With Super Bowl LI happening in the city home to Empire’s US division, you can bet our team is getting excited for February 5th. Sports fans from all over the country and beyond will descend on Houston for one of the largest celebrations of the year as the city gets taken over by countless events to kick off the big game. Whether you’re a local or coming from out of town to enjoy the party, we want to make sure you get to experience the very best of Houston with our guide to the city during the 2017 Super Bowl – game tickets optional.
To Celebrate Football
If you have tickets to the big game (lucky you!), you’ll be seeing the action first hand. For the vast majority of us, we’ll be tuning in with fellow fans on TV screens big and small all across Houston. To the get the most of the viewing experience and connect with fans from all over, take advantage of the several public events taking place all week long, in the name of football.
- Super Bowl Live (Jan 27-Feb 5) is a free, 10-day festival at Discovery Green, this event is ideal for families, offering music from local bands, food, games and plenty of attractions to keep the estimated 1 million visitors who will descend upon Houston busy. The park’s giant, 15-foot tall football clock counting down the hours left until the big game makes for the perfect photo-op.
- Super Bowl Parties at Green Street (Jan 27-Feb 5) just a block from Super Bowl Live, and will be offering music, food, games, photo booths and digital art installations.
- The NFL Experience (Jan 27-Feb 5) is a family-friendly event at George R. Brown Convention Center and features interactive games, autograph sessions with current and former NFL players, and plenty of physical activities to tire out the tots, like kicking a field goal or playing a quick game of pick up. Check out the Hall of Fame memorabilia display and shop for limited-edition merchandise you won’t find anywhere else. Tickets start at $20.
- Opening Night (Jan 30 at 5:30 p.m.) starts the week right with this kick-off celebration at Minute Maid Park, where the teams that made it to the Big Game will be introduced out on the field along with music, food and more. Tickets start at $20.
To Get a Break from the Party
When you need a break from the days of festivals and food you can explore a wide variety of activities that showcase the Bayou City’s natural landscape for a one-of-a-kind experience.
- Terry Hershey Park offers mixed-use trails spanning as far as the eye can see. With 30-miles there and back, you won’t run out of room no matter what you’re doing.
- Memorial Park hosts 10,000 runners every day. The 2.9-mile loop has tracks for the speediest of runners, walking trails and even mountain bike trails.
- In Buffalo Bayou Park, you can rent a kayak and explore Houston’s 2,500-mile maze of water-ways.
To Scope out the Culinary Scene
Houston is ready to give visitors a true taste of the city at some of its best dining spots.
- The menu at Local Foods includes sandwiches, salads and soups made from ingredients that are source daily from local area farmers.
- There will most likely be a line up at Villa Arcos, but the place which is just east of downtown, boasts the city’s best breakfast tacos.
- Meat lovers can’t leave Houston without a visit to Pappa Charlies Barbecue for some of the city’s finest brisket, pulled pork and ribs with all the fixin’s.