Top Things To Do In Houston

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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 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.

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