Great water sports in the Houston area
Galveston Bay and the lakes around (ex: Clear Lake) are just wonderful for fans of water sports, especially sailing.
Canoeing is great in the bayous (ex: Armand Bayou) to observe the local fauna (alligators and birds)
If you like to go to the beach, go to Galveston.
If you like fishing, plenty of possibilities here from rivers, bayous, Galveston Bay to the Gulf!
There are many night life...
There are many night life activities. Which one you should go to depends on you. Club/Bar 'Spy' is one of the ritzyest places in town.
Two levels of oversized Alice-in-Wonderland furniture, bright walls, strange lamps, and chandeliers give this trendy downtown disco a certain je ne sais weird, as does the 'midget' (management's word, not mine) walking around in a Yoda costume on select nights. You can dress to impress or you can dress semi-casual. Keep in mind though, most will be dressed to the 'T'.
Turkish food - Deep in the Heart of Texas!!!
Tucked away in a little corner of the Rice Village is Istanbul Grill and Deli, one of the few Turkish restaurants in Houston. The restaurant is an excellent place to have a true Turkish meal, and not pay an arm and a leg either! It is by no means a large place, maybe 12-15 small tables inside, a few more on the patio out front. A nice, Turkish style decor is present, with native paintings and photos on the walls, and Anatolian decorations all around the restaurant. The staff is excellent, very pleasant, but not in a hurry. Do not come here if you want a quick in and out meal. This is also a true to form Turkish style! The menu has many selections to choose from. Exceptional appetizers, such as humus and bread, and Turkish salads are great starters. Many of the entrees, especially the kebap skewers, are comprised of such things as lamb meat, eggplant, yogurt, and marinated with traditional Turkish spices. Most will run you around $10. They also have a great dessert menu, wonderful baklava, and a small selection of Turkish wines as well. Try some Ayran, a traditional yogurt drink, with a little salt added, during your meal. Or some Turkish coffee after. iskender Kebap is without a doubt my favorite Turkish meal, and it is outstanding here! The combination of beef and lamb in traditional Turkish sauce and spices, with pita bread and yogurt is first-rate! I think many Americans may be hesitant to eat a meat dish with yogurt, as I know I was when I was first introduced to it. But speaking as an American, who is very accustomed to down-home American meals, you can't go wrong with the iskender Kebap! And be sure to finish the meal off with some Baklava and Turkish coffee!
for the artsy fartsy.
I've been there 3 times, once to see the exhibtion,"The Heroic Century: The Museum of Modern Art Masterpieces, 200 Paintings and Sculptures" and the next to watch it again, and the last one was to visit the Catlin exhibition, and the Cartier exhibtion. The only misgiving i have is that the volunteers are rather inconsistent with their information but are quick to acknowlege it so... but otherwise, they do have good exhibitions, and sometime's offer recorded audios at a price. And bewarn: Don't go at the end of the exhibitions because that's when the crowd appears. Permanent collections include modernist Andy Warhol's "Self-Potrait", Italian Baroque painter Carlo Dolci's "Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist" and so forth. Their collections also include African Art, American Painting and Sculpture, and so forth.
The Children's Zoo
The Children's Zoo is pretty self explaining. It's the only place in the zoo where you can actually walk up and pet the animals. Of course, we're talking about baby goats to cows. They even have chickens and ducks waddling around. The young ones should enjoy themselves. And of course, they have an area to wash your hands. (For those of you worried about cooties) FYI... this place is inside the Houston Zoo.