Minute Maid Park#7 in Best Things To Do in Houston
Minute Maid Park, home to Major League Baseball's Houston Astros, is another popular place to be during the summer months in Houston. And, as most visitors will testify, you get much more than a ballgame when you buy tickets to the park.
Travelers say that after being outside in the Texas heat, the air-conditioned (and roofed) stadium is a wonderful relief. Some also suggest trying to catch a game on a fireworks night, as the show is impressive. Those on the lookout for unique ballpark eats won't be disappointed either. The park offers a huge selection ranging from ballpark classics (like hot dogs and nachos) to healthy salad bars to an Astros Melt (two grilled cheese sandwiches with SPAM and American cheese on Texas toast).
Housing more than 40,000 seats, the park also features a replica of a 19th-century locomotive that runs along about 800 feet along the west side of the ballpark which lights up and makes sounds when an Astros players scores a home run.
You'll find Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. If you're not in town for a game, you can also book one of the tours, which range in price depending on age and the tour type. Check out the tour availabilities here. Game tickets also vary in price. For more information visit the official 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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