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Every time I sign into Answers, it seems as though there is a number of folks expressing their opinion that Houston is "boring" and that there's nothing to do there.
How does the nation's fourth-largest city, second-largest port, with more than 6,000 restaurants and more Fortune 500 companies than any other U.S. City except New York wind up being labeled as "boring"?
Is this characterization inaccurate and unfair?
Houston is a GREAT city. You do have to get out and about as the city covers more than 600 square miles, so you can't walk 11 blocks over and 18 blocks down to get somewhere, unless you live in The Heights, The Museum District, or the Woodlands, and even there many do not walk anywhere.
So it is not a walking city, you need a car if you want to get somewhere. You name the activity and we have it and more. I guess we don't promote the city as we should, but it's our big well kept secret, let's say. If you come to Houston and sit in your apartment and don't go out except to the pool, grocery store, etc. And back, you'll eventually get bored. Houston is an ethnic melting pot with over 90 different languages spoken here with an imerging hispanic influence—with their wonderful cuisine and music and a family oriented culture that our hispanics bring to our town. We have a few "Houston haters" such as A J Let's Go Shopping, who changed her name to A J Lets Go Spamming, and now she's MizzHollywood26 or is it 62(?). This type of person always bashs Houston and then when you make a comment they block you from their site. They can dish it out, but they cannot take it. Well, I was thinking about giving you a sample itinerary of a couple of days in Houston, say from today through Sunday, but quite frankly the choices are just overwhelming. There are sites like arthound.com that show over 40 exhibits ongoing at the moment, there is the zoo, Lake Conroe, the symphony, the downtown skyline and underground tunnel system, The Art Car Parade, NASA, Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston, the 15 museums located just within the museum district, the opera, the ballet, many theaters, over 6,000 restaurants with almost 300 different cusines, many, many festivals, antiquing in The Heights, the race track, Old Town Spring, The Woodlands waterway with shopping, sites and restaurants, Moody Gardens. Schliterbaun Waterpark, Herman Park, and a myriad of other city, county and state parks, Burke Baker Planetareum, port of Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion one of our great concert venues, so many clubs and bars, Lake Houston, all of the shopping malls like the Galleria and Katy Mills Mall, High Island with the ferry, Pelican Island with it's US submarine, Clear Lake, our sports teams (Texans, Rockets, Astros, Aeros, Comets, Dynamos), the famous Westside Tennis Club, a myriad of beautiful party and wedding facilities, gorgeous world-class hotels, many colleges, institues and universities, ice skating rinks, the famous Texas Medical Center, Houston Rodeo, I could go on and on… But you say, all this takes a lot of money, well here's a list of 33 things to do in Houston that cost $2.00 or less per person (some are even free):
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art of the last 40 years.
Dunham Bible Museum (at Houston Baptist University)
With an extensive collection of rare American Bibles, this unique museum at Houston Baptist University shows the Bible's influence in American history, government, education and culture.
Gulf Greyhound Park
Gulf Greyhound Park, the world's largest and No. 1 greyhound racing operation, offers live greyhound racing and pari-mutuel wagering year-round, rain or shine.
Health Museum, The
The Health Museum, the most visited health museum in the country, provides innovative and interactive health and science educational experiences to promote an understanding of the human body.
Heritage Society, The
The Heritage Society is the city's only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. Nestled in 19 acres of beautiful green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston, The Heritage Society boasts 8 historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905.
Holocaust Museum Houston
Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, The Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust and honoring the legacy of the survivors.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Located on the western edge of Memorial Park (4 miles from Downtown Houston), the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a 155-acre nature sanctuary with 5 miles of hiking trails.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level, highlighting art made of glass, fiber, clay, metal or wood.
Houston Center for Photography
Houston Center for Photography is one of only a handful of non-profit spaces around the country that is committed to showing great new photography.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the most heavily attended museums in the U.S., features the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, permanent exhibit halls and traveling exhibitions.
Houston Museum District
With more than seven million annual visits, the Houston Museum District is one of the top cultural districts in the country.
Arader Gallery of Houston
The Arader Gallery of Houston is the Texas location of the Arader multi-gallery system, with other galleries in New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Art Car Museum
The Art Car Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art, with an emphasis on art cars, other fine arts and artists who are rarely, if ever, acknowledged by other cultural institutions.
Beer Can House
The Beer Can House is a folk art gallery/workshop consisting of more than 50,000 beer cans.
Blaffer Gallery is the University of Houston's laboratory for the visual arts and contemporary culture.
Buffalo Bayou, the 52-mile slow-moving waterway that was the site of Houston's founding in 1836, has become a destination for outdoor recreation near downtown Houston.
Buffalo Bayou ArtPark
The Buffalo Bayou ArtPark features a constantly rotating collection of public art at the Sabine Street bridge between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum in the U.S. Dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier. It houses the largest repository of African-American military history in the world.
Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, The
The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum houses two 13th century Byzantine frescoes–the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the Western Hemisphere.
Children's Museum of Houston
Ranked as the No. 1 children's museum in the country by MSN.com, The Children's Museum of Houston features 14 galleries of hands-on, minds-turned on activities.
This is fabulous! It's a must if you have children!
Jung Center of Houston, The
The Jung Educational Center of Houston is now in its fifth decade of service to the greater Houston community. Founded in 1958, the Jung Center offers over one hundred courses, programs, and conferences every year that address the critical social and spiritual issues of our time as well as the need for personal growth and development.
Overlooking Galveston Bay, the Kemah Boardwalk features themed restaurants, retail shops, and amusements for the whole family.
Lawndale Art Center
Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on Houston area artists.
Menil Collection, The
Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, The Menil Collection houses approximately 15,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and rare books of John and Dominique de Menil.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Miller Outdoor Theatre is Houston's premier outdoor theater for the performing arts. Free performances run March through October.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Founded in 1900, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's collection numbers more than 51,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present.
Orange Show Monument
The Orange Show Monument is a Houston postman's creation that extols the virtues of his favorite fruit. The outdoor 3,000-square-foot monument is maze-like in design and includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, a museum, a gift shop and several upper decks.
Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses is a highly acclaimed art and cultural community center consisting of 22 renovated shotgun-style homes.
Rice University Art Gallery
Rice Gallery is recognized for dynamic site-specific installation art at Rice University.
The Rothko Chapel functions as chapel, a museum and a forum. It is a place where religion, art and architecture intermingle.
Sam Houston Boat Tour
The Port of Houston Authority offers free leisurely 90-minute round-trip cruises along the Houston Ship Channel.
Traders Village – Houston
Traders Village is Houston’s largest, most visited flea marketplace with more than 100-acres of open-air shopping, festivals and special events every weekend.
Water Wall, The
Houston’s most photographed site, this dramatic 64-foot U-shaped fountain has water rushing down its inside and outside walls. FREE and a must see. The optical illusion is amazing!
Is the Houston bashing characterization inaccurate and unfair? I think you can draw your own conclusion now.
Have fun and enjoy our magnificient city!
EDIT: I almost forgot. We have the largest church in the United States, Lakewood Church. A must see, people from all Christian denominations feel welcome and comfortable in this great church. It's located in the renovated Summit, now Lakewood Church. It used to be home to the Houston Rockets, basketball team. When they left, Coach Rudy said a better "team" was moving in! Services on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
I wanted to get a hold of the company that does this logo. The actual pepper.
The home office is houston and most any sign company can do that kind of work.
As of about a month ago I can not chat anymore. I am always offline. I have tried to sign on with different computers but I am always off-line.
Yahoo.com, has shut down it's user-made chat rooms. This resulted after major advertisers including PepsiCo Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corp. And State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. Pulled their ads from the user-made chat rooms section of Yahoo.com's site.
The companies removed their ads after a report from Houston television station KPRC about sexual predators searching for teenage and pre teen victims in Yahoo chat rooms. The news report showed that the sexual predators were able to create and name their own rooms to lure teens. Such user-created rooms had names including "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Up For Much Older Men" and were listed under categories such as "Teen Chat Rooms" and "Education Chat Rooms".
The news report from Houston television station KPRC brings attention to the ever growing concern for the safety of teens on the internet today. Using today's modern internet technologies; instant messaging, email, chat rooms, and even live web cams are just a point and click away for most teens. Safe and moderated teen chat rooms are a start, but for parents it is only the begining. Know what your teens are doing online and educate them about the dangers of the internet and how to be safe online.
Never give out excessive or vital personal information in chat rooms or instant messengers. Vital information includes your full name, birthdate, street address or location, social security number, telephone number, and other personally identifiable information. Even such "innocent" questions as the name of a school can be used to track a person; so be careful. Never agree to meet in person somebody that you've talked to online. For more information about the dangers of online chat rooms and how to stay safe online, please visit ChatDanger.com.