Houston is Out-Of-This-World

Everybody knows Houston as the brains behind U.S. space exploration, but more and more visitors are discovering the many others reasons why America’s 4th largest city is out-of-this-world. Home to an energetic cultural arts scene, world-renowned theatre groups, five professional sport teams, 50,000 acres of park space and celebrated restaurants featuring flavours from 35 countries, Houston is a diverse metropolis brimming with personality.

Regardless of what your interests are, Houston has attractions just right for you. Experience the finest performing arts in the world in Houston’s downtown Theater District. Spanning 17 blocks and boasting nearly 13,000 seats, Houston is one of only five cities with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines — opera, ballet, music and theatre.

Houston is even more diverse when it comes to its people. Perhaps the best representation of this ethnic diversity is demonstrated in the area’s rich culinary scene. The city is jam-packed with more than 10,000 tempting eateries that feature culinary flavours from more than 35 countries, earning it a place on ForbesTraveler.com best restaurant cities in America. Houston also has attracted praise from Anthony Bourdain and David Chang, who filmed episodes of their shows here emphasizing the city’s extraordinary culinary diversity.

Houston’s distinctive cultural blend can be celebrated at the many festivals and events held throughout the year. Whether you attend the popular Art Car Parade, experience the lively Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, or celebrate the 52nd Annual Houston Greek Festival, Houston’s events are unique, engaging and utterly unforgettable.

The city also prides itself on being an extremely family-friendly destination, offering endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. The Children’s Museum of Houston features 90,000 square feet of fun interactive exhibitions while the Houston Museum of Natural Science consistently ranks as one of the most visited museums in the country. In addition, families can discover a world of art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with exciting weekly family programs designed especially for children and adults to explore art together. The Houston Zoo is also one of Houston’s best attractions. It holds over 4,500 animals on more than 55 acres of land and is visited by nearly two million people a year! Of course, your trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Space Center Houston. Here, kids can experience the awe of space through Kids Space Place, created for children of all ages who have always dreamed of experiencing the same things astronauts do in space. To get the best price on many of these attractions be sure to pick up a CityPASS at citypass.com/houston. This easy-to-use ticket booklet is valid for 9 consecutive days starting with the first day of use, giving you plenty of time to explore Houston and make out-of-this-world memories.

If you’re on a budget, no worries, many of Houston’s most memorable attractions are completely free. Pack a picnic and head to Miller Outdoor Theatre to take in one of their free performances, head to Market Square Park for a romantic movie screening under the stars, or set sail on a free, 90-minute boat tour of the Port of Houston.

Find out more at visithouston.com.