I recently moved back in my hometown of Houston, Texas and am re-learning everything there is to do here! Not only are there never-ending lists of attractions, events, restaurants and activities, but there are also so many great adventures just a quick drive away.
When I lived in South Carolina, I quickly realized that Columbia wasn’t overflowing with activities quite like Houston is. A smaller city with only a handful of attractions, the options for everyday adventures were limited. Because my mother always told me “only boring people get bored,” I became determined to find off-the-beaten path adventures to keep my busy. I’m a huge advocate for getting out of your bubble, trying new things and supporting your community, so it was only natural when I started keeping track of community events, easy day-trips and attractions I wanted to check out both in Columbia and throughout the state. After all, you can drive from one side of South Carolina to the other in about three hours.
I wanted to have this on-going list of must-do activities at my fingertips, so I started a note in my iPhone. That way, I always have go-to inspiration when I need an idea for an afternoon activity or weekend agenda. From a new restaurant or happy hour spot I want to check out, to a festival or weekend getaway I want to put on my calendar, any activity that peaks my interest gets added to the list. Because sharing is caring, I’m showing you a few of my favorite ideas currently on my Texas Travel & Adventures list!
1. Enjoy a free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. From musicals, to dance performances, operas and more, Miller Outdoor Theatre always has something going on. Take a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy a free show on the hill.
2. Visit the Blue Bell Factory. I don’t care what anyone says, Blue Bell ice cream is the best and it is totally worth the one-hour drive to tour the factory and get a fresh scoop for this Texas delicacy.
I highly recommend starting your own bucket list. Whether it’s local restautarnts you want to try or places you want to visit, having a go-to list is clutch when you need to remember an idea.