There are hundreds of things to do in the Houston area, but I have selected the Houston attractions that I believe are the best! Are you looking for things to do in Houston for guests that are coming to visit? Are you new to the city and looking to explore all the must-see museums and amusement parks? Here’s the list.
Located in the heart of Houston’s Downtown Theater District, this 130,000 square foot entertainment megaplex is comprised of theaters, bars, lounges, and restaurants. Start the evening off with dinner at the legendary Hard Rock Café or the authentic Italian trattoria, Mingalone. Enjoy box office hits or catch the latest indie flick at the Angelika Film Center followed by drinks and dancing at ROCBAR, Houston’s largest rock and roll nightclub.
The Galleria Houston, Texas’s largest mall, is an upscale shopping mall centrally located just outside the 610 loop in Houston’s Uptown District. The retail center is anchored by Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, and occupies such high-end tenants as Tiffany and Co., Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent. The mall is also home to two separate Westin hotels.
5085 Westheimer Rd., Suite 4850
Johnson Space Center
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, home of the NASA astronaut corps, is located in Southeast Houston. The center spans 1,620 acres and consists of 100 facilities. Tourists can experience a simulation of a zero-gravity environment in the Living in Space exhibit or encounter a virtual rocket launch complete with exhaust at the Blast Off Theater.
1601 Nasa Pkwy
Sheltering over 4,500 animals and 900 species, The Houston Zoo is the 7th most visited zoo in the nation. Spend the day strolling through the facility’s beautifully landscaped grounds or enjoy a more hands-on encounter by scheduling a guided tour. Tour experiences range from feeding a lion cub to shadowing a staff veterinarian for an entire day.
1513 N. Macgregor Dr
The Houston Museum District refers to the collection of museums, galleries, and cultural centers located within a 1.5 mile radius of Herman Park. The Museum of Fine Arts which also houses the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, boasts a collection of over 56,000 pieces. Just a few blocks away is the John P. McGovern Health Museum which is home to Houston’s first and only 4D theater. Other area attractions include the Holocaust Museum, Houston Center for Photography, and the Lawndale Art Center.
Since the closing of Six Flags Astroworld, Kemah Boardwalk is now Houston’s nearest and largest amusement/entertainment park. Largely occupied by hotels and restaurants, Kemah Boardwalk is an ideal place to entertain the entire family. Dining options include Landry’s Seafood House, the Cadillac Bar, and Saltgrass Steakhouse. Attractions such as a Ferris wheel, train ride, and a carousel are all individually priced.
Kemah, TX 77565
This family water park is located in North Houston (there’s also a location in Galveston) and features several slides, a wild wave pool, and a lazy river. Younger guests can visit Crocodile Isle, a fully interactive children’s play area complete with a pirate ship and kid-friendly slides.
One of Houston’s most demographically diverse regions, Montrose has become the city’s hub of vintage shopping, live music, and gay and lesbian activism. Restored mansions and bungalows, tree-lined boulevards, and an antique mall make this neighborhood a unique, pedestrian-friendly tourist spot.
Discover over 400 species of marine life and dine alongside a 150,000 gallon two-story tank at Downtown Aquarium. Witness White Tigers lounging about, pet a stingray, or go on an exhilarating train ride through the Shark Voyage. Wrap up the evening by feast on seafood entrees, steaks, and decadent desserts.
David Canright/Galveston Historical Foundation
Located in North Houston, Old Town Spring is a community of shops, restaurants, and museums designed to resemble America during the early 1900’s. Enjoy a nostalgic walk through the town’s many Victorian-style antique shops, or catch a live music performance at the Jailhouse Saloon. Lodging options include two hotels and an RV resort.