Living in a densely populated, thriving, and energetic urban core has many advantages. School options are wide-ranging, commute times are usually shorter, and culture and green space are abundant. Read on to learn more about the amenities living inside The Loop affords.
Houston & Central City Overview
Houston was founded on the banks of Buffalo Bayou in 1836, and early on, the city boomed because of its railroad and waterborne industries. Today, Houston is a world-class city home to 23 Fortune 500 companies and a diverse pool of skilled, multicultural workers. Now known as Space City and the Bayou City, Houston’s appeal is as wide-ranging and diverse as the people who live and work here.
While Greater Houston is sprawling and expansive – it covers more than 10,000 square miles – the heart of Houston can be found in the central city.
With over 20 museums and cultural centers all in walking distance from each other, Houston’s Museum District offers an abundance of enriching experiences for locals and visitors in one neighborhood. Families can discover new art installations, watch celebrated foreign films, learn how the human body works and much more. In addition, there are many smaller museums that are scattered throughout the inner loop.
Increasingly, Houston is becoming a model for urban greenspace for cities around the country. Award-winning parks such as Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park and Emancipation Park have resulted in desirable recreational amenities and gathering spaces for Houstonians. But more importantly, our smaller parks play a critical role in defining the shape and feel of a neighborhood.
Cultural entertainment seekers can choose from hundreds of events annually performed by world-renowned companies and smaller artistic groups.
Houston is home to five professional sports teams and three NCAA universities making it attractive to major sports events like the NCAA Final Four, CONCACAF Gold Cup, Super Bowl and more. Families can choose from a variety of sports events year round.
Recreation & Tours
Families can choose from outdoor and indoor activities for fun. Kickball clubs, kayaking, biking on the bayou and more can be enjoyed in the Loop.
There are plenty of things to do without ever having to drive on a freeway when you live inside of the Loop. Families can find entertainment options that appeal to every family member.
When it comes to shopping, Houston has dozens of options within the Loop. Find gifts, home décor, high-end and resale retailers at one of the city’s shopping hubs.