Need a Reason to Get Out of the House for Spring Break? Here are 5.

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With the start of the long-yearned for Spring Break and the end of the third nine-weeks, many are looking for places to relax, relieve stress, and become less jaded from all the work from school. Houston, believe it or not, is full of places to help you enjoy the break. I have put up a couple of some places where you can relax, have fun, and just chill. So grab a couple of your best friends, plan a night out, and have some fun!

Matthew Rutledge

Matthew Rutledge

### 1. River Oaks Shopping Center

Stretching along the street of W. Grey, The River Oaks Shopping Center offers a great balance between worldwide, recognized stores and eclectic stores with copious dining options that will be sure to suit your palate. At night, the streets are bustling with cars and people as shoppers, diners, and movie-goers grab their takes on sales, deals, and cuisines. The shopping center is also known for its LandMark Theater, which showcases a variety of independent and widely acclaimed movies and films. *1964 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019 *  

Jack Daniel Betz

Jack Daniel Betz

### 2. Agora

Break away from the commonplace Starbucks run and visit Agora, open from 9 am to 2 am. Derived from the word “agora” from ancient Greece for public assemblies and markets, Agora is a two-level Greek-themed coffeehouse and bar with an old-fashioned, eclectic and usually upscale clientele, and many tables and plush couches to cozy up on. It is a perfect place to grab a gourmet coffee or tea with a friend and relax. With a jukebox to add a certain flare and ambiance to the coffeehouse, Agora is intimate and offers copious amounts of space both inside and out.   1712 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098  

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Unique Things Photography

### 3. Highland Village

Highland Village, an upscale community that is in close proximity to Greenway Plaza and the Galleria, offers exquisite shopping and culinary delights. Home to a carefully edited collection of upscale boutiques, national retailers (e.g. Apple, J. Crew, Anthropologie) and prominent culinary establishments such as Sprinkles Cupcakes, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and Escalante’s. “Modern in its outlook and timeless in its appeal,” Highland Village is bound to be a shopper’s go-to paradise. 4055 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027  

Jessica Grieves

Jessica Grieves

### 4. Rodeo Houston

The Rodeo is one of the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition that includes one of the richest regular-season rodeo events. It also includes a lineup of some of the world’s famous pop and country singers, ranging from Mr. Worldwide 305 to Hunter Hayes to Ariana Grande. This annual exhibition is open for all ages. Many come for the carnival, which includes a variety of thriller rides; others come for the livestock show and concerts; others may just come for the iconic fried funnel cakes or any other fried delicacies. 3 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054  

Anheuser-Busch Stage

Anheuser-Busch Stage

### 5. Discovery Green

Discovery Green, a 12-acre park located in downtown Houston, is designed as an engaging and active place that serves all ages and backgrounds. Tree-shaded walks and verdant fields of grass lead to a tranquil pond while hills offer postcard views of the Minute Maid Park, George R. Brown Convention Center, and the iconic skyline of downtown Houston. Visitors have a variety of dining experiences to choose from within the park including the informal elegance of The Grove restaurant and the fast-casual fare of The Lake House. Discovery Green is also a place where you can volunteer for STEM programs, teaching young kids about math and sciences. 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010

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