It’s the coldest part of the year in Houston. Although there’s no snow, the frigid weather can keep you indoors. Don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying a magical winter holiday. We’ve listed some fun things you can do around Houston to fight off the winter blues.

 

Visit Buffalo Bayou Park

Houston’s answer to Central Park, the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park is one the best places you can visit during the winter months. This beautiful park is full of all kinds of places to explore. You can run, ride your bike, roller blade, play with your dog or just hang out in the sun. The park runs parallel to the Allen Parkway, with a river running through the middle of the park.

 

Hop on the Spirit of the Bayou

Explore Houston through the bayou by hopping aboard the Spirit of the Bayou, Buffalo Bayou Park’s pontoon boat. This cruise is a great way to relax, and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along the waterways. Be greeted by the sight of graceful herons, jumping fish and even the occasional alligator lazing on the banks.

 

Eat oysters

Wondering what’s the big deal about eating oysters in season? Well, January, February and March are the best months to enjoy oyster because they’re more delicious. Enjoy them in restaurants like Captain Benny’s, Goode Co. Seafood, SaltAir, and Tony Mandola’s.

 

Go stargazing at George Observatory

If you like gazing at the stars and planets, then the George Observatory is the place for you. Located inside Brazos Bend State Park, the George Observatory is one of Houston’s popular attractions. It’s a perfect place for families, and astronomy enthusiasts.

 

Go ice-skating at Ice at the Galleria

You can shop then skate because the Ice Rink is located in the food court level of the Houston Galleria Mall, one of Houston’s premiere malls. This is the perfect place to skate the blues away.

 

Sip hot chocolate at Cacao and Cardamom

Annie Rupani’s hot chocolate is so rich and decadent that it will take two people to finish a cup. Made from ingredients sourced from Venezuela, Bolivia and Madagascar, Cacao and Cardamom’s chocolate is a treat for the senses. It comes in exotic flavors like Szechuan peppercorn, garam masala pistachio, and lychee basil.

Cheer the runners of the Houston Marathon

To be held on the second week of January, the Houston Marathon is one of the city’s most awaited events of the year. Watch from the sidelines and cheer on the runners.

 

Enjoy cold-weather food

Winter is the time to truly enjoy hearty meals that beat the winter chill. Enjoy Houston favorites like: Pozole – pork and hominy soup with cilantro, onions, lime and toastadas

Boeuf aux olives – beef stew in a hearty tomato and red wine sauce with green olives

Moules bisque – mussels steamed in bisque, cognac and cream, served with frites

 

Do you know other interesting haunts this winter? Write us a comment.