Before You Go
Coordinates | 29.7604° N, 95.3698° W
Baton Rouge to Houston | 333.7 miles
Driving Time | 4 hours, 6 minutes
With mouthwatering food, entertainment at every turn, and a rich and diverse culture, Houston is a must visit place for travelers of all ages. When you’re there, you can experience the authentic Texan lifestyle while also exploring things you never knew existed. While many people claim Houston is just another concrete jungle, anyone who has explored the city knows it is so much more.
Where to Eat
The Breakfast Klub
3711 Travis at Alabama | Houston, TX 77002
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not make it the best meal you’ve ever eaten? Named one of the best breakfast restaurants in the nation by USA Today and Forbes Magazine, The Breakfast Klub serves up affordable meals in a family environment that will leave you walking away very full and very happy. ■ thebreakfastklub.com
Goode Co. BBQ
5109 Kirby Drive | Houston, TX 77098
Be ready to get messy as you chow down on good Texan barbeque at Goode Co. BBQ. Whether you’re looking for brisket, sausage, or baked potatoes, you have definitely come to the right place. Finish your meal with a Brazo’s Bottom Pecan Pie or a homemade brownie. ■ goodecompany.com
7901 Westheimer Road | Houston, TX 77063
You can’t leave Houston without eating a heaping plate of Tex-Mex. Try Molina’s Cantina, a local favorite that has been around for more than 75 years. This family-friendly atmosphere and delicious Mexican cuisine will complete your trip to Texas.
What to do
Take your budding astronauts to the Space Center Houston, where they can take a Tram Tour, ooh and aah at the Starship Gallery, and enjoy an IMAX film. While parts of the Center are more educational and adult-oriented, your kiddos will love learning more about outer space and astronauts. ■ spacecenter.org
Have a picnic in Market Square Park, a community square in downtown Houston complete with food options, shaded walkways, and perfect spots to kick back and relax. The Park also hosts free community events, such as movie nights. After a long day of shopping, this is the perfect place to take a break. ■ marketsquarepark.com
Snap an artsy picture in front of the Biscuit Paint Wall. This wall is located outside Biscuit Home at 1435 Westheimer Road. Its bright colors make it picture perfect, especially when the sun is shining. You can let the kids have a photo shoot and then look at all the fun photos together.
Take a Saturday stroll through the Urban Harvest Farmers Market, a leader in the local food movement that offers nutritious foods as well as educational opportunities. This market supports local families and offers locally produced items. ■ urbanharvest.org
Your children will love learning and laughing the day away at the Children’s Museum of Houston. With exhibits and stations that meet everyone’s interests and needs, your little ones could spend hours playing and learning on this “playground for your mind.” ■ cmhouston.org
Embrace your country side at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, held each year to support education and encourage better agricultural practices. Besides the rodeo, you can experience live music, food competitions, livestock shows, and vendors. There is also a special needs day and special needs events to accommodate everyone. ■ rodeohouston.com
The little ones in your group will love seeing dinosaur skeletons, space station models, and the planetarium at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. There is even a six-story butterfly center where the butterflies will actually land on your arms. One of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, this learning center covers all aspects of natural science. ■ hmns.org