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October 18, 2022 by Ana de Guzman

With favorable weather year-round, Houston boasts beautiful scenery throughout the city limits. Are you new to the city and want to explore scenic views, or have you been living in Houston for a while and are in search of new spots to check out? However long you’ve been in the city, we’ve put together a list of the most beautiful places in Houston that anyone will enjoy. Take a walk through the city’s own version of ‘central park’ with more than a thousand acres of green spaces, or admire the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall. There’s much to see in H-Town.

Beautiful places in Downtown Houston 

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend time looking at all the beautiful architecture and greenery this city provides. Surround yourself with urban nature, or snap a photo of one of the insta-worthy murals on your way to your new apartment in downtown Houston. Here are some beautiful places to get you started.

#1: Main Street

Couple eating pizza on the roof in a beautiful place in Houston

Photo courtesy of K-Ruiz Photography 

“My favorite locations in downtown Houston are along Main Street,” says local wedding photographer Krystal. If you make your way to the top of Saks Garage on Fannin, you’ll experience stunning views of the city. It’s also near the train and other gorgeous buildings.”

#2: McGovern Centennial Gardens

beautiful Houston location with Couple running through McGovern Boulevard

Photo courtesy of Boulevard Photography

Justin, a Houston-based wedding photographer, recommends checking out the McGovern Centennial Gardens. “I’m a huge plant nerd, and there’s no shortage of gardens here. It’s serene and peaceful, and the lush greenery makes it the perfect spot. Of course, the iconic cascading waterfall fountain is a huge point of interest, and an excellent mixture of nature and modern city feel.”

#3: POST-Houston

Beautiful Houston location in Downtown Houston rooftop view

Photo courtesy of Mandi Roach Photography 

Houston wedding photographer, Mandi, recommends POST-Houston. “There’s no better view available in the city than this one. POST-Houston offers panoramic postcard-worthy views of downtown Houston towers and paths that meander through Texas’ largest rooftop farm and park.”

Beautiful places in Houston’s Fourth Ward neighborhood

Are you looking for some historic charm? Then the Fourth Ward neighborhood, also known as Freedmen’s Town, has you covered. Fourth Ward is one of the six wards of Houston composed of post-civil war communities. Here are a few other eye-catching places you need to check out in the area. 

#4: Sabine Street Bridge

Sabine Street Bridge_Reed Gallagher Photography

Photo courtesy of Reed Gallagher Photography 

“One of our all-time favorite beautiful places in Houston is the Sabine Street Bridge,” says Reed, a senior photographer, and business coach. “It has one of the most picturesque views of the Downtown Houston skyline you can find. You can enjoy a nice walk along the bayou or stroll through the park nearby, all while enjoying the skyline in the background. It is a “must-visit” location in Houston.”

#5: Eleanor Tinsley Park

Eleanor Tinsley Park

Eleanor Tinsley Park is known as being the hub of Houston’s events and festivals. This scenic park is a popular destination for locals all over the city. Enjoy the vast field with stunning views of Houston’s skyscrapers, or take a walk through the pathways that stretch through the park. 

Beautiful places in Washington Avenue-Memorial Park neighborhood

Want to surround yourself with beautiful Houston nature? The Washington Avenue-Memorial Park neighborhood is the perfect destination. Make sure to check out these stunning places when you’re in the area.

#6: Houston Arboretum

Couple running through a field in a beautiful Houston location

Photo courtesy of Amato Photography 

H-town local, Hannah, recommends checking out the Houston Arboretum. “It’s a beautiful area full of nature that almost makes you forget that you are in the city. The beautiful trees, lake, and tall grass are very picturesque.”

Laura, a local of Laura King Photography agrees, “There are so many beautiful spots close to each other. You can get gorgeous sunlit fields, big trees, flowers, and a pond with a bridge, all in the same area.” 

Family in the forest at a beautiful Houston location

Photo courtesy of Laura King Photography

#7: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bayou Gardens - a beautiful Houston location

If you’re looking for beautiful scenery and art, the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is the place to be. Stretching within a 14-acre estate of Houston Philanthropist Ima Hogg, you’ll find early American decorative arts, like historic paintings, furniture, and porcelain. Take a tour of the beautiful grounds and be transported back in time.

Beautiful places in the Montrose neighborhood

The Montrose neighborhood is full of exciting restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries to explore. If you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss these recommended attractions.

#8: La Colombe d’Or Hotel

Couple embracing in front of hotel

Photo courtesy of Kris D. Photography 

“La Colombe d’Or Hotel is so modern and chic,” shares Krista, a local fashion, wedding, and engagement photographer. “I love it because it has a French-inspired feel, and it’s loaded with art. Seriously, even the hotel rooms are named after famous artists. From Monet’s room to Van Gogh, you can walk through the art gallery and sculpture garden before snapping a selfie on their romantic staircase. It is also located near the Houston Museum district, so you can browse our local museums and take in all our local eats in style.”

#9: The Menil Collection

The Menil collection

The Menil Collection holds about 19,000 paintings, sculptures, books, photographs, and drawings stretching on a 30-acre campus. You’ll be mesmerized by the artwork and architecture of the buildings, each offering its own unique design. View artwork from the medieval worlds, or view the special exhibits – there is a lot to discover here.

Beautiful places in the Houston Museum District

Ready to learn more about your city? The Houston Museum District is a group of museums, galleries, educational institutions, and parks. The museums offer a variety of exhibits, ranging from fine art to natural science, and cover a wide range of topics. The district is also home to a number of art galleries and green spaces which showcase the work of local and international artists. Here are the top destinations to visit while you’re in the neighborhood.

#10: Hermann Park

Hermann Park trees

Photo courtesy of A Flashback Photography 

“My absolute favorite location at Hermann Park is the wall next to the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool,” says Ana, a nature photographer. “A wall that has become seasoned by the years and whose columns are draped with the leaves of the climbing vines that grow here. In the spring, the fragrant flowers fill the air and give a pop of color to the area. This view can make you feel like you are in distant lands with pillars and climbing vines.”

Mascha of Barberries Photography agrees. “There are so many picture-perfect areas throughout the park. Ponds, fountains, gorgeous flowers, Japanese gardens, century-old oak trees, sculptures, I could go on and on. If you are ever close to the Medical center or downtown or going to the zoo, I highly recommend walking the park.”

Couple embracing in Houston

Photo courtesy of Barberries Photography

#11: Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts gallery at an a beautiful location

As one of the largest cultural institutions in the region, there’s a site for everyone to see at the Museum of Fine Arts. With over 70,000 objects from around the world, from antiquity to the present, you’ll get a taste of the world. You’ll find galleries, sculpture gardens, home museums, art schools, libraries, and more. 

Beautiful places in the Woodlands neighborhood

With just around a 30-minute drive north, you’ll find yourself away from the concrete and traffic in the Woodlands neighborhood. This charming neighborhood has something for anyone looking for a quiet place to enjoy. Here are just a few spots that feel like an escape.

#12: Woodlands Waterway

Couple walking around a canal

Photo courtesy of Elite Photography TX 

Away from downtown, Elite Photography TX recommends visiting the Waterway. “The Waterway is probably one of my favorite places to visit. Not only does it wind through Town Center, but it connects all of the attractions along its path, offering a touch of nature in the midst of the urban environment. It has loads of different locations from natural to more architectural components; it is an amazing place to walk around.”

For more beautiful options, click on this link to read the rest of Redfin’s recommendations! If you are in need of a Houston photography, please feel free to inquire here.

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