America’s fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. You can take a stroll through the historic Houston Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District or head down to Space Center Houston. Later on, grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants or hang out with the cool kids on Washington Avenue. There's always something to do in Houston, where Southern hospitality meets urban chic.
Houston, Texas Highlights
Montrose is an eclectic, historic neighbourhood where antique stores mingle with chic shops and fun dive bars, and where hipsters party with young professionals alongside baby boomers.
Don’t leave without tasting…
- Barbecue at Goode Co., a local institution
- A Pliny’s Tonic cocktail at Anvil Bar & Refuge
- Fajitas at Ninfa’s on Navigation.
History happened here
The San Jacinto Battlefield, where Texas won its independence from Mexico, is now the site of the San Jacinto Monument and a permanent museum of Texas history.
One awe-inspiring building
The Menil Collection, the first building in the USA designed by Renzo Piano, is often cited as one of the most architecturally compelling buildings of the latter half of the 20th century.
Put these events on your calendar
- Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (March)
- Houston International Festival (April)
- Art Car Parade (May)
- Freedom Over Texas (July 4)
- Uptown Holiday Lighting (November).
With more than 375 retailers, including the most popular brands and luxury stores, the Galleria is one of the wonders of Houston. For bargains, go shopping on Harwin Drive. There are shops specialising in everything from fabrics and apparel to home furnishings and electronics. And don’t miss the Premium Outlets in nearby Cypress.
Top photo opportunities
- The Williams Water Wall in Uptown
- The panoramic view of downtown from the observation deck of the JP Morgan Chase Building
- The Japanese Garden at Hermann Park
- The skyline and Buffalo Bayou as seen from the Sabine Street Bridge
- Standing in front of David Adickes’ ‘We Love Houston’ sculpture at his studio on Summer Street.
Where locals go to relax
You’ll find folks kicked back at chill bars and Texas icehouses like Little Woodrow’s and Sawyer Park in Midtown and Washington Avenue. Houstonians also like to enjoy the sunny weather at one of the many parks, such as Discovery Green in the heart of downtown (see a free concert or film, sail remote-controlled boats on the lake, ice skate in winter) or Hermann Park (go pedal-boating, take a walk through gardens, see a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre). Locals also love boating on Galveston Bay, just a few miles from downtown Houston.
You might be surprised by...
Houston is now the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the USA—more than 90 different languages are spoken in the region. With that diversity comes an impressive culinary scene, including food from more than 30 different countries and American regions, and one of the largest concentrations of restaurants per capita.
Your child will always remember…
Children’s Museum Houston, the best museum of its kind in the country according to Parents magazine, featuring exhibits such as Kidtropolis USA and FlowWorks!
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