I’m really excited to interview Haley Fountain of Holistic in Houston about Houston, Texas. Haley’s tips for the best things to do in Houston are awesome because she’s a Houston native and loves the melting pot of food flavors from its diverse cultures and ethnicities. Houston has a growing economy where your money goes far.

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Best things to do in Houston Texas Haley Fountain NASA space center courtesy of Enlightening Images on Pixabay
Stop by the Lyndon B Johnson NASA space center. Photo courtesy of Enlightening Images on Pixabay

Houston, Texas

Houston is known for oil drilling and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, home to NASA astronaut training & flight control complex. What you might not know is that it is the most populous city in Texas and 4th-largest in the United States. Houston also is home to the 2nd-most Fortune 500 companies (after New York City).

Haley says that you should visit Houston in the spring (February to May) for the best weather. It can be very hot and humid in the summer. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is in the spring, and it is a sight to behold when bulls and cowboys roll through the middle of town. Houston is a foodie paradise and Houston Restaurant Weeks happen from early August to late September. It is a perfect opportunity to explore the variety of culinary delights available in Houston.

Throughout the year, there are many festivals and events that visitors shouldn’t miss. There’s Mardi Gras Galveston and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest in February, the Houston Children’s Festival in April, and the Wings Over Houston Airshow in October. And, when you’re in the Christmas mood, Houston has you covered with Dickens on the Strand, Holiday lights in Houston, and more.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Houston, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. The Houston CityPass saves 47% at the city’s five top attractions. The pass includes access to Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, and Kemah Boardwalk.

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Best things to do in Houston Texas Haley Fountain Nam Giao
Sample the variety of ethnic foods in Houston, such as this dish from Nam Giao

Getting around Houston

The local airport is William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), which is a twenty-minute drive to downtown.

Haley says that, even if you’re staying downtown, you should still rent a car. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. And I’ve personally found the downtown area very walkable.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Houston Texas Haley Fountain The Dandelion Fountain courtesy of semperfistar on Pixabay
The Dandelion Fountain is popular with both locals and visitors. Photo courtesy of semperfistar on Pixabay

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Haley Fountain about Houston, Texas. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Houston, Texas
  • Green dots = best things to do in Houston, Texas
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Houston, Texas

Who is Haley Fountain?

Haley Fountain is a Holistic Health Coach, model/actress, blogger, foodie, and founder of Holistic In Houston, a blog dedicated to helping you live your best life, body, mind & soul. Haley grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, and graduated from the University of Houston. She loves to travel but is proud to call Houston home.

As a native of Houston, Haley loves supporting local businesses in Houston and encouraging her audience to do the same. You can find her at the local farmer’s market or trying a new restaurant in Houston’s incredibly diverse food scene.

Best things to do in Houston Texas Haley Fountain

Here are a few stories Haley has been featured in:

You can connect with Haley on her website and on Facebook and Instagram.

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Best things to do in Houston Texas Haley Fountain Herman Park Zoo courtesy of F Muhammad on Pixabay
Stop by the Herman Park Zoo and ride the train. Photo courtesy of F Muhammad on Pixabay

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