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Top Things To Do In Houston

Houston is a big-time city with a smooth, Southern style. Whether it’s sampling savory barbecue, indulging in upscale shopping, or tapping your brand-new boots to thumping blues music, Houston dishes up a hearty helping of arts, activities and jaw-dropping, space-age thrills. National travel reviewers for Hotwire.com and Budget Travel both picked Houston as one of 2011’s top value destinations in terms of pricing and thrills. To help make your trip planning easier, here’s a list of some of the top things to do in Houston.

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston has been inspiring young people to learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields since opening in 1992. The center is home to more than 400 space artifacts.

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Downtown Aquarium

Here, landlubbers can take a tantalizing tour of colorful, captivating undersea landscapes as varied as a sunken shipwreck and tanks full of red-bellied piranhas, venomous stingrays and a shiver of sharks.

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

There’s a reason the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most attended museums in the United States. The Museum houses four floors of exhibit halls including the Morian Paleontology Hall, Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, and more.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

This museum is world renowned for its nearly 60,000 works of antique and modern art gathered from nearly every corner of the world. Whether it's art from Africa, Asia, Europe or the Americas you'll find something that fascinates you at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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Houston Zoo

Featuring a collection of more than 6,000 animals including elephants, red pandas, chimpanzees and rhinos the Houston Zoo is a must-see when you're in town. Use the free GPS-enabled smartphone app to enhance your experience.

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The Children's Museum of Houston

Parents' magazine ranked The Children's Museum of Houston as the nation's No. 1 children’s museum. CMH is packed with 14 hands-on exhibits designed just for kids.

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Kemah Boardwalk

The Kemah Boardwalk is where rides, shops, music and Texas-sized tastes all come together along the beautiful Galveston Bay. Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, this bodacious strip of fun is a great way to cool off in the sea breeze.

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Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

Located adjacent to The Galleria, the Waterwall is a towering work of art that inspires hearts. The 64-foot semi-circular fountain recirculates 11,000 gallons of water per minute as it flows down the inner and outer walls of the structure.

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The Galleria

This national icon of shopping sophistication is the top shopping destination in Houston with over 30 million visitors a year. The Galleria is internationally respected for its architectural style and was modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.

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Hermann Park

Located in the heart of Houston, the 445-acre Hermann Park is the city’s most significant public green space, hosting more than six million visitors per year.

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Minute Maid Park

Minute Maid Park is a great place to watch a baseball game—you’re able to see an orange-lugging train and a home run at the same time. The retractable roof offers guests beautiful sunny skies when the weather permits and keeps spectators dry during inclement weather.

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NRG Stadium

Everything is bigger in Texas, and when you're in the biggest city in the country's (second) biggest state, a Texan football game is a big part of the experience. Texas football has inspired some of the best movies and TV shows.

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Toyota Center

The only sports team that might give the die-hard Texans fans a run for their money is Houston's very own Rockets. Decked out all in red, Rockets fans and players alike feel at home at the Toyota Center.

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Market Square Park

Market Square Park is an outdoor escape from the concrete and asphalt of the big city and it's conveniently located right in the middle of Houston. Take a stroll through Market Square Park, bring a Frisbee, or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the sunshine.

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Rothko Chapel

A non-denominational chapel, Rothko Chapel is a sanctuary for all religions. It is a place of learning, mutual understanding, and inner and outer peace.

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Buffalo Bayou Park

You can get the best of both worlds at Buffalo Bayou Park—a sensational city skyline and the fresh, outdoor scenery. Green trees and a killer skate park, a hilly biking and jogging trail, and the fountain that looks like a misty dandelion make Buffalo Bayou Park a great destination.

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To visit the top attractions in Houston, make sure to use a Houston CityPASS ticket booklet. You'll save nearly half off combined admission costs and skip most main-entrance ticket lines, giving you more time to enjoy each attraction. Houston CityPASS includes admission to Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and your choice between the Houston Zoo and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a choice between The Children's Museum of Houston or an All-Day Ride Pass at Kemah Boardwalk. Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee. CityPASS can be purchased online or at any of our participating Houston attractions. Use Houston CityPASS and discover these top places to visit and things to do in Houston. Water Wall Photo Credit
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The CityPASS was the best thing I have ever purchased for one of our vacations! It gave us so many things to do and at a very affordable price for a family of 5! I will purchase a CityPASS every time we go on vacation from now on!
CityPASS was a vacation life saver!!
My husband and I purchased two passes and it was THE BEST investment ever. Our weekend getaway was jam packed with exciting things to do. We didn't have to worry about carrying enough money or standing in long lines.
Best Bang For Your Buck.
CityPASS ROCKS! I am a single parent to 3 awesome kiddos. This year I had family visit from CA and needed to show them the great state of Texas, but on a budget. I found the Houston CityPASS while doing a search and was I excited.
Great experience
It was easy to buy online, easy to use and was so worth it. We took the family to Houston to hit up all the museums, zoo, and aquarium; the works. We had an amazing time and had no issues using our CityPASS. We bought it online and printed the confirmation. Easy.
The BEST option for having fun around Houston
This is really the best option you´ve got. I had family visiting for a week and we decided to give it a try...it was totally worth it! The options available are on point, plus you get amazing discounts and coupons...all of this for a considerably lower price than you would if you paid for each option individually. So go for it!
Houston CityPASS is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 3926.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it! First time in Houston from Dallas! This city pass took the stress away from planning activities with my kiddos. The only thing I’d like to see is a route map. So for instance, it’s easy to see that Kemah boardwalk and the NASA space center are all within a good distance. The same with the museums. But all in all, we enjoyed our trip!
Date published: 2022-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Houston was Amazing, thanks to City Pass! I brought the city pass for Houston for myself and my two kids (age 4&9). We had a blast. I didn’t think I would enjoy the space center. However, that was my favorite place to visit. My kids really enjoyed the Aquarium & Kemah Boardwalk. We went throughout the week. So we were able to enjoy these attractions without the big crowds…
Date published: 2022-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super easy! I’m very happy that I got the city pass for Houston, the attractions were great and it was so easy to get scanned and into everything we wanted to see! NASA was all general admission so if you come down here and do that, it’s worth the price of the pass. No need to upgrade for anything there, also do not upgrade the aquarium, the only add on is the outside kid rides. We had an amazing time at the Museum of science and industry, the body exhibit was extra but there’s plenty to see. Had a great trip and the city pass helped to make that happen! Highly suggested!
Date published: 2022-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun In SQREWSTON My wife and I saved so much money in buy the city pass!!! We had a blast going to 5 attractions. This is the way to go for a fun event filled weekend. It's a sure buy for any city that has it. You get your money's worth with 2 attractions!
Date published: 2022-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend The CityPass saved us not only money but time. We did not need to line up to purchase tickets as we were able to just show our passes at the entry point. Further, we ended up going to more attractions as the pass allowed entries to more attractions than we had initially intended to attend.
Date published: 2022-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good deal! We bought the CityPASS to tour some of the top sites to visit in Downtown Houston. We knew we wouldn't make it to every attraction but we felt we got our money’s worth. We went to the Downtown Aquarium, Johnson Space Center, and the Zoo. We were there in late February so a lot of things at Kemah Boardwalk were closed for the season, and ran out of time to go to the Museum of Natural History. The weather wasn't cooperative but we really enjoyed all the locations we visited. The online tickets were easy to use, and since we didn’t have children with us it covered the things were wanting to see, and some extras can be paid for separately at the aquarium and the zoo. We had reservations to make for the space center, and a time window for the aquarium, but went to the zoo without a plan. We will be visiting again next year and will buy it again to visit the locations we missed. It’s worth it!
Date published: 2022-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Unforgettable! I bought a CityPASS when I got to Houston, Texas and I was so happy I did, I was planning to stay in Houston for a week plus I was thinking of a way to explore the city before I go back to my country and I came across the CityPASS. That encounter was the best thing that ever happened to me. I visited the Downtown Aquarium, Space Center Houston, and the Children's Museum of Houston and I had the best experience, not having to wait in line for tickets and having to explore more for less, this was really a wonderful experience for me. Thank you, CityPASS!!
Date published: 2022-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spring Break I purchased 2 city passes spring break weekend..and I’m glad I did ..It saved me money and the trouble and hassle of standing in a longgggg line at the Houston Zoo and at Kemah Broad walk.....I would recommend this purchase to anyone that does no have time to waste..
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing We bought the city pass, and was able to do everything in 3 days. Will definitely do it again.
Date published: 2021-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded my Expectations Great pass, no issues whatsoever on any of the attractions, we did Nasa, Museum of Natural Science, Kama Boardwalk, Downtown Aquarium, and Zoo. We hardly encountered any lines entering, and everything was well organized, sanitized, social distancing. We loved it and are planning on another trip in the near future.
Date published: 2021-03-01
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