Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S. offers a range of experience to visitors and locals. Located in southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico, Houston mixes international culture and southern charm to create a top tier environment for world-class arts, booming businesses, professional sports and award-winning cuisine. Downtown Houston boasts a professional ballet, opera, symphony and theater and a large Museum District that includes 18 cultural institutions in close proximity. Listed below are some of Houston’s top attractions. We hope you enjoy your visit!
The Museum District boasts 19 museums located with a 1.5-mile radius of Mecom Fountain in Hermann Park located between Downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. The area includes four clusters of museums that are walkable brimming with masterpieces, cutting-edge scientific experiments and historic relics offering a wealth of culture to district visitors. Institutions of note include the Rothko Chapel, the Houston Zoo, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
A Houston shopping trip to the Galleria means hitting up the largest mall in the city. No other Houston shopping malls compare in scope and size to the Galleria. Upscale shopping is available against a backdrop including a huge selection of dining and an ice rink. The Houston shopping experience at the Galleria is topped off with sunlit atrium, literally brightening up the entire affair.
Market Square Park is the historical heart of Downtown Houston. The park is a primary feature of the Main Street/Market Square Park District which is on the national Register of Historic Places. Features of the park include a central lawn where past Houston City Halls stood, a dog park, and a historic walkway. Visit the surrounding restaurants and businesses for a taste of Houston culture or enjoy a quiet moment people watching in the park.
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Since the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was established, it has made an impressive footprint on the livestock and entertainment industries and in the sport of rodeo. Every spring, the Rodeo comes to town for 20 days of world-class performers, awesome rodeo action, great fun, and tons of excitement! The Rodeo is considered Houston’s “signature event” and is attended by 2.5 million people annually. Want to experience cowboy culture firsthand? You can visit the all-year Cypress Trails Equestrian Center just 20 minutes north of Downtown Houston for hour long to full day trail rides through some of the most picturesque parts of Harris County.
Discovery Green is a 12-acre public urban park in Downtown Houston. Opened in 2008, Discovery green is centrally located on Avenida de las Americas. Features of this urban oasis include a recreational lake, bandstands and venues for public performances, two dog runs, a children’s area, and multiple recreation areas. Discovery Green has earned several architecture and design accolades including LEED Gold Certification for its sustainable design. The park is credited with helping Houstonites rethink Downtown Houston as somewhere to play and not just work.
The Houston Theatre District is a well-kept secret to most, but Houston has a sense for the higher arts. The district features nine world renowned performing arts organizations, and many smaller ones. The Theatre District Houston is an ideal place to watch romance, comedy, tragedy, dance and opera. Texas is not all just "hootin" and "hollerin". The talent looms in the creative backdrop of Houston.
The Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA’s center for human space flight operations. Since its opening in 1992, the Space Center Houston has welcomed more than 18 million visitors and currently hosts nearly 1 million visitors annually. The Space Center has more than 400 things to do and see including the Starship Gallery, Independence Plaza, NASA Tram Tour and the Astronaut Gallery.