs. This is great to do with kids!
Visit Sea Wolf Park on Pelican Island for a small fee per vehicle. Tour the submarine, ship and naval display. Make use of the lighted fishing pier, playground and picnic tables. Open daily.
Learn about your body and health at the Hall of Health Science. The exhibits on the lungs, heart and teeth are an educational experience. The museum is in the Houston Museum of Natural Science building. Admission fee. Open daily.
Learn about the history of printing and newspapers at the Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay, 713-522-4652. Admission is free. Open Tuesday through Saturday .
Visit hundreds of homeless cats, dogs, kittens and puppies at the Houston Humane Society, 14700 Almeda Road; free tours by appointment only at 713-433-6421.