There’s no time like spring time to get out and get active in Houston.
We’ve got some great suggestions this month for walking and biking tours to help you discover more about the Houston Heights, Houston, Montrose, Midtown and more.
Here are two ways to discover the Houston Heights.
Over the last 20 years the Houston Heights area has transformed into one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Houston area. Here are two ways to get out and active in Houston Heights:
1. Houston Heights Home and Garden Tour for 2015
First up is the Houston Heights Home and Garden tour. This is a fun way to discover the eclectic lifestyle of the Houston Heights neighborhood from the inside out. Six different homes will be on display both Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12th, from noon to 6 PM. Save five dollars by buying your ticket in advance at www.houstonheights.org
2. Guided Bicycle Tour of the Houston Heights
There’s a lot to see the Houston Heights and bicycling is a great way to do it. Bring your own bike and join this bicycle tour on Thursday, May 14 at 6 PM. Be sure to make a reservation; spaces are limited. Meet at the Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library (1302 Heights Boulevard) Tour costs is $10. Get more information.
Here are five walking tours to help you discover Houston.
Walking tours are great way to see more of city we live in, meet new people and get in a little good exercise and fresh air to boot.
1. University of Houston Art and Architecture Campus Tour
Get an inside view of the architecture and art installations at the University of Houston this coming Saturday, April 11 at 10 AM. Meet at the Moore School of Music, 4800 Calhoun Road. Tour cost is $10. Get more information.
2. afterWARDS Architecture Tour of Houston’s Wards and Beyond
The Rice Design Alliance conducts its own architecture tour each spring. This year you can check out nine different houses spread across each of the original six Houston wards. The tour takes place on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 at 1 PM. To participate, join the Rices Design Alliance, it’s $40 a year. Get more information.
3. Get to Know Our Neighborhood in This Museum District Walking Tour
Houston’s Museum District is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the city. Take an evening walk this coming Thursday, April 16 at 6 PM. Meet at the Cullen Sculpture Garden across from the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (5101 Montrose Boulevard). Tour cost is $10. Get more information.
4. Discover Houston’s Public Art in This Urban Art Tour II
Ever wanted to know the back story behind some of Houston’s most interesting public art displays? Check out this urban art tour on Saturday, April 18 at 10 AM. View artworks by Jean Debuffet, Margo Sawyer, Paul Kittleson and more. Tour costs $10. Get more information.
5. Discover Houston’s Iconic Skyscrapers in This Towers and Trees Downtown Walking Tour.
The Houston skyline was transformed during the skyscraper boom of the 1970s and 1980s. Explore the architecture between Herman square and Discovery Green on Saturday, April 25 at 10 AM. Meet on the northeast corner of Smith and McKinney (901 Smith Street). Tour cost $10. Get more information.
Ready for one final suggestion? The Rockin’ Rollin’ Prints Event hosted by Print Matters is on Sunday April 19 at 10 AM – 5 PM.
This event is one of our favorites. Haven’t heard of it? Check it out this year. It’s the fifth annual Rockin’ Rollin’ Prints event hosted by Print Matters in the parking lot of Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
How does it work? Over the past few weeks, local area artists have been preparing hand carved woodblocks for printing, some as large as 3 x 5 feet!
You need a pretty big press to make woodblock prints that large… that’s where the Rollin’ part comes in. Rather than passing the woodblocks through a large print press, they use a two-ton steamroller to drive over the inked woodblock to make the print impression.
It’s quite a festive atmosphere. Enjoy a beer from Saint Arnold’s and and check out the display of final artist prints upstairs in the great hall.
Takes place Saturday April 19 at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave. (North of University Houston Downtown) Spectator entry fee is free but you can help support the event by buying a beer with a commemorative glass that’s yours to keep for $10. Get more information.