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Known for Live Music, Entertainment and Sport

Known for its beef, oil and gas industry, ‘H Town’ buzzes with creative energy too. Ballet and theater happily coexist with rodeos and gridiron. 

How do you get to Houston?

Named after General Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas, the city was founded on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou in 1837. Thanks to successful port and railroad industries and the discovery of oil in 1901, it‘s enjoyed decades of prosperity. Today, only New York has more Fortune 500 companies.

Many of the city’s best attractions lie within easy reach of Downtown. Head to the Museum District where the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection both have works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Stroll the tranquil grounds of Hermann Park, which has the Houston Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium.

A civic passion for sport and a temperate climate year-round makes Houston a good destination to explore the outdoors. Head to Discovery Green for playgrounds and bike trails. Eight miles (13 kilometers) west of Downtown, Memorial Park has more expansive running and biking trails and a golf course. While there, drop by the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center and stroll through nature walks or enjoy some quiet time in one of the special gardens. Stimulate your sight, sound and smell in the Carol Tatkon Sensory Garden or get some hands-on education about Houston's flora and fauna in the Discovery Room.

Science enthusiasts should take the 40-minute drive to NASA’s Space Center Houston. The Center has decommissioned space craft and artifacts, and a tour that goes through the old Mission Control areas.

For family-oriented fun, drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) to The Moody Gardens theme park on Galveston Island. The Kemah Boardwalk is a little closer, but still by the sea. Stroll the promenade, dine, shop or take a ride on the Ferris Wheel, Carousel or Wipeout. If it’s hot, cool off at popular Splashtown, which is an easy drive north of Downtown.

Relive the battle for Texan Independence 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Downtown at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Here you’ll find the world’s tallest monument tower and the Battleship Texas.

Houston may be big, but friendly locals give it a small-town vibe.

Things to do in Houston

There’s much to do at this bustling downtown park, but it’s also a great place to come and do nothing at all.

Feed a giraffe, catch a 4-D movie or cool off in the water park at this extraordinary zoo.

This multi-level aquarium in downtown Houston also has outdoor entertainment.

Houstonians come to Memorial Park for some serious exercise — indoor as well as outdoor.

Works by Salvador Dali and Max Ernst sit alongside Byzantine treasures in this extraordinary private art collection.

This grand memorial is a sobering reminder of those who risked their lives for America’s freedom during the two world wars.

This iconic “mission control” was immortalized for its role in the first moon landing.

Tickets & Tours

Houston CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to five of Houston’s must-see attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.

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Galveston Island Stroll along wave-riddled seawalls, spot dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, and explore historic landmarks scattered around the shores of Galveston Island. Paired with a fun-filled hop-on hop-off tour of Houston, this guided tour is an ideal way to explore the southeast sights of the Lone Star State.

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Uncover the thrilling history of the space program in Houston with an immersive visit to NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Enjoy a hop-on hop-off excursion between famous sights and landmarks, and then head to the Space Center Houston to check out real rockets and learn about the Apollo missions.

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Explore the evolution of Houston's food scene, from its inception through the present day, with a walking food tour. Your friendly guide enlightens you to the city's architecture, culture, and thriving restaurant industry while you enjoy delicious food and drink samples along the way.

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We would be the first to say that walking through the streets of Houston is pretty special, but did you know that there is a whole underground system of tunnels below the city ..

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Explore downtown Houston on this haunted history tour! Experience spooky stories as you visit some of the most haunted spots in the city—and steady your nerves with a few drinks along the way. Meet your fellow ghost-hunters in downtown Houston and head off to explore the area's eeriest locations.

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