Today concludes the awesome free trips series for summer 2012. I’m thinking about throwing in a few random ones in throughout the year. If you’re interested in putting together a Creating Really Awesome Free Trips post (as a guest post on C.R.A.F.T.), fill out the form in this post. (FYI: It has to be a city that is not already covered.)
Can you believe summer is almost over! Today is the last official Creating Really Awesome Free Trips post for awhile. Next Thursday, I will share a round up of all 30+ cities! I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts as much as me. I ‘m excited to plan a few road trip adventures with Andy this year. Key West is first up on our list, and we will most likely be in H-Town for Christmas where I will insist we do a few items on today’s list!
Hi! I am Taylor from Taylor Made showing you around Houston, TX! Houston is different from many big cities because it includes so many areas. I actually live in a suburb outside of Houston, but for us Houstonians, a 30 minute commute into town is nothing! Here are some of the thing I love to do with my family and friends without breaking the bank
1. Discovery Green Park
This park is awesome, it is 12 acres of green space located right smack dab in the middle of downtown. It has a splash pad and an awesome playground for kids, it has a few restaurants and an upscale bar. I love the super cool color blocked wall that is becoming a popular photo shoot background. There is also a stage that hosts free live bands.
2. Astros Game at Minute Maid Park
Home of the Houston Astros. Now, this isn’t totally free but you can get tickets in the”nose-bleed” section to a game for only $5.00 a ticket. Another plus is that kids 14 and under are free all summer long and on Sundays, your kids can run the bases after the game.
3. Miller Outdoor Theater:
This is an outdoor theater located in the Museum District of Houston. There is a small section of covered seats that you can purchase but the best part is the huge hill that is totally free. You can pack a picnic and some blankets and come enjoy the show on the lawn. They even allow alcohol (no glass They have plays, and concerts and the Houston Symphony plays here too.
4. Farmers Markets:
Houston has a TON of farmers Markets. I have even done a Farmers Market Bike Tour which is a 15 mile ride stopping at 3 farmers markets. I love them because even if you don’t buy anything (which isn’t possible) most of them have live bands, and artists and samples!
5. Museum District:
Houston has a huge Museum Scene. There are the “big” museums like Museum of Natural Science, History and the Fine Arts Museum who offer free admission on Tuesdays or Thursdays after 2pm and there is also a free museum day once a year. But of our 18 museums, 11 are free everyday of the year.
6. Shopping at 19th Street in the Heights:
The Heights is an area of Houston with a rich culture. It is up and coming for the hip young crowd of Houston. It’s “inside the loop” (Houston terms for city living) but it is affordable. It has a cool vibe with unique restaurants and fun little shops. My little sister actually lives a few blocks from here.
7. Kemah Boardwalk
The Kemah Boardwalk is about 25 minutes from the city of Houston (in Texas we explain distance in minutes It is located very close to NASA wish is also where I am located! I grew up going to the Boardwalk often but it is actually a huge tourist attraction. There is a nice hotel, a ton of restaurants and bars, games, rides, and a splash pad for the kids.
8. The Beach – Galveston
Galveston is not technically located in Houston, in fact someone could probably do a whole C.R.A.F.T. post just about free things to do here. But like I said before, Houston is huge and since its less than an hour drive, Houstonians would easily make a day trip of the beach. I am lucky enough to live in a great suburb that is located right in the middle of both. Between the seawall, the strand (eating and shopping) and the beach you could spend all day here! Parking at a spot on the seawall and packing a lunch make it totally free!
9. The Water Wall
This is Houston’s #1 most photographed location. At any given time, you can see a woman in her wedding dress and family portraits going on. It’s basically just a huge water fountain, but there is a lawn in from so you could bring a picnic too.
10. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
This last one isn’t free. But I think it is a must see because there is nothing quite like it. It is the World’s largest rodeo and runs for about a month at the end of February every year. It is like a culture here Y’ALL. We kick it off with the Chili Cookoff, everyone in all of Houston talks about it, all of the local elementary schools even have go Texan day the week before. Houstonians don’t just go once, we go as many times as we can until the next year. The cool thing- all of the workers are volunteers, so its also the worlds largest group of volunteers in one place. There are concerts every night, but if you just want to experience it, tickets are pretty cheap just for the carnival and livestock show at around $7.00. Put it on your bucket list.
Thank you, Taylor! I think I’ve said it before, but I grew up in College Station, TX and went to Houston often, and I have not done a few of the things on Taylor’s awesome list! I want to see the water wall and definitely need to stop by 19th street for some shopping! The miller outdoor theater is an awesome spot to see free shows. My cousin is a ballerina in the Houston Ballet, and last summer we got to see her perform at the outdoor theatre. Do you have any other must do Houston, TX activities?
Surprise, I’m back! I did this one pre scheduled post since it goes along with the travel theme… What to wear on an airplane? This isn’t exactly 3 separate tricks, but it’s one big one. What to wear on the airplane can be a major dilemma… espeically on long flights! Or at least for me! You want to look cute, be comfortable, and be prepared for uncontrollable temperatures. Here is my perfect airplane outfit and why…
- Skinny jeans with stretch are essential. I used to wear regular pants and roll up the bottoms when I went to the bathroom. I was forever (rest of the travel day) disgusted if the bottoms of my pants touched the bathroom floor! It’s gruby, and totally avoidable with the skinny jeans trick. My airplane skinny jeans must include a little stretch. I like to fold my feet in chairs, and no stretch does not allow this to happen.
- Cozy t-shirt. I like one that’s a little baggy and a little longer in the back than the front to cover up the bootie in the e skinny jeans. Slighty baggy + cotton= cozy.
- Scarf. I get cold on planes and in airports. OK, fine… I’m cold in general : ) The scarf can stay around my neck or wrap around my body in my seat. Versatilityis key. I don’t get on planes without a scarf.
- Slip ons. 2 words: airport security. And I like to take my shoes off on planes, but want easy access to slip them on for a bathroom run. Toms or ballet flats are my plane shoe of choice.
- Long Champ travel bag. It folds up tiny, so if you decide you don’t need it on the way home, just fold it up and throw it in your suitcase. It fits perfectly under plane seats, and holds plenty of magazines, snacks, and other plane goodies. You can get the Long Champ bag here or here is a more reasonable priced version of a similar bag on Amazon. *the 2nd link is an Amazon affiliate link
Here’s the Long Champ folded up:
What do you think of my airplane outfit? Are you a pant roller up too? What do you wear when you travel? Do you have any air plane rituals? I make it a point to buy airplane treats (tail mix, almonds, york peppermint patty) at the grocery store before I travel. Cheaper and ensures I get exactly what I want. Happy summer travels.