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Houston Attractions

What to See and Do in Houston


Find out where the fun and relaxing spots are from baseball games to quiet museums.

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WHAT TO DO — HOUSTON ATTRACTIONS


PARKS & OUTDOORS





Discovery Green
Downtown
713-400-7336
www.discoverygreen.com
Houston's newest urban park features a lake, two dining options, outdoor sculptures and tons of activities daily from a farmers market to outdoor yoga classes.

Kemah Boardwalk is a popular waterside attraction near Houston
Kemah Boardwalk

Hobby Center for Performing Arts
800 Bagby St.
Houston, TX
713-315-2400
www.thehobbycenter.org
This state-of-the-art center goes from Mozart to "Rent" to "Evita."

Kemah Boardwalk
Bradford and 2nd Sts.
Kemah, TX
281-334-9880
www.kemahboardwalk.com
A popular waterside town that's home to several seafood restaurants and a myriad of shops, as well as a Coney Island-style theme park with a Ferris wheel and mini train.

Moody Gardens
One Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX
800-582-4673
www.moodygardens.com
One of the Houston area's number one tourist attractions and family destinations.

Sesquicentennial Park
400 Texas Ave. (behind Wortham Center)
Houston, TX
713-845-1000
www.houstontx.gov/sqpark
One of Houston's best-kept secrets: featuring a playful waterfall flowing down to the landscaped grounds of Buffalo Bayou, it is part of a winding waterway that offers hiking and biking trails and kayaking through downtown.


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

MUSEUMS





Bayou Bend

1 Westcott St.
Houston, TX
713-639-7750
www.mfah.org

The former mansion and stunning gardens of Houston's first lady of philanthropy, Ima Hogg, at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX
713-942-8000
www.hmh.org
The first institution of its kind in the Southwest that serves as a memorial to the millions imprisoned and murdered by Nazis.

Visitors can stroll through the stunning gardens of Bayou Bend in Houston
Bayou Bend

Houston Museum of Natural Science
1 Hermann Circle Dr.
Houston, TX
713-639-4629
www.hmns.org
Highlights the earth's wonders with its Wortham IMAX Theatre, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, the Burke Baker Planetarium and three floors of permanent exhibits.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX
713-639-7300
www.mfah.org
Features a world-renowned permanent collection and traveling exhibits, which include African art, Islamic art, European paintings, antiques, photography, prints, drawings, textiles and costumes.

Pier 21 Theater and Texas Seaport Museum
21st at Harborside Dr.
Galveston, TX
409-763-8808
www.galveston.com
Seat yourself in a dark theater for firsthand accounts of the tragic hurricane that leveled the island in 1900. Called "The Great Storm," the multimedia presentation is always on view at the Pier 21 Theater in the historic Strand District.

BALLET & OPERA






Grand 1894 Opera House
2020 Post Office St
Galveston, TX 77550
409-765-1894
www.thegrand.com
A great place to see a myriad of different events, The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Houston Ballet at the Wortham Center
500 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX
713-227-2787
www.houstonballet.org
The New York Times has hailed Houston Ballet as "one of the nation's best ballet companies."

Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston

OTHER ATTRACTIONS





Bayou Place

Smith and Texas Aves.
Houston, TX
713-227-0957
www.bayouplace.com
A dining and entertainment destination.

Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Rd. 1, off Interstate 45 South
Houston, TX
281-244-2105
www.spacecenter.org
It's NASA's Official Visitors Center, where you'll see actual Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules, astronauts training for upcoming Space Shuttle missions and even a simulated space walk.

SPORTS





Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford at Texas Avenue
Houston, TX
713-259-8000
www.astros.com
Experience a Houston Astros baseball game and the stadium's many quirks (retractable roof, odd dimensions and hill in center field).

RESOURCES





Houston Visitor Center

Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau
City Hall
901 Bagby St.
Ste. 100
Houston, TX
713-437-5200
www.visithoustontexas.com


MORE HOUSTON INFORMATION


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