Weekend Recap: Tiny Tour & Taste of Houston

For those of you who have been to Houston or have lived in Houston, you understand that Houston cannot completely be seen in just a few days. Houston is one of the largest cities in the nation ranking in at #4 on the list! Andrew’s parents decided to visit us this summer so ultimately came up with a list of must-do’s based off their personal enjoyments!

Friday

While I was at work, Andrew and his parents went to explore NASA! Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's center for human spaceflight activities! Space Center Houston offers a Starship Gallery, the Independence Plaza, the NASA Tram Tour, an Astronaut Gallery, and my personal favorite, the International Space Station Gallery! I purchased the tickets through Groupon(click here to read about Groupon).

We grabbed dinner at Irma’s Southwest Grill near Minute Maid Park! Irma’s Southwest Grill was a causal restaurant serving authentic Mexican food. The menu is extremely simple with just a few options including Carne Guisada, Pork Carnitas and Chile Relleno but it also incorporates Texas Wild Game! It was a great dinner before a baseball game!

Andrew and I bought tickets for the Astro’s game for us to attend Friday evening! The Houston Astros are having a huge turnaround this season! They are in better form than the Cubs and the Indians! On Friday, the Astro’s played the Angels are defeated them in their weekend series.

The game on Friday started out pretty slow but by the fifth inning, the crowd found excitement by the first run of the game by Houston Astro,  Preston Tucker. The Astro’s won 2-1 against the Angels. Woohoo!!

Saturday

A while back before I knew that Andrew’s parents were coming to Texas, I bought a Groupon(click here to learn more about Groupon) for the 39th Annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows! I remembering watching the Dog Show on television as a child so it was great to actually have the experience live! There were dogs of all breeds and so many vendors! There were Grooming Contest, Agility Competition, Musical Freestyle, Breed Judging, and so much more!

While in the Market Square area, we stopped at Niko Niko’s for lunch. When my momma was in town, we discovered this authentic restaurant and completely fell head over heels!  Niko Niko’s is a Classic Greek restaurant that draws a large crowd at a no-frill spot serving gyros, cabbage rolls & more.

Andrew and I have recently fel in love with watching plays since we moved to Houston and we wanted to share that experience with his family. I purchased the play tickets at Alley Theatre for AGATHA CHRISTIE'S SPIDER'S WEB. The play was a treasured classic, award-winning comedy, an international thriller and a fantastic production! The experience is truly fascinating and remarkable.

Sunday

We decided to adventure south of Houston towards Bolivar Peninsula through Galveston Island. We took the Galveston-Bolivar ferry over to the peninsula after waiting in a long car line. The Peninsula doesn’t have much to offer… mostly beach rentals, a handful of restaurants, and the Point Bolivar Lighthouse. The historic lighthouse was built in 1872. It served for 61 years before being retired in 1933, when its function was replaced by a different light. We grabbed lunched at Steve’s Landing Restaurant which was located right on the water. If you are ever in Bolivar, you must stop at Steve’s Landing!

After another line for the ferry, we were back in Galveston Island. We headed to the strand! “The Strand Historic District, also known as the Strand District, in downtown Galveston, Texas, is a National Historic Landmark District of mainly Victorian era buildings that now house restaurants, antique stores, and curio shops”.

I had been dying to try La Kings Confectionery! La King's features a working 1920's soda fountain serving malts, shakes, ice cream sodas, sundaes, splits, floats and your favorite fountain treats. They also proudly make and serve "Purity" ice cream which is Texas' first ice cream manufacturer, founded in 1889 on Galveston Island. La King also has an in-house candy maker, who delights the crowds with his old time specialties like Peanut and Peco Brittle, Divinity, Pecan Pralines, Hand-Dipped Chocolates, Fudge and their famous Salt Water Taffy, made right before your eyes, on antique equipment. I plan to a full review of the confectionery very soon so stay tuned to hear more!

Our weekend was full of a tiny piece of what Houston has to offer!