10 Things to Do in Houston That You Shouldn't Miss

July 20, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Houston (/ˈhjuːstən/ ( listen) HYOO-stən) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated 2016 population of 2.303 million within a land area of 599.59 square miles (1,552.9 km). It is the largest city in the Southern United States, and the seat of Harris County. Located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico, it is the principal city of the Greater Houston metro area, which is the fifth-most populated MSA in the United States.
Restaurants in Houston

1. Piney River Brewing Company

15194 Walnut Grove Dr, Bucyrus, MO 65444-9002 +1 417-967-4001
Excellent
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Piney River Brewing Company

Reviewed By Joy F - Venice, Florida

While visiting the Ozarks we stopped here for a beer. The selection was wonderful and the ales and beers delicious. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. Sometimes they have live music on the weekends. It's delightful. Beautiful converted barn. Big bright tasting room with a bar and lots of tables and chairs plus a big outdoor deck with picnic tables and umbrellas boasting a view of rolling hills, paddocks and grazing cattle.
Only open Friday-Sunday. If you're in the area be sure to stop by. They will give you little tastes of everything and then you can purchase a pint of your favorite brew. I love the Missouri Mule IPA. They also have seasonal and special limited run brews. Once they had Sweet Potato ale and it was delicious. They sell six packs and growlers. They fill and seal the cans right on the spot...pretty neat! If they are having live music you'll want to get there early and plan on staying a few hours. A true public house atmosphere. You can bring food and they offer pre made crust pizza. There's some good BBQ nearby. Grab some Q and come have a brew.

2. Montauk State Park

345 County Road 6670, Salem, MO 65560-9758 +1 573-548-2201
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Montauk State Park

Wet a line at one of the Midwest’s premier trout-fishing destinations at Montauk State Park. Located an easy ride from St. Louis, the park’s waters are stocked each night from an on-site hatchery. Want more than day of fishing? Stay overnight at the park’s motel, campground or cabins. Want to do something other than fish? Montauk State Park’s hiking trails will take you in and around the scenic Pigeon Creek basin.

Reviewed By willpack2 - Ravenna, Ohio

It's a very beautiful park with multiple trout in the streams. We had campsite 412 and the current river could be accessed from our campsite. Many different areas you could fish from. If you don't fish, not much else to do there. We ate at the lodge restaurant twice. One meal was very good and the second one so-so. Their prices were very reasonable. What we didn't know and found out on our last night there was the restaurant would cook your fish for a decent price. Had small store with any type of fishing items you might need along with a small lunch counter. It was a wonderful vacation for us, the flyfishing couple.

3. Alley Spring Grist Mill Historic Site

Hwy 106, Eminence, MO 65466 +1 573-323-4236
Excellent
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5 based on 187 reviews

Alley Spring Grist Mill Historic Site

Scenic spring and picturesque mill dating to 1894.

Reviewed By Shaun R

We decided to visit Alley Spring after hearing of it from some other family members. The whole experience was really neat. All of our kids enjoyed it which doesn't happen often since they range in age from 6-19. The grounds are well kept, the water is crystal clear, and the historic feel tops it off. If you're within an hour of this place take the extra time and add this to your list of things to see.

4. Jadwin Canoe Rental

8754 State Highway K, Jadwin, MO 65501
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5 based on 6 reviews

Jadwin Canoe Rental

Reviewed By Gary M S

I hadn't been to Jadwin canoe rental for 15 years. Upon my return, it was a nice experience. Their operation was a more fluid, organized one. It was ran efficiently and professionally. The bus drivers had a good amount of character and were very helpful. Life vests were offered for the more wary canoer. The shop where you rent your canoe was not price gouging the travellers. I'd recommend. I'll not wait as long this time. Bringing the family back next year.

5. Viandel Vineyard

8381 West US 60, Mountain View, MO 65548 +1 417-934-0195
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5 based on 2 reviews

Viandel Vineyard

Estate bottled wine and wood fired pizza. We now have freshly prepared Neopolitan pizza from our Oak fired brick oven. Don't miss the opportunity to sample handcrafted wines and pizza as you taste the Ozarks!

Reviewed By adjourney - Bardstown

Beautiful decor, friendly staff, great wine and Awesome Brick Oven Pizza! The location is also easy to find. Sit out back and enjoy the view!

6. US Army Engineer Museum

495 S Dakota Ave Bldg 1607, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8851 +1 573-596-0780
Excellent
73%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

US Army Engineer Museum

Reviewed By Micheal R - Bethel, Alaska

This place is so cool! It has lots of exciting information as well as interactive displays and videos. Walking through is short and is well organized. They have different museums for MOS and individual shops also!

7. Rosewood Farms Country Gifts

7345 Highway 5, Hartville, MO 65667-7420 +1 417-741-6915
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Rosewood Farms Country Gifts

Reviewed By Mike M - Onarga, Illinois

We were on our way up from Mansfield, Missouri and came across this neat shop along highway 5. It is a family owned business that has many different products to keep almost anyone engaged. They boast of over 100 varieties of chocolate here which is made from a family recipe that the owner's grandfather started many years ago. They sell everything from coffee, crafts, jewelry, paintings to flower's and plants in the spring. We had some chocolate and a frozen lemonade for the road. It was well worth finding this place literally in the middle of no where.

8. Devil's Elbow Bridge

Teardrop Road, Devils Elbow, MO 65457
Excellent
25%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 16 reviews

Devil's Elbow Bridge

Reviewed By Chris S - Poole, United Kingdom

Ok driving over this is all part of the Route 66 trip. It's an interesting bridge and worth a phot shot but not much else there. Cafe nearby looked a bit tatty so didn't stop.

9. Bo's Hollow

22516 Bos Hollow Ln, Salem, MO 65560-7733 +1 573-548-2429
Excellent
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Bo's Hollow

Stroll through the 1930s Village at your on pace. Ride in a Model A Ford. Take a Model A bus ride to Ashley Creek for a picnic. Working Farm, Log Cabin, Wind Mills, Covered Bridge, Hoosegow, Hickory smoked B.B.Q, Our on Beef Jerky, Gift Shop. See the donkeys and goats. We are 2 miles south of Montauk State Park.Tour the Model A restoration barn reservation required for shop tour. We are open: April through October. Restoration Shop tours are given year round. Check out our Webpage for more information and directions.

Reviewed By Thomas M - Littleton, New Hampshire

Unfortunately it was closed when we visited. This is a seasonal site; closing in late October. It was a beautiful day and even though closed, I was able to get a few photos. It is a minor adventure getting to Bo’s Hollow with some interesting mountain roads from downtown Salem to the Hollow. If in the area in the Spring, Summer or early Fall, it certainly looked like a great place to visit. I would also be aware that the road does cross/fords a stream & I would imagine it could be an impediment with running water in the Spring

10. US Army Military Police Corps Museum

495 S Dakota Ave Bldg 1607, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8851
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

US Army Military Police Corps Museum

Reviewed By David R - Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Best of the three Army Museums. If you are a cop or a former MP thus is a definite stop. Easy to get around, cool in the summer and handicap friendly.
Gift shop is a big plus.
Take time and go outdoors and see the WWII barracks buildings. Self guided, semi- handicap accessible, but very cool. A full WWII company set of facilities as it was during the war, also a Korean War barracks fully equipped, a Vietnam era facility, and a German POW facility.
- All realistically set up as well as a Co HQ and chapel. Fascinating and not a replica but how these actual facilities were historically used and on their exact site.

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