I recently went to Texas three weeks ago and had a blast! I have been wanting to make this post, but had so much going on with school and graduation coming up – but here it is finally! I went to Texas for 3 days to visit family and check out some attractions. I have been to Texas about four times before this, but never really get to see attractions because I am usually going there to visit family or attend weddings! Before going, I did my research online on cool places to see in Houston. If you are ever going somewhere, I highly recommend you look up the main attractions and hidden gems to plan your trip ahead of time! Here I am sharing five attractions I went to in Houston. Enjoy!! 😊
1. The Menil Collection
The Menil Collection is a local treasure in the Houston area for its amazing art. It is a free museum that opened to the public in June 1987 to house the art collection of philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. It is deemed to be one of the greatest collections of the twentieth century and consists of more than 16,000 works dating from the Paleolithic era to the present day!
2. Biscuit Paint Wall
The Biscuit Paint Wall is popular to snap a selfie with, or recruit a photographer to capture your spirit in front of the multi-hued wall. The wall has been painted on the side of the Montrose home goods and decor store Biscuit Home. It was painted by French, Houston-based artist Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau of Eyeful Design in Montrose, Houston in May 2014. The clever design was taken from the former site of B.J.Oldies Antiques to create something that was appropriately fun and reflective of their personality in their store’s new, expanded home. The wall design started off with a plain blank black canvas and then came alive with buckets of paint that were artfully poured along the top of the wall to give it a part design and part organic feel! Amazingggg! Also, if you go there, use the hashtag #BISCUITPAINTWALL.
3. Rice University
As a college student, I had this urge to see one of the most competitive private schools in Houston – Rice University. One of my best friends who was Valedictorian of our class of 2014 High School told me she wanted to go to Rice University. At the time, I did not understand why she would want to go there until I recently went there. When doing research about the Universities in Houston, I found out that Rice University has an acceptance rate of only 14% out of all the people that apply as an undergrad! UCLA has an acceptance rate of 18% and USC has an acceptance rate of 16.5% which means Rice University is more competitive – WOAH! I must say that Rice is a very beautiful campus, BUT of course not more beautiful than my school (UCLAAAA)!❤️ The campus has a really cool man-crafted spaceship docking area that is worth seeing. I don’t know if real spaceships land there, but boy I hope not because that would be kinda creepy!
4. Downtown Houston Tunnels
Downtown Houston reminded me of Downtown LA a little bit. While doing research, I found out that Downtown Houston has an underground tunnel system that is 2o feet below Houston’s streets and is 6 miles long – CRAZY!! It had originally started out as a tunnel between two downtown movie theaters, but now it includes restaurants and retails stores and connects 95 city blocks! I wanted to check it out, but by the time we got there it closed. If you want to check it out, be sure to check out their timings ahead of time! (The tunnels are an amenity for the large office population so are open only Monday-Friday from approximately 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
5. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
(Previously known as the Williams Waterwall and the Transco Waterwall)
This pretty waterwall is a multi-story sculptural fountain that sits opposite the south face of Williams Tower in the Uptown District of Houston. It is located near Houston’s famous mall, Galleria. It is a beautiful sight and a place worth taking pictures at. I was not able to go near the waterwall because they were closing! If you want to see a lot of places, I recommend splitting it out between a few days and not squish everything to see in one day like I did lol. The waterfall hours are 8AM-9PM daily (subject to change).
That’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed reading about the main attractions I visited in Houston (ALL in one day).
Thanks for stopping by!😊