Cultural Walk in Houston, Houston (Self Guided)

Whether you are keen on art or just eager to see one more piece of Houston, this cultural tour will reward your interest. Houston has an extensive Theater District, located downtown, not to mention numerous galleries and other artistic venues. Take this walk and enjoy Houston's most famous cultural institutions.
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Cultural Walk in Houston Map

Guide Name: Cultural Walk in Houston
Guide Location: USA » Houston (See other walking tours in Houston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: doris
Buffalo Bayou ArtPark

1) Buffalo Bayou ArtPark

The Buffalo Bayou Art Park is a cooperation of the local art community and the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department. In downtown Houston, a section of ground along the banks of the Buffalo Bayou River is used to display the art of famous international artists. In many cases, the local art students from the University of Houston have participated in the development of the art on display.

The first show was done in 1987, and was called the Watermelon Flats Sculpture Show. It used to be done at the Old Farmers Market downtown. In more modern times, it is held at the Sabine Street Bridge, adjacent to Allen Parkway. There are usually between 20 and 25 pieces of art on display at any time.

Since the humble beginnings of this show, though, the BBAP has been able to expand the locations that it uses to display art. Displays happen all over town. One of the sponsored shows is all about the Artists in Residence at the University. It also sponsors the annual display of Christmas Trees in the area.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

2) Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (must see)

Located downtown on the edge of the Theater District, The Hobby Center opened to the public in 2002. It features 60-foot-high glass walls with views of Houston's skyscrapers, Tranquility Park, and Houston City Hall. The center is named for former Texas lieutenant governor and Houston businessman, William P. Hobby, Jr., whose family foundation donated the naming gift for the center. Built by general contractor Lyda Swinerton, it was designed by architects Robert A. M. Stern and Morris.

The center contains two theaters: The 2,650-seat Sarofim Hall is home to the Hobby's two resident companies, Theatre Under the Stars and Broadway in Houston; the 500-seat, two-level Zilkha Hall is home to Uniquely Houston, an innovative, community-based program, featuring the area’s rich-in-talent, emerging, nonprofit performing arts organizations.

Why You Should Visit:
Broadway plays, symphonies, musicals and many other delightful evenings of entertainment here.

Arrive early and order your drinks before the performance starts. It will give you more time to enjoy the intermission.
The only bad seating is in the boxes. Due to the architectural design, they are angled so you can't comfortably view the stage.
If you must get the box seating, the ones highest up and farthest from the stage afford a better view.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Wortham Theater Center

3) Wortham Theater Center (must see)

This theater complex is the central performing arts location in the city of Houston. It was built in 1987 for a cost of $66 million dollars. Over three thousand people came together to raise the money for the building. At the time of its grand opening, it was the first opera house built in the US in over 25 years.

The building was named after Gus Wortham, who was the founder of the American General Insurance Company. At the time, the Cullen Foundation and the Brown Foundation added $13 million dollars to the money personally donated by Wortham to get the project completed. This is quite extraordinary, considering that the oil market was in decline in the 1980s (most of the money that filters through Houston is related to oil in some way).

In today’s time, the Center is the home of the Houston Ballet and Grand Opera. This location has entertained over 5 million people over the years, so it is a very popular place. The performing arts of Houston are well represented here. You can also find many social events, as well as civic events, being held.

Why You Should Visit:
Whether going to the opera or ballet, this theater is excellent, with simple yet very elegant decor.
The whole building just seems grand and no matter where you're sitting, you get a great view of the stage.

Second-level seats are the best. You can see the orchestra and the stage.
Be sure to arrive early, as the crowds increase wait times for the elevators.
There aren't many concessions but there is at least wine and water for purchase.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bayou Place

4) Bayou Place (must see)

Although Bayou Place has gone through different owners and has had several different businesses come and go, it still features many attractions. Once Houston’s Convention Center, it has many dining options, including The Hard Rock Café, sushi, local cuisine, and much more. The site also offers theaters including the recently opened Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinema. It also has Verizon Wireless Theater, which can be transformed into numerous different layouts for different concerts, including a mosh pit or a more private setting. A concert schedule can be located on their website. Bayou Place also has many different nightclubs including PBR Houston, Shark Bar, and Lucie’s Liquors.

This tourist attraction is located in downtown Houston among many other tourist sites in the area.

Why You Should Visit:
To hang out with a group of friends, get food and/or watch a movie.

Make sure you get your tickets in advance if you're coming to Sundance... The seating is reserved.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-12am
Jones Hall

5) Jones Hall

This majestic building, which takes up an entire city block, houses Houston’s performing arts center. Jones Hall hosts many art forms including ballets, symphonies, and plays. Events are run throughout the year and can be located on the company’s website. In addition to the classical arts, it is also a popular venue for more modern artists to rent out for concerts. The hall also features dining options. One of the most magnificent features of the building is its eight hundred hexagons that hang from the ceiling. These hexagons can be used to not only change the acoustics of the theater but to actually shrink or expand the theater by six hundred seats.

Jones Hall brings in almost half a million tourists each year. Tours can be scheduled at certain hours by contacting Jones Hall. The performing arts center also makes special accommodations for the disabled, including reserved parking, elevators, and headsets.
Alley Theatre

6) Alley Theatre (must see)

Not only is the Alley Theater one of the country’s oldest theaters, but it is also one of Houston’s biggest such facilities. The theater boasts two auditoriums, one seating over 800 people and the other seating over 300. The theater hosts productions year round including plays of all tastes. It features new plays, classics, comedies and dramas. A full list of productions and their dates can be found at The Alley theater's website. The location also prides itself in HYPE, which is an acronym for a young playwright program which enables young local playwright’s plays to be produced. In case one is not able to attend the Alley Theater but still wants to benefit it, there are numerous ways in which one can donate by visiting their site.

Located conveniently downtown, the theater is also close to numerous different hotels, restaurants, and shops. The box office of the theater is open Monday through Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. However, whenever performances are occurring, the box office remains open until the start of the performance.

Why You Should Visit:
The theater is always in tip-top shape, the staff is friendly and accommodating.
You don't have to buy the most expensive tickets to enjoy the play. The acoustics and views are good throughout the venue.
There's a small snack & drink bar open before plays, as well as restaurants within walking distance.
You can feel comfortable dressing however you chose.

Pre-order your drinks for intermission (if the play has one) before the show starts.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12-6pm

7) DiverseWorks

DiverseWorks is an art space committed to promoting new visual art, literature, and performance. At DiverseWorks, the process of creating art is valued and artists can introduce new ideas to the public. The organization aims to build, educate, and sustain audiences for contemporary art by encouraging the investigation of current artistic, cultural and social issues.

Walking Tours in Houston, Texas

Create Your Own Walk in Houston

Create Your Own Walk in Houston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Houston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Live Music Clubs Tour of Houston

Live Music Clubs Tour of Houston

Houston is a great city in which to enjoy all kinds of clubs, featuring live music in many different styles, for all ages and tastes. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

While Houston, Texas is a massive metropolis, its Downtown is relatively compact yet bustling business, culture and entertainment hub, with a vibrant theater scene. Alongside several theaters, Downtown Houston hosts a number of museums, parks and historic buildings, alongside many other attractions. To explore some of them, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Art Walking Tour in Houston

Art Walking Tour in Houston

Among the wide variety of tourist attractions Houston has to offer, several art museums and galleries deserve special attention. These galleries will thrill all art lovers. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most spectacular museums and galleries in Houston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Houston Architecture Walk

Houston Architecture Walk

Houston's Downtown is the city's busiest and most highly developed neighborhood. Mostly famous for its beautiful skyscraper district, Downtown has quite a few surprises awaiting visitors. Take a stroll down the crowded streets and you will see historic buildings and modern structures side-by-side. Walk and enjoy Downtown's architecture at its best.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Houston's Landmarks Tour

Houston's Landmarks Tour

Houston is the fourth largest city in the USA. A buzzing commercial and cultural center, Houston proudly boasts of many great museums, architectural masterpieces, and other landmarks. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most interesting landmarks in Houston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Religious Walking Tour of Houston

Religious Walking Tour of Houston

Houston, founded in 1837, has grown into one of the biggest cities in the USA. This city features a large number of churches that are of great historical and/or architectural interest to visitors. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most acclaimed religious buildings in Houston.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Houston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Houston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Houston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.