Tuesday, February 8, 2011

City Guide: Houston in 48 Hours

I am not embarrassed to say that, up until a few years ago, my only association with Texas was reciting song lyrics I learned from Pee-wee's Big Adventure. 

On a recent trip, I was enlightened. I got to experience Houston, mostly on foot. A car was helpful, but since I was situated in the downtown area, I took advantage of the METRORail. At just $1.25/ride, it will pretty much drop you right in front of all the local attractions. Hello Houston!

Houston is home to Rice University and the Rice University Art Gallery. The Rice University Art Gallery is the only University gallery in the United States devoted to installation.

Across the street is Hermann Park. It is extremely clean. It has plenty of jogging paths, space to walk your dog, and picnic tables galore. In the center is a structure similar to the Washington Monument and at the end is a beautiful arch honoring Sam Houston. The area is popular amongst families and taking pictures for Quinceaneras.

The Pioneer Memorial Obelisk

The Houston Museum District boasts 18 acclaimed museums. I only had time for one, The Museum of Fine Arts, but the Houston Museum of Natural Science came highly recommended as well.

For shopping, Rice Village has a nice mix of big chains such as the Gap and Ann Taylor while mixed in with funky boutiques like Mint Clothing & Accessories and Wish.

All the walking and heat will get you hungry. The Breakfast Klub has chicken and waffles. Niko Niko serves classic Greek Fare. Armandos is a newly renovated Mexican bistro. For an upscale dining experience complete with waterfalls and a balcony view Trevisio Restaurant is at the top of the Texas Medical Center.

There is so much more to Texas than just an 80's movie. Next stop... Austin.

Rice University
6100 Main
Houston, Texas 77005

Hermann Park
Hermann Dr
Houston, TX 77004

Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

The Breakfast Klub
3711 Travis St
Houston, TX 7700

Niko Niko
2520 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

2630 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

Trevisio Restaurant
6550 Bertner St
Houston, TX 77030

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