The Heritage Society is the Houston's only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. Nestled in 10 acres of green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston, The Heritage Society boasts 9 historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905. Each historic structure is authentically restored to reflect its original magnificence. If you want to soak up on the history and culture of the city's original dwellers then this thing to do is for you.
While the tour of the houses can be done on your own, we decided to go on a docent-guided tour which was worth it as the docent was able to give a whole lot of information you wouldn't be able to acquire had you gone alone. Plus, having a guided tour entitles you to enter some of the structures on display. Among the structures we entered were the Old Place, the Kellum-Noble House and the Nichols-Rice-Cherry House. It was very interesting to see how the houses of bygone years looked like and to get a feel of the way they lived in the old days. Seeing their toilets/bathrooms I couldn't imagine living the way they did!
The museum gallery itself is free admission but if you're interested to take the tour you'll have to pay $10 for adults. Check their website for operating hours.
I love the horse races. I've been betting on horses since I was little and just picked my favorite colors. Although that method probably worked better than my current method does, I have a blast doing so. I would suggest sitting in the Winner's Circle restaurant. Although pricey the buffet is amazing and the seats are great. You also get a small, private televsion at each table.
Go see those ponies!
$3-5 admission per person
$2 per betting program
minimum bet $2
Start times for the races are usually 7pm in the evening with matinees on designated weekends.
Make sure to remember Thoroughbred Races are only a seaonal sport! Check the website for more details.
Nestled among the towering skyscrapers of downtown Houston is a small, little-visited reminder of where this vast city began and who lived here. During the 19th century, this was just a small east Texas town. Here you get an idea what it was like then.
The Heritage Society preserved this old, historic place.
This church was built in 1891 by German farmers for their Evangelical Lutheran congregation. It has been moved to the park in 1968.
I really like the contrast between this old church and the huge skyscrappers in the background even if this time, it is quite artificial, this church doesn't really belong to this place!
This park can be considered as on open-air museum. Some buildings that are typical of a specific architecture have been moved here.
The intrance to the park is free but some tour are also organised.
This simple house was built in 1868 by German immigrants and added to the park in 1962.
This is a small park tucked into the downtown. It features several old buildings from the surrounding area that were hauled and rebuilt here.