Houston is a major-league sports town where fans can cheer for a variety of professional, semi-pro, and collegiate teams year round. Get into the action with the 2005 National League Champion Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park or score a touchdown with the Texans at NRG Stadium, the world’s first retractable-roof NFL stadium. Grab courtside seats to see the two-time world-champion Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Dynamos and the Dash, hosts numerous soccer matches throughout the year. Other annual professional sporting events include the Shell Houston Open and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo—the world’s largest. Houston sports fans are looking forward to hosting Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017.
Staying in shape just seems to be easier in Houston. Being a southern city, Houston enjoys mild winters that allow for outdoor activities year-round. To that end, there are hundreds of miles of hike-and-bike trails, and neighborhoods provide picturesque environments for early morning or evening walks, runs, or rides. Fitness centers abound, from exclusive private clubs like the Houstonian, the Houston City Club, and the Houston Racquet Club and nationally franchised centers like 24 Hour Fitness and Bally Total Fitness to local YMCAs and independent fitness facilities.
Two of the most popular jogging trails make their way around the outer perimeters of Memorial Park and Rice University. The Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail at Memorial Park is a 2.93- mile crushed granite and packed-earth, lighted jogging trail with restrooms and water fountains along the way. The trail around Rice University is also approximately three miles in length and follows a picturesque, oak-tree-shaded path within the vibrant area in which the campus lies—adjacent to West University neighborhoods, the Texas Medical Center, and Hermann Park. The trail is not lighted and there are no restrooms or water fountains.
For those who enjoy dancing to keep fit, Houston dance studios and workshops offer styles from salsa to ballroom, hip-hop to country western. Some, like the Beginners Only Social Ballroom on Westheimer Road, teach casual and social dancing with a partner. Others, like Dance Passion Dance Studio near Richmond Avenue, offer various solo and partner lessons.
If tennis is your game, you’ll find three major tennis centers and more than 200 neighborhood courts. The city’s three main tennis centers are Homer Ford in MacGregor Park, Memorial, and Lee LeClear in southwest Houston. There is also an abundance of private and public golf courses and country clubs throughout Houston that maintain excellent greens and amenities. Other private fitness and exercise facilities exist as resident amenities in many apartment complexes, high-rise condominiums, gated communities, and private neighborhoods. Ask your realtor for specific details in the areas of the city you may be interested in.