As the fourth largest city in the country, Houston is considered the place that best exemplifies the Southern charm and hospitality. With an eclectic culture that holds international appeal, this world-class city has more than you can check out in a single weekend. From Minute Maid Park and NRG Stadium (for the sports buffs) to the Houston Space Centre (for the science folks), the city will suck you in, and you will be happier for it.
Whether you’re looking for bus tickets from Houston to Dallas, or flying direct into the city from another region, there1 are plenty of discounted travel platforms online willing to help you get to this wondrous city. In the meanwhile, whilst you are finalizing your travel plans, this article will take you through a few of the attractions and sights that you should expect to dazzle you.
- Houston Space Center
‘Houston…we have a problem’ is one of the most popular phrases in the pulp fiction archives. The phrase is associated with the hopes and dreams of many youths. The rocket that launched the first space station into orbit was from the Houston Space Center. A short drive from downtown Houston will take you to one of the best space exploration and research facilities in the country. It boasts an extensive collection of space equipment and artifacts, as well as offering a glimpse into the past and providing a look into the future of space exploration. Whether you are a science nerd or just a hot-blooded person brimming with curiosity, taking some time to tour site will be well worth your time.
- Houston Livestock And Rodeo Show
If there’s one thing everyone knows the Texans for, it’s their rodeo shows. The Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show is an annual event that happens in the winter, spanning one month. If you plan your trip correctly, you’ll be able to attend this must-see event. There is an impressive assortment of attractions such as a petting zoo for the kids (and some adults too!) to the world barbeque contest and the much-anticipated rodeo events, just to name a few. If you’re not careful, you could spend the whole weekend engrossed in the different sports-related events, and I assure you: you and 2 million annual attendees of this massive event won’t regret it.
I know you probably didn’t expect to see this point here, right? Houston is known for having graffiti and art showcased on walls around the city. In fact, there is a park dedicated to it. The Houston Graffiti Park is a place that garners a lot of interest from visitors and is a must-see destination if you’re visiting the city for the first time.
- Sip The Weekend Away
What better way to have a memorable weekend than to spend it sipping a couple of brews with your friends? There are local touring companies that offer an exclusive package where they take you on a guided tour of ten to fifteen different local breweries to immerse you in the craft brewing experience. Houston’s craft brewing scene has exploded over the years, and it would be a great opportunity to spend some time experiencing the different flavours the city has to offer.
- Children’s Museum
If you’re exploring the city with the family, then the Children’s Museum is a must visit. With plenty of interactive exhibits that immerse the children in history and culture, you’re going to have a hard time dragging them away from paradise. Budget 3 or 4 hours of the day, and then watch the children’s eyes light up as they view nature and science in a whole new way.
- Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo, which can be considered a small city due to its size, holds over 6,000 residents. The wide range of animals to view will keep you engrossed for hours. This place is a wonderland for animal lovers so make sure you include this in your itinerary.
- Waterwall Park
Located in uptown Houston, Waterwall Park is one of the cities defining landmarks. It is a large man-made fountain situated amongst beautiful trees and scenery. Residents of the city go there to relax, take pictures and stand in the midst of the fountain, letting the water gently cascade around them. If you’re lucky, you might witness a heartfelt proposal when you visit.
- Museum Of Fine Arts
The Houston Museum of Fine Arts is acclaimed to be the largest cultural institution in the southwest region of the country. Established in 1900, this cultural behemoth embraces art from the present spanning back to ancient times. With collections of art stemming from almost every continent and time period, this museum aims to immerse your soul in art and it achieves this goal in a marvellous manner.
The marvellous city of Houston has a lot to offer. Whether you decide to sip away the weekend and enjoy the hops, or release your inner child and visit the children’s museum, you are guaranteed a memorable weekend.