If you are traveling in or around Houston eventually you will find yourself in the Downtown District where the streets are always filled with action. Sometimes it’s the thunderous sounds of screeching tires and automobiles colliding that usher in an unexpected frenzy of activity. Or the traffic snarls and the constant hum of automobiles that serve as a backdrop for the fast walking pedestrians going to and fro daytime ballgames at Minute Maid Park and nighttime events at Toyota Center.
The real excitement takes place at the parks, restaurants and entertainment venues that call the recently revitalized downtown area home. You can find plenty of things happening in downtown Houston every day. Lunchtime concerts, after work workouts and weekend long festivals are just some of the things you can take advantage of when you hangout the Downtown District of the nation’s 4th largest city.
Daytime Activities In Downtown
The fares, food and fun in and around Houston are very affordable and netted the city a #4 ranking in affordability on Travel and Leisure’s list of America’s Favorite Cities.
Here’s our list of things that you should consider adding to your schedule of activities during the day includes:
Discovery Green- a restful strip of greenspace near the edge of downtown, where you can cool your heels besides the still waters of a pond, relax at an outdoor reading room, or get pumped up at an a group exercise session just about any day of the week.
Market Square - This park offers guest a small area for a respite and the best place for people watching in town.
Buffalo Bayou Walking Trail - The city was born on the winding waterway. It’s banks have been finely landscaped and accessorized with sidewalks and art to create a people friendly walking and jogging path near the waters edge.
At dusk the pace of the city changes as workers leave and party goers take over the streets. Club hopping around downtown is a regular part of the nightlife scene where big-time outfits, The House of Blues and the Hard Rock Cafe have raised the bar on partying for Southern nights.
If you want something a little more subdued with a lively atmosphere check out these fun places:
500 Texas St
1201 Fannin St
Lucky Strike Lanes
1201 San Jacinto St
Verizon Wireless Theater
520 Texas Ave
2016 Main St
Houston Theater District
When you visit to Houston it’s essential to get in some face-time in its theater district where the number of seats available is a close second to that of New York, NY. It’s definitely the place to visit if you want to experience some of the best Broadway musicals, stage plays and other entertainment in the South.
According to Wikipedia, the talent-rich district is home to the only opera company to win a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy, the fifth largest ballet troupe in the country and visited by more than two million people annually.
Places To Eat In Downtown Houston
If you’re just trying to grab a burger and a drink you’ll find all of your favorite fast food places on the main drag, Main street or a few blocks away on one of its cross streets.
For top notch dinning experiences you don’t need to travel much further either. You’ll find some of the nationally known restaurants and some local favorites in the same area. Here are a few names you may recognize.
McCormick and Schmicks
Guadalajara Del Centro
1201 San Jacinto
1217 Pierce St
Final Tips On Getting Around Houston
When you are traveling around Houston you’ll find that there are lots of places that are within walking distance of each other in its downtown area. It’s not hard to find parking lots and parking meters where you can safely leave your vehicle while you traverse the nearby streets on foot.
If you want to use public transportation, there is bus and a lightrail train service in the area. You can find a schedule on the train’s loading platform, at bus stops or visit their website (ridemetro.org). If you need a taxi you can order one online (yellowcab.com) or call their local number.
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