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The 10 Best Places to Take a Selfie in Houston

This is not the kind of selfie we encourage you to take.
This is not the kind of selfie we encourage you to take.
Photo by Derrek Barlow

Everybody loves selfies...or hates them...or says they are bad for you...or dies in car wrecks snapping them...or gathers a bunch of celebrities at the Academy Awards to create the most popular one of all time. Whatever the case, everyone knows what they are and has an opinion about them. And let's be honest, before cell phones, no one took selfies (well, except these two ladies) and now, pretty much everyone does. Hell, Instagram is basically a service for delivering selfies to the masses.

But, what if you live in Houston? There aren't a ton of celebrities lurking and, as we've been told many times before, this isn't exactly a super attractive place. Where can one go to snap a photo of him or herself that is classic Houston? And we purposefully didn't include events. If you have to wait for one moment every year like a marathon, Summerfest, the Pride Houston or Art Car Parades or even the Renaissance Festival (selfie with a busty wench FTW!), it's too much work. This should be a snapshot you can get pretty much anytime you want. Here are some suggestions.

10. At an Astros Game inside Minute Maid Park.

This sort of breaks our rule right off the bat, but the Astros play 80-plus games a year spanning six months, so this is worth the minimal effort. And it isn't like the Astros suck any more. They are damn near mediocre, which is remarkable considering where they came from. Our recommendation is a shot from the Crawford Boxes with the field behind you, but be careful to watch out for fly balls or you'll end up like this reporter.

9. With an art car.

Given the fact that Houston has one of the oldest and largest art car scenes in the world, it is only fitting that you stride alongside the Jesus Christ Monkey Car or one of the other dozens of adorned vehicles for a self portrait of you and one of Houston's famed rides.

8. On the Sabine Street bridge with the skyline in the background.

Probably the most iconic shot of downtown Houston is from Elanor Tinsley Park on the west side of the city's urban center. Our skyline is killer and you should have at least one pic on your phone of you looking like you are standing smack dab in the middle of a postcard from H-Town. The best way to do that is to skip the park and head for the red brick bridge just east of the park. It is a perfect spot to show off your pride for your city via selfie.

 

7. From the observation deck inside Chase Tower.

New Yorkers get to take shots of themselves from the top of the Empire State Building and 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Our best shot of a killer arial view of Houston is from the Sky Lobby observation deck on the 60th floor of the Chase Tower. Aim down from above your head and see tiny Houstonians the size of ants in the background.

6. At the Astrodome.

Given the state of the Eighth Wonder of the World and the recent referendum that leaves its survival in doubt, better do this soon.

George Kovacik (right) and his daughter, Julieann, with a throwback selfie on the Hermann Park Train.
George Kovacik (right) and his daughter, Julieann, with a throwback selfie on the Hermann Park Train.
Courtesy George Kovacik

5. On the Hermann Park train.

In our Houston Bucket List, we rated riding the Hermann Park Train as the number one thing to do if you are a Houstonian, so we couldn't not include it on our list. This is a particularly good one if you want to get a shot with you and your kid.

 

4. On the beach in Galveston.

Alright, so not Houston exactly, but so close and such a classic weekend destination spot for Houstonians, it had to make the list. There are plenty of places to get a good shot in Galveston -- we personally recommend drink in hand on the balcony of the Poop Deck -- but toes buried in the sand on the beach is never a bad thing...unless they are also covered in seaweed. Yuck.

3. Holding a margarita and any Tex Mex establishment.

Texas doesn't have an official state drink. If we did, our guess is there would be a fight between Dr. Pepper and beer to determine a winner, but our money -- and our liver -- is with the margarita. With so many killer Tex Mex places in Houston, you have your pick of where to order up a chilly marg and snap that selfie, drink in hand.

2. With a David Addickes statue.

There may be no more classic self portrait (or regular portrait for that matter) in Houston than a shot with one of Addickes many statues. From the Beatles to the presidential heads, a photo with one of them is a rite of passage in the Bayou City and one of the few "get a photo with" moments on our Bucket List.

1. In front In front of the We Love Houston sign on I-10 at Heights Blvd.

And speaking of Addickes, this particular sculpture stands on its own and requires a solitary spot on this list. We can't count the number of times we've driven by and seen people posing in front of the freeway adornment. In truth, it might be tough to get a selfie with it given its size, but it's worth a try to prove your love for Houston in selfie form.

If you have any suggestions for our list, please share them in the comments!


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