What to Do on a Houston-Bound Weekend Getaway

Houston is an incredible, diverse city as well as one of the U

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Houston is an incredible, diverse city as well as one of the U.S.’s biggest Latinx hubs. In fact, 44% of the current population is Hispanic and is projected to become predominantly Latinx by 2050. It’s also got plenty for young latinas to enjoy on a visit: a ton of museums, restaurants, bars, shops, outdoor activities, and more. Whether you’re looking for a great place for a getaway with your amigas or enjoying some time away with your familia, there’s no doubt you’ll find plenty to make you smile in H-Town.

Check The Calendar

Planning a fall getaway to this great Texan city? See if you can plan it around the HUE Mural Festival, a celebration of street art that features tons of work by Latinos and other artists. Even if you don’t make it in November, you can always book a tour to see which pieces remain throughout the year.

If you’re heading to Houston this spring, you have the chance to check out the Houston Latino Film Festival, now in its third year. It’s a great way to support Latinx filmmakers and enjoy films that resonate with our cultura. And with baseball season just around the corner, it’s also the perfect time to plan a trip to go catch an Astros game.

And if you want to support other Latinx events while you’re in town, please check out the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston’s website, which features a long list of Latinx-oriented events, like concerts, art and dance lessons, and the annual Folkloric Festival.


Sleep, Eat, and Drink


There are plenty of options for accommodations in Houston. One particularly fun gem is the Hotel Zaza, formerly the historic Warwick Hotel. They have a unique collection of art and photography found in every room, as well as their ZaSpa, and on-site dining. Plus, it’s walking distance to just about everything in the Museum District.

The Hotel Alessandra is a newer addition to the Downtown Houston area, and another quality option for your stay. It’s located walking distance from the Downtown Aquarium and just a few blocks from Discovery Green Park, where you can walk the trails, hit balls at the putting green, relax in the reading room, and find plenty of live events happening year-round. There’s a Phoenicia Specialty Foods location nearby as well that no one should leave Houston without indulging in.

As for food and drink, there’s too many to list, but some suggestions include rooftop wine at Chelsea Wine Bar (preferably to watch the sunset), fine Mexican cuisine at Luna y Sol, or a make a date with housemade sangria and jazz at Bar Boheme.


Play Outdoors

If you’ve got a little time (and access to transportation), we recommend a side trip to the Armand Bayou Nature Center, where you can immerse yourself in Texas Gulf Coast’s natural landscape. Make sure to go on a guided pontoon boat tour while there–the highlight of the center.

If time is of the essence, simply enjoy some time in Hermann Park. Ride along the Hermann Park Railroad (a big hit with little ones), get out on the lake via pedal boat, unwind in the Japanese garden, or enjoy a picnic and a show at the Miller Outdoor Theater.


Hit The Museums

Houston has nearly two dozen museums to choose from, and choose wisely you must. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has an amazing collection of Latin American art you won’t want to miss. The Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Houston Children’s Museum are musts for those traveling with kiddos. Oh, and while it isn’t exactly a museum, no trip to Houston is complete without a side trip to NASA Space Center.

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