We’re counting down the days until our Texas-sized Simpleview Summit! If you’re planning a trip to Houston, Texas, the Visit Houston website is your go-to spot for things to do, places to see, and can’t-miss places to chow down while out on the town with colleagues or your friends from Simpleview.

Since we’re so excited that Simpleview Summit is being hosted in a new city, we have a jam-packed schedule of (optional) fun for you. Here are three free activities that will get you out and about to explore the host city of Houston.

1. The Menil Collection & Rothko Chapel

The Menil Collection is a must-visit for anyone interested in art and culture. It’s known for its diverse and exceptional collection of art from various cultures and time periods. The museum's holdings include nearly 17,000 works of art, spanning from prehistoric times to the present day. The surrealist art displayed at the Menil is sure to spark a conversation.

While visiting The Menil, take a short walk over to The Rothko Chapel — a non-denominational chapel open to people of all faiths. The chapel is a place for quiet contemplation, spiritual reflection, and artistic inspiration. It has become a beloved cultural landmark, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Finish your time by heading over for drinks and dinner at Toasted Coconut or feel like a local at Southern Yankee Crafthouse (my weekly dinner spot, especially for pie nights on Tuesdays!).

Want to eat, drink, and shop all in one place? Head over to the new Montrose Collective, featuring eateries like Marmo (Italian) and Graffiti Raw, or shop at Mejuri, Ganni.

2. The Art Car Museum

Looking for something unique and quirky? Check out the Art Car Museum AKA “Garage Mahal.” The museum's collection consists of a rotating series of art cars, which are vehicles that have been transformed into mobile works of art. These cars often feature elaborate and whimsical designs, incorporating everything from found objects to intricate sculptural elements. The museum's collection includes some of the most iconic and unusual art cars from around the world, as well as works by local Houston artists. Appointments are required and can be made here.

The Art Car Museum is located in the Houston Heights district, which has one of Houston’s best BBQ restaurants called Killen’s. You can also check out Houston’s newest smash burgers at Burger Bodega, or take a short Uber ride to one of my favorite bars in town, Better Luck Tomorrow!

3. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

If peaceful nature walks are more your thing, look no further than the Houston Arboretum. The Arboretum features a variety of natural habitats, including forests, wetlands, and meadows that provide a peaceful escape from the urban environment.

The Arboretum is a short drive from the Houston Galleria Mall, one of the largest malls in Texas. Shop ‘til you drop and end the day with dinner at one of the many restaurants on Westheimer.

If you want more recommendations and local love, check out my blog “Headed to Houston for Simpleview Summit? Here are 8 can’t-miss foodie spots for a taste of Texas.”