If you’re looking to make plans this Valentine’s Day we have a few suggestions for you to start with!
Eventbrite has pages and pages of events that you can get tickets to (some are free!) for Valentine’s Day in Houston. There are things for singles and couples!
The Official Visitors Site for Houston has some great ideas too!
For the Adventurous type:
The extreme sport of soaring uses sailplanes for motor-less flight so people can experience the feeling glide through the air. Located just east of Wallis, Texas, the Greater Houston Soaring Association offers gliding every weekend, weather permitting. Today’s sailplanes can fly for hours and cover great distances.
The experts at Galveston Fishing Guides have been casting lines in the waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for years. They know the hotspots for everything from redfish and trout to giant tarpon and sharks. Available for half day, full day and evening trips. While you’re down in Galveston check out Gaidos, a landmark for fantastic seafood, or Gumbo’s for Louisiana-style poboys.
Want to test your wakeboarding skills? You don’t have to hit the open water for a thrilling experience, just head south of Houston to Wake Nation. Set on a man-made lake, this attraction boasts 35-foot steel towers carrying a unique overhead cable system that allows riders to wakeboard, water skate, water ski, and kneeboard without a boat. Novices can start out on a practice pond while the pros take to the lake outfitted with custom-built jumps, grind rails, and sliders.
Located on a 134-acre airpark 25 minutes south of the 610 Loop,Skydive Spaceland offers classes, tandem and individual skydiving experiences with some of the best instructors in the industry. Do a first-time jump with a tandem instructor or spend a week in training and get your skydiving license. Skydive Spaceland is open seven days a week and can handle as many as 300 first-time jumpers each day. The facility also welcomes large groups.
Ready, Aim, Fire
Whether you’re an expert marksman or a novice, shooting sporting clays is a great time. A game designed to simulate wing shooting of various game birds, sporting clays is set up a lot like golf, with various stations around a course where clay targets are thrown in pairs. This is just one of the activities available at American Shooting Centers in West Houston’s George Bush Park, which also offers skeet shooting and rifle and pistol bulls-eye shooting.
Ever want to see who would fare better in a combat situation, you or your buddies? Well whether you’re a paintball pro or a complete novice, you’ll get a full-throttle experience at Urban Warzone–and figure out who can really hack it in war. As you navigate the field and the various bunkers, you’ll get that adrenaline rush you crave.
Rock the Cradle
If you dream of riding bowls, grinding rails, or cutting and sweeping through the largest cradle in the world, don’t miss the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. Designed by the premiere skatepark firm Gridline, this state-of-the-art, public 30,000 square-foot in-ground skate park is the first world-class, in-ground skatepark in the Houston region. If bigger is better, head north to Spring and conquer the United States largest free skate park,Greenspoint Spring Skatepark. At 72,000 square-feet, the park includes a competition-scale Texas bowl featuring a full pipe, a 12-foot vertical ramp, a 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips. In addition, there is a section designed to emulate the street-skating experience and will have ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles.
With 42 top rope stations and a dedicated bouldering area, Texas Rock Gym draws climbing enthusiasts from across the region to its West Houston facility. Texas Rock Gym offers a wide assortment of classes and clinics for climbers as well as team building activities and organized programs for schools, companies and other groups. Visitors can access Texas Rock Gym on a day pass or an ongoing membership. A series of packages and add-on extras such as shoe rental are also available.
Play with the Ponies
For a little open air fun on horseback, head north to Humble’s Cypress Trails stables. This established equestrian center is open seven days a week for endurance and pleasure riding and offers rides by the hour or for longer periods and also provides lessons in general horsemanship and competitive riding.
For the Romantic in you:
Picnic in the Park: (Feb. 13) – Take a stroll in Hermann Park and enjoy live music, a catered three-course picnic and even a pedal boat ride. Tickets are limited and reservations are needed.
Dining by Candlelight: Love means never having to say “I’m hungry.” At least that’s the takeaway from the many Houston restaurants offering mouth-watering menus for Valentine’s Day this year. Whether it’s seafood you’re craving or steak, Italian or Mexican, there’s something for every couple’s taste on the table
For the Big Spender:
Wine before dine: Skip the trip to Napa and head for the hills-Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail offers oenophiles spectacular views and award-winning wines not far from the heart of Houston. Located between I-45 and U.S. Highway 290, visitors will find seven wineries spread out over the state’s beautiful landscape.
Award winning restaurants: The best of the best- But don’t take our word for it. Houston’s restaurants are consistently being recognized by Bon Appetit and beyond. Read on for some of the city’s most-loved spots.
Haute hotels in the city: Houston’s spoiled when it comes to stylish hotels–from modern properties with a hopping social scene to the innovative and eco-friendly. Read on for the scoop on those with a fresh new look and even more that we have to look forward to.
The Beloved on a Budget:
Things to do: Spend your day exploring Houston’s hotspots, while saving big with a well-edited list of the city’s most-loved free things to do. Fortunately, for locals and visitors alike, several of Houston’s most memorable attractions won’t break the bank, in fact they won’t even cost a dime.
Cheap Eats: Meals that won’t break the bank. No matter what you’re craving, there are plenty of affordable options to choose from in Houston. Check out these wallet-friendly stand outs in a neighborhood near you.
For the Singles:
Take a cooking class: Dinner for one? Make it a delicious one. Be a star in the kitchen and learn the secrets to preparing fabulous dishes from some of Houston’s culinary masters.
Athena Golf Club & American Shooting Centers: Grab your single friends and set your sights on something other than Valentine’s Day. While Cupid’s busy taking aim at hearts, you and your friends can take aim at a bullseye.
Spa Day: Rest, relax and rejuvenate this Valentine’s Day at one of the city’s many top-notch salons and spas. From blow-dry bars and hotel retreats to nail spas and make-up salons, Houston is chock-full of beautifying escapes and stress-relieving sanctuaries. Want to know where to go to unwind? The possibilities are endless so sit back, relax and just say spaaaah…
Your missing link: Mixers & Elixers (Feb. 13) – Mingle with other smart hearts while enjoying music and drinks at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Who knows, you might just find your missing link.
For the Family:
Kid Friendly restaurants: With more than 8,000 restaurants to choose from in the Houston area, it can be daunting trying to find a spot that’s kid tested and parent approved. While plenty of well-known, national chains dot the city’s landscape-Chili’s, Rainforest Café and iHop, among others-there are just as many uniquely-Houston options that are certain to please. Check out the local spots that score big in H-Town.
Kids incorporated: There are endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. From boat tours on Buffalo Bayou to one of the top children’s museums in the U.S., Houston offers endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. Plan a visit and treat your family to one of the city’s fun-filled, action-packed adventures that are as entertaining as they are educational.
Chocolate? Flowers? Romance?!? Yuck. If you’re not a fan of the traditional trappings of datings, try one of these ideas. The city is jam-packed with unique, must-see sites and experiences to enjoy. Think you’ve got Houston figured out? Think again. Spend your Valentine’s Day off the beaten path.
Love Sux Party: The theme speaks for itself. Head to Howl at the Moon with a picture of your ex-boyfriend (in pieces) and admission is free. Singletons and couples alike are welcome to join in for great Anti-Valentines drink specials and Love Sux games with $500 in cash and prizes for the taking!
Food trucks: No reservations necessary at these laid back food joints. From cupcakes to chicken and waffles, crepes to pocket pies, just about anything your taste buds desire is being served on wheels, and without the uncomfortable trappings of relationship defining Valentine’s Day dinners.
Bowling: Group dates take the pressure off the “love stuff”. So gather a league of friends for an upscale approach to bowling with large, flat-screen TVs, a VIP cocktail lounge, premium stereo system and a well-heeled catering menu.