5 Must Do Things in Humble

Photo courtesy of Mercer Botanic Gardens

In our series of Must Do Things Around Greater Houston, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities to bring you five fun, tasty, and enticing reasons you should give each a visit. Originally published in 2016, we are now refreshing, updating, and adding to this series, including new neighborhoods and destinations.

First settled in the early 1800s and located about 20 miles northeast of Downtown, Humble is a small suburb covering 10 square miles of the Houston metro area. The area—named after Pleasant Smith Humble, an early settler just before the Civil War who went on to serve as Justice of the Peace and open a post office—eventually became a center for commercial activity due the vast timber in the region.

By the time the big oil gush came around, Humble was a bonafide boomtown. Today, the quieter area remains a commercial business center during the day, also offering natural escapes like the 275-acre Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Reserve. Check out the the soon-White Lightning Dancehall and Saloon, a massive dancehall that will offer live music alongside whiskey, bourbon, scotch, and moonshine, plus these five other awesome things to do.

5 Must Do Things in Humble

  1. Try a new kind of golf at the Humble Golf Center – Ever hear of Foot Golf? The hybrid sport combines soccer and golf into one surprisingly cool game. To play, a regulation soccer ball and 21-inch diameter “cups” are used instead of a golf ball and holes, with the rules largely following those of golf (get the ball into the cup in the least amount of shots). The first of its kind in the Houston area, Humble Golf Center offers 18 holes designed for players to compete in both traditional golf and foot golf games, with the course open seven days a week. Click here for directions.
  2. Bring the family to Old MacDonald’s Farm – Open since 1991, this family-friendly farm offers plenty of activities for the kids throughout its 15 acres. Here, 12 petting zoo barns host goats, sheep, pigs, and cows, plus “exotic” animals like deer, llamas, emus, and a tortoise. Gazebos can be reserved for groups, parties, and picnics, while kids can enjoy train and pony rides, a swimming pool, a hay barn, playgrounds, and forts. Admission is $12 per person plus tax, with all activities included and babies under 18 months free. Click here for directions.
  3. Go French at Chez Nous – You may be surprised to find an upscale (yet cozy) French concept in the Houston suburbs, but when you get a taste of executive chef Stacy Crowe-Simonson’s fare at Chez Nous, things will start to make sense. Start with luxurious seared foie gras or a rustic charcuterie plate featuring Normandy duck mousse and country terrine, then move on to rosemary-crusted New Zealand rack of lamb or chateaubriand bearnaise for two. Just be sure to save room for the fromage selections and dessert cart. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday 5:30pm to 10pm. Click here for directions.
  4. Experience natural beauty at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens – Named after Thelma and Charles Mercer, this 300-acre oasis is a horticultural haven. The landscape boasts manicured hiking trails, a butterfly house, picturesque picnic areas, barbecue pavilions, a cypress swamp and a wealth of animal life, not to mention the region’s largest collection of native and cultivated plants. The best part? It’s free to visit. Check out ongoing and seasonal programs, including children’s story-time in the garden and the annual March Mart plant sale. Mercer is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day (seasonal hours apply). Click here for directions.
  5. Go horseback riding at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center – Cypress Trails Ranch owner Darolyn Butler started riding before she could walk, and she eventually went on to become an International Endurance Champion. Now she shares her expertise right in Humble. Featuring endurance and pleasure riding opportunities and a boarding stable, the ranch is open to the public 7 days a week. Scenic adventure trail rides start at $50 an hour, with $30 half-hour pony rides and private lessons also available. Click here for directions.
Photo courtesy of Old MacDonald’s Farm
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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .