When people think of Texas, what most quickly comes to mind is the state’s tradition of cowboy culture.
The excitement of Houston goes well beyond that, though. Perhaps its size – it is the largest city in the state and the fourth largest in the country – influences the dynamism here and attracts big business and tourism, but the truth is that Houston is an amazing city for all. Come find out why!
The Cultural Scene: A Distinctive Range of Options
Did you know that Houston has been recognized as not only one of the largest cities in the U.S. but also one of and most culturally diverse? Up to 90 languages can be heard in different parts of the city. Now imagine the culinary scene, local art and cultural mix to be found here. Houston is constantly evolving and that is why people love to vacation here.
A Dose of Culture in the Museum District
A big city is almost always synonymous with good variety of cultural options. In Houston’s Museum District, you can find more than 20 museums, galleries and cultural centers all in a short distance from each other. During a visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, check out fascinating chemistry demonstrations, a giant-screen theater, planetarium, butterfly center and dozens of exhibits about astronomy, paleontology, energy and more; there is so much to take in here!
A Place from Another Planet
For Houston tourists, there is something special: NASA’s Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of the most famous aerospace institution in the world! Who does not remember the famous line from the movie “Apollo 13”: "Houston, we have a problem"? Well, that famous message was communicated to this space center, still responsible for large missions. Space Center Houston is an educational and entertainment complex that teaches the history of American space exploration in a fun and exciting way. You can see real astronauts training, replicas of spaceships and even touch a moon rock. No matter how old you are, you’ll be fascinated by all there is to see here. Take the Level 9 Tour for a complete, VIP experience.
Near NASA, visit one of the top ten attractions of Texas according to Forbes – the maritime corridor and amusement park known as Kemah Boardwalk. From waterfront restaurants and entertainment to amusement park rides, the fun in the park does not end. You can take a boat tour from the marina, or you can fly through the heights and see the entire park from the Iron Eagle zip line. Hop on the Boardwalk Bullet, a towering wooden rollercoaster that runs like a bullet at 82 kph. Pure adrenaline!
For those who want to get to know the more rustic side of Houston and explore the authentic cowboy traditions of the region, visit George Ranch Historical Park. On its more than 8,000 hectares, this working ranch sums up the historical heritage of Texas, imprinted in the historic houses and the activities offered, such as horseback riding, agriculture, mechanical bull rides and bull roping – not to mention the authentic 1930s-era, Texas-style meals held on Saturdays.
Fans of sports know that Houston is a city well represented: In basketball, they have the Houston Rockets; in baseball, the flag goes to the Houston Astros; and in football, the city is defended by the Houston Texans. It is worth checking their schedule to see if there is a game or other cool event during your stay. If you're lucky enough to be here in March, don’t miss the largest rodeo and cattle ranching exposition in the world!
For those who want to enjoy shopping, visit two places: Houston Premium Outlets, an outlet for major brands and affordable prices, and the Houston Galleria. The Galleria offers more than 375 shops, 30 restaurants, two hotels and an ice rink, as well as recognized department stores such as Macy's, the largest department store chain in the United States. Let yourself be pampered by a Macy’s consultant that will help you choose the best fashions for you in a private room.
And there’s more! Texas is one of the only states in the country where international shoppers are reimbursed for the taxes on every purchase. At the Tax-free Texas shopping counter on the first floor, get your Macy’s 10% off Visitor Saving Pass. Return to the same counter later where you can receive rebates on the taxes for all your purchases. Exchange counters can also be found at the Houston International Airport, Houston Premium Outlets and other malls.
Among its diversity and wide range of attractions, there is so much to do and see in Houston. Go out to explore the metropolitan scene of the city. This is a city without limits that offers fun for everyone – be sure to book enough days to visit!