10 BEST Things to Do in Houston

The fourth largest city in the United States and the largest in the southern states. Discover what to do in Houston, the space city. It is located in Texas and is itself a port inland, it is the head of the canal for boats of Houston, which has 92 km from the city to Galveston Bay, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Surely when you hear the name of this city comes to mind that famous phrase "Houston, we have a problem." By the middle of the 20th century, the city became the headquarters of the Texas Medical Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center of NASA.

This vibrant destination welcomes you with open arms to offer you an infinity of cultural activities, tourist attractions and special events. If you have thought about traveling to this city, you are reading the indicated article because I will tell you the best activities to do in Houston. Of course traveling to the great metropolis of Texas is an excellent idea.

So, to know a little better this wonderful city of outer space, here is a Houston guide. With it you can plan even better your next weekend trip to the space city.

best things to do in Houston

1. See multi-colored fish at Downtown Aquarium

When visiting this place you will see more than 200 marine species from all over the world. Additionally, it has an impressive wheel of fortune, an incredible water carousel, a white tigers exhibition and a restaurant with a menu of diverse and delicious dishes, where you can also see a huge tank inside which there are divers feeding the fish.

2. Perceive art in the Museum of Fine Arts

The fame of this destination also lies in its cultural offer, it has a district where more than 20 museums, cultural centers and galleries are located; receiving around eight million visitors each year. If you are passionate about art, in your itinerary should be the sixth largest museum in the United States, the Museum of Fine Arts, which has a wide selection of works from different eras. Take advantage of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Children's Museum, the Museum of Printing and the Museum of Natural Sciences.

3. Share a family moment at the Houston Zoo

The zoo is always a good option to visit with children of all ages, particularly Houston, which is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. The whole family will have the opportunity to admire the most amazing and beautiful creatures of the African continent such as giraffes, lions and white rhinos. In addition, it houses around 800 tropical birds, as well as other species from around the world.

4. See the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston is a place of worship and prayer. It was built according to the guidelines described in the Shilpa Shastras. This place is particularly beautiful.

5. Learning about Space in Space Center Houston

Visiting this place is like having an adventure out of this world and remembering when we dreamed of being astronauts. This amazing space museum has interesting exhibitions, educational programs and interactive objects. You can see the huge Saturn V rocket in Rockey Park, the training place for astronauts and the Apollo 17 capsule and spacesuits, among other activities. Children can learn and play in the interactive center.

6. Go shopping to The Galleria

Houston is the top destination for shopping, and there are so many options that you could spend most of your day visiting the designer shops of international stature. The shopping center par excellence is The Galleria, since not only it lodges more than 400 stores, but 30 restaurants, two hotels and an ice skating rink. Other options include Uptown Park, River Oaks Shopping Center, Highland Village and Hosuton Premium Outlets.

7. Having contact with nature in Buffalo Bayou Park

It is the ideal place for outdoor recreation where tranquility is breathed. This urban park is considered one of the largest in Texas, also has dozens of native species of flora and fauna. During your vacation take the opportunity to visit certain places such as the Houston Public Library and the Rothko Chapel. Also do kayak, biking and hiking.

8. Get excited about a baseball game at Minute Maid Park

In this stunning retractable roof stadium you can enjoy an Astros baseball game. Fans of this sport will be able to make a tour that will allow them to visit the transmission booth, the press boxes and the Los Astros booths. You can also book a private tour to live the experience to the fullest.

9. Attend seasonal special events

Houston hosts different events and festivals. If during your holiday you match some of them take advantage of them. In March the In Bloom Musical Festival takes place, the largest music festival in the city where more than 50 artists attend; the Museum of Fine Arts will host a large exhibition of works by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and in autumn admires the colorful murals with the urban art festival, Hue Mural Festival.

10. Indulging the belly with typical Houston food

Sugar Land is home to one of the most intriguing culinary landscapes in Texas: Here, you'll find elevated Italian dishes alongside modern takes on Indian cuisine. Sugar Land's modest town center brings many of these restaurants together, and it's worth exploring if you ever happen to be in Houston. Yes, the larger city is undeniably a hub of delicious barbecue, Vietnamese, and Indian food, but this smaller suburb shouldn't have to live in Houston's shadow.

The food of Texas, of which Houston is a part, is known as Tex-Mex, that is a mixture of Mexican and Texan food. This is due to the past of Texas, because it was once part of Mexico. Among the Tex-Mex dishes that you should try are the Fajitas, the cheese soup, the oysters, the Texas Brittle, the smoked meat with caramel, the Jambalaya Creole cuisine and the margarita cocotte. The dishes that we recommend are the green rooster, flamed cheese and mushroom enchiladas.
Kalyan Panja