Even though the weather in Houston can be “a bit warm”, the sometimes humid conditions don’t stop city residents from heading outdoors and enjoying all that the biggest city in Texas has to offer. So when the constant buzz of the air conditioner and summer reruns become too much to bare, check out these “cool” Houston concerts, parks, and other outdoor activities.
From country to rock to jazz to blues, Houston has plenty of outdoor concerts that fill the air with music. Head on over to the annual Free Press Summer Fest held every June in Eleanor Tinsley Park or show off one’s samba moves at the Caribbean American Heritage Festival (also in June) at Jones Plaza. Finally, the Miller Outdoor Theater features jazz, classical, theater, and ballet from March to October. And the price is definitely right (free).
The unusual Houston area landscape, which includes the waterfront, bayous, and rolling hills, creates some of the most interesting hiking, trail riding, and exploring in the state. Houston parks also offer world-class golfing, fishing, and even concerts such as the blues tribute festival at Sam Houston Park in downtown. For outdoor activities in Houston try Buffalo Bayou Park, a 12-mile stretch that offers some prime biking and running opportunities, or kayaking on one of the many picturesque Houston waterways.
Explore the unusual or seldom seen side of Houston with tours of the Port of Houston and Ship Canal (once the city’s lifeblood and still a significant industry), historical tours of the city’s past, walking tours, canoe tours, and even a few ghost tours that will teach something about the city one probably didn’t know.
Don’t let the Houston heat stop the fun. Explore the wide variety of outdoor activities in Houston that make the area the place to be.