Fun things to do Houston
The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Located on the western edge of Memorial Park (4 miles from Downtown Houston), the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the opportunity to experience the natural world.
This 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary provides education about the natural environment to Houstonians and visitors of all ages. It plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival.
Visitors can walk the five miles of trails free of charge. The Nature Center building includes the Discovery Room with interactive exhibits and activities and the Nature Shop filled with items for nature lovers of all ages. Over the last few years, the Arboretum has recently added new amenities including increased parking, new trails, updated boardwalks, and six educational Field Stations along the trail.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the nation's most-heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham IMAX® Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is among the 10 largest art museums in the United States, with an encyclopedic collection of more than 65,000 works of art. The main campus comprises the Audrey Jones Beck Building; the Caroline Wiess Law Building; the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden; the Glassell School of Art; The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza; and the BBVA Compass Roof Garden.
Space Center Houston
Located in the heart of NASA’s spaceflight program, Space Center Houston is a must-visit for fans of space exploration. With more than 400 space-related artefacts and numerous interactive exhibitions, you can easily spend a whole day learning about NASA’s history and current work. Be sure to hop on the tram tour too, which takes you around the real site of the Johnson Space Center, including the original Mission Control room and a behind-the-scenes look at the astronaut training facilities.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.
Celebrate art, culture, food and nightlife at the eccentric Montrose neighborhood just west of downtown Houston. Here you’ll find anything from neon-lit tattoo parlors to world-class art galleries.
Grab a coffee at a local café and spend a day shopping for antiques or a one-of-a-kind treasure at the many thrift shops along Westheimer Road. Enjoy craft cocktails at a bar and end the night at a relaxing hotel or B&B.
Developed in 1911, this four-square-mile area is a pocket of eccentricity and diversity in the heart of the city that never ceases to entertain.
As the largest shopping mall in Texas, the Galleria features more than 400 stores and restaurants, including several luxury brands like Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and more. The multilevel shopping center offers over 2.4 million square feet of space with a pair of hotels, a full-size ice skating rink and even a post office. Visitors looking for budget-friendly brands will also find H&M, Urban Outfitters and Gap at the Galleria as well.
The Houston Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals and it is the second most visited zoo in the U.S. Exhibits range from the African Forest, which features rhinos, zebras and giraffes, to the new Galapagos Islands habitat.