Diversity is a key feature of Houston, and you’ll see it in all the city’s main attractions. The religious centers, museums and skyscrapers each offer a unique story that adds to its distinct fabric. So whether you’re here to explore for days or are just passing through, here’s our list of what to see and do.
Harris County 1910 Courthouse
A six-story structure in the neoclassical style, this courthouse is in the oldest section of downtown Houston.
Founded in 1906, this church is perfectly located in the city’s museum district and “embodies its diversity, inspires faith and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities,” according to their site.
What used to be a 1950s mansion is now a museum that features antiques from the 17th to the 19th century. Located in the beautiful River Oaks area of the city, the Rienzi Mansion is perfect for home decor enthusiasts.
Red and gold dominate the stunning Teo Chew Temple. Vietnamese culture is a cornerstone of Houston, so visiting this Buddhist temple is a must in order to get a comprehensive understanding of the city.
Seemingly hidden from the rest of the world, the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve is a slice of country in the vast city of Houston. You can explore the trails, go fish or kayak, which makes the area a perfect destination for the summer.
If you want a comprehensive look at the history of Texas, Glenwood Cemetery is a good place to start. The namesake of Hobby Airport and the last president of the Republic of Texas are buried there. Nestled in River Oaks, this cemetery opened in 1871.
Here is where many engagements have taken place and countless pictures for Christmas cards and selfies have been taken. Marvel at the three-story wall of water after doing some shopping at the Galleria.
A staple whimsical Houston landmark, the Beer Can House became what it is today in the 1960s, thanks to John Milkovisch. When asked why he started putting flattened beer cans on his house and covering the lawn in cement, Milkovisch responded, “I got sick of mowing the grass.”
After a day of rambling down 19th Street, seeing a show at the Heights Theater is the perfect way to end the day. Featuring local musicians and famous stars, this theater provides an intimate space for every audience.
This church received a lot of attention after the passing of former first lady Barbara Bush. St. Martin’s was her home church and where her touching funeral was held. The largest Episcopal church in the United States, St. Martin’s covers 7 acres (3ha) and has spires that are 188 feet (57m) high.
Incredible shopping awaits you on 19th Street in the charming Heights neighborhood, which was developed in 1890. Shops include Emerson Rose, AG Antiques, Casa Ramirez and Manready Mercantile, to name but a few.