What are the top tourist attractions to visit in Houston?
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Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States located at the largest state by territory in the country making it abundant with amazing things to do and experience both for locals and travelers. People won’t run out of things to do and experience in Houston with it being a city of endless appetites and attractions while also being rich in culture and history.
This list can go on forever, but we’ve curated the best ones and the must-visits for travelers looking to explore and experience the best that the city of Houston has to offer. From museums to rodeos and even to outer space, read on to see what this urban jungle has in store.
Visit the Space Center Houston
Wanna meet an astronaut or touch a rock from the moon? You can do both and more when you visit the Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The center is a huge complex where visitors can see replicas of space shuttles and explore inside a replica of America’s first-ever space station, Skylab.
They also offer a free tour inside Johnson Space Center and the VIP Level 9 Tour where ticket buyers are shown around cool restricted areas.
Visit Houston’s Many Museums
One of Houston’s greatest cultural attractions is its Museum District downtown on Bissonnet Street where 19 world-class museums are located, most of which are within close proximity of each other. Out of these 19 museums, 11 of them are free for visitors to wander and admire their collections.
Art enthusiasts and lovers of culture, in general, will have a great time exploring what these museums have to offer. Notable must-visits are the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Children’s Museum of Houston, and Museum of Fine Arts.
Have the Best Dining Experience
In a huge state like Texas, the mindset of “go big or go home” is evident in its establishments, especially in the big cities like Houston. Likewise, their cuisine is perfect for people with big appetites and Houston is home to the best restaurants in Texas. Travelers visiting the city shouldn’t miss out on exploring the dining options in the city as the options are almost endless.
Travelers shouldn’t miss out on trying traditional southern cuisine as well as the available Mexican, Latin American, and Asian restaurants.
Visit Animals at the Houston Zoo
Located on a 55 acres property in Hermann Park just near Houston’s Museum District, the Houston Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the city for both locals and visitors. The large zoo is home to over 6,000 animals both of the exotic and indigenous kinds. The zoo is also home to an education center, children’s zoo, an aquarium, and fun activities that visitors can do with animals.
Attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
To get an authentic taste of local fanfare, don’t miss out to attend the annual even of Houston Livestock and Show and Rodeo that takes place in the months of February to March. It’s a huge 19-day event where the whole city actively joins in the celebration. Take a pick at the exciting rodeo events, admire the different animals in livestock shows, music festivals and concerts are held in the evenings, and carnivals are set up in open areas in the city.
Marvel at the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
When in Houston, don’t miss the chance to visit this unique fountain/sculpture, located in a 2.77-acre park in Uptown Houston. The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is a fascinating landmark in the area. It’s this huge multi-story sculpture that cascades down huge volumes of water from the very top of its 64 feet concrete walls. It’s a unique fountain/sculpture to witness and looks more like a waterfall within an urban jungle than anything else.
Unwind at Buffalo Bayou Park
Houston is home to many beautiful green open spaces and Buffalo Bayou Park is one of its most popular. The park spreads out 160 acres and runs through the city and is full of recreational facilities and activities for locals and travelers looking to unwind. Its centerpiece is the running waters of Buffalo Bayou where people can rent kayaks, canoe, or paddleboards to have fun on the water.
The park is also home to many trails, a dog park, multiple sculptures, and many other attractions.
See a Sports Game
Houston is a city full of sports enthusiasts with sports fans having plenty of options to catch a game within the city because of its many sports stadiums. The city is home to multiple sports teams including the Houston Rockets in the NBA with their home being the Toyota Center in Downtown Houston. Football fans can visit the NGR Stadium, home to the Houston Texans of the NFL. For baseball, there are the Houston Astros in their home at Minute Maid Park.
Get a Souvenir at One of Houston’s Vintage Stores
For a unique shopping experience, head on to 19th Street in the Heights. The area is full of unique and quirky shops selling one of a kind items. Many of them sell vintage stuff from clothing, furniture, gadgets, and different unique items. They also sell some new items and some shops have a mixture of old and new merchandise.
Even when you’re not out to shop, strolling through this funky area is will be a fun and unique experience.
Go on a Day Trip to Galveston
Just less than an hour away is the coastal city of Galveston, a less urbanized area with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. Relax and unwind at the miles of white sandy beach and shallow turquoise waters. If you want more fun at the beach, head to Pleasure Pier and hop on its adrenaline-pumping rides. Other attractions are Gavelston’s historic downtown, the many seaside restaurants, the Moody Gardens, and local museums.
Gavelston is a great destination for a day trip for a temporary reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Houston Travel and Tour Packages
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