With Houston’s extensive list of top-notch eateries and attractions, there’s no doubt it’s a great city in which to have a good time. If you’re planning a vacation or weekend getaway to Houston, here are a few ideas to add to your itinerary:

Early Morning: Stop for Breakfast

Start your day by filling up on your favorite breakfast foods to keep you active. Dish Society serves up a mean brisket and eggs combo with grits, tomatillo relish, and a buttermilk biscuit on the side. The Honeymoon Café and Bar offers up smoked salmon latkes with poached eggs, arugula, tomato, and tasty aioli for a unique meal that’s sure to satisfy.

Spice up your breakfast with some Latin flavor, courtesy of Café Brasil. Their Eggs El Salvador consists of a pork and cheese pupusa, which is a Salvadoran corn tortilla filled with chicharrón, eggs, guajillo sauce, salsa verde, chorizo, and queso fresco.

Dine at Sweet Paris Creperie for cuisine inspired by the City of Love. Their Croque Madame Crepe features a thin pancake combined with two scrambled eggs, Gruyère cheese, and smoked ham, topped with a creamy Béchamel white sauce.

Downtown Houston
Downtown in Houston.

Midmorning: Tour Downtown

Explore the Historic Market Square Park in Downtown Houston for some fun and recreation. Fitness and outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike through the trails of the waterfront Buffalo Bayou Park, while a visit to the Christ Church Cathedral or Islamic Da’wah Center offers guests a religious retreat.

Plus, make the most of your trip with a Segway or self-guided walking tour of Downtown Houston’s most promising historic, artistic, and architectural areas. Snap photos while you’re there and make memories that will last a lifetime!

End your morning with a quick lunch; stop by the Spaghetti Warehouse for a classic bowl of pasta and meatballs or enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with a chicken kebab plate at Niko Niko’s Greek and American Café.

Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo in Houston.

Noon: Enjoy a Nature Park

At the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, you can learn about various plant and bird species, trek through the park’s nine walking trails, and find your inner Picasso with the many specialty art classes available.

You should also head to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and make a stop at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. This facility features a living butterfly habitat, numerous arthropods, exotic plants, and a 50-foot waterfall.

At the Houston Zoo, you and the kids can take a ride on the on-site carousel, tour the park’s 11 unique exhibits, and view the various aquatic and land animals that live there.

Early Afternoon: Explore a Museum

Houston is home to many interesting and diverse museums. Visit the Rienzi at the Museum of Fine Arts for a glimpse of the ground’s four-acre wooded garden and displays of 18th- and 19th-century European decorative arts.

Make your trip educational with a stop at Space Center Houston. This museum focuses on STEM learning and features over 400 space artifacts, moon rocks and lunar samples, and various science exhibits.

For a one-of-a-kind experience, take a tour of the National Museum of Funeral History. It’s home to the country’s largest collection of authentic funeral service items, including caskets, coffins, and hearses. Here you can learn more about cremation and international funeral traditions.

Houston Skyline
Skyline of Houston.

Late Afternoon: Grab Dinner

When it comes to dinner, Houston has plenty of top-quality restaurants to please any palate. Kitchen 713 serves up a hearty chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, and sautéed greens. But if you’re in the mood for something a little different, try the Japanese cuisine at Ramen Tatsu-Ya. Their Mi-So-Not soup combines pork bone broth, a miso blend, goma pork, ajitama, scallion, napa cabbage, bean sprout, and corn.

If you’re craving some Italian fare, make a stop at Osso and Kristalla. Their Penne Alla Contadina is absolutely divine, with chicken, mushrooms, and English peas all stirred into a tomato cream sauce.

Evening: Visit the Theater

End your excursion in the city with a late-night show. You can witness pure displays of singing talent at the Houston Grand Opera, set to host a production of “La Traviata” and “Julius Caesar” from October to November. Then, 2018 promises performances of “The Barber of Seville” and “West Side Story.”

Another performance destination is the Houston Ballet, which features classic performances like “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” and “Don Quixote.” Stop by in December for the company’s annual “Jubilee of Dance,” a combination of excerpts from past, present, and future productions, and watch the stunning dancers take to the stage.

With so much to see and do in Houston, you’re sure to find plenty of activities to fill up your itinerary. Plan your next adventure with GoDoTrip, and pack your bags!