Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park#19 in Best Things To Do in Houston
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If you find yourself in Houston's Uptown neighborhood, make sure to visit the grand Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. This water wall is not your run-of-the-mill neighborhood fountain. Postmodernist in design, the Waterwall is 64 feet tall and pours out a whopping 11,000 gallons of recirculated water per minute, creating a spectacular backdrop for photos. It's the perfect place to visit on a hot summer's day – the area is typically cooler and visitors can even soak in some of the fountain's spray.
Travelers found the attraction to be incredibly unique and highly recommended a visit if you have time. The cascading waterfall – located on all sides of the fountain – is an impressive site to behold. Not only that, but the park also occupies is a lovely space for kids to run around or for a group picnic. Recent visitors do warn though that there is no street parking available and that if you aren't staying close to this attraction, it likely wouldn't be worth the drive.
The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is located just a few blocks east of the Houston Galleria mall (where lots of visitors ended up parking) and is free to visit. The attraction is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information, visit Uptown Houston's website.
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#1 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
No trip to Texas is complete without a visit to a rodeo. And in Houston, there's no better place to watch riders saddle up than the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. When competition season rolls around (typically between late February and early March), crowds descend on NRG Stadium to watch daily rodeo shows that feature a variety of competitions, such as bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, barrel racing and more. Livestock shows, which also occur during rodeo competition season, feature traditional events such as livestock auctions, calf scrambles and horse shows.
Travelers who were visiting Houston during rodeo season said the events are a blast. Those who said they've been to rodeos or livestock shows before say the Houston Rodeo is one of the best they've ever attended, and encouraged families to bring kids as they'll be fascinated by all of the animals. Even if you aren't particularly into rodeos, visitors say a trip here is still worth your time because the venue offers so many attractions, activities and events. Some of these include an amusement park, concerts (which in the past have included the likes of Kacey Musgraves and Cardi B), parades, barbecue contests, trail rides and more.
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