The Perfect 3 Day itinerary to Houston, Texas

Houston, TX is the fourth largest city in the United States. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States with one of the most diverse populations. From music to art, food and culture, there is an abundance of things to do and see.

If you are planning a trip to Houston and wondering what to do, this itinerary is for you!

We had this planned with a toddler and this was his first flight and long vacation hence you would see all kids friendly places. Here’s a day-by-day itinerary that includes some of the best things to see, do, eat and drink in our city.

What you need to know:

Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit Houston are between February and April and during the fall months of September to November. The weather is pleasant during these two times and there are many festivals for visitors to enjoy.

Where do you stay: My recommendation would be the Galleria or Uptown area. It’s super close to downtown and the shopping areas but considerably cheaper. Also, these are one of the safest neighbourhoods in Houston.

How to get around: With a toddler, the only option was to rent a car. Renting is not very costly and you get free parking most places.

Day 1:

Brunch at Egg Haus Gourmet

A menu of Gourmet Kolaches, Egg Sandwiches, and Elevated Tacos along with a beautiful setting and ambience. We got the Scramble and Bacon Egg and cheese along with their famous Rose croissant and Rose Latte. Everything was so delicious and so beautifully made. A must visit for Brunch.

Stroll through Levy Park and McGoverns Centennial Garden

Levy Park is a vibrant urban space, so thoughtfully designed to feature activity areas, a dog park, a community garden, the Children’s Park, and beautiful landscaping. They have childrens as well as adults free events going on all year round.

To commemorate Hermann Park’s centennial in 2014, Hermann Park Conservancy transformed the former Houston Garden Center site into the eight-acre McGovern Centennial Gardens. The Gardens were custom-made for Hermann Park and add a new dimension to Houston’s garden attractions. Visitors can explore a variety of themed garden rooms arranged situated along a spacious central lawn, the Centennial Green, and are home to more than 490 new trees of over 50 species, 760 hedge shrubs, 55,000 perennial bulbs, 650 azaleas and 4.5 acres of grass.

Quick Snack at Tiny’s Milk & Cookies

Tiny’s Milk & Cookies is a walk-up bakery and cookie counter serving fresh breads and pastries, homemade ice cream, and handcrafted coffee. A super cute place and quiet neighbourhood to hang out.

Visit Buffalo Bayou Park or Shop at the Galleria

Buffalo Bayou Park offers 160 acres of picturesque scenery and skyline views, along with stellar hike and bike trails, performance and outdoor activity spaces. If you are not much into walking or hiking then the Shops at the Galleria are a great way to spend the evening.

Dinner at Trendy Dumplings

After a wonderful day of exploring, dumplings are our go-to. Trendy Dumplings is a cute place located very close to the Galleria – Great Food and beautiful set up.

Day 2:

Breakfast at Bouchée Patisserie

Helmed by an award-winning pastry chef, Bouchée serves up both traditional and extravagant Parisian-inspired indulgences with a modern twist including house made bonbons, celebratory cakes, gelato, quiches, carefully-crafted chocolates and specialty coffee.

Treat yourself to the creamiest and tasty pastries too beautiful to eat. Its also a great place for dessert after your meal.

Checkout the Rice University Campus and Cloud Column

Boasting a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities. The Rice Institute opened on Sept. 23, 1912 with 77 students enrolled in that initial academic year taught by a dozen faculty. Here is their Virtual Tour. The campus is so widespead and consists of so many historic buildings. I would recommend taking a free Student led campus tour to make the most of your visit.

Cloud Column is a monumental stainless steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor, installed outside Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas, in 2018. Created in 2006, the sculpture was completed in England and was transported to its current location The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza on March 27, 2018. Its located in a not so busy neighbourhood so wasn’t crowded at all

Lunch at Songkran Thai Kitchen

Located in the uptown Center, it’s a perfect place for your lunch or dinner date. Beautiful decor and amazing food. We were there on a weekday when they had lunch specials. We got the Pad Si-ew and Drunken Noodles for the Main Course that came along with salad and soup. For drinks we had Thai Iced tea and fresh strawberry lemonade. All of which was so delicious and fresh.

Head to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Teen How taoist Temple

BAPS was one of the most beautiful and calm place on our tour. Being there felt so relaxing. Photography isn’t allowed in the temple level 1. But its truly a must visit.

This was our first time visiting a Chinese place of worship. It’s so unique and you can actually feel like being in China.

Dinner at 100% Taquito with dessert at Flower & Cream

We usually had dinner take outs as Aria got tired by the end of the day. 100% Taquito has great food. A little cramped to sit inside but carry out works perfectly fine.

Flower and cream craft their unique ice cream flavors in small batches with premium and locally sourced ingredients. They have such unique flavors and loved their flavored cones too. I got the Raspberry Tres Leches in the Red velvet cone.

Day 3:

Breakfast at Bubble Egg Company

Bubble Egg offers delicious Savory & Sweet Bubble Waffles & Refreshing Drinks. You can choose to create your own waffle with delicious toppings. We got double chocolate with nutella, strawberries and banana. It was just TOO GOOD. Incase you were wondering – So much sweet for breakfast? We had planned this one for breakfast but ended up going a little later in the day. Hence the choice.

Visit the Waterwall and Smither Park while heading to Galveston

Waterwall Park is a popular backdrop for unforgettable moments. Since its right in the middle of the city parking is an issue but I got you. Bonus Tip: You can park for free in the Nordstrom Parking located just 2-3 min walk from the place.

Smither Park – Its a very small park covered in mosaic made out of anything from dinner plates to street signs and fishing lures. Just a quick stop while heading to Galveston in a residential kind of neighbourhood.

We visited the Stewart beach in Galveston. You cannot really compare it to the beaches in Florida but It’s definitely a beautiful place to relax and rejuvenate as its not very crowded either. If you are into amusement park rides, Pleasure Pier has some lovely rides and entertainment for the entire family. It’s only open on weekends though.

Dinner at Dak & Bop with dessert at Coco Crepes

Dak and Bop has one of the crispiest fried chicken we have ever tasted. Bonus Tip: They have Wednesday Specials where you get 10 piece tenders and a draft beer for only $15. Its an amazing deal as their tenders are huge.

Finishing the tour with some delicious crepes. We got the Tres Leches crepe and the tropical smoothie. Both of which so tasty and satisfying.


Women’s Clothing :

Women’s Accessories :

The most versatile handbag I got from Teddy Blake – Linked Here

Toddler Outfits :

Mommy & Me :

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