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About CHI St. Luke's Health

Places to go, wellness to achieve.

Our mission of creating healthier communities across Texas goes beyond care. As we support the well-being of each patient, we also encourage a healthy lifestyle, offering opportunities and resources to all of our neighbors. Discover the places and spaces that bring you health and happiness!

Please note that the following locations may not be open due to the pandemic. Visit these recommendations at your discretion, keeping your risk in mind. Always practice COVID-19 public safety precautions.

 

Community

Activity

The Galleria.

Shopping and Entertainment

Visit Texas’s largest shopping center! With more than 30 million visitors each week, the Galleria is home to 400 high-end retail stores and restaurants situated in the 2.4 million-square-foot space. Situated between the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods, River Oaks and Memorial, the Galleria is a premier shopping destination for locals and visitors.

Washington Arts District.

Shopping and Entertainment

Houston’s First Ward has transformed into the Washington Arts District with over 300 studios and warehouse buildings. You will want to check out the Sawyer Yards’ 800-foot mural wall, Saturday Markets, and renovated grain silos that have been converted into a contemporary art installation. Winter Street Studios and Spring Street Studios offer an array of art galleries nestled around the developing neighborhood, retail shops, and craft brewery.

White Oak Music Hall.

Shopping and Entertainment

Attend a concert in one of the newest music venues in Houston. It offers multiple stages and an outside lawn. Before the concert, stop by The Raven Tower right next door to grab some dinner from local food trucks. Both locations are run by the producers of Free Press Summer Fest, the city’s biggest music festival.

Rudyard's British Pub.

Shopping and Entertainment

Catch local comedians practice new material during free open mic nights every Monday. If you are brave enough, sign up to test your jokes. Located in the Montrose area, this pub has historic charm and a cozy feel. Make sure to try one of Rudz’s famous burgers. The upstairs stage boasts live music and hilarious story time readings the rest of the week.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Shopping and Entertainment

Stroll through the halls of famous artworks spanning over 300,000 square feet. MFAH is situated in two museum buildings, two house buildings, and 18 acres of public gardens. Take advantage of the free Thursdays, happy hours, and other events going on each week. With exhibitions continually changing, you are sure to experience the museum in a new light each time you go.

The Menil Collection.

Shopping and Entertainment

Change your perspective at the Menil. This unique art museum is hidden in the Montrose neighborhood. No didactics are displayed, allowing the works of art to speak for themselves and the viewer to interpret their own meanings. The Menil’s mission is to make art accessible to everyone, so there is no cost to visit. Beyoncee made sure to stop at the museum while in Houston for a concert.

The Theater District.

Shopping and Entertainment

Houston’s downtown Theater District is nationally recognized for performing art productions. You will want to get a ticket to see one of the Alley Theatre’s plays or attend one of the many workshops. The Houston Ballet is the fourth largest company in the U.S. During the winter season, the Nutcracker captures the eyes of thousands each year.

The Houston Zoo.

Family Activities

Nature

Bring the kids to a fun day at the zoo exploring the many different animals and activities. Take a train ride around Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theater, and the Houston Zoo. Interact with the animals by feeding the giraffes or stopping by one of the petting attractions. Make sure to take advantage of free days on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May.

Market Square Park.

Family Activities

Nature

In the heart of downtown, you and the family can enjoy a movie under the stars. If the kids get hungry, you can eat at a Niko Niko’s, which has become Houston’s favorite little Greek dive. Historic Market Square Park is the original town center that has been transformed with a dog run, gardens, art installations, and a cafe? converted from an old filling station. Lawn chairs and blankets are highly recommended for movie nights.

Children's Museum of Houston.

Family Activities

Spark your kids’ imaginations with interactive exhibits. Activities are meant to encourage learning, critical thinking skills, physical challenges, and creative minds. There are things to do for all ages, including an exhibit for children younger than 35 months old. Go on a Thursday night from 5 to 8 PM for free family night entry.

Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Family Activities

Get a close-up look at prehistoric giants at the museum’s dinosaur exhibit. While you are there, experience earth like never before by seeing one of the planetarium’s shows. You will definitely want to get tickets to the Cockrell Butterfly Center to walk through the stunning rainforest structure, home to hundreds of exotic butterflies and insects. Keep your kids captivated by seeing one of the 3D shows at the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.

Jamail Skatepark.

Family Activities

Overlooking Houston’s downtown skyline and the beautifully renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park, this skatepark is open every day of the week to enjoy. While your older children skate the state-of-the-art 30,000-square-foot grounds, take your youngest to the children’s outdoor water park and jungle gym right below the Skater Alley. Enjoy a picnic or one of the many events that happen on the at grounds. Eleanor Tinsley Park is a short walk across the historic Sabine Bridge, where you can play a round of sand volleyball, enjoy the bike paths, or capture a picturesque photo of the skyline.

Discovery Green.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

There is always something to discover here. Bring the kids to one of the many family-friendly weekend events, concerts, and movies on the lawn. Home to changing and permanent art installations, you will want to bring your camera along to capture the fun. You can enjoy a nice dinner out at The Grove or one of the many restaurants surrounding Discovery Green.

Waugh Drive Bat Colony.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

One of Houston’s best-kept secrets is the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony that emerges every night at dusk. These permanent residents play an important role in maintaining Houston’s mosquito and insect population balance. Get there early to grab a spot on the observation deck.

Houston’s Mural Walls.

Healthy Lifestyle

Snap some photos in front of the many famous wall art locations around town. Head downtown to view the “Houston is Inspired” commissioned piece located at Market Square Park. Biscuit Paint Wall, located in the Montrose area, fits in with the eclectic neighborhood style. East downtown, Eado, is a stopping point for the Sugar and Cloth Color Wall. With many artists and commissioned walls going up, you can take a tour of the different locations with Houston Mural Tours.

Critical Mass.

Healthy Lifestyle

Meet up with bikers from all over Houston on the last Friday of every month for a slow-paced ride through the city’s best spots. Promoting cyclist safety and awareness, Critical Mass features thousands of bikers starting at Market Square Park. Make sure to wear a helmet and bring bike lights and reflectors, as the last destination ends around 10 PM.

Waterwall Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Gerald D Hines Waterwall Park is situated in the Galleria District and features a 64-foot cascading fountain. Open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM, the centerpiece faces a green space that is great for relaxing during the day.

The Original Ninfa’s.

Dining

Established in 1973, Mama Ninfa became a local celebrity after starting the fajita craze that has grown to what it is today. With its own specialty menu, this dining experience will be anything but ordinary. Located in its original building on Navigation, Ninfa’s will wow you with its historic atmosphere.

The Conservatory.

Dining

While downtown, you will want to head to the Conservatory, Houston’s underground beer garden and eatery. Set up like a cafeteria, there are multiple food options to accommodate all types of groups. Share a plate of BBQ, grab a savory vegetarian crepe, or enjoy a hot bowl of ramen. The atmosphere is casual and unique with live planters built into the walls.

The Woodlands Mall.

Shopping and Entertainment

This two story enclosed mall is the perfect place for a little retail therapy. Bring the family so the kids can get the latest back-to-school looks while you get the latest gadgets. If you get hungry, you’re in luck! There are numerous food options, from pretzels and coffee to steak and wine and everything in between!

Portofino Shopping Center.

Shopping and Entertainment

This outdoor shopping venue offers a classic Venetian style with lovely Roman fountains and 10-foot waterfalls—a great shopping hot spot for the whole family.

Sterling Ridge Shopping Center.

Shopping and Entertainment

Whether you need a haircut for yourself, a spa day for your pet, or subs for the whole family, Sterling Ridge is a go-to for your shopping needs.

Market Street.

Shopping and Entertainment

The open-air urban shopping center is great for friends and family alike, with on-site dining and even a hotel for the occasional staycation.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Shopping and Entertainment

Buy lawn tickets ahead of time for the whole bunch, bring a blanket or some chairs, and enjoy the show! The casual atmosphere is perfect to add interest to an otherwise monotonous weekend. If you’re going to see one of the more popular acts, be sure to get there early so you have time to park and snag a great spot on the lawn.

Rob Fleming Aquatic Center.

Family Activities

Not only is this attraction great for kids, it’s also fun for adults. This attraction is a reasonably-priced mini water park perfect for the whole family. There is a kids play area and tube slide, as well as a lazy river great for just floating around. The prices per person range from $8 to $10, which is a bargain considering all the fun you’ll be having. Season passes are also available but are definitely a better value for residents of The Woodlands Township. Don’t forget the towels and sunscreen for this attraction!

The Woodlands Children's Museum.

Family Activities

Spend a day learning and exploring with the entire family. This museum is definitely ideal for toddlers to preteens and will be a whole lot of fun for younger children. The activities may include dancing to Tom’s Fun Band, meeting small creatures during Critter Time, or learning fun new science facts.

Riva Row Boat House.

Family Activities

Nature

Take the family kayaking on Lake Woodlands. Prices range from $10 to $20 per person for the first hour and $5 for every additional hour. An hour may not seem like much, but after an hour full of paddling yourself around, it’s likely you’ll be ready to chill out and grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant.

Wet'n' Wild Splashtown.

Family Activities

With three new attractions including Wet‘n’Wild Jr. (an expansive play area) for the kids, you’re sure to have a fun time slipping and sliding on a sunny Texas day.

George Mitchell Nature Preserve.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, hiking through this nature preserve left mostly undisturbed by people (with the exception of the trails) is quite literally a walk in the park. The serene scenery is sure to charm any visitor and the shady canopy will keep you cool. It is crazy to think it’s less than ten miles from the inner city of The Woodlands. The parking is limited, so try to get there earlier in the day.

Farmers Market at CHI St. Luke's Health–The Woodlands.

Healthy Lifestyle

This Farmers Market features local vendors and happens most Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., perfect for you to stop by on your lunch break.

Town Green Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Near the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Town Green Park has a lawn area for a number of outdoor activities, as well as a children’s garden complete with a natural labyrinth of 3-foot-high hedges. The entrance is also rather scenic as is the sculpture garden.

WG Jones State Forest.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Not only are there a number of trails to hike, there are also picnic, fishing, and bird viewing areas. Go for a horseback ride and check out their famous champion sweetleaf tree.

Lake Conroe.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

The spacious lake is great for going out on a boat, participating in your favorite watersport (kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, etc). You can also grab some bait and take the family fishing.

The Woodlands Farmer's Market At Gorgan's Mill.

Healthy Lifestyle

Why spend a Saturday morning in bed when you could be out supporting local businesses? The attractions could include a food truck, a balloon artist, and fresh Texas produce, maybe even some handmade soap. You’ll want to get there bright and early to get the best picks. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings.

Golf at The Woodlands Country Club.

Healthy Lifestyle

Join The Woodlands Country Club to gain access to three scenic private golf courses. There are also resources available to improve your game.

Panther Trail Golf Course.

Healthy Lifestyle

Woodlands-Area members can enjoy the gorgeous Bermuda fairways, sparkling waters, and tall woods of this expansive golf course. Surrounded by Texas wildflowers, the scenic course is sure to make your outing a hole in one.

Visit a Local Dog Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Walk your playful pup at Meyer Park Dog Park. The park has two sections, one for larger dogs and the other for smaller dogs. Amenities include a small pool for dogs to cool off in, separate water fountains for people and dogs, and complimentary trash bags to clean up any droppings. Bring a towel and dog shampoo to use at one of the rinsing stations just in case your pooch finds a mud puddle. The Woodlands is also home to numerous other dog parks to let your dog explore. Try Bear Branch Dog Park, Cattail Park, or Tamarac Park.

Republic Grille.

Dining

Known for their chicken fried chicken, this casual southern-style restaurant is ideal for the whole family. This is the perfect location for a nice meal in a family-friendly environment. Check out their extensive list of delicious salads with homemade dressings.

Hubble & Hudson.

Dining

Hubbell & Hudson offers three different dining experiences: Bistro, Cureight, and Kitchen. The seasonal menu is sure to wow your taste buds and provide an exciting twist to any meal!

RC's NYC Pizza and Pasta.

Dining

Experience a slice of New England with the best New York style pizza The Woodlands has to offer. Their award-winning pizzas will have you coming back for more. Opt for their whole wheat crust to add some whole grain to your plate.

The Refuge.

Dining

This bar and bistro offers an antique ambiance with dark mahogany elements and ornate details. Kick back after a long day’s work at this hideaway in The Woodlands. Order one of their flatbreads to cut down on the carbs with a thinner crust.

Leuvre Bakery & Patisserie.

Dining

Experience traditional French cuisine and goodies made with fresh ingredients. The food is prepared with organic flours and produce fresh from the farm—be sure to check out their seasonal fruit bowls!

Fielding's Wood Grill and Fielding's Local Kitchen & Bar.

Dining

Find all-natural meats and sustainable seafood at Fielding’s Wood Grill or an array of sandwiches, pastas, salads, and pizzas at Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar. Both use local ingredients and are housed in energy-efficient environments made with many repurposed materials.

Cypress.

Staycation

Right down the road you can find even more shopping, entertainment, and family-friendly activities. We recommend exploring:

  • Pearl Fincher MFA
  • Barbara Bush Library
  • Houston Premium Outlets
  • Boardwalk on Towne Lake

 

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center.

Staycation

Splurge on a luxury room at this resort and relax at the spa or spend a day playing golf. Award-winning dining options, nature trails, tennis courts, and even a lazy river are ready to give you a staycation that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

Wine and Food Week.

Annual Event

This week is a collection of smaller events that occur over the span of a week in early June and celebrates culinary virtuosos and wine connoisseurs. The individual events cost anywhere from $20 to $135.

Annual Children's Festival.

Annual Event

This annual event takes place in mid-November at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and costs $8 per person ahead of time or $10 at the gate. There are fun activity zones as well as performers, both local and well-known.

The Woodlands BBQ Festival.

Annual Event

This event happens in late September with tickets ranging from $60 to $120, depending on the type of admission you’d like and the number of tickets you are purchasing. Come out to try the delicious meats that all of the different barbeque joints have to offer!

The Woodlands Taste of The Town.

Annual Event

This annual event, hosted by The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce in late January, is $15 per child and $25 per adult, although there are group discounts available. Attendees are in for a taste of local restaurants and businesses in the food industry; there is something for everyone. At the 2016 Taste of the Town, CHI St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital won Best Dessert for our Black Bean Budino!

Home and Garden Show.

Annual Event

This event in mid-August features quality goods and companies that provide reliable services for home and garden renovations. Bring your renovation plans and cash for the cash-only ticket purchase– $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under.

Red, Hot and Blue Festival.

Annual Event

This festival and fireworks extravaganza takes place at Town Green Park and The Woodlands Waterway on July 4th. With entertainment on multiple stages, vendors present, children’s activities, and food (of course!), there’s something for everyone.

CityPlace.

Shopping and Entertainment

CityPlace is a 60-acre mixed-use urban district that is a vibrant hub for the community. Construction began in this area in early 2015. When completed, the district will feature luxury residential, glass and steel office buildings, retail, dining, a full-service hotel (Marriott CityPlace at Springwoods Village), and a beautiful public plaza (CityPlace Plaza) that invites residents and workers to gather and enjoy the scenery. All buildings within CityPlace are LEED certified or the equivalent. CityPlace is walkable or bikeable from the neighboring corporate campuses, residential neighborhoods, the medical district, hotels, and parks.

Hughes Landing.

Shopping and Entertainment

Not only is this a premier dining area, it also has great entertainment venues as well as multifamily residences and a nearby hotel.

Spring Grove Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

This park, conveniently located near Audubon Grove neighborhoods, is lush with trees and rich with walking trails. Bring man’s best friend along to visit the onsite dog park.

Springwoods Village Nature Preserve.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

This 150-acre preserve has natural areas similar to forests and wetlands. Hike the trails in this mostly untouched stretch of nature. If the water is more your style, you can kayak or canoe on Spring Creek. Become one with nature in this ecological getaway.

The Woodlands Hike and Bike Trails.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

These beautiful pathways stretch for more than 160 miles around The Woodlands area, allowing community members ample room to get out of the house and get their blood pumping. You can run, bike, blade or skate these extensive trails.

Gleannloch Pines Golf Club.

Healthy Lifestyle

The beautiful 27-hole course down the road in Spring offers a golfing experience like none other. Towering trees and natural landscapes create a picture perfect venue. Membership and guest rates vary depending on time of day and week.

Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen.

Dining

This kitchen brings a taste of the French Quarter to Market Street. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine at this award-winning restaurant. Their many seafood options are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids and nutrient-dense protein.

Sugar Land Town Square.

Shopping and Entertainment

Head out for a fun day of upscale shopping, dining, and hanging out at Sugar Land Town Square. Come for Charming Charlie’s and stay for painting at Pinot’s Palette. Go furniture shopping at Z Gallerie or have dinner at Guru’s Burgers and Crepes.

First Colony Mall.

Shopping and Entertainment

Go shopping at First Colony Mall. Watch a movie at AMC Theatres before you enjoy a burrito at Bullritos, or get a pretzel at Auntie Anne’s before picking up some books at Barnes and Noble. It’s a great spot for the whole family or the occasional date night.

Constellation Field.

Family Activities

Watch a Skeeter's Game at Constellation Field. Entertain all the baseball fans in the family by watching professional baseball without breaking the bank. To keep the kids entertained, there is an onsite playground, splash pad, and carousel. Don’t forget to bring along the bug spray and sunscreen. Get lawn tickets for a fun time with the whole family!

Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center.

Family Activities

Bring your kids age 12 and younger to see exhibits and get excited to learn. Math games and interactive displays are just the tip of the iceberg. Tickets are $12 per person.

Oyster Creek Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Bring the whole family out for a day in the sun at Oyster Creek Park! This park offers paved trails, sculptures, and a water feature complete with scenic rocks and a flowing waterfall. Take a bike ride in the park or bring a camera for a photography session.

Lost Creek Pump Track.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Catch some air on the track! Take Oyster Creek Trail all the way to Lost Creek Park. Lost Creek Park features its own pump track for BMX enthusiasts to ride. Be sure to bring a helmet and safety guards. The park also includes a playground for the kids and indoor restrooms.

Pawm Springs Dog Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Grab your pooch and head on over! The park is divided into two sections: one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Both areas are enclosed with fences with multiple gates to keep any rogue dogs from running out when entering or exiting. The larger dog’s area is complete with a doggy pond and chairs for owners. There are benches located near trees in both areas for owners as well. Multiple bag stations are available to make cleaning up after your pooch a breeze. Doggy shower stalls are also on site to rinse your dog post-play.

Black Hawk Country Club.

Healthy Lifestyle

Head to the country club for a few rounds of golf. Afterwards you can enjoy dinner onsite. Get a membership and receive access to all exercise equipment.

Live Oak Grill.

Dining

Take the family out for dinner! Hang out on one of their two patios or come by for happy hour specials from 3 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. The casual atmosphere is great for a relaxing evening. Be sure to take a look at their wide selection of salad options.

Japaneiro’s.

Dining

Go out for a date night at one of the best sushi restaurants in Sugar Land. An edamame appetizer helps break the ice while you wait for your meal. Get any sushi roll with optional brown rice instead of steamed rice for a healthier take on a delicately delicious meal.

Jupiter Pizza and Waffles Co.

Dining

This unique restaurant offers a plethora of menu items to choose from, everything from breakfast favorites to pizzas and more. With their large portion sizes, it’s a good idea to split a dish with a friend or save half for later.

Farmer’s Market at Imperial.

Annual Event

Shop local! Come out to the Imperial Sugar Factory for fresh produce, handmade products, and a good time! This market is up and running every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM and features live musicians.

Cultural Kite Festival.

Annual Event

Come out and celebrate diversity at this annual festival! Kites in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes representing different cultures take to the skies for a day of fun with the family. This one-day festival occurs in early spring at Brazos River Park.

Halloween Town.

Annual Event

This spooky Halloween-themed event is fun for any and everyone who loves to dress up and have a good time. Stick around for the costume contest featuring toddlers, children, and pets dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes. This event takes place annually around Halloween at Sugar Land’s Town Square.

Vintage Park Shopping Village.

Shopping and Entertainment

Buy gifts at the many boutiques and local shops. Get your friends together to paint at Art Class & Wine Glass or dine at one of the many restaurant options. Vintage Park also hosts live musicians at multiple locations every weekend.

Willowbrook Mall.

Shopping and Entertainment

Find over 150 stores and food court favorites. They also invite mall walkers to join them from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Monday through Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Sundays to stroll the 1.125-mile walkway around the entire mall, perfect for cold or rainy days.

Tomball Depot.

Family Activities

Have a monthly family night at 2nd Saturday in Downtown Tomball. This free event starts 5:00 PM and features games, activities, and a movie projected on a giant inflatable screen at dark.

iT’Z Houston.

Family Activities

Play arcade games, ride in bumper cards, and get active by bowling, playing laser tag, or rock climbing. Try not to go too overboard at the pizza buffet.

Faulkey Gully Hike & Bike Trail.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Bring your bike, stroller, or best pair of walking shoes. You can park in from of the Heather Wood Village Community Center to access the 1.9-mile path. Don’t forget to bring water and sunscreen.

Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Located near CHI St. Luke’s Health–The Vintage Hospital, this preserve offers 1.7 miles of trails to explore. Take a picnic basket along to enjoy lunch in one of the picnic areas, and go canoeing on the lake.

Meyer Park Dog Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

This park has two sections, one for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs. Amenities include a small pool for dogs to cool off in, separate water fountains for people and dogs, and complimentary trash bags to clean up any droppings. Bring a towel and dog shampoo to use at one of the rinsing stations just in case your pooch finds a mud puddle.

Peli Peli.

Dining

This award-winning restaurant features a wide variety of menu options, including seafood, vegetarian, and grilled meats. Feeling adventurous? Order Chef Paul’s Blind Tasting Menu!

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt.

Dining

Located in Vintage Marketplace, this dessert stop is a sweet and scientific experience. The shop uses liquid nitrogen to freeze each individual order within seconds. Customize your dessert from start to frozen, starting with the base of your choice. We recommend opting for yogurt for a probiotic boost!

Ambriza Social Mexican Kitchen.

Dining

Enjoy authentic Mexican food with a modern twist at this trendy restaurant. With mouth-watering fajitas, this social spot is great for a night out with friends or family.

The Melt.

Dining

Just off Louetta in Vintage Park is this cozy burger and sandwich shop. A casual restaurant with interesting spins on American classics, you will want to come back for seconds. We recommend the macaroni and cheese sandwich!

The Woodhouse Day Spa.

Staycation

Grab a cup of complimentary tea and indulge in any of their 70 spa services, featuring their signature four-handed massage. Not only can a massage help alleviate anxiety and pain, while also managing blood pressure and improving the quality of sleep.

Element Hotel by Westin.

Staycation

The first of its kind in the Greater Houston area, this hotel was built entirely using eco-conscious methods and materials. Lounge in the outdoor pool area, and unwind at their Relax: Evening Receptions, featuring local beverages paired with appetizers.

Have an exciting day at the Kemah Boardwalk.

Family Activities

Pick up All Day Ride Passes for the family and head down to the boardwalk for endless fun! Afterward, you can dine waterfront before heading home. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Pack some socks and hop on over to Jumping World.

Family Activities

This venue is sure to win over the whole family! Not only will you be the cool parent for taking the kids to a trampoline park, you’ll also get to jump along with them! If jumping is not your style, play a couple of games in the arcade area or grab a snack at the snack bar.

Blast off into an adventure at Space Center Houston.

Family Activities

Welcoming millions of visitors each year, NASA Mission Control is one of Houston’s most popular attractions. Explore Space Center Houston’s hundreds of space artifacts, including the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and samples, and go behind the scenes of space exploration.

Visit the ducks and go for a walk at Burke Crenshaw Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

This park has a trail ideal for an early morning jog that goes around a large, scenic duck pond. Rest at the gazebo or play with the kids on the swing sets before heading out for the day.

Splash around at Sylvan Beach Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Located in La Porte, Sylvan Beach Park features gazebos, grills, a playground, a fishing pier, and picnic tables. Bring some healthy snacks and plenty of sunscreen. You can purchase fishing bait near the pier.

Get your golf on at Bay Forest Golf Course.

Healthy Lifestyle

Make your next outdoor outing a hole in one and find your favorite golf course in the area. Bay Forest Golf Course in La Porte is one of our top spots for a round.

Become one with nature at the Armand Bayou Nature Center.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Put on your hiking shoes to explore over five miles of trails, or grab your paddle for a day on the lake. Insider tip: admission is free on the first and third Sundays of the month. Don’t forget to bring water, sun protection, and bug spray!

Spice it up at Merlion.

Dining

A great Thai restaurant in Seabrook, Merlion uses local seafood to create flavorful dishes. Rock the wok or indulge in a curry; you can’t go wrong with any menu option. This hidden gem is not to be missed.

Get a taste of the French Quarter at Credeur’s Cajun Cookin’.

Dining

Your tastebuds will thank you for stopping at this casual Cajun restaurant in Pasadena. While the fried catfish is delicious, add a side of okra or corn for a serving of veggies. This local favorite is only open for lunch on weekdays.

Splurge at Tookie’s Hamburgers & More.

Dining

Located in Seabrook, Tookie’s is always ranked at the top of the list for the best burgers in the Houston area. Stick with the old fashioned hamburger or try the Groovy Garden Burger for a healthier alternative.

Become a regular at Bibi’s House of Kabob.

Dining

This locally owned Mediterranean restaurant offers mouth-watering kabobs and traditional family recipes. All of their meats are marinated for over 24 hours in a savory mixture, and their Greek salads are served with homemade dressing.

Go for a getaway in Galveston.

Staycation

Nature

Just a short drive from home, Galveston is the perfect weekend trip destination. Spend the day at the beach, fish along the piers, or stroll along Strand Brass—locally referred to as the Strand—for a unique shopping experience. Popular attractions include Moody Gardens, Pleasure Pier, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

Relax at South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center.

Staycation

Stick around Bay Area Houston at your new favorite home away from home. Book a room for the night to enjoy the 185-foot oasis pool or drop by on Sunday to enjoy the popular brunch buffet at Paradise Reef.

Root for the Brazos Valley Bombers.

Family Activities

Take the kids to see KaBoom and the Brazos Valley Bombers baseball team! Watch a game or sign up your little athletes for their baseball and softball summer camps—just remember to bring sunscreen and stay hydrated! Additionally, Bombers fans ages 12 and younger can join the Reading Program to earn prizes, including game tickets, as they complete chapters or have books read to them.

Walk through history at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Family Activities

Learn more about America’s past and experience the life and work of the 41st president at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Browse the exhibits, see a piece of the Berlin Wall, and attend one of their many family-friendly events. Be sure to take a seat at the president’s desk for a photo op in their replica Oval Office! Kids 5 and under get in free.

Chill at Spirit Ice Arena.

Family Activities

Open year-round, Spirit Ice Arena is the place to skate. Go ice skating on family day, happening every Sunday, or register your little ones for classes or camps. They offer public skating, figure skating, hockey, broomball, theatre on ice, and more. St. Joseph Health sports medicine physicians remind you to always wear the right safety gear on ice!

Get your game on at Grand Station Entertainment.

Family Activities

Discover endless opportunities for fun at Grand Station! Bowl with friends under black lights while watching projected music videos and sporting events. Play the multitude of arcade games or traverse one of the largest laser tag arenas in Texas. Don’t miss out on the bumper cars and Western-themed mini-golf!

Texas A&M University Research Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Bring your bike, stroller, or best pair of walking shoes; this beautiful park features a trail, scenic ponds, and an 18-hole disc golf course. Get together a group of friends, bring a frisbee, and play a round of disc golf while enjoying the surrounding nature. Dogs are also welcome!

Make a splash at Lake Bryan.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Bring your boat, floats, fishing equipment, and swimsuit for a day on Lake Bryan. Slather on the sunscreen and enjoy the sparkling waters. Getting hungry? Take a break in the shade and grab a bite to eat at the Lakeside Icehouse (try the grilled tilapia for a healthy serving of protein). Stick around for live music on the patio on select evenings.

Play fetch at University Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

This dog park has a fenced, 4-acre canine station with two sections, one for larger dogs and the other for smaller dogs, allowing your playful pooch to run unleashed. Amenities include a swimming pond for dogs to cool off in, agility equipment, and a wash and hydration station. Don’t forget to bring a towel, and be sure to pack a few waste bags to keep the area clean!

Swing away at Traditions Club.

Healthy Lifestyle

Traditions Club is a golf club and residential community featuring a swim center, clubhouse, and luxurious visitor accommodations. With its Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course, Traditions Club is the home of one of the best golf courses in Texas. The 7,146-yard course offers beautiful views along the natural terrain of rolling hills framed by the Texas A&M University campus skyline.

Have a fiesta at Fuego Tortilla Grill.

Dining

A College Station staple, Fuego is the place to find mouth-watering tacos and Tex-Mex starters. The roasted poblano queso is a fan favorite, and the flavor combinations of the tacos are deliciously unique. Try the Dr. Pepper Cowboy or one of their breakfast tacos (served all day).

Dine with your date at Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen.

Dining

Napa Flats is the home of Italian classics with a Californian twist. Offering many healthy and flavorful menu options, this restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create Mediterranean masterpieces. Start off with the wood-fired avocado before indulging in a dish from the grill with a side of seasonal veggies.

Enjoy a classic dish at Hullabaloo Diner.

Dining

Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Hullabaloo Diner is a homestyle restaurant within a real 1940s diner transported from New York to Texas. This local gem serves a variety of culinary favorites from around the United States: Philly steak sandwiches from the Northeast, biscuits and gravy from the Deep South, Tex-Mex-inspired dishes, and more. If you’re going with a large group, split the Aggie Special: a 12-egg omelet with your choice of add-ins.

Eat farm-to-table foods at Campfire.

Dining

Nearby our MatureWell Lifestyle Center and located inside The Stella Hotel, a Texas culinary experience awaits at Campfire. Using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, this restaurant features the freshest meats and seasonal produce found at nearby farms. Gather at Campfire for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, open seven days a week.

Follow the stars to The Stella Hotel.

Staycation

Inspired by the stars’ guidance of travelers, The Stella is a welcoming haven for visitors. The hotel provides resort-style, luxurious amenities, including swimming pools and cabanas, a fitness center, and multiple event spaces. Beaming with Texas charm, this getaway is the perfect destination to put your boots up and relax.

Book a romantic getaway at Messina Hof Winery & Resort.

Staycation

Just a 10-minute drive from the Texas A&M campus, The Villa Bed & Breakfast at Messina Hof Winery & Resort awaits. The suites are named after romantic icons and feature antique heirlooms, including stained glass windows from the Louvre. Each stay includes a wine and cheese reception, tour of the vineyard, wine tasting, and champagne breakfast. Make sure you drink safely.

Take your furry friend along to Cavalry Court.

Staycation

This pet-friendly resort offers contemporary comforts in a retro military atmosphere. Featuring live music in the courtyard, a swimming pool, and a food truck, Cavalry Court is a lively retreat with endless entertainment. Socialize around one of the fire pits or relax in a rocking chair, and enjoy your stay!

Unwind at The George.

Staycation

With a classic vibe and modern amenities, The George was inspired by the area’s history as a railway stop. Luxurious and hospitable, this hotel is situated within the shopping and dining hub of Century Square. Enjoy live music and a view of the outdoor plaza while dining at Poppy. Don’t miss the quotes on the tile flooring and the Texas flag bookshelf for photo ops!

Get wild at the Ellen Trout Zoo.

Family Activities

Nature

Roam amongst the animal kingdom in this local gem, and don’t forget your sunscreen! After catching the tiger on their Tiger Cam, you will want to see what else this zoo has to offer. The peacock can’t be missed, and the giraffes are always looking to make new friends. Bring your own binoculars to peep in on the sneaky crocodiles.

Roar with the dinosaurs at the Naranjo Museum of Natural History.

Family Activities

Whether looking to see fossils or reflect on the ancestral draw, you will find an unmatched calm at this museum. Bring the kids to see the dinosaurs or spend the day learning about what came before us. Either way, this spot has something for everyone and a soothing ambiance.

Step back in time at the Mission Dolores State Historic Site.

Family Activities

Explore this Spanish mission built in the 1700s and learn about the Native Americans’ experience with the European settlers in the on-site museum. This integral part of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail also has a picnic area for guests to enjoy and a campsite for people who want to extend their stay.

Tee off at Crown Colony Country Club.

Healthy Lifestyle

Grab your clubs and head out early for a great day on the green. Get a hole-in-one or stop to soak in the scenery while you challenge yourself on this private course. Bring your cooler to stay hydrated between putts!

Float the day away at Lake Livingston State Park.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Come for the boating and stay to watch the sun set over the water from the best “seat” in the house. The reflection on the water will have you pondering why you waited so long to make the trip. Be sure to bring a float in case you wind up wanting to take a dip!

Hike through history at Lobanillo Swales.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nature

Follow in the footsteps of travelers on El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail as you take in the beautiful nature of Lobanillo Swales. Pack a backpack with snacks, water, and sunscreen, and have a fun day outdoors with your family.

Feel quaint at the Mar Teres Tea Room.

Dining

Have tea time for you and the girls at this local eatery-turned tea room. The charming decor will welcome you kindly as the smell coming from the kitchen tempts you to stay awhile. Try the almond iced tea to learn why all the locals keep coming back.

Taste traditional Texas fare at Mary Kay’s Country Diner.

Dining

Come for the delicious home-cooking and stay for the charming staff at this San Augustine cafe. Swing by for a hearty breakfast, or enjoy their grilled chicken wrap for a lighter dinner.

Become a regular at Joe’s Italian Grill.

Dining

Enjoy the cozy atmosphere and great service at this local favorite. With a large menu offering delightful pastas, fresh pizzas, and children’s plates, you’ll find something to fit everyone’s tastes.

Relax and unwind at Maricela’s Day Spa.

Staycation

A mani and pedi are just the start of the day at Maricela’s — you’ll want the whole nine yards once you enter this cosmopolitan dream. Start with a facial and massage before ending the day with a haircut and color treatment to feel like a brand new person.

Feel like a native Texan at the Yellow Rose Cabin Bed and Breakfast.

Staycation

Escape into nature at the Yellow Rose, whether you prefer to lodge in one of their cozy cabins or bring your accommodations with you to one of their RV sites. Enjoy a romantic walk down their private pier or cool off at the pool for a relaxing vacation.

Texas Forest Country Retreat.

Staycation

Nature

Experience the history of Manning, Texas, a small logging community, at this cozy hideaway. Opt for a rustic retreat at the Beaver Creek Lodge or step into luxury with a room in the Mansion on Sawmill Lake.