The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tourist Attractions
We like Market Square Park because it has lots packed into a small space; park just one time and enjoy a variety of activities. There's the park, an adjacent dog park, on-site restaurants, a full schedule of events and the entire thing is ringed by some of the oldest buildings in Houston ... which just happen to house some fun, funky bars and eateries.
Like its neighbor, Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is an unexpected green space. Surrounded by busy freeways and bustling shopping centers, the Center offers educational activities year round (learn how to grow an orchid or how to spot a migrating bird), there are even some semi-chic evening events (wine tastings on the trails). But most people just enjoy wandering through the Center's abundant and lush lawns and woods.
If visitors have just one hour to spend, we recommend the Menil Collection. Inside and out, it's an oasis. The museum itself is a work of art and its expansive lawn is surrounded by low-slung bungalows and huge, old trees. Two things set The Menil Collection apart -- price (always free) and personality (always low-key).