If you’re living in Houston, you’re living in the largest and most progressive city in the Lone Star State. There’s always something to do in Houston. It’s home to the Theater District, a 17-block area in the center of downtown where you’ll find the Bayou Place entertainment complex. The complex contains restaurants, movie theaters, plazas, and parks. Residents also have easy access to the Space Center Houston, the Downtown Aquarium, Sam Houston Race Park, and the Galleria shopping center. If you have some free time and you’re looking for something fun to do, check out this list of entertainment venues in Houston.
Sample estate-grown wines at La Fuente Winery. Its Chilean wines have been available in Texas since 2006, and they’ve been Rodeo Medal winners for the past five years. The winery’s staff takes pride in the personal service they provide. You can mix wine, food, friends, and fun on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. You’ll find them on Houston’s Hempstead Highway. If you’d like to have your wine tasting in a familiar setting, the staff will bring it to your home or office.
Have you ever thought about taking a glass-blowing class? Houston’s Sand-N-Fire Studio holds glass-blowing, flame-working, and fusion classes. You can learn how to use hard borosilicate glass or soft soda-lime glass to make beads, marbles, pendants, and even small flowers. There is a flame-working class for beginners and a more advanced class that you can take as your skills grow. The glassblowing class lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and during that time you can complete three or four pieces.
The Orange Show
The Orange Show is probably the strangest tourist attraction that you’ll ever visit. The Visionary Arts Center was created in 1956 by Houston postman Jeff McKissack in honor of his favorite fruit, the orange. The monument is made from found objects, bricks, and fencing transformed into an architectural maze of mosaics, walkways, balconies, and iron figures. This is a great attraction for the entire family.
Art Car Museum
The Art Car Museum, also known as “Garage Mahal,” is a free and fun thing to do in Houston. It provides an exhibition forum for local, national, and international artists. It features elaborately constructed art cars and mobile contraptions, such as a car covered in beads, a cockroach-shaped roadster, and a car embellished with nesting geese and alligators. The museum hosts events throughout the year, including the annual Houston Art Car Parade and the Legendary Art Car Ball.
The National Museum of Funeral History
If you’re looking for a venue that’s quirky and interesting, check out the National Museum of Funeral History. The museum is home to 20,000 square feet of coffins, hearses, and all things related to the deceased and their funerals. You’ll also find JFK’s eternal flame and the latest addition, a permanent Papal exhibition. There’s a shop with some interesting souvenirs to commemorate your visit.
There are many other things to do in Houston. Ask around or explore to find more fun attractions near you.