We are so excited for the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship PEAK Youth Conference this July 20-23 in Downtown Houston 🤠. We've put together a list of fun places, where to get a bite to eat and which hole-in-the-walls have that late night, yummy coffee.
There are so many fun things to do downtown that you won't have time to do them all!
Some of the activities are free, or very inexpensive. Others require a ticket or pass and may not be available for this weekend, so check ahead if you're interested. Let's get started!
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat lunch, Hermann Square is just two blocks away from the convention center. There are several restaurants and food trucks located in the square, as well as a small park with a fountain in the middle of downtown Houston. The park is a great place to hang out with friends or meet up before heading back to the conference. It’s also within walking distance from where you’ll be staying at Downton Houston!
The Highlight at Houston Center
Houston Center is a large office complex, but there’s one place that’s even better than its shiny offices and cafes—the Highlight at Houston Center. The Highlight is a 3,000 square foot rooftop park on the 5th floor with great views of downtown Houston and surrounding areas. You can enjoy the view from benches or play on the lawn in between watching planes fly overhead. There’s also a large chess set on the lawn for you to challenge yourself or your friends to match wits!
The best part about The Highlight at Houston Center? It has a ton of fast casual restaurants like Shake Shack and Chipotle within walking distance for those times when you get hungry after playing chess. You can also grab some coffee from Starbucks or tea from Teavana if you need something relaxing after trying out each other's strategies in this game of kings!
Lucky Strike Houston
Lucky Strike Houston is the perfect place to spend some time with friends new and old. With bowling, arcade games, and more food and drinks than you can imagine—this is definitely a favorite place!
When you visit Lucky Strike Houston there are so many fun things to do. You can bowl, play darts or billiards, play shuffleboard and even shoot pool! There’s something for everyone at this venue. We recommend trying all the different activities while you’re here but if we had to choose just one thing it would be bowling because who doesn’t love rolling balls down a lane?
Day 6 Coffee Co.
Day 6 Coffee is located in downtown Houston and has an industrial, modern vibe. The baristas are friendly.
They offer a wide variety of traditional coffee drinks like lattes, mochas and americanos as well as specialty drinks like the Sparkling Honey Rose Latte which features a lavender rose syrup with honey. If you're more into straight-up espresso they have that too! To satisfy your sweet tooth they have baked goods from local bakeries on display in the case near the register. They also have free Wifi!
If you're looking for somewhere to hang out with friends this is a great spot because it's open late (until 11pm Tuesday through Saturday). It's got plenty of seating inside but also has outdoor seating if you want some fresh air while working on your laptop or catching up on emails while sipping some java.
The Houston Aquarium is located at 1 Aquarium Way, and it's open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM every day of the year. As an added bonus, if you visit on a Wednesday, admission is just $10!
The aquarium houses more than 60 different species of fish and other aquatic life in its extensive collection. Some of these animals include seahorses, jellyfish, sharks, rays and more—plus there are plenty of exhibits that give visitors an insight into how marine life interacts with one another in their natural habitats (for example: there's an exhibit where guests can observe nurse sharks eating food). The galleries throughout the building also have interactive displays designed for children so they can get up close with some real sea creatures without actually getting wet!
Market Square Park
The Market Square Park is a great place to get some fresh air and explore. It's also home to several local food trucks, so you can enjoy some amazing eats while you're there. The park also hosts an arts and crafts market every first Saturday of each month, so you can pick up a souvenir for your friends back home.
The history of this area goes all the way back to when it was used as a trading center for Native Americans. Later, it became a meeting place for cowboys who were herding cattle on cattle drives from Texas ranches to Kansas railroads. After that, it was used as a campground during World War II.
Today's Market Square Park shows off its past with historical markers throughout the park (and even on top of buildings).
Discovery Green Park
Discovery Green Park is a 12-acre urban park in the heart of downtown Houston. It's verdant landscape and art installations make it a great place to visit with friends and family. They also have several water features that are fun for all ages!
Buffalo Bayou Park
As a local, I know that Buffalo Bayou Park is the perfect place to take visitors. The park has many trails, as well as an off-leash dog park and athletic fields. There are also fountains, a boat house and areas for picnicking. If you're interested in biking or history, you'll love the beautiful sculpture garden located at the end of the trail.
There are even more things to do in Downton Houston during WPF PEAK Youth Conference!
The Water Wall
The Water Wall is a popular tourist attraction in Houston. It's a fountain that looks like a waterfall, and it’s located in Discovery Green Park.
The park itself is beautiful, with lots of trees and grassy lawns to run around on. There are also lots of things to do here: you can play volleyball or soccer, go rowing on one of their paddle boats, climb a rock wall or play mini golf (if you’re into that kind of thing). You could even rent some bikes from the bike rental kiosk in front of the entrance and ride around!
If you have time after checking out all these attractions, I recommend taking some time out just relaxing by sitting at one of the tables near the edge of this giant pool full of water. You might also want to try taking some pictures with your friends here too because it makes for pretty good photo opportunities!
Avenida Houston is a great place to hang out with friends and have fun.
There is lots of cool stuff to see and do here, including:
A water park
A huge indoor playground for kids
An ice skating rink (only open during the winter)
Public Transportation around Downtown
Public transportation is also an option for getting around Downtown Houston. The METRORail light rail system runs every 8-10 minutes from 5am-11pm on weekdays, with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 1am; major stops include Main Street Square (the Convention Center), Discovery Green Park, McKinney Avenue T Station (near Market Square Park), and the George Brown Convention Center.
That's our list. If you know of others, comment below and leave your suggestion! 🙋🏻♂️