Places in and Around Houston That Feel Like You've Stepped Back in Time

Photo by Eric Mueller
A car would help to visit these places, but it doesn't have to be a DeLorean.
Sometimes the pace of modern life can get to anyone, and we long for a simpler time. Unless you have a time-traveling DeLorean, your only option for really reaching back in time is to find places that keep elements of the past alive.

Fortunately for us would-be time bandits (okay, if you can travel back in time, I don't condone stealing anything), there are a few places in and around Houston that will give us a taste of a bygone era without the need for an expensive time-traveling 1980s sports car to get there. Places like...

1. Yale Street Grill & Gifts, 2100 Yale

This Heights diner is one of the oldest left in Houston, occupying a space in what originally was the Yale Pharmacy. The diner area is exactly what one would expect from an old-fashioned malt shop, and the food and drinks are excellent diner fare. The area that used to be the pharmacy is now an antiques mall, so there's cool stuff to browse through if that's your thing. I'll be there for an old-fashioned burger and milkshake. The atmosphere is pleasantly anachronistic, and worth the lines that form on weekends.

Photo by A Yee
One of the historic homes located at George Ranch.

2. The George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond

The George Ranch Historical Park is a working ranch that lies on more than 23,000 acres in Richmond, about 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston. The park features several early Texas homes and costumed educators who bring various aspects of the early pioneer and cowboy world to life. The park is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and it takes between three and four hours to really explore everything, so plan accordingly. There's a lot to see and to learn; the place really is a step back to an earlier time in Texas history, and well worth repeated visits. For more complete information, it's a good idea to visit the Park's website.

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3. Froberg's Farm, 3601 Texas 6, Alvin

This farm has been around since the 1930s, and grows more than 30 different fruits and vegetables. It's known particularly for the fresh strawberries that grow when in season, and visitors can pick their own for a small fee. The fruits and vegetables vary by season, and at the moment folks can pick purple hull peas while they soak up the homey atmosphere. Field trips are available, and there is also an on-site store featuring the fresh produce the farm grows as well as sauces and dressings unavailable elsewhere. The farm also makes awesome pies and candies for those with a sweet tooth. Carnivores shouldn't lose hope, either, as there's a smokehouse offering a variety of meat items. There's something very rustic about walking through a rowed field picking your own fruits or vegetables.

Location Info

Yale Street Grill

2100 Yale St., Houston, TX

Category: General

George Ranch Historical Park

10215 FM 762, Richmond, TX

Category: General

Another Time Soda Fountain

800 Third St., Rosenberg, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fort Bend Museum

500 Houston St., Richmond, TX

Category: General

The DeLorean Motor Company

15023 Eddie Drive, Humble, TX

Category: General

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Jessica Nute
Jessica Nute

Cortlandt place... barbeque inn... doyles

Charles Hancock
Charles Hancock

You forgot Bellaire Broiler Burger! Great food and interior that hasn't changed in decades. ;-)

Ryan Hernandez
Ryan Hernandez

disappointed that most of these were not actually in Houston :(


They're all pretty close though. Not a far drive. :)

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