Visit the Ocean
Drive down 288 until you can't go anymore, through Freeport,TX there is a lovely spot of raw ocean beach. The road ends and while you drive out onto the sand it almost looks like you are driving straight into the ocean for a moment. Park and have fun away from all the tourists! Our kids have a blast here-hardly anyone around and who knew you could drive right up next to the ocean. There was a semi cab parked next to us. I have been to every ocean in the US and have never seen this, but on the other hand it is not crowded with people here and the water is warm even in October. It was fun.
If this is not your style you can drive up Seawall Blvd towards Galveston-there is plenty of places there to see the ocean and get your feet wet. It is actually a quiet ride and you get to look at all those houses on stilts on the way too.
Beaches are not resort style-don't expect this and you won't be disappointed. Warm Water, Sand,a nice breeze, and a long pier = fun.
There are two major Airports...
There are two major Airports in Houston located at opposite ends of the city. If your passing through and be sure your connecting plan is our of the same airport DO NOT TRY TO FLY OUT THE OTHER!
You must have a car. Unfortunately the city public transportation sucks.
Variety of food
Close to 200 items on the menu, including 34 different cheesecakes. Big portions! Located in the Galleria mall. Appetizer - Thai Lettuce Wraps
Main - Spicy Cashew Chicken
Dessert - White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cheesecake or Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cheesecake
Rothko Chapel is a tranquil sanctuary open to all faiths nestled in the heart of Houston. The walls of the chapel display many of Mark Rothko's abstract and minimalist paintings. However the interior of the chapel is not decorated with any religious icons which allows for a very inviting atmosphere. The courtyard just outside the chapel doors is the site of one of the most inspiring sculptures in Houston; a giant inverted broken obelisk balanced atop a pyramid at the end of a reflecting pool. Both inside and out Rothko Chapel is a place of deep reflection, meaning and acceptance.
The Port Of Houston/Houston Ship Channel
The Houston Ship Channel is the 30+ mile long waterway that extends from Galveston Bay to the southeast side of town, and turns into Buffalo Bayou, which runs through the center of the city. The Ship Channel is how Houston got its start as growing city on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, and it links Houston to the sea, making the city one of the most important international port cities in the world. After Texas won it's independence from Mexico in 1836, small ships began navigating up the then narrow and shallow channel to Buffalo Bayou, and the city. Plans were made quickly to expand the channel so larger vessels could make their way up to the city. Competition quickly began between Houston and it's then rival city to the southeast, Galveston. As the jostling continued between the 2 cities over several decades, Houston was also linked to the national system of railroads, which gave it an extra edge on the dispersal of shipped in items. Then in 1900 when a hurricane struck Galveston, killed thousands of it's residents, and all but wiped the city of the map, Houston emerged as the chief port city on the Texas coast. And after the Texas oil boom occured soon after, Houston's shipping activities increased dramatically. Over the years, as the port has been expanded and more commerce and shipping has been conducted here, the Houston Ship Channel has become one of the most vital parts to the city's livelihood. Now not just used for shipping, many cruise and casino ships use the port for a departure location. Tours are now available to relive the port's history, and discover it's immense importance to the City of Houston. A very interesting look into one of the largest ports in the world!