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Houston Attractions: Things to Do in the Magical City of Houston

Gaynor Borade Apr 17, 2019
Houston is America's fourth-largest city, in the state of Texas. The city is home to Harris County and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown. Founded in 1836 by Augustus and John Allen, the cityscape highlights the Buffalo Bayou.
Houston city is named after the late President of Texas, General Sam Houston. The burgeoning rail and waterways have made it a major tourist destination. Oil discovery has led to increase in population, while Texas Medical Center, the world's largest complex of research and health care facilities, has catered to the health issues of residents, visitors.
Depending on the time you have iterated for sight seeing and shopping, there are plenty of things to do while in this majestic city.

What to Do in Houston

Holidaying in Houston? let your hair down and relaxing. Among the many things you can do in Houston, Texas are:
  • Visit the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center, managed by NASA.
  • Take a sneak peek within any or all the Fortune 500 headquarters.
  • Soak in the hospitality of the multicultural population.
  • Visit cultural exhibitions handled by the international community.
  • Enjoy the arts at the Theater District.
  • Ramble through Uptown, Midtown, Energy Corridor, Greenway Plaza, and Greenspoint.
  • Marvel at both the Chinatowns in Downtown and Little India along Hillcroft.
  • Chill out at Bayou Place. Indulge in the cuisine of your choice, cocktails and mocktails, live music and billiards.

Places of Interest

Houston Theater District

This is a 17-block area in the Downtown region of Houston. Other than housing nine performing art institutions, the Theater District also accommodates the Bayou Place, multi-cuisine restaurants, an entertainment complex, theaters, and parks.
Popular theaters include:
  • Jesse H. Jones Hall
  • Wortham Theater Center
  • Alley Theater
  • Angelika Theater
  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
  • Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
  • Sam Houston Coliseum
  • Houston Music Hall

Museum of Natural Science

The museum is a great venue to plan a family outing. It is located along Hermann Park. It was established to fulfill the goal of providing a free focus on education and science. The museum comprises a central facility and four floors dedicated to the display of natural science exhibits.
It is also home to:
  • Burke Baker Planetarium
  • Wortham IMAX Theater
  • Hermann Park
  • Challenger Center
  • George Observatory
  • HMNS Woodlands X-ploration Station
Millions of people throng the museum each year to marvel at Cullen Hall of Gems & Minerals, Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife, Wortham IMAX Theater, Strake Hall of Malacology, Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Hall of Paleontology, John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas, Cockrell Sundial, among other exhibits.

Burke Baker Planetarium

The planetarium presents astronomy shows. It is equipped with a DigitalSky projector that not only simulates stars and other celestial bodies, but also generates special effects around nebulous objects and planets. You can enjoy full-dome movies on space and earth science. The digital stereo sound system takes you into another world altogether.

Cockrell Butterfly Center

This butterfly zoo was opened to the public in 1994. The center comprises a three-story glass building. The enclosure is home to a huge varieties of tropical plants and thousands of butterflies. You can view a range of live butterflies, even migratory monarchs. A must-see after the Cockrell Butterfly Center is the Brown Hall of Entomology.

Houston Zoo

The zoological park has over 6,000 animals from over 900 species! The highest standards of animal care are accredited by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Houston Zoo was established in 1922.
The latest project is called 'African Forest' and is a real feast for the eyes. It has a Reptile and Amphibian building, John P. McGovern Children's Zoo, Fischer Bird Gardens, Herbert A. & Elizabeth N. Kipp Memorial Aquarium, Janice Suber McNair Asian Elephant Habitat, and the Giant Eland Exhibit. The Houston Zoo is the only zoo in Texas having this rare species.
Houston also flaunts the Williams Waterwall, Space Center Houston, and The Galleria, which are a few more places that you should visit in this fabulous city.