Houston, the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States, is as popular among tourists as it is for business types. It is the perfect place to enjoy all that big city has to offer. From world-class museums and eclectic galleries to grassy parks and great cuisine from around the world. Here is our list of the Top 9 Things To Do In Houston.
Space Center Houston – Space Center Houston is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. It has been inspiring young people to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields since opening in 1992. The center is home to more than 400 space artifacts and a series of fun interactive exhibits will navigate you through various stages of space exploration. Watch the film On Human Destiny at the Destiny Theater, take a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour with the NASA Tram, experience the thrill of launching into space like a real astronaut in the Blast-Off theater or visit with kids the Kids Space Place, perfect for children of all ages who’ve dreamed of going into space.
Museum District – The Houston Museum District is refers to the collection of 19 museums and galleries located within an approximate 2.4 km (1.5 miles) radius of the Mecom Fountain in Hermann Park. The list long: Asia Society Texas Center, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Children’s Museum of Houston, Rice University Art Gallery, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, The Health Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Czech Center Museum Houston, DiverseWorks, Houston Center for Photography, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, The Jung Center of Houston, The Rothko Chapel, The Menil Collection, Lawndale Art Center, Museum of African American Culture Center and Museum of Fine Arts.
Montrose – Montrose is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Houston. It is Houston’s hub of vintage shopping, trendy restaurants and cafes, live music, wild nightlife and gay and lesbian activism.
Old Town Spring – Located in North Houston, Old Town Spring is a community of more than 150 shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries designed to resemble America during the early 1900’s. Many of the buildings are original and some over a hundred years old.
Houston Zoo – With over 6,000 permanent animals and and 1000 species, Houston Zoo is one of the best zoos in the state of Texas. You can even feed giraffes and lions.
Downtown Tunnels – A six-mile long maze of tunnels connects many of Houston’s downtown buildings, but the tunnels are more than just a way to get around. With dozens of shops and restaurants, and a lot of pride by building owners, the tunnels are cheerful and attractive (experienced tunnel users can ID their location from the materials used for the walls and floor — Shell buildings boast travertine marble). Get a haircut, grab a burger or indulge in a massage. You can take a tour of the tunnels, which we recommend. And a word of warning, get the best map you can before you head out — one wrong turn and you’ll go blocks out of your way. The ‘you-are-here’ maps that dot the walls range from helpful to indecipherable. Thankfully, there’s always a restaurant or shop you can pop into for a breather. Source: houstonpress
Kemah Boardwalk – Located just 32 km (20 miles) from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is a family fun destination with 10 waterfront restaurants, 13 amusement rides, midway games, charming retail stores, daily seaside shows, festivals and events all year long.
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park – The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park features a 20 meter (64 ft) semi-circular architectural fountain which sits opposite the south face of Williams Tower in the Uptown District of Houston. The fountain re-circulates 41,600 liters (11,000 gallons) of water per minute as it cascades down the structure’s inner and outer walls.
The Galleria – The Galleria Houston, Texas’s largest mall, is an upscale shopping mall centrally located just outside the 610 loop in Houston’s Uptown District. The Galleria features more than 400 fine stores and restaurants as well as two high-rise hotels. Stores include J. Crew, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue. Dining options include Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, as well as a variety of other options.
Just So You Know…
- Houston is home to The Beer Can House, a folk art house in Rice Military covered by over 50,000 Cans of beer, all of which were consumed over an 18-year period by John Milkovisch.
- St Arnold’s Brewery is a cool place to grab a beer or schedule a beer tasting at the Texas oldest breweries.
- In downtown Houston is Old Market Square, an area of old buildings that have been renovated to provide a wide assortment of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops.
- “Houston” is the first word said on the moon. When the Apollo 11 moon lander touched down, Neil Armstrong said, “Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed”.
- See the Rodeo – The world’s largest livestock show meets annually in Houston.
- Get Some Culture:
- Museum of Fine Arts – A dynamic cultural complex comprising two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, movie theater, gift shop, café, two art schools, and two house museums.
- Museum of Natural Science – A science museum located on the northern border of Hermann Park.
- Children’s Museum of Houston – A children’s museum in the Museum District in Houston.
- ArtCar Museum – An exhibition for local, national and international artists with an emphasis on art cars.
- Grab A Bite:
- Spindletop – Houston’s rotating restaurant that offers the best downtown views in a special setting.
- Bramble – American (New), Seafood and Southern cuisine in a fun, relaxing, and downright enjoyable atmosphere.
- Pass And Provisions – A Michelin level dining room built around a pivotal instrumental element, a mammoth wood- burning oven designed to churn out anything with smoky traces and a pizza-like crust.