Houston is home to a number of places you can visit without having to indulge in alcohol.
If you are interested in having fun while maintaining your sobriety or you’re just looking for a more family-friendly outing, you might consider checking out the following sober date ideas.
Houston Escape Room
100 Jackson St #120
Have you ever wanted to work like a secret agent, solving puzzles and following clues?
At the Escape Room, you’ll participate with a group of players (up to 10 in total) to solve clues and escape from a room within a one-hour time limit. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they’ll take the time to explain any answers your team is unable to solve at the end of the hour.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s Discovery Room is open daily to welcome visitors. It’s a self-paced opportunity to explore the plants and animals that make their home in the forest. Through interactive exhibits, activities and field guides, you’ll learn more about the world beneath your feet and all around you.
10207 S Sam Houston Pkwy W, Ste 100
Skyzone is a place where you and your friends can get in touch with your inner child while you play on trampolines and foam pits. While at Sky Zone, you can play ultimate dodgeball, hoops, climb a rock wall or rope ladder, walk a balance beam, and more — all while in one of the trampoline pits. Practice flying high and being in the moment.
Hermann Park Conservancy
1700 Hermann Drive
Houston, Texas 77004
Tucked into the heart of downtown Houston, the Hermann Park Conservancy has been a favorite stop for nature lovers since 1922, at a time when the city was literally growing up around it. Now under the guidance of a nonprofit citizens’ group, Hermann Park has been preserved for generations to come.
Visitors to the park can enjoy a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad, which travels the two-mile track during an 18 minute ride. Pedal boats are also available to rent for a 30-minute ride on McGovern Lake, and several cafes and walking trails are located throughout the part. If you and your date are really into nature, be sure to stop by the Japanese garden and the Bayou Parkland, with its 80 acres of prairie meadows and forests.
Hermann Park has so much to offer that you might find yourself returning many times to take in all of its beautiful offerings.
Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion
The Skyspace is an attraction guests can visit before sunrise and sunset daily. Artist James Turrell created the installation in 2012 and engineered its acoustics for electronic music and live performances.
There is no charge to attend the light sequences at either time of day. Guests view the light before and at sunrise and sunset from the viewing area of the installation. It creates a unique interpretation of the light at the start or end to the day.
The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
The Menil Collection is made up of 30 acres of various types of art. It’s contains a total of four buildings–the main building hosts the permanent collection and special exhibit while another building is dedicated to the works of artists Dan Flavin and Cy Twombly. The third building houses year-long installation projects, and the fourth building is the future home of a drawing institute.
The permanent collection is known for its modern European and Surrealist paintings and sculptures, as well as medieval artwork and artifacts. It also includes art from Africa, the Pacific Islands, Pacific Northwest Native Americans, and more. Admission is always free, and it’s easy to spend hours with your significant other while you share your thoughts about the artwork.
Battleship Texas Historic Site
3523 Independence Parkway South
Take a short drive from downtown Houston to visit the Battleship Texas. She is permanently moored along the Houston Ship Channel after being in active service during both World Wars. The public is invited to walk across her decks and imagine themselves as one of her sailors during those turbulent times.
Guests can explore the ship on their own or take part in a guided tour. A snack bar is open on weekends, and an on-site store sells souvenirs and gifts. The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is located nearby, complete with picnic tables and grills. The site is also an excellent place to go hiking and spend an afternoon or even an entire day.
These sober date ideas in Houston will help you get started finding opportunities to spend time having fun without including alcohol in your plans. How many more can you think of?