Explore these Houston attractions from new heights

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By Nishanka Kuthuru 09/27/22 11:01 PM

See Houston from a new perspective by visiting some of the best rooftop stages in the city. These venues offer a variety of activities to keep their visitors entertained throughout the day, with sunrise yoga at Skylawn, mid-day swimming at the Marriott Marquis, or late-night dancing at one of the many bars on the roof. Browse some of the following recommendations for exploring Houston from above.

Climb on the roof

Looking to get away from campus for a night? Rise Rooftop is a music venue less than four miles from campus that hosts a multitude of performances, from concerts to lectures to holiday events. Located in the heart of the city center, this event space has a retractable roof, which allows the open space to be covered in case of bad weather. Rise Rooftop hosts a variety of concerts for a wide range of genres, with a few upcoming shows including concerts from Matoma to Mom Jeans and events ranging from a Shrek-themed rave to Croptoberfest.

Rooftop movie club

One of the few rooftop cinema clubs in the world, the Houston Rooftop Cinema Club is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. By using wireless headphones for each person, moviegoers can enjoy movies outside without distractions. Standard tickets range from $17.50 to $25.25, depending on ticket type and day of the week, but students can take advantage of 10% off with promo code UptownStudent2022. From dates to solo outings, the Rooftop Cinema Club, located less than eight miles from campus, is a perfect way to enjoy a movie under the stars.

Skylawn at POST

How many things can you put on a roof? The answer is: way too much. POST Houston’s Skylawn rooftop features seven distinct gardens, a skyline promenade, event space, stage, play space and more. A never-ending source of entertainment, Skylawn hosts events ranging from yoga and Zumba classes to outdoor concerts. With five rooftop acres, Skylawn is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities with friends while taking in spectacular 360-degree views of downtown Houston.

Marriott Marquis Texas Pool

Too hot outside? Beat the heat by heading to the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston. This hotel is equipped with several amenities, including a spacious rooftop terrace on the sixth floor. Called Altitude Rooftop & Pool, this impressive venue has been compared by many visitors to a tropical rooftop park. Featuring both a rooftop heated infinity pool and an exclusive Texas-shaped lazy river, you can enjoy long hours of relaxation in the Texas sun by staying at the resort or purchasing a day pass.

Z on the rooftop bar 23

Perched atop Le Méridien Houston Downtown, you’ll find the Z on 23 Rooftop Bar, the tallest open rooftop bar in Houston. A stylish cocktail bar with fantastic 360-degree views of Houston, Z on 23 offers gorgeous sunset and skyline views. Fancy a drink while enjoying the magnificent view? The menu at this bar includes a wide selection of craft cocktails, spirits and premium wines.

77 degrees on the roof

One of Houston’s trendiest bars, 77 Degrees Rooftop is spread over four levels. The Caribbean-themed open venue features a mix of cabanas and swings to sit on while you sip one of their famous $12 Caribbean-inspired specialty cocktails, such as the “Cayman Account,” or one of their tropical treats. Climb to the top of the room and treat yourself to a panoramic view of the Houston skyline.

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