Unique Things to Do in Houston

Houston is known for the NASA space center, and being a major hub for sports, but there are so many more unique things to do in Houston. The best season to experience all Houston has to offer is during the winter time, more specifically November-February.

The weather is on average around 65 degrees, and not unbearable to walk in like in the summer months. Also, in February, the NBA Rockets are in season, and the Astros began their season in late March.  

10 Best Unique Things to Do in Houston

  1. Day at the NASA Space Center
  2. Houston’s web of underground tunnels
  3. Race against the clock in an escape room
  4. NBA game at the Toyota Center
  5. Taste your way around Houston on a food tour
  6. Downtown Aquarium
  7. Hermann Park
  8. Selfie in front of the Houston Graffiti Building
  9. hop-on-hop-off bus
  10. Baseball game at Minute Maid Park

1. Day at the NASA Space Center

The Space Center boasts an extensive array of more than 400 attractions, ensuring a diverse range of experiences for visitors. Options include embarking on a NASA Tram tour or exploring the starship gallery.

Exclusive to this facility is the opportunity to witness astronauts in training for missions, interact with authentic moon rocks, simulate a shuttle landing, and partake in a behind-the-scenes NASA tour.

Undoubtedly, the Space Center stands out as a premier destination in Houston, offering a unique and unparalleled exploration of space-related activities.

Address: NASA Johnson Space Center, 2101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058

NASA Space Center Photo from Visit Houston

2. Houston’s Web of Underground Tunnels

Spanning six miles in downtown Houston, the subterranean tunnels seamlessly link various hotels, shops, and restaurants. This underground network serves as a refuge from the summer heat, providing a cool relief for locals and visitors alike.

In existence since the 1930s, these tunnels have withstood the test of time, enduring extreme weather conditions with resilience.

Address: Downtown Houston Tunnel System, 909 Fannin St #1650, Houston, TX 77010    

web of underground tunnelsPhoto from Houston greets

3. Race Against the Clock in an Escape Room

Houston is home to several popular escape rooms including Escape Hunt. This escape room offers a variety of rooms, including a Houston NASA -themed escape experience and a thrilling pirate-themed challenge, providing diverse options for those seeking an adventurous and entertaining escape room experience.

Address: Escape Hunt Houston, 125 W Gray St #100, Houston, TX 77019

Clock in an Escape Room Photo from Escape Hunt

4. NBA Game at the Toyota Center

A Houston visit would be incomplete without catching a Rockets game, during the NBA season, which is from October to April during.

The Toyota Center, the team’s home venue, hosts themed nights such as Hello Kitty Night and HomeTown Heroes Night during select home games. Enhancing the experience, a visit to the Rockets’ merchandise shop is a must to round out the game day experience.

Address: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002

NBA Game at the Toyota Center Photo from Toyota Center

5. Taste Your Way Around Houston on a Food Tour

Houston boasts a distinctive and diverse culinary landscape, renowned for its unique flavors. Explore the city’s rich historical and cultural cuisines with Taste of Houston Food Tours, available from Friday to Sunday.

The popularity of food tours has surged in Houston, now ranked as the 5th city with the most exceptional food experiences, offering a plethora of options for food tours.

Address: Taste of Houston Food Tours, 15727 Cutten Rd #304, Houston, TX 77070

Food Tour Photo from Tripadvisor

6. Downtown Aquarium

Whether you want to see the animals or visit the exhibits, the Houston Aquarium has all that and more. As well as having carnival games for all to enjoy, when you’re down with that you can enjoy a meal at the restaurant in the aquarium. One unique thing about this aquarium is that you can see white bengal tigers, which is one of a handful of places that you can see these tigers.

Address: Downtown Aquarium-Houston, 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002

Downtown Aquarium Photo from Visit Houston

7. Hermann Park

 Texas is known for their great outdoors and Houston is no different, Hermann Park offers a lot of outdoor activities for people to partake in. There is a Japanese garden to explore and you can rent a pedal board to take on the lake or take a 2 mile train ride throughout the park. This is not like any ordinary park because this park includes the Houston Zoo as well. 

Address: 6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030

Hermann Park Photo from Hermann Park

8. Selfie in Front of the Houston Graffiti Building

Houston is also known for its diverse art scene and the Houston Graffiti Building is a great example of this. This Mural of Houston represents the city with the vibrant colors and the skyline. There are more Graffiti places in Houston as well. Though this is a must see if you have never been to Houston. 

Address: Located on the corner of Preston and Travis, across from Market Square, at  Treebeards restaurant

Houston Graffiti Building

Photo from Texas Hill Country

9. Hop-On-Hop-off Bus

Houston is one of the biggest cities in the United States and used to visitors so of course they have a bust tour. Houston City Tours offers you to hop on and hop off the bus at various stops. The bus goes to Herman Park, the market square and the museum district and many more. This is a good way to see the sights of Houston if this is your first time here.

Address: 1302 Dallas Street Houston, TX 77002

Hop-On-Hop-off BusPhoto from Houston City Tours

10. Baseball Game at Minute Maid Park

Houston is one of the epicenters for sports in Texas, and their baseball team the Astros play at Minute Maid Park. They have had recent success in the MLB by winning a couple of World Series. To make sure that you can catch a game their regular season is from late March to late September. Just be careful if your trip is in the summer months it can get steamy at Minute Maid Park. 

Address: 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002

Minute Maid ParkPhoto from MLB 

There are many more adventures and activities to do in Houston, this list is just a starting point. Hopefully you enjoy the list and add some of the location to your plans. Whether you are a local or are on a trip there is something for everyone to do in Houston.

Kylie Rodriguez

Kylie Rodriguez is a passionate and dedicated sports journalist currently a junior journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin. Born and raised in the Lone Star State, Kylie loves Texas sports and likes to write about sports in general and hopes to become a sports reporter.