Houston was recently named among the top shopping destinations in America by U.S. News and World Report. So it’s no surprise that an entire neighborhood of the city is named and anchored by Texas’ largest shopping mall, The Galleria. The shopping destination is home to more than 375 stores, two hotels, an ice rink and 30 restaurants. But the shopping district is also surrounded by countless other attractions, restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment. Here’s a guide to some of our favorite parts of the Galleria/Uptown area:


You can’t visit the Galleria without experiencing Houston’s most photographed site, the 64-foot U-shaped Water Wall fountain in the heart of the district. Designed and created in 1985 by the internationally acclaimed architectural team of Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the Water Wall at Williams Tower pumps 78,500 gallons of recycled water every three hours and 20 minutes. More than 180 live oaks shade the three-acre area that plays host to families and couples out for a stroll or picnic.

Head over to The Galleria mall and put your skating skills to the test on an ice rink made famous by Olympian Tara Lipinski. The ice rink operates year round but is decked out with a large Christmas tree for the holiday season. Ice at the Galleria offers private skating lessons as well as camps and birthday parties. While you’re there, take the little ones to the Little Galleria Play Area for a chance to play in a kid-sized Galleria skyline.

Looking for a relaxing afternoon after a busy morning of shopping? Book yourself a massage or facial at one of the area’s many spas. Finish the day off with a paint and sip session at Pinot’s Palette or head to the Boyert Shooting Range to embrace your inner Texan.

Travel just a few miles down the road to the western edge of Memorial Park to experience the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life for the opportunity to experience the natural world in the 155 acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary.