Walking Tour Of Houston’s River Oaks Neighborhood

November 8, 2014 6:00 AM

HOUSTON, TX – MARCH 26: A view of the Houston skyline at dusk on March 26, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Houston’s is a city of varied neighborhoods, each with a unique personality and character. Residents often speak of their own neighbood as if it were a city all its own and considering the culture and lifestyle common to each neighborhood, it’s not difficult to see why. Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood is one of its more affluent and also one of its most interesting for historic and other reasons. Here are some of the places to see and visit on a walking tour of River Oaks:
River Oaks Theater
2009 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-7125

A piece of Houston history is on display at River Oaks Theater. The small, three-screen cinema first opened in 1939 and still showcases the same Art Deco interior it was designed with when it first opened. River Oaks Theater has been voted the best theater in the city by local residents and it is known for its unique engagements, first runs of new films and showings of Hollywood classics. Its cinemas are small and intimate and they represent some of the coziest theater seating in the city.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
6003 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 639-7750

A branch of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens includes an art display contained within the former home of Houston civic leader Ima Hogg. The large home includes antique furnishings, valuable ceramics and priceless paintings surrounded by 14 acres of meticulously maintained gardens. A visitor center and education center greet guests and brief them of the home, its former owner and the historical significance of its contents. A walk through the home and a stroll through the outdoor gardens are the perfect way to learn more about the history of the area as you continue on your walking tour.

LaGrigria Restaurant
2002 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 526-4700

An excellent place for some authentic Italian food, LaGrigria Restaurant is a River Oaks neighborhood landmark. Known for its use of fresh, natural ingredients, LaGrigria is the place to visit in River Oaks neighborhood for delicious cuisine prepared according to old world standards. The restaurant is open for lunch or dinner during the week, with dinner served on Saturdays and Sundays. LaGrigria’s amazing food, extensive wine list and enjoyable happy hour make it a great place to visit in this vibrant part of the city.

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River Oaks Park
3600 Locke Lane
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-5998

Everyone should enjoy some time outdoors and River Oaks Park is a nice place to get in touch with nature while touring the local neighborhood. This little oasis in the city comes complete with picnic tables, basketball court, tennis courts, walking trail and playground area for the kids. The large oak trees and beautiful landscaping command your attention and provide a feeling of peace and solitude. Many locals like to visit River Oaks Park with lunch in hand and enjoy their meal underneath one of the large trees. It’s a nice way to unwind and relax on a tour of the River Oaks neighborhood.

River Oaks Shopping Center
1964 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 866-6982

After watching a movie, viewing art, enjoying dinner and taking a walk in the park, River Oaks Shopping Center represents a nice way to experience the commercial side of River Oaks neighborhood. This shopping center includes some of the most unusual and unique stores in the city and many of them have displays in open view to passersby, making for some excellent window shopping opportunities. The clay brick and stucco River Oaks Shopping Center traces its roots back to the 1930s and it still maintains much of its historic charm. A visit to this shopping center is the perfect way to complete your walking tour of the River Oaks neighborhood.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.