There are many things to do in Houston, from sampling the local cuisine to arts and culture, to premier sporting events and shopping there is truly something for everyone.
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- George Bush Intercontinental Airport
- William P. Hobby Airport
- BBVA Compass Stadium
- Greenstreet Houston
- Houston Motorsports Park
- Houston Toyota Center
- Miller Outdoor Theatre
- Minute Maid Park
- NRG Stadium
- Sam Houston Race Park
- The Revention Music Center
- Battleship Texas
- Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
- Children's Museum of Houston
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- John C. Freeman Weather Museum (Weather Research Center)
- The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
- The Menil Collection
- Rice University
- Highland Village
- Houston Premium Outlets
- Rice Village
- River Oaks District
- The Galleria
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Top Family Attractions
Downtown Aquarium, Houston
Part attraction, part restaurant, the 500,000-gallon Downtown Aquarium complex is a multi-functional destination boasting a Ferris wheel, an aquatic carousel, Shark Voyage, a white tiger exhibit and a restaurant….During dinner, keep an eye out for scuba divers feeding fish in the restaurant-set tank.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Bayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg, the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. Open year-round, Bayou Bend welcomes thousands of visitors annual for tours and special programs.
Children's Museum of Houston
One of the most popular museums for children in the country, the Children's Museum of Houston serves more than 600,000 parents, educators, child-care, workers and children from birth to 12 years of age on-site annually.
The Houston Zoo features over 4,500 permanent wildlife residents, 55 acres of lush zoological gardens and special exhibits throughout the year. Whether you have just an hour of all day, the Houston Zoo has a special interactive map so that you can plan your visit. View information on zoo hours, admission prices and directions.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Miller Outdoor Theatre offers culturally and artistically diverse daytime children’s programming as part of its season of free productions. These performances are scheduled during the week and on Saturdays, March through October.
Top Five Sporting Venues
Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park is located in the heart of downtown Houston, Minute Maid Park combines the feel of an classic old-time park with the amenities of modern ones. After you take a guided tour of the park enjoy a baseball game with the Houston Astros.
Home to some of Houston's most exciting sporting events that include professional football games, Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show, concerts, racing events and various other trade shows and entertainment events.
BBVA Compass Stadium
Home to the Houston Dynamo, TSU football, and the Houston Dash - the BBVA Compass Stadium is a state-of-the-art open-air stadium, and also the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer.
John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium is an American football stadium that serves as the home of the Houston Cougars football team, which represents the University of Houston in collegiate football
Houston Toyota Center
Home to the NBA's Houston Rockets and the AHL Houston Aeros the Toyota Center has quickly established itself as being on of the up and coming venues in all of Houston.
Top 5 Shopping Destinations
The Galleria Mall
Dramatic architecture, an extraordinary mix of stores and unique style of entertainment have made The Galleria Houston's #1 shopping and tourist destination.
Houston Premium Outlets
Located in northwest Houston – shoppers can enjoy upscale outlet shopping at a wide range of retailers from designer apparel to jewelry and fine leather, with savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. The mall is a village-style center with a southwest architectural theme to reflect the area’s history. Pedestrian outdoor courtyards and covered walkways provide all-weather shopping comfort year-round.
Highland Village is home to several of Houston’s culinary establishments, upscale boutiques and national retailers.
River Oaks District
One of Houston’s new shopping destination that is home to designer stores, a cinema complex, upscale restaurants and a luxury gym.
Rice Village Houston is considered one of Houston's premier shopping destinations. After enjoying a recent expansion, Rice Village now covers 16 blocks and features over 300 stores ranging from nationwide retailers to small eclectic shops and boutiques.
Top 5 Attractions for History Buffs
The Museum of Fine Art, Houston
In the heart of Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, is a dynamic cultural complex featuring two museum buildings, two art schools, two decorative arts centers and a sculptural garden.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Being one of the most heavily attended museums in the country the Houston Museum of Natural Science features over a dozen permanent exhibits focusing on astronomy, space exploration, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals and seashells.
Space Center Houston - The Official Visitor center of Johnson Space Center
Get a behind the scenes tour of NASA's Johnson Space Center. You will get to see the historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the Current Mission Control center. Be sure to visit the all new Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park to complete your tour.
The Menil Collection
A museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the art collection of Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. The collection consists of nearly 15,000 works dating from the Paleolithic era to the present day.
The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
Tour authentically restored buildings that span the city’s history from before statehood to the oil boom of the early 20th century. The collections of historic buildings and artifacts tell the fascinating stories of the people, opportunities, and events that came together to build the nation’s fourth largest city.