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A Houston native shines a light on some of Houston and the surrounding area's best-kept secrets. Enjoy!
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4106 E NASA Pkwy f, El Lago, TX 77586, USA
If you're looking for a relaxing glass of wine or beer, try Chelsea Wine Bar. Tucked behind Valdo's and next door to the popular local hangout Boondoggle's Pub, Chelsea is everything a wine bar should be: full of character, great patio views and...
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Main St, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Many Houstonians see this park in engagement photos, but few (unless they work nearby) know where it is. At the corner of Main Street and Holcombe, the park points into the heart of Houston's Medical Center and offers a quiet place to relax in a...
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1402 5th St, Seabrook, TX 77586, USA
Many travel to Kemah for chain restaurants and boring boardwalk entertainment. But across the Kemah bridge in Seabrook is a charming house-turned-restaurant/local art gallery serving delicious liege waffles. Choose from savory, sweet or even...
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322 Milby St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
Don't bother googling Voodoo Queen — it won't show up on a map. This hidden dive bar in Houston's East End serves up large and strong rum drinks, often garnished with mermaid swizzle sticks. Play some pool or play music on the free jukebox or take...
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2311 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
Houston is full of interesting little museums highlighting a variety of topics and specialties. One of these is the Maritime Museum. Located far from the Port of Houston, the museum showcases shipping technology and model ships and highlights key...
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1324 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
If you enjoy words, art, books, or crafts—and who doesn't like at least one of those?—you should check out the Museum of Printing History in Houston, which explores printed and written communication. As a journalist, I appreciate the old-school...
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6500 W Loop S, Bellaire, TX 77401, USA
A telephone history exhibit may not sound like the most interesting thing, but you'd be surprised by what this little museum in the AT&T building holds. Put together by a retired Southwestern Bell employee, it highlights phones and related objects...
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2007 Grant St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Many people consider Anderson Fair – Houston's legendary folk and acoustic music "listening room"– an unsung cultural treasure. Grammy Award-winning artists like Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Lucinda Williams have all played here. It began as a...
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1820 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
On the first and last Friday of each month, Joystix lets patrons play all the games in their shop. From whack-a-mole and big game hunter to the original Pacman and Shrek-themed pinball, you can play just about all your favorite classic and new...
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1100 Elder St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
Tucked away in a former paper company's old warehouse on the northwest side of downtown, Paper Co. Coffee offers delicious coffee and a come-as-you are atmosphere. The shop is the reincarnation of Taft Street Coffee and part of the Ecclesia...
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5411 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA
A relatively new addition to Houston's caffeine scene, Mercantile serves excellent coffee. Part of the café also stocks specialty grocery items. Complement your cuppa with a croissant, pain au chocolat, or Danish. And if you show up early, you can...
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6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77265, USA
A house museum in the larger collection of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, this display resides in the former home of Ima Hogg, a Houstonian who was a philanthropist and civic leader. It is largely decorative art and paintings, but the grounds...
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2580 Shearn St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
You cross multiple railroad tracks and pass through warehouse-lined streets before arriving at a parking lot field full of massive president heads. Each sitting about 20 feet tall, it is quite a sight to behold. Behind them, the Beatles, towering...
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3004 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
Check out the Moon Tower Inn if you are feeling adventurous. This place is a bit remote, on the outskirts of downtown, but they serve outstanding gourmet hot dogs (yes, gourmet hot dogs) made from animals ranging from wild boar to elk and...