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Best Things To Do in Houston

Houston is home to a wealth of activities and interesting sights. The city offers things to do for outdoors enthusiasts (Buffalo Bayou), families (the Houston zoo and children's museum) and lovers of art (the unique Art Car Museum and superb Menil Collection). Shoppers will enjoy the massive Galleria, and there's even a very impressive and very sobering Holocaust Museum Houston. Visitors can learn about the origins of "Houston, we've had a problem" and NASA's astronaut program at Space Center Houston or enjoy prehistoric exhibits and colorful butterflies at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. And we can't forget Tex-Mex: The city teems with superb Texas-Mexico fusion cuisine.  

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#1
Buffalo Bayou Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Just so there's no confusion, the name "Buffalo Bayou" refers to an entire 52-mile waterway that starts in Katy ... read more»

#2
The Menil Collection Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Menil Collection is the compilation of art gathered by Jean and Dominique de Menil. Besides the tribal, antiquity, Byzantine ... read more»

#3
Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: "Houston, we've had a problem." Most Americans have heard of the infamous phrase uttered by the Apollo 13 crew ... read more»

#4
Minute Maid Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Minute Maid Park, home to Major League Baseball's Astros, is another popular place to while away some hours in ... read more»

#5
Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Situated in the Museum District near the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Holocaust Museum, the Houston ... read more»

#6
Children's Museum of Houston
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This museum, just like its name suggests, is all for the little ones. Exhibits include the Tot*Spot, for kids ... read more»

#7
Holocaust Museum Houston
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're looking for an educational stop to add to your itinerary, consider the Houston Holocaust Museum. Exhibits include ... read more»

#8
The Galleria Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Galleria is just a fancy way to say "humongous mall." This gargantuan shopping center sprawls across 2.4 million ... read more»

#9
Art Car Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Art Car Museum is exactly what you might think it is — a museum filled with ornately painted and decorated ... read more»

#10
Houston Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Houston Zoo contains more than 6,000 animals that range from cheetahs and giraffes to otters and bats. There ... read more»

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