“Like H-Town in the summertime, I keep it 100”, declared Toronto-native Audrey Graham aka Drake as he gives a shout out to the sizzling hot Bayou City. Houston, Texas is a huge and diverse mecca for all cultures. Paper City reported the battle between Jersey City and Houston in which studies proved that Houston is indeed the most diverse large city for clarity (sorry New Jerseyans). H-town’s population has grown from 5.92 million in 2010 to 6.89 million in 2017. As of 2017, it had the third largest undocumented immigration population in the country (behind New York and Los Angeles). In that same year, the Houston metropolitan statistical area’s population reached 6,892,427. The large city is the closest to having a population comprising of one-fourth Asian, one-fourth Latino, one-fourth African-American and one-fourth Anglo. Fort Bend County, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, and Missouri City, the most diverse suburb in Houston are testaments to H-Town’s diversity.
Houston is massive and therefore there is a plethora of things to do. There are fun activities for the entire family. My favorite tourist attraction is the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park located in Downtown Houston. This wall is an Instagram and Facebook selfie haven. It’s surreal and a very calming place on a hot day (Houston is always hot!).
Free parking can be hard to find there so park in the parking garage across the street form the park or come real early for street parking. You can even check out the beautiful high rise buildings in the nearby area.
Another fun thing to do is to visit the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park. When I attended the garden, there was an entrance fee. However, it is completely free to enter now (whats’ better than free!?). It is a beautiful lush garden with original concepts of Japanese landscape by designer Ken Nakajima. My initial impression was how gorgeous this garden is. There are shrubs and trees in true Japanese style and bamboo fences making it a very scenic and cultural atmosphere. I have visited several Japanese gardens across the United States and this one is one of my favorites. Houston does get very hot and humid so I advise to bring a lot of water to stay hydrated.
After visiting the Japanese Garden, you can explore the Hermann Park. Hermann Park is huge and will probably take a full day to explore the entire park. Upon entering the park, I stumbled across the McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Garden Pavillion. The site was amazing and breathtaking. Houston is so diverse and has something for the entire family.
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