HOUSTON AREA ATTRACTIONS
home to a natural playground, band shell, community garden, primitive campsites, and natural plantings
ROOT RIVER TRAIL SYSTEM, TRAILHEAD PARK, & HOUSTON NATURE CENTER
Houston's Trailhead Park is the eastern terminus of the Root River Trail System. The Park is home to the Houston Nature Center, natural playground, band shell, community garden, and sites for primitive camping. The Nature Center features a mini museum, gift shop, and free educational programming.
The Park also offers ample parking for you to start or end your outdoor adventure from. Whether you like to bike, run/walk, bird or nature watch, or cross country ski, the Root River Trail offers opportunity for all kinds of outdoor recreation.
With Houston at the east end, the 60-mile paved trail network winds through the bluffs and along the Root River as you follow it through the other "Trail Towns": Rushford, Rushford Valley, Peterson, Whalan, Lanesboro, Preston, Harmony, and Fountain.
INTERNATIONAL OWL CENTER
Houston is home to the one and only International Owl Center. The Center's temporary home is at 126 E. Cedar St. The International Owl Center features owl-based education and programming. There, you'll find live owls, including an Eastern Screech-Owl, American Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Eurasian Owl.
The Center is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and offers live owl programs at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Friday-Monday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. It also offers displays and a gift shop stocked with owl merchandise. The Center is responsible for the internationally-known Festival of Owls each year.
ADDITIONAL OUTDOOR RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to Trailhead Park, Houston is home to several more community parks. Multipurpose Bluffview Community Park, at the east end of town, currently has two ball fields, and plans are in place for much more.
Houston's South Park features a newly completed public archery range, hiking trails, and area for primitive camping. At the City Park, you'll find a playground, shelters, and a World War II tank and veteran's memorial. Found nearby are the recently completed Onsgard Courts ready for all kinds of sporting activities.
Just outside of town, you'll find the Oak Ridge/Wetbark Recreation Area, which features trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, and snowmobiling. Also close by is the DNR's Mound Prairie Scientific and Natural Area.
HOUSTON'S ANNUAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS
International Festival of Owls
March 2-4, 2018
The International Festival of Owls, held annually the first full weekend in March, is fun for all, featuring both activities for kids and attractions for serious owl aficionados.
The event began in 2003 as a "hatch-day" party for Alice the Great Horned Owl. Since then, it's grown to attract visitors internationally. Now, you'll find an abundance of owl-themed food, live owl programs, merchandise and vendors, bus trips, contests, a banquet, and more.
Root River Triathlon
July-August 2018 - Every Wednesday at 7pm