Houston Is hot. Not only that, but they are uncomfortably humid. It’s something Houstonians can never really get used to. But lucky for us, the city gives us many reasons to still be out and about. From the eclectic beer gardens to the water-focused activities to the history-driven museums, Houston has something you and your love are sure to love.
Sure, you’ve picnicked at Hermann Park and you two have probably already taken photos by the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall. These are the stereotypical Houston things you grew up on. So what else is there to do? Don’t worry, we got you covered.
Whether your girlfriend is into the arts, considers herself a beer connoisseur or is just looking to do something a little different and more adventurous than having a typical Galveston beach day this summer, she will be sure to enjoy these options. So grab your girl and knock one (or all) of these off your Houston summer bucket list.
The Texas-Shaped Lazy River
Where: Marriott Marquis Houston - 1777 Walker Street
No other state has the pride Texas does. You’ll find Texas-shaped waffles, Texas-shaped cutting boards, and now there’s a one-of-a-kind Texas-shaped lazy river. Found right in the heart of downtown, the Marriott Marquis Houston’s resort-like rooftop pool will keep you and your boo cool.
You can also take a dip in their infinity pool and enjoy a day of pampering in their full-service spa. Heads up, every girl loves being pampered.
Market Square Park
Where: 301 Milam Street
Located in Houston’s Historic District, Market Square Park is the perfect place for entertainment, art, and food. There is always some unique event happening here. Whether it’s a movie showing, a bike ride or a concert, their calendar will have it all.
Axelrad Beer Garden
Where: Midtown, 1517 Alabama Street
If your girl is a big beer drinker, she will love Axelrad Beer Garden. It’s a beer lover’s dream with more than 30 different (and tasty) beers on tap, a spacious backyard and lots of hammocks to lounge in. Yes, we said hammocks!
Drop in on one of their many movie nights or when there’s live music playing. Really, just come with your favorite person and taste the beers until you find your favorite brew.
Where: 1010 Prairie Street
You can’t go wrong with food. The Conservatory is Houston’s first food hall. The unique underground food space features a variety of local businesses including a beer garden spewing 60 different tap beers, cider, mead, and whiskey. You and your girlfriend are guaranteed a great time with food and beer. Also, there are tons of Insta-friendly photo opps that would look great on the 'gram.
Tip: Go during happy hour. The beers are cheaper and they have food specials. Does your girl ever not know what to eat? Take her here. You're welcome.
Bayou Wildlife Zoo
Where: 5050 FM 517, Alvin, Texas 77511
Perfect for a girl who loves animals. You two can get up close and personal with more than 500 animals from across the world at Bayou Wildlife’s safari-like zoo. From the White Rhino to the giraffe, every animal will be roaming free. You can also feed the animals as you drive by.
Hotel Sorrela’s Monnalisa Lounge
Where: 800 Sorella Court
If you want to take your girlfriend somewhere she can get a little dressed up, take her to Monnalisa Lounge. It has a modern feel featuring amenities like an open-flame fire pit, an above-bar chandelier, and secluded booths. Can you say romantic? Enjoy the city view while sipping on one of their specialty cocktails. *Heart eyes*
James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace
Where: 6100 Main Street
You both will be in awe of the beauty that is the Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. By using light and space, this art installation will alter the perception of the sky. Illuminated by changing LED lights, it perfectly complements the natural light inevitably showcasing the beauty of nature. You can spend the whole day there and not feel bored. Bring a picnic or just lay out and enjoy the view. Make sure to bring a camera to take some great photos. Your cell phone camera will do just fine.
Stop by during one of their 40-minute light shows, complete with music. Or watch the light show during the sunrise or sunset with no music. Both equally breathtaking.
Art Car Museum
Where: 140 Heights Blvd
This one-of-a-kind museum features the most creative, elaborate and artfully constructed cars from low riders and more. You won’t see anything like it anywhere else. If you know Houston, you know its art car culture is a big thing. Enjoy this big Houston thing with your main thang.
Where: 7405 Westview Drive, Westview, Texas 77055
If your girl is one who loves to get lost in a good book, Becker’s Books will be her paradise. From inexpensive paperbacks to $1000 manuscripts, Becker’s Books has been Houston’s go-to secondhand bookstore for over 20 years. This family-run business is Houston’s largest and oldest independent bookstore.
Filled with shelves of antique and secondhand books, you two will feel like you’re in a maze of infinite stories. Get lost in the many stories that fill the shelves and make an adventure out of it.
Where: 1657 Westheimer Road
Leopard Lounge is a thrifter’s heaven. Whether you find something to purchase or not, half the fun is going through the racks and seeing all the different clothes you can find. Other than clothes, they have accessories at an affordable price. Whether you're looking for sunglasses, hats, or a bag, Leopard Lounge is bound to have it. Knowing no one else will be rocking the same style is a plus.
From embroidered pieces to patterned suits to pearl-snapping button-ups, you and your girlfriend will be sure to have a field day with these vintage pieces.
Houston Underground Tunnels
Where: Throughout Houston
Did you know that 20 feet below downtown Houston is a tunnel system that runs for more than six miles? What started as a tunnel between two movie theaters is now a path filled with restaurants and a variety of retail spots you and your girl will be sure to love.
It’s also a great way to explore the city while beating the heat. Beat the system with the Houston tunnel system and grab a bite to eat while doing so. It's a win-win situation.
Take advantage of the summer heat by cooling down at Lake Conroe. Whether you want to go boating, paddle boarding, jet skiing or just drink a few cocktails at the lakeside bar, you and your girlfriend (for once) won’t be complaining about the outdoor humidity while at this 21,000-acre lake.
Tip: They have a romantic Lake Conroe dinner cruise option.
Where: 555 Katy Fort Bend Road
They say everything is bigger in Texas. This waterpark is no exception. With a 1,500-foot lazy river that stretches the length of five football fields, a 25,000 square foot wave pool, more than 35 slides paths, and smokin’ BBQ, you and your girlfriend will be sure to have a splash.
Where: Little Woodrow’s - 2306 Brazos Street
Want a date that’s a little quirkier? Take your significant other to Little Woodrow’s for a few beers and a night of turtle racing. Yes, you read that right. Pick a turtle and cheer on! If your turtle wins enough times, you’ll get a free drink out of it. Also, betting is free.
While it definitely isn't for everyone, it can be something different to try. You never know, you might end up being a regular. This is perfect for the girl who is down for anything and can make any little activity into a full-blown adventure.
Where: 10900 Kingspoint Road
Head over to the Southside of Houston to see some of the most visually appealing murals the city has to offer. Kingspoint Mullet has 17,000 square feet of warehouse space that has been turned into an outdoor graffiti gallery. Walk through (hand-in-hand) and enjoy local artists' work.
The Big Bubble
Where: 510 Preston Street
You know how if you see a button, you’re tempted to press it? Well, there’s a hidden button (a big red one at that) over Houston’s Buffalo Bayou that is free for you to push as much as you want. The button is part of an art installation that helps keep the bayou from smelling. Press it and watch the bayou gurgle and bubble up. You'd be lying if you said that doesn't sound fun.
The Orange Show
Where: 2401 Munger Street
In honor of the orange (yes, the fruit), a Houstonian transformed his small lot into what is now The Orange Show. A mixture of recycled bricks, tiles and other “junk,” the lot is an art museum showcasing extraordinary imagination. A visit might even inspire you to express your hidden artist.
Houston Lock Bridge
Where: Rosemont Bridge
Lock in your love by placing a lock on Rosemont Bridge. After locking your lock, throw the key in the water as a symbol of your love. What’s more romantic than leaving a mark in the city you love with other hopeless romantics?
David Adickes Studio
Where: 2401 Nance Street
Artist David Adickes is known for his large sculpted statues. How do you know if you made it to his studio? From Bush to Washington, you’ll see 43 enormous heads of past presidents. Also featured on the lot is a large Charlie Chaplin statue and The Beatles.
If you two are lucky, you’ll find Adickes himself working on something extravagant.
The Wilde Collection
Where: 1446 Yale Street
If your girlfriend is a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde, The Wilde Collection will be a huge treat. Filled with the most unique and bizarre art and other various items, you two will be instilled with a sense of wonder. It will be a rare shopping experience for you both.