Houston, Texas Attractions

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If you're moving to the Houston area or you're simply planning a visit, you're most likely wondering about attrractions in the Houston area. Because Houston is located in Southeast, Texas and its residents benefit from sunshine almost all year round, you can find things to do any time of the year. Whether you like outdoor activities or prefer to relax in an air conditioned environment, you won't run out of things to do in Houston.

Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science

 If you enjoy science, nature and history, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the many attractions in Houston that you must visit during your stay in Houston. Located in the Museum District, the museum houses the Wortham IMAX Theatre, the Burke Baker Planetarium and the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Moreover, you can expect to find other permanent exhibits dealing with space science, chemistry, Texas wildlife and astronomy. Additionally, other exhibits will enhance your knowledge and appreciation for topics such astronomy, paleontology, minerals and energy.

Additionally, the museum maintains other attractions, such as The George Observatory, located in Fort Bend County, and The Houston Museum of Natural Science based in Sugar Land, Southwest of The Museum District. Other museums located in the Museum District:

  • Children's Museum of Houston
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Holocaust Museum
  • The Menil Collection (the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil, Houston philanthropists)
 Visit the Houston Zoo

 Located near the Medical Center, The Houston Zoo provides entertainment and education for any age group. If you prefer to avoid the day's heat, why not spend a night at the zoo? The Houston Zoo has designed a program called Wild Winks. The program makes it possible for groups with children in the 7 to 12 age group, along with their parents or chaperones, to spend a night at the zoo. Observe your favorite animal exhibit the adaptation skills that it would normally use for survival in a wild environment.

Enjoy Miles of Trails at Memorial Park

Memorail Park attracts may visitors who like to keep in touch with nature or are health conscious. Located in Houston, the park is less than ten miles west of downtown. The more than 1,500 acres serve as a sanctuary for birds, wild flowers and small game. The park is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of wild plants and animal life. The following amenities add to the park's enjoyment:

  •  Golf course
  • Tennis courts
  • Croquet courts
  • Sports fields
  • Swimming pool
  • About 30 miles of hiker and riding trails
  • As stated on the Memorial Park's website, Memorial Park ranks No. 72 in the large-park category in the U.S.

 Go Shopping at the Houston Galleria

If you enjoy shopping, you will enjoy spending a day at the Houston Galleria. You can expect to find more than 370 fine stores and eating establishments, as well as an ice rink and two hotels. The best part is that everything is located under one roof - glass atriums to be exact. Examples of stores you can expect to find when you visit the Houston Galleria are Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren, and The Sharper Image. As stated on the Texas Outside's website, located in Southwest Houston, the Galleria is the fourth largest mall in the U.S.

Other Attractions in the Houston Area:

  • Galveston beach
  • Kemah boardwalk
  • Moody Gardens
  • Houston Space Center

As you can see, there is plenty to do in Houston. Regardless of your age group or preferences, you are likely to find an activity that you enjoy. Another positive point about living or visiting Houston is that it is conveniently located near Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. You can take off and have dinner on the river walk in San Antonio, if you choose to do, so and be back in Houston the same evening.

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