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If you are newly sober and transitioning into a life of recovery, maintaining your sobriety aside from treatment can be difficult. Even finding things to do sober can seem like a challenge. The most common triggers for people who relapse are being alone and unable to find joy in their old hobbies. Remembering that enjoying your life does not have to be dependent upon the use of drugs or alcohol. Finding sober things to do with friends and family doesn’t have to be difficult. One of the most exciting things about sobriety is finding out or rediscovering what you enjoy and what sober hobbies you may want to explore.
Listed below are 9 things to do sober in the Greater Houston Area
Boldly Go to the Space Center Houston
A personal favorite of mine, the Space Center offers many attractions that are out of this world! Guests can take a tram tour around NASA and see the Historic and New Mission Controls, the Saturn V Rocket that took the United States to new heights in 1967, and the International Space Station Gallery. The Space Center also offers many interactive exhibits, lunar samples, and a replica of the shuttle Independence.
Seas the Day down South
If outer space isn’t really your thing, take a trip to the beach. But, don’t forget your sunblock. You can take the ferry over to Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula, or stick around the Seawall in Galveston. The Historic Galveston Island Pleasure Pier features many dining options, a roller coaster and 15 other rides, as well as carnival games and souvenir shops.
May the Forest Be with You
If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the pier for a more serene experience with nature, the consider walking five miles of trails at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. This sanctuary hosts interactive exhibits and native plants and animals as well as education on protecting these species, free of charge. As a bonus, the center also welcomes leashed dogs!
Vincent Van Gogh check out the Museum District
On Thursdays, most of the museums won’t cost you any “Monet.” You can check here for visitation hours, but starting in the afternoon The Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and Museum of Fine Arts all offer free admission. If you’re interested, the Houston Museum of Natural Science has two very popular exhibits, the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes and Death by Natural Causes.
Turnip at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market
As the largest weekly farmers market in Houston, Urban Harvest offers various local produce, dairy and homemade products. Also, there are different events every week from live music to culinary demonstrations. The market is open from 8 am to noon, and the best produce sells out quickly so make sure to arrive early.
Lake Woodlands & Lake Houston
Lake Woodlands and Lake Houston both offer walking trails, canoeing/kayaking, and fishing. Lake Houston Wilderness Park even offers overnight camping and cabins for rent if you’re feeling adventurous. Houston has an abundance of local parks available if you’re looking to spend the day outside and close to home.
Houston Shakespeare Festival
Now in its 44th year, the Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre offers free admission to Shakespearean classics like Hamlet and Comedy of Errors. A family picnic on the lawn while watching the productions is a great way to spend the evening, or you can donate to the production company in exchange for premium seating.
Houston Fajita Festival
The Houston Fajita Festival celebrating Mexican heritage features dozens of food vendors and is free to attend. For those seeking to make more of the experience, you can participate in taco, watermelon, or jalapeno eating contests. The festival also has playgrounds, live music, art demonstrations, and plenty of photo opportunities with costume characters.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion holds a unique place in the history of The Woodlands, TX. The venue is named after Cynthia Woods Mitchell, whose husband, George P. Mitchell, founded The Woodlands in 1974. The Pavilion opened in April 1990 with a star-studded lineup including the Houston Symphony, Alabama with Clint Black, and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Every March through December about 50 to 65 musical acts perform at the venue ranging from rock to country, jazz to opera, and even contemporary American ballet.