“Texas is an unself-conscious place. Nobody here is embarrassed about being who they are. Reactionaries aren’t embarrassed. Rich folks aren’t embarrassed. Rednecks aren’t embarrassed. Liberals aren’t embarrassed”
– The late journalist Molly Ivins
1. 25ft-tall underground cistern
The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern was Houston’s first underground drinking-water reservoir. It was built in 1927 and was forgotten for years. City officials reassessed it and decided to remodel it to be a place for the whole family to visit – it was officially opened May 13, 2016. There are 30-minute walking tours available as well as places to grab some snacks. Immerse yourself in some fun history with a twist.
2. Explore the Bayou
Buffalo Bayou Park is the place locals go to for some down time. It has hiking and bike trails and if you take a walk, you’ll spend hours exploring all the exciting new nooks that you’re bound to stumble upon. Whether you buy artwork from a painter or watch performances by local entertainers, this is the city’s greatest urban park.
3. Local music rocks
Houstonians like music. Really loud music. And whether you’re a fan of live shows or not, with the variety that’s on offer, you’ll undoubtedly find something that will tickle your fancy. Satellite Bar (below) is known for its indie bands and cheap beer while Fitzgerald’s is one of Houston’s oldest live music venues and hosts up-and-coming talent.
4. Eat your heart out
Every new travel destination gives you the chance to go on an exciting culinary journey. In Houston, the locals like to celebrate their food and sure aren’t shy to show off their cooking skills. You can go on a Houston Culinary Tour (below) which will take you through The Heights and Montrose. You can even choose to have a chef-led tour. Wear flat shoes and comfy clothes that allow for some … expansion.
5. Arrive hungry at Killen’s Barbecue
Seriously, a visit to Killen’s is almost mandatory when visiting Houston. The famous barbecue house is most known for its ribs (below). Oh, and the fact that you get free beer while you wait on weekends. Yup, the lines are so long (and totally worth it) that the award-winning chef, Ronnie Killen, makes sure that his guests are well watered if they’re going to wait for food. Hurrah.