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51 Reasons to Visit Houston

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Are you traveling to Houston soon and need some ideas on what to do? Well, we have you covered with 51 ideas that will keep you busy your entire trip.

1. Kemah Boardwalk

Even though this is 30 miles from downtown Houston, take a day trip to see views of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay along a 60-acre boardwalk.

2. The people are nice! People will hold the door open for you and if you have trouble finding a place, ask any Houstonian and they will be more than happy to help.

3. Museums

  • The Menil Collection – admission is free and has 30-acres filled with art.
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science – Visit The George Observatory in Fort Bend County, which houses one of the largest telescopes in the country that is available for public viewing.
  • The Health Museum – If you want to learn how to be healthier, check out their interactive exhibits to teach you about the human body.

4. Johnson Space Center

Visit NASA’s largest research and development facilities that have led the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab projects.

5. Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

This historic event has been going on for 80-plus years and will be held from March 7-26, 2017. Some of the artists that will be performing include: Alicia Keys, Luke Bryan and The Chainsmokers, to name a few! Buy your tickets in advance since it attracts more than 2.2 million visitors each year.

6. The Astrodome

Although you can’t go inside, you can see the world’s first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium. In recent news, The Astrodome was approved for major renovations to make it suitable for festivals or conferences in the future.

7. Oyster season

8. The Galleria – with over 375 stores to choose from, you will always find what you are looking for.

9. Culture – Did you know more than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area? Also, 92 countries have consular offices in Houston, which makes it the third highest in the nation. We recommend checking out the Chinatowns in East Downtown or on Bellaire Boulevard. These areas not only include Chinese restaurants but all kinds of Asian cuisine. If you need help finding a restaurant, check out our recommendations:

  • Tiger Den
  • Seoul House
  • Crawfish & Noodles
  • Fung’s Kitchen

10. Barbecue!

The barbecue scene in Houston has been increasing over the years and is something you need to try while you visit. We recommend these places:

  • Blood Bros. BBQ
  • Goode Company BBQ

11. There are over 128 miles of hiking and bike paths in Houston. You should check out some of these parks:

  • Discovery Green
  • Harmen Park
  • Buffalo Bayou
  • Market Square

12. World-class hospitals

They have 21 renowned hospitals, and Houston’s Texas Medical Center is the largest healthcare complex in the entire world!

13. The Texans

14. The Rockets

15. The Astros

16. The Houston Dynamo

17. Taco Trucks

  • Ultimo Taco Truck
  • El Taconazo Taco Truck
  • El Taquito Food Truck

18. Music scene

  • Fitzgerald’s aka “Fitz” – one of the oldest live music venues in Houston! It has been open since 1977.
  • Walter’s
  • The Continental Club

19. Rice University

Visit the James Turrell Skyspace to see a sunrise and sunset light sequence

20. University of Houston

21. Art Car Parade

The parade this year will be on April 8, 2017 but not to worry if you can’t make it! You can head to the free Art Car Museum to check out the art cars inside.

22. Beyoncé

23. Jus’ Mac: Are you obsessed with mac and cheese like we are?

24. See the Houston skyline 60 stories up at the Sky Lobby of JP Morgan Chase Tower

25. The METRORail

26. Kolaches from the Original Kolache Shoppe

27. The Waugh Bat Bridge at sunset where you can see over 250,000 bats.

28. An 87,500 sqft, 25 ft-tall underground cistern

30-minute walking tour of what was once a drinking reservoir for the city of Houston. Usually $2 per person but on Thursdays it is free. Reservations are required though.

29. Biscuit Paint Wall

30. Snow cones from Yeti Sunshine!

Follow their tracks on twitter: @yetishunshine

31. Graffiti art at the Kingspoint Mullet

32. Urban Harvest Farmers Market

33. Take a cool Instagram photo in front of the Sugar & Cloth Color Wall

34. Houston Zoo

The zoo is home to over 6,000 animals!

35. Take a picture in front of the 64-foot waterfall at Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park (2800 Post Oak Blvd.)

36. Press the mysterious red button by the Preston Street Bridge. We dare you!

It is an installation by artist Dean Ruck called, The Big Bubble, and has been there since 1998.

37. Visit The Beer Can House – 222 Malone Street

38. David Adickes Sculpturworx Studio – 2500 Summer Street Houston

39. Buy chocolate from The Chocolate Bar

40. Bike around town!

There is a bike share and plenty of bike lanes downtown. We recommend trying Houston Bcycle. They even have an app available in the App Store and Google Play.

41. Buy a pie in the middle of the night from House of Pies. They are open 24/7 and will fulfill all of your pie needs.

42. A president lives here! Wear crazy socks like George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.

43. Spend the day shopping outdoors at CityCentre

44. Rice Village – an open-air mall that has a mix of retailers, restaurants and nightlife options.

45. The Battleship – 3523 Independence Pkwy, La Porte, TX

Visit USS Texas (BB-35), the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of Texas.

46. Smoosh Cookie Sandwiches because who doesn’t love a good cookie ice cream sandwich?

47. Cockrell Butterfly Center

48. Saint Arnold Brewing Company Tour

49. Watch a performance at the Houston Ballet

50. Sip on some coffee at Siphon Coffee and play on their Ms. Pac-Man, while you enjoy your cup.

51. Tex-Mex

You can’t visit Houston and not eat Tex-Mex! Some places we recommend are:

  • The Don’Key
  • El Patio
  • Fajita Pete’s
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