The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 People-watching Spots

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We asked our friends, acquaintances, co-workers and even a few strangers about their favorite people-watching spots. We got some silly suggestions: Harris Co. Jail during visiting hours, the bathroom at any bar at 1 a.m. on a Saturday, and, our favorite, the Houston Press lobby. We also got some great suggestions. We sorted them out according to availability, comfort and number of people available to watch. Here are our top 10; did your favorite make the list?

10. George Bush Intercontinental Airport

We enjoy people watching at the airport. Of the ten spots on our list, it's the best place to see folks from other countries and every social background. If you're lucky, you might even see a celebrity (the closest we ever came was when we saw Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's dad), or a bunch of service men and women on their way home. The only reason the airport isn't higher on our list is because, to really enjoy it, you have to have a plane ticket which can be costly.

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Photo by Olivia Flores Alvarez
9. Any Metro Train Stop

Any Metro Train Stop offers plenty of opportunity to people watch. Our favorite is the Medical Center stop, the mix of students, healthcare professionals, patients, visitors and business execs is interesting. Also, you're likely to hear at least a half dozen different languages while waiting on the platform.

8. Kemah Boardwalk

There are plenty of festivals at Kemah Boardwalk which bring throngs of people to watch, but the promenades are sure to be full of folks any weekend in nice weather. We like that there are lots of food choices at the Boardwalk, but few offer budget friendly prices and there's a decided lack of comfortable seating (unless you go into one of the restaurants).

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7. The Downtown Tunnels

The downtown underground tunnels offer a nice mix of business execs and office workers in search of lunch, a little shopping or an air conditioned place to exercise. There are lots of food choices, most reasonably priced but few other seating choices. Expect the pace to be quick (translation: get out of the way of the power walkers).


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6 comments
badfishs13
badfishs13

IKEA! Plenty of places to sit down too!

Vanessa Man
Vanessa Man

I love people watching,. It is a lot of free fun.

wordlover
wordlover

Those are pretty good people watching places.  I agree with the airport.  It's like people watching over load  there.  Any bathroom after 1:00 a.m.?  Hell, any women's bathroom during Happy Hour is comical and sad. ha!

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