Despite the famous quote from "Apollo 13," rarely does Houston "have a problem" when it comes to things to do. Full of attractions like zoos and aquariums, historical landmarks and museums, unique neighborhoods and entertainment districts, check out our top picks for discovering essential Houston.
Classic Things to Do in Downtown Houston
Get to know the heart of Houston with a leisurely bike ride, run or walk along the Buffalo Bayou Trails, an inexpensive way to get a workout in and navigate the city's expansive downtown area. Nearby is Hermann Park, home to the Houston Zoo, Kipp Aquarium and more, not to mention a golf course, walking trails and a Japanese Garden. Downtown's other favorite urban-acre space is Discovery Green, a breath of fresh air from the bustling city that features seasonal events, art installations, community festivals and music and theater productions.
Action-Packed Activities in Houston
One of Houston's most famous attractions (and rightfully so) is NASA's Space Center Houston, where guests can enjoy interactive exhibits, artifacts and tours that illuminate America's history of space exploration and what life is like for astronauts beyond the atmosphere. See the historic Mission Control Center and the massive Saturn V Rocket, or make plans to visit on a Friday to participate in the Space Center's meet-an-astronaut program. Not far away are must-see attractions like the Kemah Boardwalk and the historic beach town of Galveston, two tiny cities offering one-of-a-kind entertainment, coastal dining and their own unique feel.
Houston Museums, Historical Sites and More
As one of the nation's largest cities, Houston also boasts one of the largest networks of downtown museums, from art and science exhibits to special-interest museums. Among the most notable are the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, both located within the Houston Museum District. Kids and adults alike can absorb the beauty, history and importance of these expansive permanent collections, from one of the world's largest gem and mineral collections to paleontology exhibits, outdoor sculpture gardens and art galleries ranging from ancient to contemporary. The San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas serve as adjacent attractions for history and military buffs, as the site of the impressive sculpture is home to both a museum and an iconic U.S. naval ship.