Retirement in Houston

Retirement in Houston, Texas, has proven to be fun and exciting for retirees.

Houston is rated among the top cities in America when it comes to the cheapest places to retire.

It is a culturally diverse, international city that offers retirees the finest museums, world-class restaurants, great shopping, and some of the world's best health care facilities.

With a population of over 2.3 million residents, Houston is a bustling waterfront community that is home to the Port of Houston.

Located along the Gulf coast, the weather is considered “subtropical” - which means that in July, August, and September, the humidity is really high!

HEALTH CARE

Located in Houston, The Texas Medical Center is one of the largest in the world.

Some of the country's best medical schools including Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical School-Houston, are part of the Texas Medical Center.

Also, M.D. Anderson Cancer & Research Center has been continuously ranked as one of the best cancer treatment centers in the nation.

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EDUCATION

Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, universities, and institutions, offering higher eduction to meet almost everyone's needs.

Included in these institutions are:

  • Rice University
  • University of Houston
  • The Houston Community College System
  • University of Texas Health Science Center

SPORTS

Picture of football stadium in Houston Texas.

If you love sports, then retirement in Houston will make you very happy! It is home to baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and football teams.

Professional and minor league sports teams in Houston include the NFL’s Houston Texans, NBA’s Houston Rockets and Major League Baseball’s Astros.

RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT

Picture of people enjoying a barbecue in a Houston park.

Retirement in Houston means plenty of outdoor activities and entertainment opportunities for retirees.

With over 337 parks and 165 public and private golf courses, Houston has a lot to offer retirees in the way of outdoor activities, and with the incredible weather, retirees can play golf, fish, boat, bike, and hike almost all year long.

There is not anything that a person could want to do that they can not find in Houston.

Some of the recreational and entertainment resources for retirees to enjoy are:

  • Hermann Park, one of the city's oldest parks, has picnic areas, a golf course, and paddle boats for your enjoyment.
  • Memorial Park is the state's largest urban park and spreads over 1,400 acres. Facilities include a 3-mile loop for walkers and joggers, paved cycling and in-line skating trails, and tennis and croquet courts.
Picture of people deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico near Houston.
  • Buffalo Bayou Park's features include exercise trails, sculptures, and scenic spots that are perfect for picnics. You can canoe or kayak in the bayous or just enjoy the views of the downtown skyline.
  • Brazos Bend State Park has been named one of America's Top 10 State Parks. It has several miles of biking trails and fishing in its lakes and ponds.

    The park's George Observatory has three telescopes for viewing the night skies.

  • Houston's coast, rivers and lakes are great for fishing and all water sports.
  • The Houston Zoo's mission statement is “To provide a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.” There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at the Houston Zoo.
Picture of downtown Houston at night.
  • The theater district, located in the center of downtown Houston, has resident companies for ballet, drama, opera and the symphony. The Alley Theater is one of the most prestigious non-profit theatrers in the United States.
  • With over 40 museums in the Houston area, there is something for everyone. The Houston Museum District, which consists of 15 critically acclaimed art museums and galleries, includes The Museum of Fine Arts, the sixth largest museum in the country.
  • If you enjoy shopping, you are in luck! Houston has everything from high end malls to mega discount outlets to exclusive boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops.
  • Other points of interest for retirees in Houston include: The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Moody Gardens on Galveston Island, the Downtown Aquarium, and Kemah Boardwalk.
  • Each year Houston sponsors the “World's Largest Rodeo” and the Bayou City Art Festival.

GETTING AROUND

Picture of the Metro in Houston Texas.

There are two major airports in Houston: Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.

There is the METRORail which connects downtown Houston to the Museum District, Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park.

The METRO operates more than 1,400 easy accessible buses.

The city also has the nation's third largest fleet of taxis.

HOUSING

Retirement in Houston can include a waterfront property, a home on several acres, a home in a small laid-back suburb, or a home in a planned retirement community.

Houston has housing for retirees in all price ranges.

RETIREMENT IN HOUSTON

This is why many retirees are finding retirement in Houston the place for them.

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