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Everything is big in Texas. Houston is no exception as it is Texas’ largest city and the fourth largest city in the U.S. In this urban metropolis, southern hospitality and rich history meet modern city life. Shoppers, sports fans, history buffs, outer space enthusiasts and music lovers will all feel at home in Bayou City, a nickname given to Houston for its many surrounding waterways.
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Perhaps most famous for pioneering space exploration and NASA developments, Space Center Houston and the Johnson Space Center showcase many exhibits, films and activities of the United States space program. View the Mercury 9 capsule, Gemini 5 capsule, Apollo 17 command module, Saturn V and the Astronaut Gallery, or hop on the NASA Tram Tour for a behind-the-scenes look.
Find dinosaur fossils or fly to outer space in the planetarium at Houston Museum of Natural Science, located adjacent to Rice University and in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. This cultural hub features 20 different museums, galleries, community centers, and the Houston Zoo. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy free concerts at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Want to see a show? Houston's Theatre District is jam packed with 13,000 seats for the performing arts all within 17 blocks. See all sorts of shows from contemporary theater to traditional and modern dance companies including major stages like the Wortham Theatre Center, Alley Theatre, Revention Music Center, and The Hobby for Preforming Arts. After seeing a show, stop by the popular Bayou Place, a sprawling entertainment complex that offers a plethora of bars, restaurants, and performances year-round. The nearby Buffalo Bayou Park is a local favorite, offering 160 acres of city views, artwork, nature area, dog park, hiking and bike trails. If you like historical architecture, add Sam Houston Park to your list of places to go and enjoy tours of historical buildings from the 1800s.
Shoppers will be delighted to find a good mix of high-end designer stores to unique locally-owned boutiques in Houston. Sports fans won’t go unmatched in this southern city. Be sure to catch an exciting game from one of the 6 major sports team franchises or 34 minor league and semi-pro sports teams. Cheer on the Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Astros™ (MLB) , Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Dash™ (NWSL), Houston Dynamo (MLS) or the Scrap Yard Dawgs (NPF).
South of downtown, enjoy the campuses of Rice University, University of Houston, and Texas Southern University.
For a different type of tour, try one of the popular beer, wine & spirits tours, or eat your heart out on a culinary tour featuring all sorts of southern cuisine from Big Texas BBQ to Tex-Mex.
About an hour southeast of Houston, the Gulf Coast awaits. Nature lovers can delight in a morning of birdwatching at the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary to discover rare and endangered species like Piping Plovers and Snowy Plovers. Nearby at the mudflats and salt marshes along Galveston Bay, visitors can catch blue crabs, flounder, and trout. Even further south, for a day trip, visitors can soak up the sun on some stunning beaches at Corpus Christi.
Whether you’re in town for business or for a vacation, our Houston Hotels located in the downtown area or near the popular Willowbrook neighborhood will welcome you with southern hospitality.
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