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Welcome to Houston

Houston earns all of Texas’ superlatives: biggest, hottest, and—thanks to the NASA Space Center—most out of this world. A guided tour of the city offers insider insight into the city’s wacky and wonderful attractions, from the old-school amusement park rides at Kemah Boardwalk to the USS Texas and San Jacinto Monument commemorating the Texas Revolution with a 220-ton (200-metric ton) star. Spend some time browsing the 60,000 works on display at the Museum of Fine Arts; travel underground on a tour of the city’s vast tunnel system; or eat and drink your way through the day on pub, brewery, and food tours that showcase the city’s historic, haunted, and straight-up honky-tonk charms. Those who prefer fashion to food can explore funky thrift stores and high-end boutiques on a shopping tour, while those looking to beat the heat can fill an afternoon of family fun at the Downtown Aquarium or the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For a fully customized itinerary, choose a private tour; or save money on a group sightseeing tour, including options to roll in style on Segways or hop-on hop-off buses. Finally, be sure to check out nearby haunts such as historic Galveston Island, known for its Victorian mansions and white-sand beaches.

Top 10 attractions in Houston

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Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

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Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, offers visitors some out-of-this-world experiences. Watch astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, and tour NASA’s control center. Anyone with an interest in aeronautics and space will appreciate Space Center Houston’s interactive exhibits, presentations, and attractions that dive into the past, present, and future of our universe.More
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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Located in Houston’s sprawling Hermann Park, Houston Museum of Natural Science features four floors of exhibit halls; a planetarium; giant-screen theater; and a butterfly center. The museum is known for its stellar lineup of special exhibitions, which cover topics far beyond the scope of traditional natural science.More
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Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium

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Houston’s Downtown Aquarium is a fun and educational attraction, especially for families. Children can get up close and personal with more than 200 types of underwater creatures, including myriad fish, eels, rays in a touch tank, sharks, and white tigers. Kids also love the amusement rides and dining in the underwater aquarium restaurant.More
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Market Square Park

Market Square Park

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Set in the heart of downtown Houston at the site of the city’s original founding, Market Square Park is the greenest, hippest, and most historic square block in town. The urban park is popular with picnickers, cyclists, and anyone looking for quiet reflection in the middle of the bustling city.More
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Minute Maid Park

Minute Maid Park

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Minute Maid Park opened in 2000 as the home of the Houston Astros baseball team. Hitters love how the left-field wall is only 315 feet (96 meters away, and spectators enjoy a retractable roof to create ideal conditions for a game, no matter the weather. A train chugs along the outfield every time the Astros hit a home run.More
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Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo

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Located in Hermann Park, the 55-acre (22-hectare) Houston Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals that span hundreds of species. Spacious enclosures, educational activities, and seasonal events have earned Houston Zoo the accolade of one of the US’ most-visited zoos.More
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) displays some 6,000 years of art history through a collection of nearly 70,000 works from six continents—one of the largest museums in the United States. The collection is spread across seven facilities plus two nearby house museums showcasing the decorative arts.More
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Children's Museum of Houston

Children's Museum of Houston

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Whether carrying out science experiments, discovering foreign cultures, or constructing elaborate LEGO inventions—kids will be in their element at the Children's Museum of Houston. Designed as a ‘Playground for the Mind’, the museum focuses on child-centered learning through hands-on workshops, interactive exhibitions, and fun activities.More
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Sam Houston Park

Sam Houston Park

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Texas has a history as long as fascinating as the United States itself, and Sam Houston Park is where history and green space combine in the heart of Houston. Established back in 1900, Sam Houston Park is not only the oldest park in the Houston, but also a time portal to the 1800s when the city was first being founded. Wander past the Kellum Noble house that dates to 1847, and is believed to be the oldest brick house in the entire Houston area. Even older is the Old Place Cabin that dates to 1823, and was relocated to the park to join the collection of preserved, historic buildings. Credit for all of the preservation can be attributed to the Heritage Society—a group that was founded in 1954 to preserve the city’s heritage. If visiting the park in the middle of the day, stop in to the The Heritage Society Museum for a look at artifacts and memorabilia from Houston’s lengthy past. The museum is modeled after a 19th-century, small-town general store, and tells the story of how the largest city in Texas started from small town roots.More
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JPMorgan Chase Tower

JPMorgan Chase Tower

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If "everything is bigger in Texas," JPMorganChase Tower in central Houston is no exception. This skyscraper stands 75 stories tall and tops out at just over 1,000 feet (305 meters), making it the tallest building in Texas. It boasts a unique five-sided design, built with expansive 85-foot-wide (26-meter) glass, and serves as a Houston icon.More

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Top activities in Houston

Houston CityPASS

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Houston's Official City Tour

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Houston Woodlands Indoor Skydiving with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate
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Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip
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Houston Memorial Indoor Skydiving with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate
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Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
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2.5-Hour Houston City Tour

2.5-Hour Houston City Tour

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Haunted Houston Ghost and Pub Walking Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Houston

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Overall whole gday very good.
Barbara_M, Jun 2022
NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour
Please let people know the entrance fee does not cover all the activities inside the hall.
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A most do in Houston
Joao_P, May 2022
Space Center Houston Admission Ticket
You really need 5+ hours to see it all and do the free tour rides.
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Great day out
marc_s, Apr 2022
Space Center Houston Admission Ticket
Easy to see all in a couple of hours or spend the whole day.
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“Reconnecting”
Brenda_L, Mar 2022
Houston's Official City Tour
It was a great activity to see Houston after many years of living here.
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Great, worthwhile experience
Michele_J, Feb 2022
Small-Group Sightseeing Tour of Houston
We got to see a lot of Houston and learn interesting facts & history.
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Must do!
Justin_B, Jan 2022
2.5-Hour Houston City Tour
It's by far the best way to see houston in a day!
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Photo ops!
Christina_W, Dec 2021
The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston
One of my favorite places to visit when I come to Houston!
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We loved the tour.
samara_d, Jun 2022
2.5-Hour Houston City Tour
I loved it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see the city.
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Excellent tour a must do.
kenpkarenp, May 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
She knew everyone's name and followed up after the tour by sending the pictures she snapped and text with tips on what other things to do in Houston.
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Great tour!
Deborah_M, Mar 2022
Small-Group Sightseeing Tour of Houston
This tour is great because you get to stop and get out of the van to see things better and take pictures.
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Great Idea…. Went Too far out of town
Laura_C, Feb 2022
The Best of Houston Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour
Great way to see Houston at your leisure!
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Miriam_V, Jun 2021
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
Houston for the weekend and decided to visit the museum.
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Great full city package
Connie_M, Jun 2021
Houston CityPASS
Didn't have to research for individual places to visit; 5 all-inclusive sites in one package.
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Great Experience
Yasmeen, Mar 2021
Private Houston Mural Instagram Tour by Cart
This was me and my boyfriend’s first time in Houston so it was nice to see all the beautiful murals and street art.
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Instagram mural tour
Victoria_C, Feb 2020
Private Houston Mural Instagram Tour by Cart
It was so amazing to see the beautiful street art of Houston.
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CorieV_C, Oct 2018
NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour
That is NOT ENOUGH TIME to see everything.
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The tour guide was very informative...
dulce_5600, Jul 2017
Houston's Official City Tour
Nearby places to visit are the zoo, museum and restaurants.
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Sarah H, Feb 2018
Private 2.5-Hour Houston City Tour
In four hours we were able to see all the major places/buildings in Houston.
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Terence_S, Apr 2016
Houston CityPASS
I managed to visit the Johnson Space Center, Houston Zoo, Aquarium, and Museum of Natural History and at a fraction of the cost if I would have paid for these venues separately.
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Spectacular Houston
Nadine_Y, Apr 2022
2.5-Hour Houston City Tour
It’s a fabulous cosmopolitan , clean, safe in MOST areas, fun, friendly city with countless beautiful parks , museums and numerous events, restaurants and attractions to explore.
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All about Houston

When to visit

Spring in Houston is packed with events such as the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, Buffalo Bayou Regatta, Southeast Texas State Fair, and Bayou City Art Festival—all of which are made even more enjoyable by the pleasant weather. While summer brings higher temperatures and more crowds, it's a great time to discover Houston's Gulf Coast beaches.

Currency
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Time Zone
CDT (UTC -6)
Country Code
+1
Language(s)
English

People Also Ask

Is Houston worth visiting?

Yes, Houston is worth visiting—from the Tex-Mex food and a thriving nightlife to popular attractions like the NASA Johnson Space Center and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston really has something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, you can explore the city no matter what your budget may be.

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What is Houston famous for?

Does “Houston, we have a problem” ring any bells? This big city is known for its NASA Johnson Space Center—it’s where astronauts actually train for their sky-high ambitions. Houston is also famous for being the home of NBA’s Houston Rockets, having amazing Tex-Mex restaurants, and its unique underground tunnel system.

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How can I spend a day in Houston?

How to spend a day in Houston depends on what you want to do. For an introduction to the city—and to see as many major attractions as you can—go on a hop-on hop-off tour. For travelers with kids, Children's Museum Houston, Houston Zoo, and Buffalo Bayou are all great choices.

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What is there to do in Houston TX?

Houston is no stranger to things to do, attractions, and activities. Some top picks include visiting Space Center Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Houston Zoo. You can also go see a game at Minute Maid Park or grab food from the Montrose area.

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Where can I go at night in Houston?

For a night out in Houston, Downtown is great for bar hopping as the bars are within walking distance. If you’re looking for a more vibrant area, head to Midtown for a mesh of clubs, cocktail bars, and wine bars. Houston also has a variety of live shows to see at night.

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What do locals do in Houston?

Houston’s top spots locals love: • Station Theater—a bring-your-own bottle, improv comedy venue • Teotihuacan Mexican Café—for really good food • Discovery Green—Downtown’s massive park always has something going on • Axelrad Beer Garden—craft beers and hammocks meet in an outdoor setting • Waugh Bridge—dusk is the best time to go to see bat colonies

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