Old Town Spring, Houston
I enjoyed going to this quaint little town filled with antique stores located near the original rail yards built in the early 1900's by the Great Northern Railroad. It is actually probably about 160 years old.
Parking was a little bit difficult because it was a Saturday afternoon when I went. There were nice Victorian-style shops with some shops in buildings from the early 1900's. There's also a cute little train bringing the kids around the little town and it's nice to see some of them wearing cowboy hats.
Lots of little places to eat at, art and museum galleries - a way to go "back in time" and truly a wonderful way to spend the day at.
Old Town Spring is 25 miles north of Houston and 200 miles south of Dallas. Located in North Harris County, Spring is at the end of Spring-Cypress Road one mile east of Interstate 45 where Hardy Road crosses the railroad tracks. I actually chanced upon it through my GPS (nearby attractions).
The Old Town of Spring, Texas is still alive with the old houses turned into quaint shops and specialty stores. The prices are quite high but it's especially fun around Christmas time to see the place decorated and hopping with busy shoppers. I like to go on quiet weekends to visit the local businesses and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts.
Old Town Spring offers restaurants, eateries, wine tastings, and more. So you can visit even if your pocket book is not very deep. The last two times I've spent three dollars total on a quick drink.
The streets are very packed so be careful. I would highly recommend the parking on the left of the shops. Take the right fork on the road and turn right at the first intersection. You'll see it on the right. That's the only place to park during their wine, crawfish, and Christmas festivals. During those times you might be charged to something like $3-5 to park but on off weekends I've never had to pay for parking. You can also try parking on the street if you're good at parrallel parking.
I enjoy the shop owners more than I do the merchandise. They are usually very friendly and helpful. It makes it hard to walk out empty handed though...
Old Town Spring also has two bathroom facilities. One up by the front of the area and another towards the parking area. They are not port-a-potties!! I hate those things...
Towards the front you'll also find the Spring Museum which has old artifacts that show how this land became to be so populated and busy. It's free but the nice lady volunteering is too cute to resist donating a few dollars. Make sure to skip the Civil War Museum...
I like walking around this little town and shopping in all the little shops. Especially the candle stores. My favorite restaurant here is Wunsche Bros. Cafe (281-350-CAFE) located at 103 Midway - Spring's famous historic landmark known for down home Texas food. Their Cajun catfish and squash casserole is delicious!