150 Fun Things to Do in Houston

Looking for fun things to do in Houston, Texas? This city sprawls along Galveston Bay near the Gulf and has countless things to do. From seeing the Johnson Space Center, trying out exciting & flavorful restaurants, and exploring the Historical district of downtown, you’ll never be ready to call it quits in this metropolis. Here’s our top picks for epic attractions!

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Go on an adventure at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Museum of Fine Arts

Discover more than 65,000 works of art at the Museum of Fine Arts

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Children’s Museum of Houston

Play with the interactive exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Houston

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Cockrell Butterfly Center

Marvel at hundreds of species of exotic butterflies and insects at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

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Maid Park

Catch the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park

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Houston Zoo

Feed the giraffes at the Houston Zoo

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Houston Museum District

Explore 19 museums at the Houston Museum District on free days

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Menil Collection

View the impressive artworks from prehistoric era to present day at the Menil Collection

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Rice University Campus

Walk around the Rice University Campus

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Space Center Houston

Meet a real astronaut at the Space Center Houston on Fridays

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Galleria

Shop ’til you drop at the Galleria

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National Museum of Funeral History

Look at unique and interesting artifacts at the National Museum of Funeral History

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Discovery Green

Go ice skating at Discovery Green

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Waterwall Park

Take a selfie at Waterwall Park

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Toyota Center

Get tickets to see the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center

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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

See the finest American decorative arts and paintings at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

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Miller Outdoor Theatre

Bring a blanket and enjoy a free concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Houston Symphony

Listen to a world class performance by the Houston Symphony

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Nrg Stadium

Cheer on the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium

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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Watch a Broadway musical at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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JPMorgan Chase Tower

Get a panoramic view of the city from the observation deck of JPMorgan Chase Tower

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Buffalo Bayou Park

Walk, run or cycle at Buffalo Bayou Park

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Take a tour of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Texas’ oldest craft brewery

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Downtown Aquarium

Sink to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico at Downtown Aquarium

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Alley Theatre

Watch an outstanding production at the Alley Theatre

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George R. Brown Convention Center

Attend an exciting event at the George R. Brown Convention Center

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Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

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Houston Grand Opera

Be enchanted by the amazing performance of the Houston Grand Opera

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1940 Air Terminal Museum

Learn about the rich history of civil aviation at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum

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Topgolf

Practice your swing at Topgolf

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iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Spread your wings at iFLY Indoor Skydiving

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Zuma Fun Center

Come out at play at Zuma Fun Center

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Dave and Buster’s

Play classic games like Pac-Man and Skeeball at Dave and Buster’s

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BBVA Compass Stadium

Show your support for the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium

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Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

Sing and clap along at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

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Wortham Center

Watch a ballet or an opera at the Wortham Center

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Memorial City Mall

Find all your shopping needs at Memorial City Mall

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Hermann Park

Meditate at the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park

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Memorial Park

Go nature walking at Memorial Park

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McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Have a pint while listening to live music at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

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Lucky Strike

Pick up that spare at Lucky Strike

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La Carafe

Sip a glass of wine by candlelight at the legendary La Carafe

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Sambuca

Make a dinner reservation at Sambuca

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Nouveau Antique Art Bar

Look at the upside down lamps at Nouveau Antique Art Bar

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Ginger Man

Have drinks with friends at the Ginger Man

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Scout Bar

Watch local bands play at Scout Bar

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Dean’s

Catch your favorite band perform at Dean’s

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Continental Club

See who’s performing next at the Continental Club

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Poison Girl

Play with the pinball machines while drinking beer at Poison Girl

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Beer Can House

Step inside the Beer Can House

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House of Blues

Watch a rockin’ show at the House of Blues

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Karbach’s Biergarten

Hang out at Karbach’s Biergarten after the brewery tour

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Garage Mahal

Take a look at elaborately decorated cars at the “Garage Mahal”

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Cullen Sculpture Garden

Admire fine art pieces at the Cullen Sculpture Garden

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Stages Repertory Theatre

Watch a play or a musical at the Stages Repertory Theatre

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Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Learn about the contributions of African American soldiers in history at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

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Market Square Park

Let your dog frolic under the sun at Market Square Park

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Segway Exploration

Hop on the Segway and explore the big city

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Bear Creek Pioneers Park

Spot a bison at Bear Creek Pioneers Park

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The Galleria

Learn to play hockey at Ice at the Galleria

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Health Museum’s DeBakey Cell Lab

Become a scientist at the Health Museum’s DeBakey Cell Lab

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Watch the finest rodeo athletes compete at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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Twilight Epiphany

Experience James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace

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McGovern Centennial Gardens

Walk up a spiral path and get a bird’s-eye of the McGovern Centennial Gardens

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Rice Village

Check out the independent shops at Rice Village

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Sam Houston Park

Breathe in fresh air while strolling around Sam Houston Park

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Houston Ballet

See a magical performance by the Houston Ballet

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Heritage Society Tour

Hear the stories of Houston’s diverse history at the Heritage Society Tour

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iPic Theater

Relax and watch a movie at iPic Theater

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Studio Movie Grill

Catch the latest blockbuster flicks at Studio Movie Grill

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Printing Museum

View a one of a kind exhibit at the Printing Museum

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Phoenicia Specialty Foods

Satisfy your food cravings at Phoenicia Specialty Foods

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Luck of the Draw

Look at more than 200 original works of art at Luck of the Draw, DiverseWorks’ annual fundraiser

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Houston’s Tunnels

Walk miles and miles underground at Houston’s Tunnels

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Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Enter a giant maze of folk-art at the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

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Contemporary Arts Museum

Take a look at a unique exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Museum

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

View interesting art works at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

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Williams Tower

Take a snap of the Williams Tower at night

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Traders Village

Ride all you can at Traders Village

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Houston Fire Museum

See a 1937 Chevrolet pumper and other antique artifacts at the Houston Fire Museum

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Sam Houston Race Park

Place your bets at Sam Houston Race Park

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Theater District

Take a stroll at the Theater District

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River Oaks Theatre

Watch a new movie or a classic film at the River Oaks Theatre

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Trolley Pub

Take a private tour with your friends or meet new ones while riding the Trolley Pub

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City Hall

Go people watching by the Reflection Pond in front of City Hall

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Bayou Place

Have a night out with your buddies at Bayou Place

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Alexander Deussen Park

Go for a morning walk or run at Alexander Deussen Park

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White Oak Bayou Trail

Hop on your bike and ride the White Oak Bayou Trail

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Opera in the Heights

Watch a delightful performance by the Opera in the Heights

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Houston Maritime Museum

Check out the HMS Bounty and other marine vessels at the Houston Maritime Museum

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Hong Kong City Mall

Savor authentic Asian flavors at Hong Kong City Mall

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Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Be one with nature at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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Sheldon Lake State Park

Enjoy the great outdoors at the Sheldon Lake State Park

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Jung Center

Take a class to enhance the mind, body and spirit at the Jung Center

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Burke Baker Planetarium

Be closer to the stars at the Burke Baker Planetarium

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Cy Twombly Gallery

Have an art appreciation at Cy Twombly Gallery

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Houston Audubon

Go birdwatching at Houston Audubon

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Adickes Sculpturworx Studio

Marvel at the giant sculptures at Adickes Sculpturworx Studio

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Sprouts Farmers Market

Find the freshest produce at Sprouts Farmers Market

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Police Officer Memorial

Pay tribute to the city’s fallen heroes at the Police Officer Memorial

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Rice University Art Gallery

See unique installation art at the Rice University Art Gallery

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The Metro

Go sightseeing while riding the Metro

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Julia Ideson Reading Room

Catch up on your reading at the Julia Ideson Reading Room

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Houston Center for Photography

Take a class at the Houston Center for Photography

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Brays Bayou Trail

Pedal for miles on the Brays Bayou Trail

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Smither Park

Watch artists at work at Smither Park on Saturdays

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Giant Beatles

Locate the giant Beatles statues

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Teo Chew Temple

Step inside the Teo Chew Temple

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Houston Improv

Laugh out loud at Houston Improv

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Seven Wonders of Sesquicentennial Park

Check out the Seven Wonders of Sesquicentennial Park

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Chinatown

Find the best eats in Chinatown

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Waugh Drive Bridge at sunset

Spot thousands of bats emerge from Waugh Drive Bridge at sunset

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Big Easy

Listen to live blues music at the Big Easy

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Firehouse Saloon

Participate in an open mic contest at the Firehouse Saloon

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Hot Air Balloon

Have an unforgettable time while riding a hot air balloon

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Revention Music Center

Get tickets to watch a concert at Revention Music Center

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Spotlight Karaoke

Sing your heart out at Spotlight Karaoke

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Tranquillity Park

Hang out at Tranquillity Park

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Dolce Vita

Taste authentic Neapolitan pizza at Dolce Vita

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Palace Bowling Lanes

Do some old school bowling at Palace Bowling Lanes

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Vintners Winery’s Tasting Room

Visit Vintners Own Winery’s Tasting Room and have a glass

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Chevron Houston Marathon

See if you have what it takes to finish the Chevron Houston Marathon

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Azalea Trail

Follow the Azalea Trail to view the flowers in full bloom

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Bayou City Art Festival

Join the festivities at the Bayou City Art Festival

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Art Car Parade

Watch the most outrageous designs at the Art Car Parade

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Worldfest Houston International Film Festival

Attend the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival

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San Jacinto Day Festival

Get a glimpse of the past at the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Travel back in time at the Texas Renaissance Festival

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Wings Over Houston Air Show

Stare in amazement while watching the Wings Over Houston Air Show

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Candlelight Tour

Take a trip down memory lane at the Candlelight Tour

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Texas Bowl

Watch the kickoff at the Texas Bowl

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Thanksgiving Day Parade

Bring out your lawn chair and blanket for the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Uptown Tree Lighting Ceremony

Don your Santa hat and watch the Uptown Tree Lighting Ceremony

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4th of July

Come out and celebrate the 4th of July

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Uchi

Taste the best sushi in town at Uchi

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Brennan’s

Dine at Brennan’s and experience true Southern hospitality

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Fogo de Chao

Have the Full Churrasco Experience at Fogo de Chao

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Truluck’s Steak and Stone Crab

Savor the freshest seafood at Truluck’s Steak and Stone Crab

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Breakfast Klub

Have a hearty meal at the Breakfast Klub

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Kenny and Ziggy’s New York Deli

Order a Reuben sandwich from Kenny and Ziggy’s New York Deli

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Flying Saucer’s Tuesday Trivia Nite

Think while you drink at Flying Saucer’s Tuesday Trivia Nite

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Goode Company Seafood

Have the best seafood in town at Goode Company Seafood

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Ninfa’s on Navigation

Sip margaritas while dining at Ninfa’s on Navigation

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Catalina Coffee

Get your caffeine fix at Catalina Coffee

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Perry’s Steakhouse

Share a dessert with your date at Perry’s Steakhouse

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Amy’s Ice Cream

Have a yummy scoop goodness at Amy’s Ice Cream

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Pink’s Pizza

Grab a slice of deliciousness at Pink’s Pizza

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Collina’s

Order the Mona Lisa at Collina’s

So many things to do in Houston, so little time to write about ALL of them. The Fundreds team knows that we can’t cover everything, so maybe you can help us out. Got suggestions for attractions that need to be added? Let us know! Don’t forget to take a look at the best stuff to do in Austin and more awesome sights in San Antonio as well!