Make no mistake – Houston is booming. Due in part to its flourishing economy, good jobs, and influx of new residents, "Forbes" named Houston the fastest growing city in America. But don’t let this fool you into thinking Houston is all work and no play. Whether you settle inside or outside the Loop you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy yourself in the Bayou City.
The average annual temperature in Houston is 69 degrees, which means you can enjoy disc golf at Buffalo Bayou Park or explore Hermann Park comfortably year-round. Got kids? Treat your family to a free concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre or a trip to the Houston Zoo. Shoppers will love Houston’s options: more than 2,000 vendors sell everything from home decor to fresh produce at the open-air markets of Traders Village. From the Heights to Montrose, River Oaks to Meyerland, every Houston neighborhood boasts a range of outdoor activities.
Houston won’t disappoint those seeking art and a thriving culture. In fact, "Travel and Leisure" magazine named Houston one of the most cultured cities in the U.S. In addition to dozens of galleries and a Theater District that spans 17 blocks, Houston boasts a flourishing music scene.
When the mood for live tunes strikes, head to Cactus Music. This iconic Houston music store is where you’ll find up-and-coming talent, plus an amazing inventory of records and CDs. Check out the Continental Club in Midtown to be entertained by bands playing everything from bluegrass to alternative rock. If sports are more your idea of a good time, jump on the METRO and travel to Houston’s Ballpark District, home of the Astros, Rockets, or the city’s two-time MLS champs, the Dynamo.
With everything there is to do in Houston, you’re sure to work up an appetite. When you do, curb your hunger with a crunchy chicken sandwich at Local Foods, brisket at Gatlin’s BBQ, or a healthy vegetarian dish at Oxheart. Rest assured – whatever you’re craving, Houston’s got it.
Houston enjoys these parks and open spaces: