Houston Area Attractions
Houston Area Attractions
Houston is the largest city in Texas - and fourth largest in the nation. And, as would expect from a city that size, the Bayou City is home to some of the state's most unique and interesting attractions.
Top Museums in Houston, Texas
As the nation's fourth largest city, Houston has a lot to offer. Among its many ammenities, Houston has some of the best museums in the United States.
Day Trips From Houston
Although Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, has plenty to see and do inside the city itself, sometimes it is nice to "take a drive" and visit some of the sites in the outlying area. Luckily for Houston area tourists and residents alike, there are a great many attractions within a short drive of the Bayou City.
Visiting Space Center Houston
After playing an important role in the Space Race of the 1960s, Space Center Houston has become a popular tourist attraction. Even today, when it remains crucial to the NASA Space Program, Space Center Houston is better known as an entertaining and educational attraction that draws thousands of visitors annually.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Since its founding in 1909, the goal of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has been to educate the public with knowledge in natural science and related subjects. The museum uses a variety of displays, educational programs and traveling exhibits to accomplish this goal.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
In a city that has more than its share of concrete, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a glimpse of Houston's original lush habitat. Kids will love to romp along the five miles of trails, splash in the mud, and spot critters along the way.
Armand Bayou Nature Center
The Armand Bayou Nature Center, just south of Houston, is a bird watcher's paradise. You may spot everything from blue herons to red-tailed hawks to more exotic birds just passing through. Kids will love the nature trails and guided canoe rides.
San Jacinto Monument and Museum
The Battle of the Alamo is undoubtedly the most famous battle of the Texas Revolution. However, the Battle of San Jacinto was the decisive battle which gave the Texans their independence from Mexico. Today, the San Jacinto Battlefield State Historical Park is home to the San Jacinto Monument and San Jacinto Museum of History, both of which are open to the public.
Located next to Hermann Park near Houston's famed Medical District, the Houston Zoo has been giving Houston area residents and visitors close-up views of exotic wildlife since 1922.
Museum of Fine Art, Houston
The Museum of Fine Art, Houston is much more than just a museum. The sprawling MFAH complex, located within Houston's downtown museum district, consists of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two house museums, and two gift shops.
As the only surviving battleship having seen service in both World War I and World War II, the USS Texas is a prominent piece of US history. Today, it serves as a permanent public monument and historic site as the Battleship Texas State Historic Site.
The 6-acre Downtown Aquarium complex features a massive display of sea creatures -- including sharks and piranhas -- plus rides, food and even white tigers. The attraction is easy to spot in downtown Houston -- just look for the Ferris wheel.
Ice at the Galleria
Escape the Houston summer heat by gliding around on the ice in the middle of the Galleria shopping mall. If you're new to ice skating, the rink also offers classes for both kids and adults.
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Located near the Houston Zoo, the Cockrell Butterfly Center will delight kids of all ages. The eye-popping indoor butterfly display makes this an excellent outing or field trip for a rainy day.
Adventure Bay Water Theme Park
What better way to beat the Houston heat in the summer? Cool off at Adventure Bay Water Theme Park's waterslides, rides, and other wet, cool attractions.
Buffalo Soldier Museum
Houston's Buffalo Soldier Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, the last of which served during World War II.
Children's Museum of Houston
Rated the second-best children's museum in the country, the Children's Museum of Houston has more exhibits, displays and educational resources than you and the kids can possibly get to in one day.
Holocaust Museum Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston pays homage to the victims and survivors of The Holocaust, educating visitors through a variety of exhibits and interactive displays.
St. Arnold Brewing Company
This Houston-based micro-brewery has garnered national and international awards for their brews. Stop by Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. for a free tour.
Lone Star Flight Museum
Located at the Galveston International Airport, the Lone Star Flight Museum displays rebuilt aircraft and historic photos of wartime aircarft from various eras throughout United States history.
Woodlands Ice Rink
The largest seasonal ice rink in the southwest is located in the Woodlands, just a short drive north of Houston. The Ice Rink at Woodlands Town Center is open from mid-November through the beginning of January and is one of the "coolest" spots to be during your Houston vacation.
Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Located in Humble, a short drive from Houston, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 250 acre collection of native and cultivated plant life. Additionally, the center has an outdoor classroom, picnic area and miles of walking trails.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Boasting exhibits of handmade art, on-site artists-in-residence, retail area, and various workshops and studio demonstrations, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a must see for anyone interested in art.
Sam Houston Boat Tours
Departing from the Port of Houston's Sam Houston Pavilion, the M/V Sam Houston offers free 90-minute roundtrip cruises along the Houston Ship Channel.
Sheldon Lake State Park
Located in northeast Houston, Sheldon Lake State Park is a 2,800-acre outdoor recreation facility. The centerpiece of this park is the 1,200-acre Sheldon Lake itself.