If you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram photo, you might want to take a look at Houston’s parks, museums, and walls. The latter might seem a little odd, but there are plenty of pieces of art scattered around Houston in the form of murals, color blocks, and paint drops.
If you’re more into arcades and trees – you might be looking for a place to snap a photo for your engagement or your daughter’s quinceañera – there are definitely some good options for you, too. We’ve put together a list of the best places to take photos in Houston.
Where to take photos in Houston?
1. Gerald D. Hines Water Park
Gerald D. Hines Water Park is one of the favorite choices for places to take pictures in Houston for an obvious reason. The centerpiece and namesake of the park is a huge cascading fountain. The water feature is 64 feet high and has a grassy area in the front. It makes for a classic backdrop.
Or: 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, Texas 77056
2. Buffalo Bayou Park
Buffalo Bayou Park has a few different things to offer in terms of photo shoot opportunities. One is the Sabine Street Bridge, pictured above, a classic bridge lined with lampposts that make it a good place to take photos, no matter what time of day. The deck gives an unobstructed view of the Houston skyline, making it iconic images. In the park itself, you can take photos in front of the bayou or the Wortham Center waterfall. You can also enjoy the park’s breathtaking view of downtown Houston.
Or: 1800 Allen Pkwy &, Memorial Dr, Houston, Texas 77019
3. Sugar-colored wall and fabric
A perfect place for people looking for simple yet colorful decors, the Sugar and fabric colored wall is a wall painted in bright squares in pastel colors. It was custom designed for photography, and anyone can drop by and use it whenever they want. You can also take advantage of the rainbow staircase in contrasting colors to take group photos.
Or: 1201 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77002
4. Smither Park
Smither Park is not so concerned with simplicity. This park is an ongoing art project focused on creating mosaic sculptures using found objects. The park is filled with surreal and unusual artwork such as giant butterflies, cats with forks for whiskers, and banjo-playing raccoons. The fact that you can interact with this three-dimensional art (and sometimes even sit on it) means that you can take some truly fascinating photos.
Or: 2441 Munger Street, Houston, Texas 77023
5. Biscuit painting wall
The Biscuit Paint Wall is exactly what the name suggests; it’s a wall with paint on it. Specifically, it’s a wall with neon paint that has been artfully dripped on it to create a backdrop for the photos. The wall is located in the parking lot of a housewares store called Biscuit. There’s even a designated hashtag displayed next to the lot to remind you to tag the wall when posting your photos.
Or: 1435 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77006
6. Hermann Park
Hermann Park has quite a few places to choose from, including the Japanese Garden, lakeside plazas, and McGovern Centennial Park. If you are looking for interesting architecture, there is the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and the Friendship Pavilion. The former is in a more classic Western architectural style, while the latter was a gift from Taipei City.
Or: 1500 Hermann Dr, Houston, Texas 77004
7. Graffiti park
For a striking and unusual background for your photos, visit the open-air museum known as Graffiti Park. This is a cluster of buildings on Leeland Street covered in elaborate graffiti. The art changes from year to year, but you can always be sure that there will be something out there that will make a good image.
Or: 2102 Leeland Street, Houston, Texas 77003
8. Mercer Botanical Gardens
Mercer Botanical Gardens is a good choice if you are looking for something more nature-oriented in your photos. Depending on the time of year, you might get a background of fall foliage, vibrant spring flowers, or vibrant greenery. You will also be able to see plants that you may have never seen before. There are garden sculptures and wooden play equipment which are also good additions to the photos.
Or: 22306 Aldine Road Westfield, Humble, Texas 77338
9. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is one of the places to take pictures in Houston that has amazing architecture. It’s not in Houston proper, however, it’s actually in Stafford. This sprawling architectural wonder is a traditional Hindu temple with ornate carvings and hand-carved wall designs. As beautiful as it is during the day, the building is often lit with colored lights at night. Entrance is free, although visitors are requested to wear modest clothing and shoes when entering the temple.
Or: 1150 Brand Ln, Stafford, Texas 77477
10. Green discovery
Discovery Green is a great place to visit for some fun photos. The park is home to several art installations, including brightly colored block walls and modern twisted sculptures. There are also lots of tall, shady trees, fountains, and if you’re in the mood to try your hand at shooting from the water, kayaks for hire. Currently, a wall exhibit is also on display at Discovery Green. Take photos of downtown Houston from the hill or use the long tree-lined lane as a backdrop; you have a lot of options to choose from.
Or: 1500 McKinney St, Houston, Texas 77010
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