See Uptown

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The perfect spot to have a picnic or take your wedding or quinceañera photos, the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park (2800 Post Oak Blvd.), features more than 2 acres of green space and almost 200 oak trees. 

The showstopper of this public park though is the 64-foot fountain that cycles through 11,000 gallons of water per minute. The nearby Williams Tower was named Skyscraper of the Century a while back by Texas Monthly. At 901 feet, it’s the tallest building in Houston, outside of downtown, and at night sends a 7,000-watt beacon across the sky. 

Another building worth a visit is St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (717 Sage), which offers free tours to the public. The church’s exterior was modeled on St. Elisabeth’s Church in Marburg, Germany—the country’s oldest Gothic church. St. Martin’s bells have a story too. They were cast by the same company that produced the Liberty Bell. 

Although landscape photographer Peter Lik’s work is in the Smithsonian, you can enjoy it Inside The Galleria, too, at Peter Lik Fine Art Gallery (5085 Westheimer). Some of Lik’s one-of-a-kind pieces go for as much as $5 million, but there are also plenty at price points well below that.

Inside the Galleria, Zen Art Space (5175 Westheimer, Suite 3440) has monthly themed art shows spotlighting Houston’s local talent. Want to participate? That’s a possibility, too. At Off the Wall Gallery (5015 Westheimer), you can look and buy from a gallery whose featured artists have included big names like Andy Warhol and Joan Miro.