Visit Houston for its unique attractions, world class art culture, and savory restaurants. From the zoo and aquarium to museums, shopping, and sports, travelers can all find numerous activities to enjoy here. The city is the 4th largest in the country and offers many attractions for kids as well as adults.
Must-See in Houston
The Williams Waterwall is a landmark local to Houston that offers a perfect picture spot and a park that is not far from the popular Galleria shopping area. Next up is NASA's Johnson Space Center for an educational experience that imparts the significance of our country's space legacy. Finally, don't miss the Children's Museum of Houston if you have little ones in tow.
Where to Stay in Houston
For ease of accessing food, shopping, and activities, check out the hotels in and around the Galleria area of Houston. Plan your stay at a hotel in Houston's Museum District for a full trip of sightseeing. Families with children may enjoy either of these locations. Singles looking for fun, entertainment, and a good social experience may wish to book a room in the Midtown area of Houston, with a variety of local watering holes to quench your thirst.
Best and Worst Time to Go to Houston
March is a good time to visit Houston, when color is coming back to the plants and trees, the Azalea Trail (tour of homes and gardens) typically takes place, and the weather is relatively dry with lovely sunny days. Avoid the months of June through November to bypass hurricane season.
Where to Get Lost in Houston
Houston's Galleria retail complex offers more than 375 stores to lose yourself inside as you shop till you drop. The largest mall in Texas and 8th largest in the country, the Galleria includes 3 million square feet of space, including two hotels and many mouthwatering dining options.
The Best Deal in Houston
Catch free performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in the Museum District from March through November, including jazz, dance, ballet, films, and more. Guests enjoy performances outdoors in a BYO atmosphere, so pack your own food and drinks (no glass).
Transportation in Houston
The sprawling city of Houston leaves a bit to be desired in the area of public transportation, though some improvements are underway. Some public transit options include the METRO public bus system, the light rail train METRORail, taxi services, and the free Greenlink shuttle service, which services much of the downtown area. If transportation to many different parts of the city is of special importance to you on your trip, you may consider renting a vehicle.
Getting in from George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Many hotels and motels in the Houston area offer courtesy vans to get you to your destination once you arrive at the airport. Check with your place of lodging to see if they offer this service. Regularly scheduled bus and shuttle service will take you to many of the popular areas and hotels in Houston, including but not limited to the Galleria, Greenway Plaza, the Texas Medical Center, and more. You can also rely on taxi service to get where you want to go.
Local Tip for Visitors to Houston
Don't miss the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Prices can be rather steep for food and rides, so be sure to bring a good amount of cash on hand.
Author's bio: Kathryn M. Van Druff is a freelance writer and marketing specialist with her own company, Dances with Words. She enjoys traveling with her family and enjoying new sights and attractions.