Whether you’ve just started thinking about moving to Houston or are already committed to going, you probably have a million questions (give or take a few).
If you’re wondering how much moving will cost, get a free quote from multiple moving companies to help you find a professional mover who fits your needs and budget. And if you’re wondering what it’s like to live in Houston, read these top FAQs about the city’s cultural scene, employment opportunities, and more.
What do Houstonians do for fun and excitement?
The choices seem endless. You can find almost everything for fun and amusement in Houston, except for maybe a winter carnival. At NASA’s Space Center Houston, you can explore the universe. The Houston Zoo offers a fun learning experience while fostering an appreciation for the natural world. The Downtown Aquarium is an amazing blend of restaurant, amusement park, and marine life exhibits.
Annual events include the month-long Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Art Car Parade, the Texas Renaissance Festival, and the pop culture festival Comicpalooza.
There is also some head-tilting architecture to marvel at in Houston. Modern structures like the JPMorgan Chase Tower, Williams Tower, and Bank of American Center make downtown Houston’s skyline a wonder in itself.
If you’re a professional sports fan, you’ll find your fields of dreams at Minute Maid Park for Astros baseball, the Toyota Center for Rockets basketball, or NRG Stadium for Texans football.
Are the restaurants as great as they say?
In a word, yes—and so much more. Of course, you’ll find hundreds of Tex-Mex restaurants and taco trucks. Houston boasts of 10,000 restaurants, which offer choices from 70 different countries. You’ll also find plenty of Creole food, including crawfish, gumbo, and jambalaya. And you can try out two cuisines at once with fusions like Vietnamese/Tex-Mex or Korean/Tex-Mex (they may sound odd, but they’re truly delicious!).
Whether it’s a chain restaurant, a local watering hole, a coffee house, or fine dining, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in and around Houston. If you’d like to sample a lot of food in a short period of time, check out Houston Restaurant Weeks, from August 1 through Labor Day. You can explore a plethora of dining options, often at lower prices—all while benefiting the Houston Food Bank.
How about culture and history?
With more than 20 different venues, the Houston Museum district has something for every interest. For fun and education, you can explore the Children’s Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Museum of Fine Arts.
What are some of the major employers in Houston?
The Texas Medical Center employs more than 100,000 people throughout its massive complex. Other top companies that employ 100,000 or more include the Memorial Hermann Health System, Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, and National Oilwell Varco.
Are there a lot of parks in Houston?
There is definitely no shortage of parks, scenic trails, and wide open spaces in Houston. You can hike, bike, walk, curl up with a good book—anything that gives you a needed break from the daily grind.
You’ll find small parks in Midtown and the Heights. If you’re looking for larger green spaces, check out Memorial Park near the Galleria, Hermann Park close to the Med Center, or George Bush Park near the Energy Corridor. There’s also Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou, and White Oak Park trails. If you enjoy water sports, Houston is near several lakes, public beaches, reservoirs, rivers, and, of course, the Gulf of Mexico.
You’ll be happy to know that Houston welcomes both you and your pooch. In fact, there are parks especially for dogs and their owners, such as Millie Bush Dog Park. Need a place for your best friend to cool down? Rummy’s Beach Club has a private pool just for dogs. After you and Rover have worked up an appetite, you can finish your day at one of Houston’s pet-friendly restaurants.
What is the climate like in Houston?
If you’ve had more than your share of biting cold and winter snowstorms, Houston is a great place to live, as it stays pretty warm throughout all four seasons. For much of the year, the temperature is over 70 °F. In the coolest three months, December through February, you’ll still enjoy temperatures in the 50s. So not only does Houston offer rich culture and wonderful green spaces, but it also has a climate that lets you enjoy these attractions year round.
Sound alluring? If you’re ready to start planning your move to Houston, get a quote for professional, experienced moving services today.