May 21, 2013 By blogging

Travel Ideas in Texas

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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.

3. Visit one Houston museum a month. Houston has an entire district full of Museums, and even if you visited one a month it would take you more than a year to see them all.
4. Weekend Getaway in Gruene, TX. Grab a cooler, call your friends and drive to Gruene for a weekend of river floating down the Guadalupe, two stepping in Texas’ oldest dance hall and small town eating and shopping at the Gristmill. Be sure to get your picture taken in front of Gruene water tower too! Other Texas Towns to add to the list: Austin, Fredericksburg, San Antonio, Luckenbach and Shiner.
5. Attend a professional sporting event. Houston has professional football, basketball, baseball and soccer teams and you should try and make it to at least a few games a year. There is no need to splurge on pricey tickets; you can have just as much fun in the nosebleed seats.

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.