Houston Bucket List


I’ve posted my 2011 UPDATED Houston Bucket List!  Click here to see what I’ve accomplished (and what I thought about these places.)

My blog-friend Carmen is from Houston, but is currently living in Toronto.  She has settled in nicely – almost too nicely.

Admittedly, for the last year or so, I’ve not been thinking about the “things I need to do in Toronto” as it very much started to feel like my home, and we all know that you rarely go sightseeing when you’re “home”. There are still a bevy of things I want to do before leaving this glorious city, though, and have set the goal of having my list completed by May 30, 2010.

I realized: I’ve been back in Houston over a year, and there are still a gazillion things I need to do and see and eat and experience here.  Moving back home after a decade in Austin opened my eyes to how much amazing stuff we have here in the Bayou City, and then …poof… I was comfortable and cozy at home.

So, I’m shamelessly stealing Carmen’s idea starting a list of things I plan to accomplish, and will be updating it with new challenges as they come.  My goal is to complete 50 items by 12/31/10, and hopefully keep it going.  (Maybe an Austin bucket list after that… yikes!)

Things to see and do:

1. Monica Pope’s farmer’s market

2. Rice University football game

3. watch a Dynamo game

4. visit the Holocaust Museum

5. visit the Contemporary Arts Museum

6. visit the Printing History Museum

7. go to the George Ranch (as an adult)

8. go to Washington-on-the-Brazos

9. see a movie at the Angelika

10. see a movie at the old River Oaks

11. ice skate at the Galleria (as an adult)

12. visit the Cockrell Butterfly Center

13. visit the Planetarium

14. see a show at Miller Outdoor Theater

15. visit the 1940s Air Terminal Museum

16. visit the Art Car Museum

17. visit Bayou Bend Museum

18. Find Howard Hughes grave at Glenwood Cemetary

19. visit all the old houses at the Heritage Society site in Downtown

20. make a retablo for Lawndale’s Day of the Dead event

21. visit the Menil Collection (as an adult)

22. visit Rienzi

23. visit the Officer Lucy Dog Park

24. visit the Danny Jackson Dog Park

25. walk all the way around Memorial Park

26. watch the Houston Marathon

27. Opera in the Heights

28. stay at the Magnolia

29. visit the Jade Temple

30. visit the Forbidden Gardens

31. kayak the Buffalo Bayou

32. Arboretum

33. Explore the Downtown tunnel system

34. ride in the Moonlight Ramble

Places to eat:

1. Reef

2. Shade

3. Vic and Anthony’s

4. the breakfast klub

5. Kim Son

6. Tiny Boxwoods

7. Hobbit Cafe (as an adult)

8. Mark’s

9. Black Lab pub

10. Glass Wall

11. Candelari’s

12. Ocean Palace dim sum

13. Mucky Duck

14. Daniel Wong’s Kitchen

15. Fogo de Chao

16. Brennan’s

17. Coco’s Crepes and Coffee

18. Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen

19. Bar Annie/RDG

20. Himalaya


4 Responses to “Houston Bucket List”

  1. Jenni Rebecca April 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    When you hit the Menil, make sure you see the Byzantine Chapel… it is, in my opinion, one of the most glorious and peaceful places in Houston.

    I’d also add:

    -visit the Beer Can House
    -visit the Orange Show and see a good concert there
    -(not quite in Houston) drive out to Sengelman Hall and go 2-steppin
    -specifically watch the Shakespeare Festival this summer at Miller Outdoor Theatre
    -visit the Japanese gardens in Hermann Park
    -visit NASA and get the tour hook-up from our NASA friends
    -picnic out at Brazos Bend state park
    -go to an Aurora Picture Show event
    -see a Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre show
    -go to an art opening at the Station Museum (they are wild and SO much fun!)
    -take a yoga class at Discovery Green
    -check out Boo Town’s Grown-Up Story Time at Rudyard’s
    -visit the Chinese Community Center during one of their festivals/celebrations
    -attend the Bayou City Art Festival
    -eat lunch at Phoenicia Foods
    -have dinner at the Blue Nile (Ethiopian food)

    And I will keep thinking… there’s so much good stuff!

  2. James Glassman April 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    Make an Art Car.
    Run with Baker 13.
    Eat a free hot dog at West Alabama Ice House on Friday afternoon.
    Drive the entire Loop 610.
    Have all 100 drinks at Anvil (have your card stamped).
    Buy a cowboy hat at Fiesta on Bellaire Blvd.
    Walk-of-Shame breakfast at Cafe Brasil.
    Smoke a cigarette on the roof of Winter Street Studios (Downtown view).
    Sneak into a gala at Wortham.
    Wrap a house in River Oaks with the help of a ROPO.
    Play Bingo with The El Orbits.
    Buffalo Bayou boat tour.
    Smooch upstairs at Marfreless.
    Poe Carnival.
    Run around the outside of Rice.
    Write a blog about Houston.

  3. Mom April 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I’d love to do 9, 18, and 19 with you…and eat at Tiny Boxwood’s. So many things I want to do as well. Guess I should start making my list too!


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