While Houston is notable for many things, it is perhaps best known as “Space City.” The city has been home to the NASA Johnson Space Center since the early 1960’s, a time period that includes the first lunar landing. Experience NASA’s astounding history when you visit Space Center Houston, the gateway to the Johnson Space Center. Get an up-close view of a lunar landing module and roving vehicle trainer, look inside the Apollo 17 command module, and see the enormous Saturn V rocket, the most powerful ever built. For the ultimate experience, reserve a spot on the Tram Tour to go behind the scenes at the space center.
Now that you’ve gone to space, it’s time to come back down to earth by seeing what else Houston has to offer. One of the must-visit places of anywhere in town is the Houston Museum District, a sprawling area full of world-class museums, walking trails, and other attractions. Marvel at the exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, see spectacular works at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum, and say hello to the elephants and giraffes that reside in the Houston Zoo.
Once the sun sets, find a spot on the grassy hill in front of the Miller Outdoor Theatre and take in a concert or a show, or find your way to the Houston Theater District. Covering a 17-block area in downtown Houston, the district features top-class performing arts venues, such as The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Wortham Theater Center, and the Alley Theatre. In fact, the district ranks second in the nation for the number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area, second only to New York City. A range of restaurants can be found in and around the district as well, including the combined eatery and attraction known as the Downtown Aquarium Houston.
Speaking of food, you’re in for a treat when you visit Houston. Space City is home to more than 10,000 restaurants that serve cuisine from over 70 countries, so you’d better bring your appetite. Whether you’re craving juicy meats at a Brazilian churrascaria, savory Texas barbecue, or flavorful dishes from China, India, Thailand, or Vietnam, you’ll find an abundance of options in Houston. For a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, head to one of the locally owned coffee shops in Montrose or the Heights, two neighborhoods that have their own feel. Not enough for you? Houston is also home to more than 10 craft breweries, many of which provide free tours along with a sampling of their beers.
Believe it or not, all of this is just the tip of the iceberg. With one-of-a-kind events like the Art Car Parade and the Texas Renaissance Festival, there’s always something happening in Houston. Better yet, Space City is surrounded by distinct communities that have an endless supply of adventures, and it’s just 50 miles away from the sandy beaches of Galveston.
Regardless of whether it’s the outdoors, the food, or the world-class attractions that bring you to Houston, you’ll discover a thriving and diverse place with much to offer travelers of all ages. Start planning your trip to Houston by checking out VisitHouston.com.
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