This town is Texan huge but will surprise you with its diverse enclaves. Take in the ballet…or dig into a huge prime rib. This is your rodeo.

Houston is the town that oil built, and it may seem like every single resident owns a pickup, but don’t let your Texas stereotypes get the best of you. Houston is full of surprises, and if you look a little deeper, you’ll find that this laid-back, friendly town has tons of art, music, and good eats to offer the traveler with a fully gassed car.

When you first ride into Houston, you might think, Whoa…it’s big. Sure enough, it’s the largest city in Texas, and takes up 600 square miles. That means a car is pretty much a requirement if you want to see a wide range of sites. However, the city contains a variety of unique enclaves, each with its own character and draw.

You really won’t hurt for lack of things to do in Houston. Instead, you might be left considering what to leave off your dance card. Beat the heat of the day with an early morning jog in Memorial Park, then retreat from the summer sun into the Houston Museum of Natural Science located in Hermann Park. Think Central Park, but with more cowboy hats. To become an honorary Texan for a day, stick your feet into some cowboy boots and grab one of our Houston vacation packages during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. You’ll get to experience the world’s largest livestock show, watch guys get flung off bulls, and stuff yourself full of just about every type of meat doused in BBQ sauce.

In truth, what to do in Houston can just as easily turn into what to eat in Houston. This is a land of can’t-be-beat steakhouses, but you’ll also be surprised by the diversity of the city’s menu. Saunter down Little India, Chinatown, and Koreatown for authentic ethnic food that is worthy of any taste test against the likes of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Let the bull riders face their demons. You’ll be staring down the barrel of a 20oz ribeye in Houston. Life can be tough, but we think you’re up for the challenge!

Frequently Asked Questions about Houston

What food is Houston known for?

Like much of Texas, Houston is known for its barbecue food and Tex-Mex cuisine. Some signature dishes in the area include beef brisket, chili, fajitas, breakfast tacos, fried chicken, and various seafood dishes with Cajun seasoning.

When was Houston founded?

Houston was founded on June 5th, 1837.

Is Houston bigger than Dallas?

Yes, Houston is larger than Dallas by area and population. The city of Houston covers roughly 630 square miles and is home to about 2.5 million people.