Houston, one of the largest and most diverse cities in the US, is a culinary and cultural capital that has it all—a modern downtown, world-class museum district, internationally renowned medical center, and an exciting up-and-coming dining scene. Here’s how to spend one day in this Texas metropolis.
Morning: City Sightseeing
Houston is big—Texas big—so get your bearings with a city sightseeing tour to some of Houston’s top attractions. Go for the value of a small-group tour or the flexibility of a private tour. If you’d rather explore on your own, climb aboard the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus to tour the city at your own pace. No matter which option you choose, you’ll get to see places such as Minute Maid Park, City Hall, Houston Astrodome, Houston Medical Center, Market Square, and Hermann Park.
Afternoon: Museum District
Houston is home to some of the nation’s best museums, all located in a compact museum district. Explore one or two of these collections this afternoon. Learn more about the natural world at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, or travel the world through the free exhibits at the Menil Collection. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Museum of Fine Arts, while kids love the Children’s Museum of Houston. Most are located near sprawling Hermann Park, one of the city’s most popular outdoor green spaces and a great place to get some fresh air in the heart of the city.
Night: Neighborhood Dining
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite from all that sightseeing, spend your evening eating your way through Houston’s stellar food landscape. Several neighborhoods offer food tours, including hip Heights, the downtown Warehouse District, Sugar Land, and quirky Montrose. You’ll get to sample dishes from favorite local spots serving a range of international and fusion cuisine.