From bike tours to giant statues of American presidents, we uncovered some Real Discoveries in the Sixth Ward.
Houston’s Sixth Ward is a region of distinctive and historic character. During its early days as the Fourth Ward’s northern sector, the area was largely home to railroad workers and German immigrant farmers, but it eventually diversified to include residents from a wide range of backgrounds and trades. To this day, Old Sixth Ward is the oldest intact neighborhood in Houston. The community’s restored Victorian homes and the old Glenwood Cemetery that served as the western border of the district are beautiful and interesting pieces of the ward’s remaining physical history. Also among these preserved treasures are some of the Sixth Ward’s more modern additions which are teeming with awesome things to do. From the abundance of art and culture to the prevalence of historical tours, there is quite a lot to choose from. Luckily we are here to help narrow down the search with some of our favorite interesting stops in the area.
Guided Walk-Through Tours
Preservation Houston provides guided architecture walks of historic sites around the city. While they do give tours in other parts of town as well, the Glenwood Cemetery walks are a must-see. The cemetery was historically the western boundary of the Sixth Ward since it was built in 1871. These tours happen four times a year and each one focuses on a different theme. Tour topics include The Women of Glenwood, Glenwood Art and Architecture, 20th Century Glenwood, and Historic Glenwood Cemetery, and tickets range from $10-15, while children under 11 can participate for free.
Unlike Glenwood, it certainly won’t take you very long to tour this tiny park, but it is still worth a visit. American Statesmanship Park or “Mount Rush Hour”, as it is frequently dubbed, is home to four giant busts that pay tribute to a few American and Texan statesmen. The statues, made by Houston artist David Adickes, are a whopping 18-feet tall and definitely a sight to see. Abraham Lincoln, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and George Washington are all visible at the intersection of I-10 and I-45.
Located on the corner of Houston Ave. and Dart, this theater offers a casual and intimate environment where visitors can watch improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy shows. Shows are typically Thursday through Saturday and patrons are allowed to BYOB to most events. With regular ticket prices between $6-8, it’s hard not to want to check out every show. They also have a variety of sketch and improv classes ranging from beginner all the way up to level five.
MECA cultural center provides an excellent community space where kids and adults alike can come together to express their creativity. It is home to an extremely diverse selection of music, art, and dance classes – some of their more extraordinary offerings are ballet folklórico and a mosaic art class. Additionally, they can also provide tutoring in various subjects and many other social support services, including SAT prep and parenting seminars. MECA also fosters a number of performing arts events, ranging from home-grown shows to touring artists.
This Sixth Ward gem is where art and design meet functionality. At DumpTruck Design their specialty is creating contemporary furniture pieces using reclaimed, recycled, or sustainable materials as often as they can. Swing by the studio at 908 Winston to check out their designs and maybe find your next unique piece. They have a full metal fabrication shop but also work with wood and other materials.
This last discovery may be a modern Sixth Ward business, but they will show you that and so much more. As such, it seems like a very fitting way to begin wrapping up our Ward Series and get you back to thinking about Houston at large once again. Bayou City Bike Tours follow a few main routes, including tours of Downtown, Buffalo Bayou Park, and The Heights. Private tours and corporate team building events can also be scheduled. The tours are paced with lots of stops along the way, so the inexperienced biker need not worry about falling behind.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this fantastic lineup of Sixth Ward discoveries. Get out there and explore, and let us know what you think!