Houstonians: do you feel as though your city gets a bad rap on Yahoo Answers?

Every time I sign into Answers, it seems as though there is a number of folks expressing their opinion that Houston is "boring" and that there's nothing to do there.

How does the nation's fourth-largest city, second-largest port, with more than 6,000 restaurants and more Fortune 500 companies than any other U.S. city except New York wind up being labeled as "boring"?

Is this characterization inaccurate and unfair?

18 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Houston is a GREAT city. You do have to get out and about as the city covers more than 600 square miles, so you can't walk 11 blocks over and 18 blocks down to get somewhere, unless you live in The Heights, The Museum District, or the Woodlands, and even there many do not walk anywhere.

    So it is not a walking city, you need a car if you want to get somewhere. You name the activity and we have it and more. I guess we don't promote the city as we should, but it's our big well kept secret, let's say. If you come to Houston and sit in your apartment and don't go out except to the pool, grocery store, etc. and back, you'll eventually get bored. Houston is an ethnic melting pot with over 90 different languages spoken here with an imerging hispanic influence---with their wonderful cuisine and music and a family oriented culture that our hispanics bring to our town. We have a few "Houston haters" such as A J Let's Go Shopping, who changed her name to A J Lets Go Spamming, and now she's MizzHollywood26 or is it 62(?). This type of person always bashs Houston and then when you make a comment they block you from their site. They can dish it out, but they cannot take it. Well, I was thinking about giving you a sample itinerary of a couple of days in Houston, say from today through Sunday, but quite frankly the choices are just overwhelming. There are sites like arthound.com that show over 40 exhibits ongoing at the moment, there is the zoo, Lake Conroe, the symphony, the downtown skyline and underground tunnel system, The Art Car Parade, NASA, Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston, the 15 museums located just within the museum district, the opera, the ballet, many theaters, over 6,000 restaurants with almost 300 different cusines, many, many festivals, antiquing in The Heights, the race track, Old Town Spring, The Woodlands waterway with shopping, sites and restaurants, Moody Gardens. Schliterbaun Waterpark, Herman Park, and a myriad of other city, county and state parks, Burke Baker Planetareum, port of Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion one of our great concert venues, so many clubs and bars, Lake Houston, all of the shopping malls like the Galleria and Katy Mills Mall, High Island with the ferry, Pelican Island with it's US submarine, Clear Lake, our sports teams (Texans, Rockets, Astros, Aeros, Comets, Dynamos), the famous Westside Tennis Club, a myriad of beautiful party and wedding facilities, gorgeous world-class hotels, many colleges, institues and universities, ice skating rinks, the famous Texas Medical Center, Houston Rodeo, I could go on and on... But you say, all this takes a lot of money, well here's a list of 33 things to do in Houston that cost $2.00 or less per person (some are even free):

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

    The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art of the last 40 years.

    Dunham Bible Museum (at Houston Baptist University)

    With an extensive collection of rare American Bibles, this unique museum at Houston Baptist University shows the Bible's influence in American history, government, education and culture.

    Gulf Greyhound Park

    Gulf Greyhound Park, the world's largest and No. 1 greyhound racing operation, offers live greyhound racing and pari-mutuel wagering year-round, rain or shine.

    Health Museum, The

    The Health Museum, the most visited health museum in the country, provides innovative and interactive health and science educational experiences to promote an understanding of the human body.

    Heritage Society, The

    The Heritage Society is the city's only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. Nestled in 19 acres of beautiful green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston, The Heritage Society boasts 8 historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905.

    Holocaust Museum Houston

    Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, The Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust and honoring the legacy of the survivors.

    Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

    Located on the western edge of Memorial Park (4 miles from Downtown Houston), the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a 155-acre nature sanctuary with 5 miles of hiking trails.

    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level, highlighting art made of glass, fiber, clay, metal or wood.

    Houston Center for Photography

    Houston Center for Photography is one of only a handful of non-profit spaces around the country that is committed to showing great new photography.

    Houston Museum of Natural Science

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the most heavily attended museums in the U.S., features the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, permanent exhibit halls and traveling exhibitions.

    Houston Museum District

    With more than seven million annual visits, the Houston Museum District is one of the top cultural districts in the country.

    Arader Gallery of Houston

    The Arader Gallery of Houston is the Texas location of the Arader multi-gallery system, with other galleries in New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

    Art Car Museum

    The Art Car Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art, with an emphasis on art cars, other fine arts and artists who are rarely, if ever, acknowledged by other cultural institutions.

    Beer Can House

    The Beer Can House is a folk art gallery/workshop consisting of more than 50,000 beer cans.

    Blaffer Gallery

    Blaffer Gallery is the University of Houston's laboratory for the visual arts and contemporary culture.

    Buffalo Bayou

    Buffalo Bayou, the 52-mile slow-moving waterway that was the site of Houston's founding in 1836, has become a destination for outdoor recreation near downtown Houston.

    Buffalo Bayou ArtPark

    The Buffalo Bayou ArtPark features a constantly rotating collection of public art at the Sabine Street bridge between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive.

    Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

    The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier. It houses the largest repository of African-American military history in the world.

    Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, The

    The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum houses two 13th century Byzantine frescoes--the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the Western Hemisphere.

    Children's Museum of Houston

    Ranked as the No. 1 children's museum in the country by MSN.com, The Children's Museum of Houston features 14 galleries of hands-on, minds-turned on activities.

    This is fabulous! It's a must if you have children!

    Jung Center of Houston, The

    The Jung Educational Center of Houston is now in its fifth decade of service to the greater Houston community. Founded in 1958, the Jung Center offers over one hundred courses, programs, and conferences every year that address the critical social and spiritual issues of our time as well as the need for personal growth and development.

    Kemah Boardwalk

    Overlooking Galveston Bay, the Kemah Boardwalk features themed restaurants, retail shops, and amusements for the whole family.

    Lawndale Art Center

    Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on Houston area artists.

    Menil Collection, The

    Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, The Menil Collection houses approximately 15,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and rare books of John and Dominique de Menil.

    Miller Outdoor Theatre

    Miller Outdoor Theatre is Houston's premier outdoor theater for the performing arts. Free performances run March through October.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Founded in 1900, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's collection numbers more than 51,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present.

    Orange Show Monument

    The Orange Show Monument is a Houston postman's creation that extols the virtues of his favorite fruit. The outdoor 3,000-square-foot monument is maze-like in design and includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, a museum, a gift shop and several upper decks.

    Project Row Houses

    Project Row Houses is a highly acclaimed art and cultural community center consisting of 22 renovated shotgun-style homes.

    Rice University Art Gallery

    Rice Gallery is recognized for dynamic site-specific installation art at Rice University.

    Rothko Chapel

    The Rothko Chapel functions as chapel, a museum and a forum. It is a place where religion, art and architecture intermingle.

    Sam Houston Boat Tour

    The Port of Houston Authority offers free leisurely 90-minute round-trip cruises along the Houston Ship Channel.

    Traders Village - Houston

    Traders Village is Houston’s largest, most visited flea marketplace with more than 100-acres of open-air shopping, festivals and special events every weekend.

    Water Wall, The

    Houston’s most photographed site, this dramatic 64-foot U-shaped fountain has water rushing down its inside and outside walls. FREE and a must see. The optical illusion is amazing!

    Is the Houston bashing characterization inaccurate and unfair? I think you can draw your own conclusion now.

    Have fun and enjoy our magnificient city!

    EDIT: I almost forgot. We have the largest church in the United States, Lakewood Church. A must see, people from all Christian denominations feel welcome and comfortable in this great church. It's located in the renovated Summit, now Lakewood Church. It used to be home to the Houston Rockets, basketball team. When they left, Coach Rudy said a better "team" was moving in! Services on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, I feel Houston gets high reviews from the people who actually get off their butts and enjoy everything the city has to offer. Those are the people who can give the good advice of must see places and attractions.

    Unfortunately Yahoo answers has a few spamming "Houston Bashing" members for example AJ lets go shopping aka mizzhollywood26 and Denise Richards. Any answers or postings they make on here are done so for the sole purpose to make Houston sound boring or a media hungry city.

    Most people just want a realistic view, but not an extremely biased one. So maybe if you post a question where you can get many views take the spammers opinion as a grain of salt.

    The only thing I can figure out is they didn't read the signs Don't mess with Texas and now are stuck in the criminal justice system on probation or something. Possibly causing them the inability to have the freedom to truly enjoy all Houston has to offer.

    Source(s): Native Texan. Been in Houston area (The Woodlands) over 4 years.
  • 1 decade ago

    The main person who says these thinkgs is mizzhollywood26 aka ajletsgoshopping! And she only does it for attention. So if everyone would ignore her... or just say something she hates so she blocks you... she would go away!!!

    Houston is a great city with a lot of things to do! I love this city very much, I grew up here and I know for a fact that there are a TON of things to do no matter how old you are!!! I am never ever bored here.... You should come visit then you'll see that the only reason people are saying these things is because they are not happy in the lives and therefore will not be happy ANYWHERE!

    I love Houston, and I really love Texas!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's completely inaccurate and unfair. The problem is, there are a lot of people here. So, as that just ensures that there will be a few bad seeds getting on here and complaining that there's nothing to do. But, that's just because they won't get off their butts and get out of their self-pitying moods long enough to find something to do. Another problem is that there aren't people talking about how much there is to do, because they're too busy actually doing stuff, instead of whining on a website.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That's only MizzzzzzzHollywood26, aka AJ_Lets_Go_Shopping. She does this about once a week, although before her AJ account was closed she did it almost daily. That might be where you catch it from. Keying into some of the questions she asks paints a less-than-happy portrait of a woman with too much time on her hands.

    As for the other guy who usually badmouths the town, I just think he hasn't gotten any in an while, but I could be wrong. My answer isn't "golden" on that one.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, I figured anyone who spends all their time on Yahoo Answers complaining does not have enough of a life to truly know what is boring and what is not.

    If you are bored with Houston, put down the mouse and go out and get a life!

  • Thom
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I've lived in several other major cities, and I have to say that Houston is not one of the most interesting places I've been. It also seems to have less nice areas than other cities. As far as things to do it's not that bad. We have clubs and movie theaters just like any other city.

  • 1 decade ago

    So, you're not from Houston, you go and it's big and spread out.

    If you don't try and get out and see things then it can boring, just like NYC is boring form your hotel room.

    Being from there and living in NYC now, I think there's just as much to do there, just you have to have a car and be willing to look...

  • 4 years ago


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yeh it is unfair but to be honest i feel like those people saying having been to houston for long enough. like maybe they were in town for a week or whatever. houston's got things to do, you got to know where to go and who to be with. because if your with some boring people then ya'll are gon' have a boring time. H-town! Go Rams!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Native Texan, here. I'm glad it gets a "bad rap," perhaps everyone will keep their butts in their own hometown and stay far away from Houston.

    Houston, born and bred. Yee haw,

    Y'all stay away, ya hear!

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