Although Austin is widely known for its weird, I was thrilled to discover Houston’s got a weird all it’s own, filled chock full of art, culture and charm. And that’s why I chose Houston as my very first blog post. It hit me on so many different levels, from the size of the city (669 miles, a population of 2.3 million, making it the sixth largest city in the US) to the many public transportation options, including buses, light rail, Uber/Lyft drivers and taxis.
Houston is about a 2.5hr drive from Austin and a 3 hrs drive from San Antonio.
The Houston museum district, located next to Hermann Park and the Houston Zoo, is easily a day or more’s worth of fun. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a must for paleontology fans. If you want to see giant plastic human anatomy, check out The Health Museum.
If you are a fan of art, Houston has the Museum of Fine Art, Contemporary Art Museum, The Rothko Chapel, galleries and more.
However, if you are a fan of the odd and interesting may I suggest The Orange Show, one mans obsession with oranges and his life’s work, located next to Smither Park, an incredible mosaic tiled art park. The Art Car Museum is free and though you may think you don’t need to see an “art car” or maybe you’ve already seen enough “art cars”, I’m telling you, it’s absolutely worth checking out.
Do you like the macabre? Check out The National Museum of Funeral History.
Also, for fans of dark oddities and taxidermy The Wilde Collection is a retail shop and it’s probably one of the most beautiful curated that I have yet to see.
Another unique location is The Buffalo Bayou Cistern. It was originally built in 1926 and was decommissioned in 2007, however they offer public tours for a small fee. I had the pleasure of visiting during the Carlos Cruz Diaz exhibit.
It was a long day in Houston and our last stop is Midtown for shopping, dining and drinking.
Shoeshine Charlie’s Big Top Lounge
I’m looking forward to more days in Houston. If you have any recommendations, please send them to me!
This is my first blog- any input on what you would like to see or include in future blogs is also appreciated.