Independence Day in Texas is its own holiday, don’t you think? Whether you caught the parade, saw some fireworks, barbecued with friends, or lit some sparklers of your own, we at Alta City West hope you got to celebrate in style! In this week’s photo blog, we’re sharing some of our favorite #HoustonFireworks pictures we’ve found from all over the city. From the west side to uptown to downtown, there were no shortages of celebratory colors lighting up the Houston night sky – if you’ve got some, share them with us, too! And a very happy 4th of July to you – any excuse to celebrate and party, right?! 🙂
Boy oh boy, is it hot around here! West Houston doesn’t even have the worst of it in the state of Texas, but we at Alta City West sure do want to cool down. Yes, we’ve got a pool… but what about a drive to a lake or over to the ocean? Or even just a waterpark day? There are so many ways to cool off here in Houston, and we’re counting them down in our photo blog this week – some of our favorite spots aren’t too far from here. Don’t worry, relief from the sun is on its way!
If you’ve found some ways to beat the heat, too, will you share them with us? We’d love to spotlight them on our social media. Peace out, and stay cool, everyone!
Fore! That’s what we love to hear out and about as we enjoy the outdoors, especially now that summer’s begun. Of course, golfing is just one of many options for how to enjoy time outside in Houston this summer… but you’ve also got park days, picnics, hikes, and trips to the beach.
Here in this week’s photo blog, we at Alta City West are pinpointing a few of our favorite outdoor activities (yes, golf is included) around Houston. Go on out there and soak up some sun!
There’s something about the sunset, don’t you think? Here on the west side of Houston at Alta City West, we can’t get enough of the breathtaking sky – there’s a reason every country singer from George Strait to Jason Aldean has sang about what it looks like to look up, don’t you think?
When the sun hits the Texas skyline just right, you’re left with a beautiful sunset at the end of the day… and that’s what we’re showcasing in this week’s photo blog. We’ve taken some of our favorite images from Instagram that highlight that beautiful sky-light! Got a pic you’ve snapped? Be sure to share with us, too!
“Beat the Heat!” You hear it every year, and you often only realize it when it’s too late: when you’re sunburned, sleepy, and sick of the sun. Before the temperature gets too hot, we at Alta City West want to help you plan ahead! Yes, it’s fun to enjoy the summer, but staying cool should be at the top of your priority list once those temperatures rise.
Below, we’re detailing a few of our favorite ways to stay cool and beat the heat in Houston this summer: there are water activities and indoor spots, family fun and nights out with friends… and all of them will keep you cool without so much as breaking a sweat. Well, ok, maybe just a little sweat…
Option 1: The Pool.
Ok, maybe we’re cheating by saying this one – but you can’t beat the pool here at Alta City West. There’s a reason we love to call this place home, and the pool is the at the top of that list. Come on out to barbecue, enjoy the cabana areas, and throw your own pool party! 🙂
Option 2: The Water Park.
Been to Typhoon Texas Waterpark yet? Located in Katy, TX (only a short way west of us here in Houston), this water park has got it all! Fun for the whole family with pools, slides, and a whole lot more. Go ahead, and make a day of it.
Option 3: The Outdoors.
Cooling off is also a lot of fun when you’re outdoors! Whether you like lake swimming or beach days, Houston has got options for you. We recommend a weekend drive out to Galveston, where the beachs are beautiful, and the bay is calling your name!
However you choose to stay cool, just be sure to lather up with sunscreen, and stay hydrated. It’s hot out there – but enjoying the heat can be fun, especially afterwards, when cooling off is the refreshment you need!
Everybody loves May 5th! What better way to make an excuse to celebrate than indulging in a happy hour, a great meal, and some live music (mariachi, of course)? This Cinco De Mayo, we’re counting down the ways you can celebrate – with margaritas, tequila, and Mexican food galore! Here are just a few of our favorite Tex-Mex spots, all within walking distance of us here at Alta City West!
Number 1: Chuy’s!
Why we love it: the variety of the food and the friendly staff, hands down! Not to mention, it’s right across the street from us!
Number 2: El Tiempo Cantina
Why we love it: the vibe is fun – every time we walk in, it feels like a party!
Number 3: Los Tios Mexican Restaurant
Why we love it: what’s not to love about an authentic spot with deep, delicious flavors?
Number 4: Fajita Flats
Why we love it: the blend of food (not feeling Tex-Mex, and want burgers instead? You’ve got it!) – and we love the drinks, too. #Margaritas
Number 5: Mila’s Taqueria Mexico
Why we love it: sometimes it’s the smallest, most unexpected placed to get the most bang for your buck.
Number 6: Taco Cabana
Why we love it: “taco” is in the name – this place knows tacos! Need we say more?
Wherever you decide to celebrate, be sure to have fun and take precautions in your partying!
If you and your date are dog lovers, try taking your pooches out to play at one of Houston’s premiere dog parks. Millie Bush Bark Park is a great option, with ponds, dog showers, water fountains, shaded areas, benches and a walking path. Bring along a picnic to eat at one of their picnic benches and let the dogs run wild.
Cactus MusicLooking for a live music venue to take your date? Look no further than Cactus Music, a local Houston treasure of a music store which hosts new singer-songwriters on Saturdays. Sip a St. Arnold’s beer and browse the records as you and your date get cozy with some live music.
Miller Outdoor TheatreThe Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts a variety of free shows from March through October. From concert and dance performances to live theater and films, there’s something for everyone on this stage. Check out their website to discover what’s playing this weekend and treat your date to a great evening without paying a dime.
Port Houston Boat TourThis free, 90-minute tour only requires that you plan ahead and make a reservation before you set sail. You and your date will learn about the history of the port and watch ships come and go as you coast over the water. Make your reservation on their website and take your special someone on a truly unique, budget-friendly date.
“Twilight Epiphany” Light ShowThis 40-minute free light show at Rice University is open at sunrise and sunset for a truly romantic experience. Bring a bottle of bubbly and some chocolate-dipped strawberries and enjoy this beautiful visual display. This event is free but requires a reservation.
Spring has sprung and Houston is alive with a ton of great local events. Mark these upcoming happenings on your calendar and get right to the pulse of Houston’s vibrant culture.
Houston Children’s Festival
Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Take the kids on down to the Children’s Festival from April 1-2. Held downtown, this event benefits Child Advocates, Inc., and includes multiple entertainment stages, hundreds of games and ten different family adventure areas. Admission is from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
And tickets can be bought for $10 online or $12 at the gate.
Art Car Parade
Join car and art lovers for a vibrant parade from 2-4 pm April 8th in downtown Houston. Over 250 mechanical works of art will be taking to the streets in an event for art lovers of all ages. Bring some lawn chairs, food and drinks and watch the parade go by. Get more information about this well-loved Houston event here.
Houston Barbecue Festival
Don’t miss the Houston Barbecue Festival on April 9th at NRG Park. Rain or shine, for the past 5 years, the best BBQers in Texas have come out for this showstopping event. General admission is $50-$60, but well worth the investment in smoked, sauced, and grilled BBQ goodness. Get all the details at HouBBQ.com.
WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival
From April 21st- April 30th, Houston will play host to international filmmakers of features, short films, music videos and documentaries. With admission starting at $8 a day, this festival is open to the public to browse and explore whatever films catch your eye. Go their website here to explore the films that will be coming to Houston.
Japan Festival Houston
This festival on May 6-7 draws over 20,000 people every year and is free to the public. With cultural displays and celebrations including martial arts demonstrations, music, dance, food, and more, this festival marks the beginning of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
Houston’s Museums are a must-see destination for both locals and out-of-towners alike. Between art, science, and animal history, there are plenty of museums offering exhibits to suit all tastes. Whether it’s simply a Sunday afternoon or a weeknight adventure, we know you’ll enjoy these artistic havens any day of the week.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science– A city favorite, this museum houses everything from preserved wildlife and dinosaur bones to the Butterfly Center, a real-life rainforest home to hundreds of butterflies that you can actually walk through! Bug-lovers will appreciate the Insect Zoo, but there are many more exhibits to see; such as chemistry, fossils, and an IMAX theater.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Established in the 1920’s, Houston’s first art museum may also be its largest, with over 40,000 pieces of art and 300,000 square feet of exhibits. Today, it stands as one of the country’s most renowned art museums. You won’t want to miss the impressionist collections, as well as a number of Picasso’s known works. Be sure to enjoy the 18 acres of gardens during your visit!
Children’s Museum of Houston –This museum specializes in hands-on interactive and bilingual exhibits for kids. Older kids can explore science while younger tots practice their motor skills in the pillow pit. Hint: families get in for free on Thursday nights from 5-8pm.
The Menil Collection –French couple Jean and Dominique de Menil came to Houston in the 1940’s, subsequently transforming the city’s art scene by making their private collection a public one and turning their museum into an large artistic campus. Visit The Menil for fine art, ranging from the medieval times to 20th century pieces.
Whether you’re a Houston Texans fan or you cheer for the Dallas Cow Boys, you’ll find some of the best sports bars in Piney Point Village.
The Yard House: Located at Sorella Court with Happy Hour from 3:00-6:00 you can catch the game on the bar TVs while snacking on Vampire Tacos and Boneless wings!
Nicks Place is one of our awesomest neighborhood sports bars! You can catch the game on one of Nick’s 40 TVs. Snack on American foods like pizza, wings, and cheese fries as you gaze upon the wall-to-wall set up of televisions broadcasting your favorite games!
Houstonians come to The Hideaway on Dunville for American food and a casual atmosphere, but you can also catch the game on the bar TV. The Hideaway also boasts plenty of parking and a full bar!
Molly’s Pub – an Irish Pub on Wertheimer Road – is full of locals and regulars! Catch the game on the bar TV and enjoy some Irish beer or their signature Bloody Mary!
The Deck on Fountainview has a huge TV on the outside patio where you can enjoy the game with other sports loving fanatics! Enjoy crawfish and American beer by the bucket while taking in America’s favorite pastimes! Check out their sports calendar for up-to-date events.
Enjoy American food and Texas sports at Jakes Sports Bar in the Galleria. Their motto is “Eat, Drink, Watch.” Indoors watch the games on 25 HDTV screens and outdoors catch the game on the 84″ HDTV. In between innings play darts and other bar games. Are you a fan of Fantasy Football? Then stay tuned to their special events like Fantasy Sports Drafts.