Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Held annually over a 3 week period in February and March, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world's largest rodeo. For over 60 years the rodeo has been held here, and recently began being held in Reliant Stadium after a run of almost 40 years in the Astrodome. Each year over 1 million people attend the rodeo, as well as the Livestock show and Rodeo carnival. Events such as bull riding, calf roping, and chuck wagon races draw cowboys from not just Texas, but all over the world to compete on a grandstage in front of the large & enthusiastic crowds. And with winnings totaling almost $750,000, these cowboys are not just competing for the love of it, there is real money up for grabs! Being not only a "rodeo", the Livestock show benefits young and future ranchers who have put in the hard work to raise these animals, and auctions are held with each animal going to the highest bidder. The Rodeo carnival is also very popular, held right outside the stadium in the parking lot. There are many rides and fun activities, as well as an endless supply of food and refreshments available. In recent years the Astrodome, right next door to Reliant Stadium, has served as a huge nightclub after the end of each show, with free admission to everyone that attended the rodeo that evening. The Rodeo is an absolute must for anyone visiting Houston during this time, if for nothing else than for the tradition that is behind it. But it is a great atmosphere to experience, and hey, you're in Texas! What better place could you imagine seeing a rodeo?!!!
Mega Mall of The Woodlands
I would simply say that this is another mega mall of Houston, but this particular one has an address located in The Woodlands. It is a very nice, modern & HUGE shopping complex, with large department stores like Dillard's, Mervyn's, and Sears. There are also typical retail stores here such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic & Ann Taylor, as well as home furnishing stores like Pottery Barn & Williams - Sonoma. The food court is huge: Chick-fil-A, Sarku Japan, & Roman Delight Pizza have locations here, and there are nicer restaurants by The Waterway stop, which is actually named the Woodlands Town Center, like Cheesecake Factory & P.F. Chang's. Nice mall, but nothing out of the ordinary. Just like any other huge mall, tons of options for you to choose from! The Woodlands Mall is no more expensive than any other mall in the Houston area, but by no means is it cheap.
Truly Home Cookn'
I was in Houston visiting the Texas Medical Center for work. Had Cliff's every night I stayed there. The food was fresh and delicious. The people that work there are very hospitable. Marilyn Monroe wall paper gives a nice 50's feel. Falafel sandwich, Patty Melt, Fries
Beer, pizza and crawfish in a Clear Lake pub
This is a nice bar, with a good choice of beers including from microbreweries, but any kind of drink is available. Very often, however, their beers are flat (what are they doing with their beer tanks??) and their margaritas are of varied quality, more often extremely bitter and awful than good (depending on who prepares it at the bar I suppose). Great pizzas cooked in a wood fire, great crawfish. It can be very crowded on Friday evenings, starting at 5 pm, with the parking lot completely full and a very smokey room.
When the weather is nice, it is a pleasure to sit on their patio overlooking a bayou going into Clear Lake. The crowd is all ages. Lots of people who work at nearby NASA go there. Mediterranean Pizza
Full Sail Amber beer (when it is not flat...)
Spend a day in the Museum...
Spend a day in the Museum District and be awed. Less than 10 minutes from downtown, Houston's Museum District is a truly marvelous destination for lovers of arts and sciences. In a beautiful area of stately homes and lush lawns, you can explore 12 fascinating museums dedicated to presenting the finest exhibits in their fields. Be sure to see the new Audrey Jones Beck Buildingat the Museum of Fine Arts, now the sixth largest art museum in the country. Schedule several visits to the neighborhood so you can wander through all these wonderful places: Contemporary Arts Museum, Children's Museum of Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Health and Medical Science; Houston Museum of Natural Sciences; Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens; Holocaust Museum Houston; The Houston Zoo; The Menil Collection; Rice University Art Gallery; Lawndale Art Center; and the Jung Educational Center. Outside the museum District, other intreguing museums and galleries have displays for every interest. Among them, the Houston Fire Museum, the Museum of Printing History. and the Natural Museum of Funeral History.The Community Artists' Collective features exhibits and instruction for art education. The Orange Show is a distinctively quirky folk museum and architectural salute dedicated to glorifying the orange. Project Row Houses. an urban renewal project in the Third Ward, supports artists' environments and displays of their work.