If you ever happen to be near or around Houston, Texas, this post will share all the best things to do in the city. You will love the year round warm weather, rain received from being so close to the coast, and tons of fun activities to embark on. Keep reading to learn about what to do in Houston, Texas.
What to Do in Houston, Texas
You want to see the scenes, do fun stuff, explore it all. Check out these fun activities in and around the Houston area.
We’ve got to start it off with shopping, don’t we? If you are looking for the most popular stores nestled in malls and shopping centers, you’ll have your pick of it here in Houston. We’ll start with the malls.
Sitting in the heart of the Galleria area, this huge shopping center is tough to describe. It’s huge! When you think you’ve walked it all, there’s still more, including:
- A massive food court
- Ice skating rink
- Movie theater
- Tons of shopping
- Kiosks of shopping goods and foods
- And, more!
I first took my Dad here and we literally explored like 5% of it, before calling it a day.
When I returned, I took my sister and we spent 3 hours exploring the shopping mall, taking breaks inbetween because it’s just so much walking. It really is an experience, from the water wall near Nordstrom to all the most amazing shops, boutiques and department stores. If you’re in Houston, make your way to the beautiful Galleria.
There are tons of shopping malls in Houston. One of my favorites is the Katy Mills mall, located in a suburb about 15 minutes outside of Houston, in Katy, Texas. This is a pretty large mall with tons of my favorite stores. The food court is incredible and they have a ton of fun attractions for kids, including:
- Rainforest Cafe and attractions
- Jump trampouline
- Movie theater
- Toy stores
- Train that takes parents and kids on a train ride throughout the mall
- And, more!
I took my mother in law here for the 4th of July and she had a ball, leaving with no less than 30 bags and we spent almost 4 hours in the mall! She loved every bit of it!
For some fun shopping, highly recommended!
Oh, the food. One of the things I love about the H is the food. The city is so diverse. They have a Chinatown and tons of ethnically diverse cuisine from across the globe. It is truly incredible.
I had my first taste of Jamaican food here and my more firsts. Not to mention, one of my favorite cuisines, and my heritage, Ethiopian food! There are multiple restaurants in and around Houston that serve Ethiopian.
If you are looking for food that’s different, delicious, and surprising, Houston is the place for you!
For Jamaican food, this place can’t be beat. I mean, I can eat this food every week. From there soft and layered Roti to their moist, juicy jerk chicken and my favorite, the brown stew chicken, which comes with rice and peas, and cabbage, and plantains. Yum!
My husband is vegan and there are PLENTY of vegan-friendly options perfect for him.
They also serve desserts like homemade lemon cake, rum cake, and a huge line of authentic Jamaican and Caribbean drinks. Delicious!
South African cuisine that is truly delicious. This quaint and gorgeous restaurant is a little fancy ya’ll. You can totally show up in jeans and there is no dress code but I recommend you get reservations, just in case, just because they are a popular Houston restaurant and their establishment is smaller so make a reservation to be safe.
I first visited Peli Peli a few weeks back at the recommendation of a friend of my sisters who raved about the restaurant.
We had the lunch special which came to me like a piece of artwork. It was a chicken dish with a sweet potato hash and veggies. And, dessert was bread pudding I think. So yummy.
I went to the Katy location but they have multiple throughout Houston, including in the Galleria!
Another recommendation from a friend, this breakfast/brunch spot was enjoyed by our family for my son’s birthday. We enjoyed a brunch of Blueberry pancakes (my son) with Huevos Rancheros and Pineapple Upside Down Cake Pancakes (me) and two vegan dishes, a grain bowl and a sweet potato veggie dish (hubby). Yes, we had morning cocktails. There’s no time limit on mojitos hehe, so yes, for breakfast and they were delicious.
There are tons more delicious food spots but these are the only we’ll share in this post. If you really wanna well research the food, head to Yelp and search best food spots in Houston to get a nice list, including reviews.
Yes, the fun stuff. Check these out.
Bar Hop Downtown
There are tons of bars to check out. We’ve actually never done this but it’s on my bucket list. We’re pretty new to the area and not big drinkers but we will give this a try. You can learn more about downtown bar hopping here.
We have not been here but I’ve heard it’s one of the prettiest aquarium’s ever. If you love seeing sea life and with or without kids, this is a great place to check out and at a reasonable price.
- Games and rides
- Fun and learning
- Gift shop
Galveston is about an hour and a half away from Houston, on the Gulf Coast. If you want to go to the beach and enjoy some ocean breeze, take a quick drive to Galveston to enjoy…
- The beach
- Delicious Texas bakeries
- Fun and activities
- Great shopping
- Ride the Ferry
Enjoy a Staycation in Houston
Go for all the stops and enjoy:
- Room service
- Rooftop bar
- Swimming pool
- In hotel restaurant
Do it up and enjoy! Both hotels above are amazing. Hotel Ylem is small and quaint. I have stayed with them three times. They have a bar and coffee shop and you can buy snacks at the front. The Royal Sonesta is a big, lavish hotel with the biggest hotel coffee bar I have seen ever.
There’s tons more in Houston. As our family does some exploring, we will continue to add to this post so bookmark and check back often for even more ideas. We hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to comment below and let us know what you think.