There's always something to do in Houston. Take a stroll through Houston Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District, which boasts seventeen museums, including the Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. These museums draw a reported seven million visitors to the district each year. Other world-class attractions you should not miss are NASA Johnson Space Center, Hermann Park Conservancy and Galveston Island.
Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for NASA, features interactive exhibits, attractions and presentations to educate and entertain visitors. Learn about the history of space exploration in museum exhibits and short films or touch a moon rock. Take a tram-tour to Mission Control, the Astronaut Training Facility and Rocket Park, where a life-size Saturn V rocket ship is on display.
Located in the battlefield where Texas gained its independence from Mexico, the museum, at the base of the San Jacinto Monument, holds one of the largest collections of Texas art, artifacts and history. It was created as a steward of history—to promote friendship between Texas, Mexico, Spain, France and Latin America.
Visitors can walk through aquarium exhibits and amaze themselves with an unexpected exhibit of white tigers. Outside, the Ferris wheel and other rides make for a fair-like atmosphere. The train takes you around the small complex, stopping in the middle of an acrylic tunnel tank filled with sharks that swim above you. The aquarium contains, all in all, more than 200 species of marine life.
Located in the Museum District, it is home to the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Museum of Natural Science and a golf course. Visitors can also enjoy the jogging trail, birding, bicycle trails, and pedal boats on the lake. The urban forest includes wheelchair accessible paths.
One of the most heavily attended museums in the US, the museum features an IMAX theatre, planetarium, butterfly center, gems and minerals and energy hall within its permanent exhibits, plus world-class traveling exhibitions.
Downtown Houston is fast becoming an excellent urban walking area and people-watching hot spot. Just a quick stop off the Metro Light Rail, indulge in Broadway shows, concerts, live music, exotic fare, a vibrant museum community, professional and university sports, and an international social scene. A series of underground walkways, called “the tunnels”, provides a protected way to tour downtown.
You will find this carnival-like park with plenty of water sports and restaurants along the way just 20 miles from downtown Houston. It is open daily and offers fun for evey age. Here you will also find amusement rides in various forms.
Hiking and biking trails, as well as walking tours, help locals and visitors stay active while taking in the tranquility of the scenery. Discovery Green Parks includes a lake, restaurants, a children's area and multiple recreational areas. Also hosting events such as concerts and outdoor movies. Other parks such as Hermann, Sam Houston can be found downtown, while Memorial Park is just west of downtown.