20+ reasons you need to visit Houston

Houston Texas

Leave your preconceptions at the door when visiting Houston. While it may fly under the radar, Houston has one of the best food scenes in the country and the culture to match.


Where to Stay

You’ll want to stay either Downtown or Galleria to be most conveniently located for all Houston has to offer (find a Hot Rate® hotel room for up to 60% off here).

  • Shopaholics should stay at the Westin Oaks or Westin Galleria. Both are attached to the Galleria Shopping Mall.
  • Hilton Americas. This hotel is right in the heart of downtown near multiple sports stadiums and the Discovery Green.



Houston Train Main St
The train at Main St


What to Do

  • NASA Space Center. Home of Mission Control. Take a tour of the 1,600 acre campus where astronauts train and prepare for space missions.
  • Museum District. 19 museums make up Houston’s museum district and 11 of them are always free to enter. Here are some of our favorites:
    • Museum of Fine Arts. With more than 45,000 works, this museum comes it at one of the largest in the country.
    • Museum of Natural Science. Dinosaurs, space, IMAX. What more could you want? Spend a few hours geeking out over science in this fun museum.
    • The Health Museum. This cool museum has interactive exhibits on health, medical science and the human body. You can even walk through a brain and an eyeball and test the agility of your reflexes.
  • George Ranch Historical Park. For a “living” museum, head 30 miles south of downtown to this working ranch. Following family lines beginning in 1824 across 100+ years, the Park features historic homes, costumed interpreters, historic food programs, and more.
  • Sports (because this is Texas after all):
    • Houston Texans game at NRG Park.
    • Astros game at Minute Maid Park.
    • Rockets game at the Toyota Center.
    • Dynamo game at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Pavilion hosts concerts from some of the world’s best artists.
  • Get outside:
    • Buffalo Bayou Park. Visit this urban park for some of the best views of the city. Don’t forget to make your way to the underground cistern.
    • Memorial Park. One of the largest urban parks in the United States.
    • Hermann Park. The first public park in Houston provides wooded picnic areas, running trails, the Houston Zoological Gardens, a public golf course and an outdoor theater featuring plays and live music.
    • Terry Hershey Park. Perfect for biking, this park runs parallel to the Buffalo Bayou for 6+ miles, and includes both paved and dirt trails.
    • Run or bike along Buffalo Bayou or White Oak Bayou.
  • Galleria Mall. The Galleria is the largest mall in Texas and hosts 26 million people each year. Expect to find upscale stores and restaurants, two hotels, and even a skating rink.
  • River Oaks District. That not enough shopping for you? Head to the outdoor River Oaks District for boutique-style shops & restaurants.
  • Wildcat Golf Course. Play a round of golf at one of Houston’s best courses plus catch an amazing view of the city.


Running in Houston
Running in Houston’s Parks


Where to Eat & Drink


Houston is a foodie town known for as much for its Tex-Mex as its fine dining.

  • Coltivare.
  • El Tiempo.
  • Thai Gourmet.
  • Fat Bao.
  • Miyako.
  • Burger Joint.
  • Good Co BBQ.
  • Tiny Boxwoods.
  • Papas Bros Steakhouse.
  • Eddie V’s.
  • Pax Americana.
  • Uchi.
  • Oxheart.
  • Southern Goods.


Breakfast Houston




  • Black Hole.
  • Common Bond.
  • Agora.
  • Honeymoon Cafe & Bar.
  • Boomtown.
  • EQ.


Something stronger

  • B&B Butcher.
  • La Grange.
  • Julep.
  • Pastry War.
  • Anvil.
  • Hay Merchant.
  • Okra.
  • 8 Row.
  • Axelrod.
  • Kirby Ice House.
  • Down the Street.


Houston Texas

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