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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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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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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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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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Kemah Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk

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The town of Kemah sits on the shore of Galveston Bay on the Gulf Coast of Texas, and its boardwalk is one of its main attractions.Built in 1999, the Kemah Boardwalk is an entertainment and amusement park right on Galveston Bay. The boardwalk transformed what was once a small fishing community into a popular tourist destination. The town is considered part of the “greater Houston area,” as it's just 20 miles east of the big city, but it's a popular draw for visitors from elsewhere in Texas, too.The Kemah Boardwalk features 15 different amusement park rides – including a 96-foot-tall roller coaster, a 140-foot free fall ride, a zip-line over the boardwalk, a double-decker carousel, and a 65-foot Ferris wheel. You can also take speedboat trips into the bay, and visit the Stingray Reef to touch and feed live stingrays.More
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Minute Maid Park

Minute Maid Park

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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. In a nod to the city’s railroad history, part of the park has incorporated the historic Union Station, which now serves as the park’s main entrance adjacent to the left field wall. During days when there isn’t an Astros home game, visitors can enjoy a tour of the park that includes the broadcasting booth, press box, luxury suites, dugout, and historic Union Station. Or, if it’s a day when Houston is gearing up to cheer for their hometown team, there are 40,963 seats if you’d like to purchase a couple of tickets and be an Astros fan for a day.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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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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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

Trip ideas

Top activities in Houston

Houston CityPASS

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Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip
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Private Houston City Tour Including NASA Space Center Admission
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Houston Woodlands Indoor Skydiving with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate
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Recent reviews from experiences in Houston

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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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First timer
Anonymous, Dec. 2021
Space Center Houston Admission Ticket
We spent the whole day there and still have some area we didn’t have time to visit.
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Good Visit
William_W, Sep. 2021
Private Houston Mural Instagram Tour by Cart
It was an excellent way to visit and tour at the same time.
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Good
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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First visit to NASA
Frank_H, Jun. 2019
Space Center Houston Admission Ticket
Great spring break trip if you don't mind driving thru the Houston traffic.
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Could have been GREAT!!
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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In four hours we were able to see...
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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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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This was an awesome value. I...
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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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.
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RAINY DAY FUN...a little thunder too!
shelia_s, Apr. 2021
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
She contacted me to see if we wanted to reschedule.
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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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Fantastic plan for what to do in Houston. A great city!
Sue_A, Jan. 2021
Astroville Air-Conditioned 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!
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Great tour guide, fantastic NASA experience
Allison_C, Mar. 2020
Private Houston City Tour Including NASA Space Center Admission
He was so informative and gave us great advice as far as where to go and what to do while we were in town.
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As we are into the space program and...
Gavin R, Jul. 2017
Private Houston City Tour Including NASA Space Center Admission
As we are into the space program and its history, we made sure we visited Houston just to visit the Johnston Space Centre there.
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great tour, with a great guide. The...
marcia r, Feb. 2018
Houston's Official City Tour
The downfall was that it was a rainy day and the vehicle restricted our viewsomewhat.
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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.
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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.

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.

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