If you’ve already been attending Houston Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, chances are you’re ready to socially integrate without the use of alcohol. Especially with bars, restaurants, and clubs everywhere, it can sometimes seem that there’s no good way to enjoy yourself without drinking. Then if you are dating someone who does not like to drink, then sober dating ideas are crucial. There are some great sober dating ideas at DaysOut.com so check those out, as they are very useful indeed.
However, sobriety doesn’t have to be dull, boring, and colorless. The city of Houston has every imaginable activity on tap for you – including some excellent sober bars and activities that are perfect for those who aren’t yet comfortable with living a life completely alcohol-free. Here are 8 of our favorite things to do in the city:
Visit the museum district
Houston is home to a huge number of world-class museums – from the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection which features works by Monet, Matisse, Mondrian, and Picasso to smaller venues like The Health Museum for kids. You can even find something more quirky like the Beer Can House.
Check out the Houston Aquarium
If you’re looking for an activity that’s family-friendly but still cool enough for adults then it doesn’t get much better than heading down to see our local feathered friends at Moody Gardens including penguins (and did we mention Stingrays?)!
Enjoy the Theater District
And while you’re in downtown, head to one of Houston’s newest theater venues like The Hobby Center for a show. In addition to Broadway touring shows and musicals, there are also smaller productions happening all around town from Shakespeare at Miller Outdoor Theatre to improv comedy nights with Second City on Washington Avenue. You can find the best standup comedians at newstandupcomedy.com that’ll have you on the floor rolling around laughing.
Golfing without drinking? It may sound crazy but it can actually be really fun! There are several excellent public courses – including Redstone Golf Club where Tiger Woods used to play as a kid – that offer discounted rates during certain hours for walking players only. But if you want something more scenic that’s steeped in Texas history, then try hitting up Brackenridge Park golf course which was built using land donated by the family of former President George Brackenridge.
Go to a concert
Take in some live music at one of Houston’s many venues Whether it’s jazz, rap, blues, or country you’re looking for there are plenty of options to choose from! The House of Blues is always a good choice for rock and roll while Continental Club on Main focuses more on rootsy tunes like folk and Americana. Take the ferry to Crystal Beach If you’re looking for a scenic and inexpensive day trip then look no further than the Bolivar Ferry. From there it’s just 25 minutes on Highway 87 to Crystal Beach where you can spend an afternoon hiking, sand-boarding (yes, sandboarding), or simply enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer – like watching dolphins swim in Galveston Bay.
And of course, if your budget allows, Island Pier is always worth checking out too. Here you’ll find some excellent seafood restaurants along with miniature golfing and go-karts for kids while adults relax at one of their many bars which don’t serve alcohol because they are located “outside city limits.”
See an Astros game at Minute Maid Park
One of the best things about living in Houston is that the city has a major league baseball team – The Astros! And while you can always catch them during Spring Training, it’s often more fun to head over for an actual game at Minute Maid Park. You’ll find great food and non-alcoholic drink choices, including freshly squeezed lemonade from local company Texas T Sweet Tea which comes with free refills all season long. These restaurants in Rice Village, Texas are good for your lunch, dinner or late night food. Plus there are games like Batting Practice, where fans get to run out on the field before a big match up or even meet one of their favorite players after the final out.
Go camping…or go zip lining!
For those looking for something more active then why not try going camping? There are great national and state parks all around, such as Buffalo Bayou Park, where you can camp. But if you’re not a fan of outdoorsy activities then check out the new zip-line canopy tour at Discovery Green. The park also offers activities for kids like free dance parties or kite-making workshops for little ones.
The city of Houston is full of fun, alcohol-free activities to enjoy with friends and family. From concerts at the House of Blues to camping in Buffalo Bayou Park, there are many things you can do without drinking alcohol. If your goal is to stay sober then check out these options for a fun weekend!