Houston is the most populated city in Texas, and the fourth most populated city in the United States. This massive city has an abundance of fascinating historical sites, indoor and outdoor activities, and tasty Tex Mex cuisine practically around every corner. There’s something for everyone.
If Texas is on your radar this summer, here are some ideas of great places to visit in Houston
The Top Places To Visit in Houston
Get Your Cultural Fix in the Museum District
The Museum District is located just south of downtown Houston is the cultural hub of the city. This area is extremely popular with locals and tourists and has approximately seven million visitors a year. The top museums here are the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Admission to 11 of the 19 museums located in the Museum District are free of charge, year round.
Walk the Trails at Hermann Park
Hermann Park is where the tourists go to feel like a local. There are many ways to spend a glorious day in this park. You can spend some time in the tranquility of the Japanese Garden. Then soak in the beauty of McGovern Centennial Garden. See some exotic animals at the Houston Zoo, or walk along the park’s many trails. The park also has other amenities for guest enjoyment including playgrounds, picnic areas, a golf course and much more.
Learn About Astronauts and Space Travel at Space Center Houston
A visit to Houston would not be complete without a visit to the Johnson Space Center. Come and take a tour of the birthplace of NASA and the American Space Program. Opened in 1963, as NASA headquarters, the center is still operational today as a research and astronaut training center. The center also hosts educational programs, field trips, and even overnight experiences, plus much more. The Space Center’s hours of operation for visits vary by season, so it is best to check the website.
Be Dazzled By Stunning Murals
Come out and see the vibrant street art in that is all over the city of Houston. The public art here is special due to its diversity in appearance and theme. The artwork of the murals range from bright colors to more subtle shaded coloring, while the mural messages vary from universal to political. As you tour the city, you will see these murals on walls of various buildings and businesses.
Shop in The Historic Heights
This hip area of town has many quirky little shops that sell unique items. On 19th Street there are a great many retail options including antique shops, thrift stores and cafes. Stop into Boomtown Coffee for a coffee or snack while you break from shopping. For a gift for someone special, Jubilee is the place to find that treasure. You can purchase food and goods from local vendors at The Local Love Market. The market happens on the first Saturday of every month from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Reconnect with Wildlife at Armand Bayou Nature Center
About 26 miles outside of the Houston metro area lies the largest urban wilderness preserve in the United States. While walking The Discovery Loop Trail, you will make your way to all the main attractions of the preserve including the Interpretive Building, a bison viewing area, and Martyn Farm Site. At the center you can view over 370 species of animals including alligators, armadillos, deer, turtles and even the mighty eagle. If you are interested in a guided tour of the center, the weekends are your best bet for scheduling these tours. Due to new safety regulations, the center strongly recommends guests to purchase their admission tickets online prior to visiting the preserve.
See Moving Art at the Art Car Museum
The Art Car Museum is not your typical modern art museum. At the museum you will see everything in vehicles ranging from hippie vans to police cars and much more. All automobiles are decorated in various ways including brightly painted and bejeweled cars and even some fitted with intricate art installations. Every April, the museum holds an Art Car Parade, where spectators can see a wide variety of the colorful cars cruising the street. Visits to the Art car Museum are by appointment only from Wednesday to Sunday.
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