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The next time you walk into a dark room and flip on the light switch, imagine yourself creating a work of art. James Turrell’s approach isn’t quite so simplistic, but he does find inspiration in the basic function of electric illumination. In a career spanning five decades, he has cast cubes of light into a room, built hallways and rooms of illuminated color, and cultivated fields of shifting light that could disorient you faster than a corn maze in the fall. read more »
Ever heard the tales of eccentric billionaire businessman and filmmaker Howard R. Hughes? Or traveled out of former Texas Governor William P. Hobby’s namesake airport? Texas and its characters seem to be both bigger and bolder, and Houston is no exception. Located on Washington Avenue, just one mile west of Houston’s bustling downtown, history meets serenity at Houston’s historic Glenwood Cemetery. The 85-acre grounds serve as a memorial to the men and women who shaped Houston (and Texas), while providing a scenic place to pay respects and find shade on a warm spring afternoon. read more »
Stay warm on these cold days by hitting up your favorite museums this winter. We've compiled a mini list of Special Exhibits we thought would interest a wide range of museum enthusiasts. From Picasso to Frida & Diego, there's something for every art lover out there! A warm welcome to beat the winter blues, many of these exhibits are included in your CityPASS. read more »
The term “Houston winter” is a bit of a non sequitur, since temperatures in January and February rarely dip below 50 and often climb to 70 degrees. It still isn’t flip-flops and shorts weather, but it’ll do compared to the freezing, storm-battered northeastern seaboard, the windy northern plains or terminally gray Pacific Northwest. read more »
Holiday travel brings friends and family together to revel in the comfort of familiar surroundings. But it also provides an unmatched opportunity to explore traditions beyond your own family or hometown celebrations. If a CityPASS tour takes you on the road this Christmas season, look for your destination city’s signature holiday happenings and join the festivities. You just might turn some vacation memories into traditions of your own back home. read more »
When you were a kid, what’s the one thing that rocked your world most when you took a trip to the museum? I’d wager that most would say dinosaurs — remembering the thrill of seeing the sharp teeth, skeletons or models of fearsome carnivores such as the tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptor and dimetrodon.Now the Houston Museum of Natural Science, which is a Houston CityPASS attraction, has taken dinosaur viewing to a whole new level with its new, 36,000-square foot, $85 million Morian Hall of Paleontology, which opened last June. read more »
What a treat it is to visit a Zoo and get a peek at a newly-arrived baby animal - some so tiny you're lucky to catch a glimpse, others larger than many adult humans, but all of them too cute to resist. Here, we highlight some baby animals that were born in Zoos across the U.S. in 2012. read more »
As far as big parades go, the West Coast has its baskets of Pasadena roses and the East Coast has all those flowery bonnets strolling down Fifth Avenue in New York City. But it’s down south, in Houston, where you’ll find the streets blooming with one-of-a-kind “art cars.” Befitting its Texas-sized roots, the Houston Art Car Parade was the first Art Car parade in the world, and to this day it remains the largest. read more »
Cities across the country get festive for Cinco de Mayo and go crazy for half-price Mexican beers, but what exactly are we celebrating? Cinco de Mayo – or the Fifth of May - is a holiday originating in Puebla, Mexico to commemorate the last foreign battle on North American soil. The Mexican army defeated the much larger and better-equipped French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. read more »
Across the United States, and really the whole world, there are aquariums with all sorts of amazing exhibits that capture the imagination and educate us on the beauties and wonders of aquatic life. Whether you're fascinated by coral, sharks, or colorful tropical fish you can be sure to see and learn amazing things at the world's aquariums.
The graphic below shares some facts and figures about some of the accredited aquariums in the world, as well as highlights of some of the most famous aquariums in the US and abroad. In the comments, share with us one of your favorite aquarium adventures!