Museum & Kirby
There is perhaps no better way to spend an afternoon than walking around the Museum District and visiting one of the eighteen cultural establishments, and there may be no better free outdoor cultural venue than Miller Outdoor Theatre. Here you can take in a symphony performance, ballet, or concert if you've gotten your fill of one of the world-class museums. Need some space outside? The beautiful Hermann Park offers a perfect outdoor reprieve for a picnic or a family getaway. The Upper Kirby area has become the place to work of late with Greenway Plaza thriving. After work happy hour spots and sushi restaurants abound in Upper Kirby, and the convenient location has made the area very friendly to young professionals. West Ave is the epicenter of Upper Kirby, offering a number of options for dining and shopping. If you're looking for Houston electricity, come to Reliant. If you want to fill your Saturday afternoon, go to the museum district for culture and Kirby for shopping and food.
- Rice Village - A favorite shopping destination for Houstonians, Rice Village features popular stores like Gap, Express and Ann Taylor as well as independent boutiques such as Hemline and Method. An excellent option for dining, sipping or just taking in beautiful weather.
- Antique Pavilion - Deal hunters and antique enthusiasts can kill several hours at Antique Pavilion. Not an antique "store" but a collection of independent vendors, you can find everything antique here, from books to art to china.
- New Living - New Living provides a breath of fresh air for eco-conscious Houston residents, offering non-toxic and green building products and installations.
- Kuhl-Linscomb - An extraordinary, five-building sprawl of high-end home goods offering items for adults, children and even pets.
- West Ave. - A collection of boutiques, restaurants, bars and salons. No need to drive all around Houston to pamper yourself for the day, West Ave has you covered. Be sure to check out Tootsies for their expansive selection of designer women's attire, from jeans to ball gown to cocktail dresses.
- Goode Co. Bar B Q - Diehard fans come for Goode Company's barbecue sauce alone, but their brisket is the crown jewel at this Houston establishment.
- Mia's - Brought to you by the daughter of one of Houston's top restaurateurs, Mia's is one of Houston's most family friendly dining establishments. Indulge in awesome barbecue doled out in large portions, and wash it down with their fantastic shakes and malts. Fun for all ages, and enjoy the spacious outdoor deck!
- Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen - Specializing in oysters, Danton's makes an excellent option for Gulf Coast Cajun/Creole cuisine. Their happy hour is quite popular, and their white chocolate bread pudding has a cult following.
- Simone on Sunset - Simone is a petite, trendy little wine bar hiding out on Sunset Blvd. Nestled among houses and boutiques, Simone never seems to get over-crowded, and the patronage seems to like it that way. They feature a surprisingly tasty and unique menu, and boast a great happy hour that lasts until 8:00!
- Houston Zoo - Far from a boring collection of animals in cages, the Houston Zoo features free-form, organic ecosystems which are home to exotic animals from all walks of life. A clean, well-presented, reasonably priced experience, and military members and their families visit for free!
- Miller Outdoor Theater - A fantastic, hilly, outdoor free venue perfect for every type of show, from Shakespeare to the orchestra to reggae bands. Also a favorite spot for 4th of July fireworks and, in general, a great place to enjoy the Houston outdoors.
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - One of the largest museums in the United States, MFAH presents a permanent collection that covers over 6,000 years of history with more than 62,000 works from over six continents. MFAH is the only museum in the country with its own facility dedicated to art classes for children (the Glassell Junior School of Art Building).
- Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - Founded in 1948, the CAMH is a non-collecting institution presenting modern art displays ranging from regional to international. With its own scholarly publications and educational programs, viewers will always find fascinating exhibitions of art in myriad mediums at the CAMH.