Planning a Winter Getaway? Try Houston!

If you are trying to escape the winter blues by heading to a warmer climate, Houston is the perfect choice for your next vacation. The city is filled with a diverse mix of tourist options, and you won’t have to worry about lugging your gloves and hat everywhere you go. In addition to the traditional tourist opportunities, including Space Center Houston, the Museum District and the Houston Zoo, there are also several events that are of particular interest to the winter crowd. The following list highlights some of your best options, but no matter what you choose to do, you are certain to enjoy the fabulous Texas weather.

Houston, Texas Skyline

Winter Activities in Houston, Texas

BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

If you are a sports lover then you absolutely want to be in Houston on February 15, 2013. Even though this event will send you indoors for a couple of hours, it will definitely be worth it to get a firsthand look at some of the rising stars of college basketball. Be sure to look for hotels in Houston before you go, since this event will be popular with out-of-town travelers!

Houston Culinary Tours: Vietnamese

The Houston Culinary Tours series helps tourists and locals learn about food options that might seem unusual to them. On December 9, the focus will be placed on Vietnamese dishes. This is a great opportunity to try out the area’s top chefs, regardless of whether you love Vietnamese food or have never tried it before.

MLK Youth Parade

This 7th annual event takes place on January 19, 2013, and it encourages children to learn about the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade-goers can enjoy 20 marching bands and approximately 180 other performing groups from around the country who will all join together to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Boots on the Beach

This one-time event, held in nearby Galveston on February 8, 2013, is the perfect way for a country music-lover to celebrate Mardi Gras. Boots on the Beach will be held at Beach Central Park, and it will feature six hours of country music from Texas legends and rising stars.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership Kayak Trip

The last kayak trip of the year will take place on December 15, and participants will be provided with a tandem recreational kayak and all of the necessary equipment to join in on the trip.

Christmas Eve Dinner

If you will be spending the holidays in Houston, then you should definitely make reservations to join the Prix Fixe Dinner held at The Remington restaurant. Diners will be treated to a three-course meal and will be entertained by live music throughout the evening.

Before you leave for this warmer climate, make sure that you look for a hotel and have secured a booking. There are countless options to choose from, and each one has its own specific perks. For example, hotels near the Galleria provide shopping lovers with a great launching pad for all of their adventures. Regardless of where you stay, though, your hotel is certain to be located next to at least one of the exciting winter activities listed above.


Sarah Bishop is a freelance writer and avid traveler. She researched hotels in Houston for her upcoming visit to the largest city in Texas and decided upon the Hilton Houston Southwest. This hotel offers Internet, a beautiful pool, and complimentary transportation to downtown Houston, where the unique activities listed above await her.

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