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H-TOWN: Houstonian gives tips for K-State bowl travelers

By Bryan Richardson

So, you’ve decided to travel to Texas, the greatest country in the world, for K-State’s bowl game.

The Wildcats’ Texas Bowl matchup against Texas A& M on Wednesday, Dec. 28, in Houston could be a good game.

What’s more important is that you have a good time while in the fourth largest city in America.

It’s a lot of city, so it might be hard to pin down exactly what to do.

If only there was a handsome reporter who grew up in Houston to help out.

Oh, wait. I’m a handsome reporter who grew up in Houston.

You can visit visithoustontexas.com for additional information, but these are just some personal suggestions from a native. I’ll try to keep you mostly inside I-610, which loops around the city.


GO OUTSIDE

The weather is probably going to feel more like fall than winter, so I suggest being outdoors to take advantage of the situation.

Some people might look way too bundled up for you. Laugh quietly amongst yourselves about how we treat our version of winter.

Discovery Green, a 12-acre downtown park at 1500 McKinney, is a nice place to hang around, let the kids play, look at cool art and there’s even outdoor ice skating. Yes, you read that correctly.

For $14 (or $12 with a military ID), you can experience the thrill of skating on ice outside in a city where the tiniest bit of ice shuts down everything.

But what about the people who want to bike, run, golf, play tennis and enjoy an arboretum?

Memorial Park at 6501 Memorial Drive has about 1,466 acres to enjoy all of those activities.

You can visit the Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, in the day with the animals and at night with Christmas lights for Zoo Lights.

Sure, you’ll be in Houston after Christmas, but we can all agree that Christmas lights are awesome at any time.

The zoo, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free for children 1 and under, $13 for children 2-11, $17 for 12-64, and $10.50 for 65-plus. Zoo Lights, open from 6 to 11 p.m., costs $19.95 for non-members and free for children 1 and under.


EAT LOCAL

You don’t become a multitime winner of the “Fattest City in America” because of a lack of food options.

For fast options, I’ve always enjoyed Whataburger, Taco Cabana and Shipley’s Do-Nuts (glazed donuts and kolaches for the win).

They’re everywhere, and probably a short drive from wherever you’re staying.

There are many restaurants under the Pappas brand. All Houstonians have their favorite, but for me, it’s Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.

I’ve also heard good things from friends about Midtown Grill, 4704 Ennis St., which is a burger and wings spot.

Other Houston restaurants might remind you of Manhattan.

These include the following establishments:

• The Breakfast Klub, 3711 Travis St. Like The Chef, it closes at 2 p.m., makes you stand in line if you’re not there early enough, and worth the wait. Catfish and grits and chicken and waffles are the specialties.

• If you’re a fan of Taco Lucha, you’ll enjoy Tacos A Go Go, 3704 Main St., 2912 White Oak Drive, 3401 W. TC Jester Blvd. It’s similar in terms of vibe and the style of tacos.

• House of Pies is like IHOP, Denny’s or Bob’s Diner but with pies. All of the pies. The 24-hour restaurant can be found at 3112 Kirby Drive and 6142 Westheimer Road.


GET CULTURED

Obviously, we all like free stuff.

If you’re still in Houston after the game on Thursday, the Museum District, near the zoo, offers free admissions from the following times:

• Buffalo Soldiers National Museum from 1 to 5 p.m.

• Children’s Museum of Houston from 5 to 8 p.m.

• The Health Museum from 2 to 7 p.m.

• Holocaust Museum Houston from 2 to 5 p.m.

• Houston Museum of African American Culture from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Houston Museum of Natural Science permanent exhibit halls from 2 to 5 p.m.

• The Museum of Fine Arts from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A good chunk of the museums are clustered together, making it a walkable trip to multiple museums if you choose to do so.

Many other museums are free all of the time. Find more at houmuse.com.









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