Houston is home to arguably the best food in all of Texas, as well as the site of NASA’s Mission Control, an epicenter of innovation. The city has incredible museums (always highly Instagrammable!), ample green spaces, and unbeatable shopping. In other words: it’s an Instagrammer’s dream. Our picks for the 11 most Instagrammable places in Houston strike a balance between popular Instagram favorites mostly geared towards out-of-towners and under-the-radar spaces for local creatives in Houston.
There’s a lot you can do with this charming boutique, from events to showrooms. Or you can try on some of the boho-inspired clothes and spend the day having a fashion photoshoot. The venue has giant windows, a gallery lighting setup, as well as concrete and wood flooring.
2. The Houston Art Car Museum
Most people outside of Houston don’t even know this museum exists, but everything inside of it is attention-grabbing. You don’t have to be a car lover to get into the vibe, but you probably do need a healthy love for the weird and visually fascinating. Fun fact: the museum is also sometimes called the Garage Mahal. Take your Instagram feed in a postmodern direction with photos of elaborately painted low-riders and cars covered in post-apocalyptic armor.
3. An exposed-brick urban warehouse
There are a handful of natural perfect shots ready to go in this spacious warehouse — just set up a piece of the vintage furniture against one of the backdrops and go to town. You’ve got a distressed background, exposed brick, and a minimalist white wall to work with. The front of the space is awash in natural light, thanks to its spacious windows, so if you’re shooting during the day, you can leverage that for some beautiful work as well.
4. The Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals, and they’d all love to be Instagram famous. Well, most of them. The elephants, chimps, and sea otters might just pose for you, though the wolves and cougars tend to be a little camera shy. There’s so much animal beauty on display here — you’ll get great photos all day long.
You can bring your own lighting equipment to this contemporary loft, but you’re best off utilizing the gorgeous windows coupled with the venue’s sleek leather couch. The on-trend rug doesn’t hurt, either. The building this studio’s in is over a century old, lending the space a unique and classic character.
This artsy space offers both formidable natural light (thanks to the high windows) and a different selection of backgrounds. Some of these are unique, such as the Japanese-style, black-and-white design near the exit. There are pull-down artificial backdrops to use, including a plant wall.
7. The Houston Water Wall
The Houston Water Wall is an installation near the Galleria, usually simply called “The Waterfall” by locals. It’s a central image of Houston that’s been featured in movies and TV shows, and it’s very cool up close. This is an opportunity for you to take a stunning photo that stands out from the pack.
8. A creative space near the Astrodome
If you’re a fashion Instagrammer, you can do no better than this quaint studio. An extensive selection of lighting equipment and backdrops, as well as accompanying pose-ready furniture, are available to you here. There’s also a glamorous makeup and changing area to get that perfectly styled look before you pose for the perfect shot.
9. A versatile house with Italian motifs and an outdoor tropical tiki bar
This elegant Texan home has its own charming little tiki bar out near its beautiful pool area, so you can take all the ‘Grams of the lounge chair area, hot tub, or poolside no matter how far you are from the beach. Inside the house, the aesthetic morphs from room to room, such as a Mediterranean-inspired, Italy-themed sitting room.
Let’s not forget that Texas is cowboy country. For a series of rustic or Western-themed photos, throw on some boots and a hat and check out this ranch property. The ranch has both cleared and developed areas, as well as woods left to grow wild, so you can get some beautiful forest shots in addition to corral photos.
11. A downtown art gallery and production space
The presence of artwork on the walls gives this brightly lit space its own character, not to mention some great visuals to shoot all by themselves. Perhaps what dominates the space is the glass wall facing the street, which allows outside light to diffuse and fill the space beautifully. That, combined with plenty of room and some exposed brick, is a recipe for Instagram magic.
On top of these 11 most Instagrammable places in Houston, you can pretty much pick any one of the city’s incredible museums out of a hat and have a field day. There’s really no end to the fantastic photos you can take here.