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Two Days in Houston

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Houston is known as the Energy Capital of the World, so you need lot of energy to make the most of your 48 hours in city loaded with surprises and intrigue- “Houston”. The city’s diversity is reflected in the religious buildings, cultural activities, markets and restaurants. Delve into Houston’s al fresco markets, dynamic arts community, recreational activities and global cuisines.

Two days in Houston
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Day 1 in Houston

Wake up at 8:00am and energize yourself

Hit up the Memorial Park. Seeing the people jog around the wooden trail would inspire you to put on the running shoes and join the healthier crowd. Memorial park is an awesome place to watch the sunrise.

Address: 6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Happy walk, run or jog!

10:00am: Kick off your day with a nice breakfast and coffee at Blacksmith Coffee Bar! 

Blacksmith Coffee bar is situated in the Midtown. Relish some homemade biscuits with coffee. The visit to this hipster place is a great start of the day. 

Address: 1018 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Opening hours: 7:00am-5:00pm

11:00am- Enjoy the Art- Cultural Morning

Stroll down the street to the beautiful Menil Collection, with natural-light filled galleries. It has the surrealist and primitive collection art. 

Address: 1515 Sul Ross Street, Houston TX 77006
Neighborhood: Museum District
Phone: (713) 525-9400(713) 525-9400
Distance from Blacksmith: 0.6 miles

A few miles away from the Menil Collection is the Museum District which includes the expansive Museum of Fine Arts and The Contemporary Arts Museum. Don't miss the Isamu Noguchi-designed urban retreat Cullen Sculpture Garden, with great sculpture exhibits by Miro, Louise Bourgeois, Auguste Rodin, and Henri Matisse. Arty Vibes!

Address: 1401 Richmond Avenue Suite 290, Houston TX 77006

1:00 pm- Kids Fun “Edutainment”

Since you're in the neighborhood, do make a visit to the Children’s Museum of Houston. This place has interactive learning displays which are fun and educational, along with some interesting activities, eco shack and cultural area. 

Address: 1500 Binz Street, Houston, TX 77004
Phone Number:  713-522-1138
Distance and Time from Museum district: 0.3 miles and 2 minutes walk

2:00 pm- Lunch on the Run

Go to Hermann Park for Lunch. There are very great and elegant lunch spots in Hermann Park. Up for some New Orleans style food and a glass of wine, hit the Brennan’s of Houston (3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006, United States). Do try their Jazz Brunch menu there, or Monarch Restaurant & Lounge that serves seafood and American cuisine, located at 5701 Main St, pr Hotel ZaZa, Houston, TX 77005 (Main St and Ewing St). You can also go to Driscoll’s located at 6580 Fannin Street, Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX 77030. 

3:00 pm- Go for Shopping

Spend the day shopping at the various outlets at the Galleria (5085 Westheimer Rd). Galleria has around 400 stores making it the largest shopping center in Texas and its still expanding.  Then move to the relaxed upscale way of Uptown Park (1001 Uptown Park Blvd), a shopping center that is designer according to the European villages and is full of boutiques and great dining spots.  

Are you still in the mood for shopping? The Rice Village (2526 Rice Blvd) and Village Arcade (2414 University Dr) are both perfect places to grab that special something!

5:00 pm- Get some more fun!

Spend the evening at the Houston Zoo (6200 Hermann Park Drive) watching gorilla habitat and alligator display. Explore different parts, including the discovery zoo. Then head over to the Burke Baker Planetarium (1 Hermann Circle Drive) to know about the planets and stars and watch the laser light shows on Fridays and Saturdays. A starry feel! Later, take a tour at Minute Maid Park (501 Crawford St) for a sneak peek at the Astros ballpark of Houston. 

8:00 pm- An aperitif

Head over to the Flying Saucer at 705 Main St. It has the best selection of Beer. Sip a craft beer with some snacks or linger on burger. Cocktail hour in Houston!

Address: 705 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, Fourth Ward, Downtown
Distance form Minute Maid Park: 0.5 miles

9:00 pm Dining with the Locals

For some delectable Ted-Mex fare, head to the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. This place can get busy due to its pleasant environment, so get there early.  End your dinner with some ice-cream and one of the dozen types of tequila. 

Address:  2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003, United States
Phone: 1 713-228-1175 1 713-228-1175
Distance and Time from The Flying Saucer: 1.6 miles and 7 minutes ride

10:00pm: Lets Rock and Roll!

The night has just started. Take a taxi to South Beach Night Club (810 Pacific St., Houston, TX - 77006), laser light and sound keeps you bopping.  You can also visit Blanco’s (3406 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX – 77027) for some live music and game of pool or shuffleboard. If you wanna mingle with the crowd, wear boots and a cowboy hat!

Day 2 in Houston

9:00am:  A walk in the park

Start your day with yoga, zumba or other vitalizing activity at Discover Green. Free morning yoga! Discover Green is in the middle of Downtown Houston with an outdoor cafe, concert and art display. Feel the burn!  

Address: 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010, United States

10:00 am: Time for Scrumptious Breakfast

Go to Villa Arcos which is just a few minutes from Discovery Green for some real authentic tacos. This taco shack is the first-pick of the locals. Satisfy your taco cravings at $5 or less at the Villa Arcos.

Address: 3009 Navigation Boulevard, Houston, TX 77003, United States
Distance from Discover Green: 1.6 miles and 7 minutes ride

11:00 am: Explore the trendy district

It is the perfect time to head over to Montrose that has several kitschy cafes and restaurants along with thrift and vintage shopping. Then head over to the Dunlavy Street and take a stroll way down. This street has lots of budget friendly stores, you will surely find something that you like!

Distance and Time from Villa Acros to Montrose, Houston: 5.9 miles and 14 minutes drive

12:00 pm: Off to the Museum District

Head over to the Museum District. Go to the Museum of Natural Science (5555 Hermann Park), Holocaust Museum (5401 Caroline Street), Art Car Museum (140 Heights blvd) which is 2.6 miles from museum district. 

Distance and Time from Dunlavy Street: 2.3 miles and 9 minutes drive

2:00 pm: Out to Lunch

To feed yourself, you can go to Bradley’s Fine Diner (191 Heights Blvd), Star Pizza 2 (77 Harvard Street), Urban Eats (3414 Washington Avenue), or Patrenella’s Ristorante Italiano (813 Jackson Hill) for some seafood or Italian. 

3:00 pm:  Up for some Theatre Exprience

Stroll to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (5201 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007) and know the history and check out the architecture and grounds of Hogg home. You can also go to Buffalo Bayou park (18-3600 Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive,Houston, TX), or visit the  Theatre under the Stars (800 Bagby, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX 77002) for a great theatre experience. Houston has many events going on year round so must check out!

4:00 pm: Get Into Double Trouble

For an energy boost, head over to Double Trouble located in the midtown. It is a coffee shop with a twist. With funky decor, you decide between a cocktail, a coffee, or both to keep you energized throughout.

Address: Double Trouble, 3622 Main Street, Houston, TX 77006, United States
Distance and Time from Theatre Under the Stars: 2 miles and 9 minutes drive

5:00 pm: Slip into something fantastic- OKRA Charity Saloon

Head downtown to OKRA Charity Saloon (924 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002, United States) on Congress for some cocktails and craft beers. It is the first charity bar in city that donates 100 percent of its proceeds to non-profit organization each month. After spending some time here, go next door to Batanga (908 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002, United States) for tapas on the patio. 

Distance and Time from Double Trouble, Houston: 2.4 miles and 11 minutes drive

7:00 pm: Get Ready for Laid-back Evening

Time for ballet, opera, symphony or musical theater in Houston's Theater District. Whether your taste inclines toward Blue Man Group or La Boheme, there is something for all!

Distance and Time from Batanga: 0.5 miles and 3 minutes drive

Supper at 9:00 pm 

Go to Guadalajara Hacienda Restaurant which is famous for traditional Mexican fare. To unwind and relax, this is the spot to be at!  

Address: Guadalajara, 1201 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77002, United States
Distance and Time from Houston’s theatre district: 1.2 miles and 6 minutes ride

10:00 pm: The night is still young in Houston!

Time to burn off some calories by heading over to Continental Club in Midtown for live music.  Local bands are there to entertain. Do visit this place and give the local band a listen. Kick back with some beers! 

Address: 3700 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002, United States
Distance and Time from Guadalajara Hacienda Restaurant: 1.7 miles and 6 minutes drive

12:00 am: No matter what you fancy, there is no dearth of night life in Houston. 

 For a nightcap, drive to House of Pies (3112 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098, United States) which is 3 miles from Continental Club. You will get a homey, retro feel here!
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