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6 Things you must do on a Houston Day Trip

June 23rd, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Guests staying at the ranch who are looking to check out the great city of Houston can take an easy day trip and discover some of the wonderful activities and amenities offered to visitors and locals alike.   It was hard to whittle down the list to our top favorites…started with a goal of only 5 but had to end with 6! We have compiled a recommended list for our guests of 6 Things you must do on a Houston Day Trip of things that we enjoy ourselves and that tourists come from all over the world to enjoy.

Of course,  when planning your Houston Day Trip you already know you will be returning to our ranch Bed and Breakfast to your own piece of Texas heaven and country life…..nothing else like it in the world!  So, after getting fueled for the day from your delicious breakfast at the B&B, hop in your car and set out for on your Houston Day Trip to enjoy an exciting new slice of life in Texas!

1.)  Visit the Houston Zoo:  Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6000 permanent residents (animals)!  Open year-round,  be sure to stop by the Plan Your Day kiosk upon arrival for information on special feedings, shows or enrichment activities that will take place during your time at the Zoo! Located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive.

2.)  Shop the world famous Galleria Mall: A Houston hot spot for luxury shopping, the Galleria boasts visitors from all around the globe.  The Galleria, Texas’ largest shopping center, fourth largest domain nationally,  and Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination, spans 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 fine stores and restaurants, two high-rise hotels, three office towers and with amenities, including a full-size ice rink for recreational and figure skating, a state of the art children’s play area, two swimming pools, a video arcade, three full-service national and international banks, two tailor shops, more than 12 beauty salons, and a post office.  Nestled between two of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods,  The Galleria is as internationally respected for its architectural style and imprint as its shopping panache. Modeled after the revered Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, built in 1867, The Galleria stands as one of the premier examples of a dynamic, mixed-use, urban environment.

3.)  Enjoy the Museum District:  For art lovers, a Houston Day Trip must include the Museum District, which is dedicated to artistic, scientific & education venues, consisting of 20 museums within a 1.5 mile radius of the wonderful Mecom Fountain…..  As a child in the 60’s, I  was entranced with  this fountain and still am, though now I know there are ones much more spectacular in the world.  A list of the museums can be found by clicking this link and below is a map to where they are located for ease of planning.

4.)  Take in a live production in the Theatre District:  The Theater District is an impressive cultural and entertainment center  featuring nine world renowned performing arts organizations plus many smaller ones in four venues – Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center, Alley Theatre and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts…..Symphony, Dance, Opera, Theatre Productions, Cinema, Ballet, Performing Arts, and more.  You have a plethora of productions to choose from.  For more information and to check their every changing list of offerings click here!

5.)  Visit Discovery Green:  A Houston Day Trip isn’t complete without visiting Discovery Green, an amazing 12 acre park that is one of the best uses of urban space.  Watch the video below and see if this isn’t a place you’d love to visit during your Houston Day Trip!

6.)  Eat at one of the many delicious restaurants from Westheimer Street to China Town.   So many to choose from, we love using Urban Spoon on our smart phones to locate the cuisine we are looking for and for ratings!  (Download the app from your App Store.)

Totally exhausted but satiated after your  Houston Day Trip, come on back, slip on your swimsuit and slide into the Outdoor Spa…ahhhhhh, what a way to spend the day and relax at the end!

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