Houston Warnings and Dangers
Houston is a notable tourist destination, but like all large cities there are some areas to avoid. Here’s what you need to know when visiting Houston.
Houston Areas to Avoid
Generally, if you keep to yourself and use common sense, Houston is safe to tour during the day and for events at night. That said, North Houston and East Houston are best avoided, especially Acres Home and White Oak Terrace in the north.
Weather in Houston
Houston summers are very hot. Hurricane season runs from the end of June to the end of October, and it can bring high winds and hail even when there isn’t an official hurricane in Houston.
Driving in Houston
Houston has a lot of cars on the road. Coupled with construction, occasional heavy morning fog, and speed traps, this makes for high traffic during rush hours. It’s important to be patient and it is strongly recommended that you not honk at other drivers for any reason. When parking, know that car theft can be a problem. Be aware of your surroundings, don’t leave possessions behind, and lock your doors.
Houston has its share of wildlife that should be avoided if spotted:
- Dog packs – Don’t feed them.
- Coyote – Be cautious when biking or hiking.
- Bats – Colonies are located through Houston.
- Windferns – They will make an annoying sound if they sense danger.
- African Killer Bees – Hives will be black, call animal control if spotted.
- Brown Recluse spiders – Watch for webs over sidewalks or doorways to know one is near.
- Armadillos, Raccoons, and Possums – Will generally mind their own business if you do.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Houston warnings and dangers.