March in Houston guarantees for some amazing weekend weather (in between the current storms and flooding and what not’s) where days spent indoors are days wasted. You can dump the jackets, the scarves, the boots and slip into flip flops and possibly squeeze into a bathing suit as the workout regimen kicks into high gear. And let’s be honest… Houston is beautiful…. at least in some places. Especially as it goes through its transformation and reinvents itself as a city where before (circa 1996) there weren’t that many places to even hang out outside to fast forward 20 years and what it is now with all of its food, culture and park beautification it’s amazing what a couple of dreamers can do as they envisioned a different future for the Bayou and the interstate.
Before I get too derailed. Point: there is a lot you can do in and around Houston on a sunny Sunday, family-friendly too, in less than 15$! You have Hermann Park, the Zoo, and Discovery Green or you can take a long ride to Galveston and spend the day at the beach or the Aquarium or Keema Boardwalk. There is no shortage of options. However, after living “The Loop Life” I definitively have my list of March favorites that are on the list:
The Houston Rodeo and Live Stock Show
The second best thing to come to Houston in March outside of the weather is the cowboys with a full month of Rodeo festivities. Easily the best place to spend a full day because you never realize where the time goes in between the food, the carnival ride and the games. Plus, if you’re trying to get in steps on your Fitbit there is no better place as you will easily walk out with 10k+ steps.
Cost: $10 really but then food (which in all reality can add up to be millions because fried snickers all day, errday)
Speaking of Fitbits and active lifestyles, I also weirdly really enjoy renting bikes from Houston’s bike share program, BCycle. However, I have to note, I’ve only done this now twice and the bike is extremely heavy and a universal symbol for others to GTFO of my way because #NoobRider #AccidentWaitingToHappen #NotTheSameasSpinningandWasNotPreparedForThis. If you’re brave enough, a stroll down Allen Parkway is so exhilarating and completely worth the sore AF muscles
Cost: $5 to rent for 24 hours, with the caveat that you need to go to a station every hour to avoid getting charged an additional couple bucks per hour which is semi-annoying, semi-adventurous
Pedal Boating in Hermann Park
Walking in the park is lame, instead rent a pedal boat and roam (I guess for a lack of a better verb?) around the lake to really spice things up. Avoid ducks (because they will attack) and the fountain (because you will get wet) but then again its kinda fun to do both as well so live it up. Come prepared with good conversation because there really is no going anywhere else as you go round and round in the lake.
Cost: $10 for a 4-person boat for 30 minutes (and you really don’t want to have more time than that anyways)
Go ahead Houstonians, try something new this weekend… if all else fails at least you spent less than $15.