Exploring Houston by Bike Guide
You could easily bike around Houston and enjoy an entire day of fun and exploring. But, it might be better to take the city apart and focus on one section at a time. That way, you get the most out of your ride, lingering in places you like for longer and stopping to take in any view you are drawn to.
We’ve put together a guide to the best places to ride your bike in Houston starting with a downtown focus and then highlighting the rest of this great city. All of these mini Houston bike tours offer at least one good trail or path for kids. If you hit all of the attractions on each tour, the ride could easily take you a few hours.
Start your bike tour of Houston at Discovery Green Park in the city’s Central Business District. From the northernmost side of Discovery Green, you’ll want to take Crawford Street northeast until you get to Minute Maid Park. Make a left on Congress Avenue and visit Market Square Park, a historic site in Houston. Here, you can take a food and drink break before biking through the Theater District in route to one of the top bike trails in Houston, Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (the entrance is at the south side of Houston Park). Finally, take the path along Buffalo Bayou to witness some of the best views of Downtown Houston’s skyline.
Montrose and Midtown
Begin your Montrose and Midtown Houston bike tour at the corner of Taft and Fairview. This intersection is home to Reeves Antiques and Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, both of which are worth a visit before a day of riding. The American Planning Association named the streets around this section of Houston as one of the United States’ 10 great neighborhoods. The grid layout is easy to ride and navigate by bike, and the architecture in the historic districts is truly memorable. Head south to explore the antique and consignment shops of the Westheimer Curve, and make your way to Midtown’s Mid Mail for dinner.
Hermann Park is a superb place to venture out from in the Museum District. There’s a path that starts around the Boat House and it leads around the park’s 445 acres to offer views of the Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool and McGovern Lake. The Japanese Gardens and the art installations at the park make fun photo ops. When you leave the park, visit the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. If you want to make a night of your ride and you’re in Houston between April and November, stop at Miller Outdoor Theatre for a free show.
Going to Houston with a group of ladies? Our city bikes are perfect for a women’s ride in the park or through the 19th Street Shopping District in The Heights. Our men’s ride in the park bikes are top choices for guys groups visiting Houston to trail ride.
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