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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


Space Center Houston

For those with an interest in aeronautics and space, Space Center Houston is full of interactive exhibits, presentations and attractions that will help you understand the past, present and future of the universe. Additionally, because Space Center Houston is the official visitors center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, there are many one-of-a-kind experiences to be had, like watching astronauts train for missions, touching a real moon rock brought back by Apollo 17 or touring NASA’s control center. While there are myriad points of interest within the Space Center Houston -- like collections of used spacesuits, galleries of crew photos, space station simulations, space theaters and IMAX films -- there are a few must-have experiences. First is the NASA Tram Tour, which takes visitors to the iconic Apollo Mission Control Center, the place where all space shuttle missions and activity onboard international space station assembly flights is directed.More

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Located in Hermann Park, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is dedicated to providing interesting and educational science exhibits and experiences. Visitors can find four floors of science halls and exhibits in the main building, as well as a planetarium, butterfly center and big screen theater. You could easily spend hours perusing all the institution has to offer. With so much to explore, where do you begin? The permanent exhibits are included in your general admission ticket and host some worthwhile attractions. For example, the Paleontology exhibit is a common favorite, as it showcases a unique display of predators in action, creating an illusion that the skeletal displays are alive. A progressive timeline layout showcasing over 50 dinosaurs and a section on human evolution also keeps things interesting.More

Downtown Aquarium

Located in downtown Houston, the Downtown Aquarium is home to more than 200 aquatic animal species from around the world, housed in 500,000-gallon underwater complex. The attraction caters to children and families and, while not the largest aquarium, does have some interesting exhibits that will keep you interested. Experience Shipwreck, where you can walk inside a replica of a sunken seventeenth century Spanish galleon to view living coral reefs, octopus, moray eel, Clownfish and more. There’s also the Shark Voyage Tunnel, a ride aboard a C.P. Huntington Train that takes visitors through an aquarium tunnel filled with a variety of shark species which will swim right over your head. The Downtown Aquarium allows you to explore more than just underwater marine life as it’s home to a variety of eco-systems.More

Houston Zoo

Home to more than 6,000 animals and 900 species, the Houston Zoo is a popular attraction for locals and visitors to Houston. Located in the beautiful Hermann Park, the 55-acre zoo features many exhibits, animal encounters, shows and ecosystems to explore. Additionally, the attraction is well-staffed, and there is always a knowledgeable worker to answer your questions or direct you. While the zoo has numerous interesting sites within it, there are a few experiences you shouldn’t miss. First is the Masai giraffe feeding, which can be done daily from 11am to 2pm. Visitors can feed these long-necked creatures crispy lettuce leaves while getting a close-up view. Another not-to-miss attraction is the African Forest exhibit, which will transport you to a different continent as you trek through an African jungle full of chimpanzees, rhinos and antelopes, Masai giraffes, zebra and ostriches. Part of the experience is also authentic drumming and art.More

Minute Maid Park

Houston residents love their Astros—and they also love their park. Ever since 2000 when the stadium opened to immediately rave reviews, Minute Maid Park has been one America’s most loved park’s for baseball. Hitters love how the left field wall is only 315 feet away, and fielders love how natural grass is used instead of turf. Spectators love how the retractable roof can create the ideal conditions, as well the train that chugs on the tracks with every Astros home run.More

Market Square Park

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Located in the Houston Museum District, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH) contains over 6,000 years of history within more than 63,000 works from six continents, making it one of the largest museums in the country. There are seven separate facilities to explore, which you can spend all day browsing. The institution has an impressive display of permanent collections sorted by geographical region, including Africa, Asia, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean, Europe, North America, and the South Pacific.More

Children's Museum of Houston

Located in the Houston Museum District, the Children’s Museum of Houston makes learning fun for children and families. Founded in 1980 by a group of parents who hoped to make early childhood development a priority in the community, the museum features 14 interactive exhibits that allows for myriad fun experiences. At Invention Convention kids can build robots, cars and rockets using LEGOs, magnets, batteries, switches and more, while Think Tank allows them to enhance their problem solving skills with brain teases, puzzles and optical illusions. Kidtropolis is another favorite station, as children can act like adults by governing life-sized city. Taking on the roles of city leaders, business owners and community members, children are given an ATM card with 40 Kidtropolis dollars to budget with, needing to get a job, purchase groceries and deposit wisely.More

JPMorgan Chase Tower

As they say, “everything’s bigger in Texas,” and the skyscrapers here are no exception to the rule. Houston has some of the best skyscraper architecture in the world, and the Chase Tower is a proud addition to that list. Standing 75 stories tall and topping out at just over 1000 feet, the Chase Tower is just under three-and-a-half football fields tall and boasts a unique five-sided design with expansive 85-foot wide glass running up its western face. This audacious height makes the Chase Tower the tallest building in Houston, and correspondingly makes for incredible photo opportunities from the ground or high atop the tower itself. Guests can ascend to the Sky Lounge on the 60th floor and roam about at their leisure. The Sky Lounge boasts panoramic views of downtown Houston, and from here you can point out every major building in Houston – making a visit to the Chase Tower one of the best free things to do in the downtown Houston area.More

Sam Houston Park

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.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Houston

Awesome in every way!!
Debbie_T, Dec 2020
Christmas Lights Tour
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see all the lights of Houston!
Fantastic plan for what to do in Houston. A great city!
Sue_A, Jan 2021
Astroville Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
I hope anyone else visiting can read this as it is the way to go a five-star item on a Houston what to do list!
Instagram mural tour
tconstantine8, Feb 2020
Mural Instagram Tour
It was so amazing to see the beautiful street art of Houston.
First visit to NASA
F H, Jun 2019
Space Center Houston Admission Ticket
Great spring break trip if you don't mind driving thru the Houston traffic.
Could have been GREAT!!
Corie C, Oct 2018
NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour
That is NOT ENOUGH TIME to see everything.
The tour guide was very informative...
dulce_5600, Jul 2017
Houston's Official Hop on tour
Nearby places to visit are the zoo, museum and restaurants.
In four hours we were able to see...
Sarah H, Feb 2018
Private 4hr Sightseeing Tour
In four hours we were able to see all the major places/buildings in Houston.
This was an awesome value. I...
Terry 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.
NASA's Space center tour and Houston...
Sabuj B, Nov 2016
NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour
NASA's space center is having many activities which you can not cover in only 4 hours as we started late.
We did the Houston space centre and...
Geoff T, Jul 2016
Houston CityPASS
We also used the pass to visit the science museum which was superb.
Great tour guide, fantastic NASA experience
Allison, Mar 2020
Private NASA Space Center and Houston Sightseeing Tour
He was so informative and gave us great advice as far as where to go and what to do while we were in town.
As we are into the space program and...
Gavin R, Jul 2017
Private NASA Space Center and Houston Sightseeing Tour
As we are into the space program and its history, we made sure we visited Houston just to visit the Johnston Space Centre there.
To a certain extent, this is a ride...
Syed Hassan A, Dec 2017
Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip
You have free time to see Galveston then, about 2 hours.
great tour, with a great guide. The...
marcia r, Feb 2018
Houston's Official Hop on tour
The downfall was that it was a rainy day and the vehicle restricted our viewsomewhat.
The Houston Museum of Natural...
Robert B, Apr 2017
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is an amazing place to visit.
Myself and friends didnt have much...
Matthew H, Aug 2016
NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour
Myself and friends didnt have much time inn Houston and we couldnt have picked a better way to see the sights it had to offer than to go on the City Bus tour.
The number I was given did not match...
Charles W, Mar 2016
Houston CityPASS
Grandchildren loved the attractions.
Excellent day - it was great to see...
Angela N, Apr 2016
NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour
Excellent day - it was great to see the old Apollo control centre.
Wonderful way to see Houston! Highly...
Anita B, Jun 2016
Houston CityPASS
Wonderful way to see Houston!
Nice city tour guide, the Nasa Space...
Coralie G, Feb 2015
NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour
Nice city tour guide, the Nasa Space Center Houston is worth it to see it for sure if you pass by HOUSTON :)

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