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Hipmunk City Love: How to go BIG in Houston

There are so many creative ways to have a fantastic time without spending a dime in Houston – but when visiting Texas it’s better to go big or don’t do it at all (or so the saying goes). With Houston being the best in the USA for quite a lot of things, we thought it was appropriate to mention just a few on our list of doing it big in The Lone Star State. From the traditional rodeo to more wacky adventures, Houston really seems to have it all covered.

Culture

Whether you’re more into museums or theater (or both!), Houston has got you covered. You can find the award-winning Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Children’s Museum, and the Menil Collection to name just a few. The Theater District compares to Broadway in New York – it’s that amazing. Bringing together a mix of culture and entertainment, you can find performances in any of the nine distinguished performing arts centers, plus many smaller ones. The famous Bayou Place located in the neighborhood includes the Sundance Cinema along with the Bayou Music Center which hosts world-class acts.

Rodeo

The land of cowboys, rodeos, and the Alamo, and yes, Texas does it best while Houston does it biggest. Home to the biggest rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo invades the city and brings a wholesome educational value with it, too. The event was “organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry.”1 Every year the show and rodeo bring in more jobs, increased sales for the city, and an overall good time for everyone involved.

Foodie Scene

Surprisingly enough, when a city is voted most ethnically diverse that also includes the cuisine. Deemed one of the “country’s most exciting places to eat” by The New York Times in 2013, Houston is the new foodie heaven. From the traditional barbecue that Texans are so famous for to the fresh seafood delivered daily, you name the style of food you’re craving and you’ll most likely find it. And of course, the original Tex-Mex cuisine meshing the Texas pride and Mexican tradition into one, filling and spicy dish.

Exploration

Whether it’s exploring the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center for a simulation of a zero-gravity environment, or a walk in one of the numerous parks in Houston, you’re bound to find some adventure during your visit. Check out the Memorial Park, Hermann Park – home to the Houston Zoo, and George Bush Park where you can pack a picnic and spend  the afternoon relaxing on the greens or bike riding around. If you’re feeling up for a more watery adventure, head over the Buffalo Bayou and experience a Waugh Bat Colony Boat Tour or if you’re more of a hands on adventurer, grab your own paddles and hit the water in a kayak or canoe.

*1 – About Us: www.RodeoHouston.com

Image by Alonso Williams Jr. via Trover.com

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I'm a native of Maine, currently living and working in Portland where I write about my favorite travels and new experiences. I have been published on various travel blogs as well as have collaborated on writing projects with companies such as the travel search engine Hipmunk and Spanish hotel chain Bahia Principe. When I'm not writing, I enjoy being on the ocean, sipping tasty wines, waking up to strong coffee, and sharing all these things with my friends. You can follow my writing at www.nativeofthenorth.me

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