Let’s face it: vacations from Houston are expensive. Between airfare, gas, hotels, car rentals, Uber rides, and activities —it adds up FAST. So what’s the solution? Many people roll their eyes at the idea of a staycation, but chances are there are plenty of things in Houston that you haven’t experienced or haven’t even thought of. Opt for a day of museums and nice dinner at a restaurant you haven’t tried. Plan a long weekend doing things you’ve never done and treating yourself to special eats! Create a personal bucket list of all things you want to do in your city. You may be surprised by what Houston has to offer!
Visit one (or all) of Houston’s prized museums:
Experience some history, culture, and art without leaving the city, when you visit Houston’s “triple crown” of museums. The Menil Collection, although closed Monday and Tuesday, offers free admission to make art accessible to all. The Museum of Natural Science boasts 16 permanent exhibits, a planetarium and more. And The Museum of Fine Arts is open until 9PM on Thursdays, making it a fun after dinner stop.
Marvel at the Houston Ballet:
One of the largest and most renowned companies in America, the Houston Ballet performs extensively during their season running from September until June. Watch dancers swirl effortlessly at the Wortham Theater Center, the largest professional dance facility in America. With a repertoire that suits ballet vets and newcomers alike, it’s a chance to dress up and get swept off your feet by the Houston Ballet’s artistry and technique.
Catch a flick at the River Oaks Theatre:
Built in 1939, the River Oaks Theatre is one of Houston’s last true movie palaces. With its ornate art deco styled interior is intact, The River Oaks shows current independent and foreign films featuring a mix of Friday and Saturday night midnight viewings. If you’re into Rocky Horror, be sure to check out one of their showings. As one of the oldest movies theatres in the US, you’re in for a night way beyond your typical dinner and a movie.
Root for your favorite sports team:
No matter what sport you’re into, there’s something for everyone in Houston. Tailgate at NRG stadium for the Texans or chant for the Houston Dynamo in orange. Hit up Minute Maid Park for an Astros game (hotdog in hand) or root for the Rockets shooting hoops. Even if sports aren’t really your thing, grab a beer, something greasy, and enjoy the buzzing energy around you.
Get a new angle aboard the Spirit of the Bayou:
Cruise along the city’s historic waterway on the Spirit of the Bayou pontoon boat. Take a Twilight Tour for a beautiful evening or hop on the Foodie Float to taste bites from local chefs while enjoying the ride. This is a great way to relax staycation style while enjoying the lush scenery the Bayou has to offer.
Plan an instant vacation in your own backyard with some of these unique activities in Houston. Everyone knows that the best part about vacationing is who you spend it with! Whether you’re looking for something romantic or family oriented, Houston has something to fit all your needs.
Looking to add something to your staycation weekend? Skip the expensive bakery prices and try this peach mojito cupcake recipe!