Houston is an exceptional town known for its friendly atmosphere and forward-thinking culture. Many people flock to Houston annually for vacation, entertainment, and an escape from their daily routines. However, if you’re from Houston, or just want an authentic experience when visiting, the typical tourist attractions might not be ideal for you. To truly experience Houston, it is best to know some fun locations that aren’t often advertised. Read on to learn about our suggestions for the top five places you’ve probably never been to in Houston.
Beneath Houston is a system of underground tunnels about 20 feet under downtown that spans about six miles. Although it began as a tunnel connecting movie theaters years ago, today the tunnel system includes restaurants, service retail, and connects over 95 city blocks. The only direct access point from the street to the tunnel system is Wells Fargo Plaza and McKinney Garage (pictured above). The tunnels are best described as giant hallways, connecting towers and downtown Houston businesses. However, they also house many small businesses and shops. There are even a few eateries in the tunnels for a quick meal.
This map of the tunnels is a great resource to have if you want to make use of them, or just go check out what there is. For more information about downtown Houston, call 713-650-3022.
Houston’s oldest and largest independently owned bookstore, Becker’s Books, is a wall-to-wall joy for the bibliophile. Specializing in antique and secondhand books only, Becker’s sits in a humble building off of I-10and has been Houston’s go-to secondhand bookstore since 1993. Lined from floor to ceiling with books, a reader’s dream is hidden within the walls. But even if you aren’t a book lover, you’ll appreciate the warm smell of cookies and old leather books as you walk in. The cookies, made fresh daily, help to add a touch of magic to this unique place.
You’ll find this vast collection of reading material at 7405 Westview Drive. Becker’s Book is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Whether you’re looking for a $2 paperback or a one-of-a-kind $1000 manuscript, Becker’s Books has a book for everyone to get lost in. For information, call 713-957-8088 or email [email protected]
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a special and important treasure hidden within the Houston city limits. With an aim to extend public knowledge of the achievements of “all the nation’s African-American armed forces personnel” by sharing stories, artifacts, and contributions of African-Americans in the military, the museum offers educational programs that engage families and teach the history of the Buffalo Soldiers.
A must-see exhibit, “Women Who Served and Cathay Williams,” celebrates the contributions of Cathay Williams, a female Buffalo Soldier who enlisted under the name William Cathy and served for two years until she fell ill, and her true gender was discovered during an examination. Although she was discharged, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum celebrates her as having made way for women to serve in the armed forces today.
While you’re there, also check out the Technology Wall. Basins, buckets, pots, an outdoor waterspout, and various other domestic tools sit in a case for viewing. The displayed tools, machinery, and mechanisms used in the 19th and 20th centuries serve as a testament to how far we have developed as a civilization.
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is in the heart of the museum district at 3816 Caroline St. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the website for ticket prices and special events. For information, or to learn about reserving the venue for your special event, call 713-942-8920.
The National Museum of Funeral History is a unique educational experience that provides something new for everyone. Home to America’s largest collection of authentic and historical funeral service items, the National Museum of Funeral History serves as a great and emotionally neutral area for children to learn about caskets, hearses, coffins, and the science of embalming. There are 16 fascinating and permanent exhibits for guests to visit.
Be sure to check out The History of Embalming to help young learners see the evolution of the process. Another exhibit, which is known for its beautiful colors, is “Japanese Funerals.” Visitors see how other cultures honor the lives of those who have passed. One special exhibit you don’t want to miss if you are in the area is the “New Funeral Artifact Collection.’ This showcases the death mask of General Robert E. Lee, signed photographs from Marilyn Monroe’s famous “Last Sitting,” and one of only five generational hair wreaths in existence today.
The museum is ready to welcome anyone at 415 Barren Springs Drive. Adult general admission tickets are $10, while children 6-11 are $7 each. The museum offers a senior citizen discount and children five and under enter for free. For information or to learn how to rent the museum for your special event, call 281-876-3063.
Looming in front of the Texas Pipe and Supply Company is a collection of steel creatures in Eclectic Menagerie Park. The park, located on the Rubenstein Family’s property, features a collection of 26 immense sculptures. This open-aired public museum features many handmade metal sculptures by local and famous artists. The sculptures are hand-picked by the Rubenstein family and line the edge of the yard along 288 South and Bellfort Street. A passersby can see a giant armadillo, spider, hippo, and various other creatures.
Because the sculptures are located on private property, the public is discouraged from entering the grounds. However, you can easily admire them from the road. On TX-288 South, take the first exit after 610. Drive parallel along the highway and you’ll see the sculptures on your right. So there you have it. MAXIM Hair Restoration in Houston has just shared with you our suggestions for the top five places you’ve probably never been to in Houston. Even if you live in Houston, these rarely known locations offer a great experience and opportunity to make lasting memories. What do you think of our list? Did we miss your favorite hidden gem in Houston? Let us know! Leave a message and we’ll be happy to check out your ideas. Meanwhile, check out our gallery to learn how our services helped others. Then, get a quick online assessment to begin your journey!