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Items for your Houston summer bucket list

By Chiara Moretti     4/16/24 10:37pm

Whether you’re from Houston, working an internship or staying in town to do research, Houston has a variety of activities to keep you entertained this summer. Keeping these options on your radar will help you have a fun, relaxing summer before classes start back up in August. 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 

Located close to campus, the MFAH is a well-known attraction in Houston. Though there are permanent exhibits, new exhibits such as one featuring modern Japanese art will be opening this summer. Additionally, Rice students receive admission discounts at the front entrance of the MFAH, making it affordable and accessible. 



Surfside Beach 

Though this beach is outside of Houston, Surfside is about an hour away from campus. Just on the coast, Surfside offers clear water and a beautiful view of the H-town skyline. With restaurants, kayak rentals, bars and hotels nearby, this beach is a perfect place for the summer. 

Hermann Park 

This overlooked gem is conducive for a hot girl walk and admiring Houston’s nature. Hermann Park also offers boat tours Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at $14.50 for a 30-minute rental. In addition, the park recently added a Space City-themed playground ‒ perfect for those who want to embrace their inner child. 

Thrift Shopping

Thrifting is a great way to shop in an eco-friendly manner at a relatively low cost. Houston has no shortage of thrift stores, such as the Crossroads in Rice Village and multiple Goodwill locations. Thrift shopping is an effective way to spice up your summer wardrobe and impress your friends when we return in the fall. 

Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown

This open air theater provides an amazing night-time cinema experience with a gorgeous view of the city and sunset. With delicious drinks and food, this cinema plays a mix of movies from oldies to new releases. This cinema has multiple showings every night, providing many options for those with different tastes. 

The Montrose Market 

This vintage flea market features a variety of items to purchase, such as clothing and books. This weekend market provides an opportunity for small business owners to showcase their items. If you want to purchase cool vintage items, spend your time outdoors and support small businesses, then this pop-up is for you.

Pride Events 

Houston seeks to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and history during the month of June and even year-long. With over 20 Pride events, Houston offers various opportunities to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Houston 365’s 46th Annual Pride Festival and Parade — the biggest pride event in Houston — is set to take place on June 29 at Houston City Hall and includes a parade and festival. 



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