Nicknamed the Space City and the most populous place in Texas, Houston is a destination bursting with incredible attractions, a vibrant nightlife and beautiful green areas complete with stunning sculptures.
Anyone who wants to visit America should seriously consider a vacation in Houston as it’s compact enough to get around easily on their well-organized public transport system and will certainly fill up any itinerary. With a range of hotels to suit all pockets and something for couples, the solo traveler or families, it may not be as instantly thought of as somewhere to put on a bucket list, but once you’ve been you’ll want to go back time and time again.
Whilst there are enough places to visit to fill a diary for at least a month, here are the top 5 places to visit the first time you take a vacation in Houston.
- Houston Museum District; Downtown area
Consisting of an impressive 19 museums, the Houston Museum District is an aesthetically pleasing part of Downtown Houston where you can wander from museum to museum. With so many choices it’s wise to plan your visits and to check out when you can avoid busy times. In the area you’ll find attractions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Holocaust Museum, the Menil Collection and the Asia Society Center. If you need a bit of a breather you can relax in Cullen Garden.
- James Turrell Twilight Skyspace; Rice University Campus
This awe-inspiring art installation draws crowds each night as the light show begins just as the sun sets. Open each day from just before sunrise until 10pm, you are treated to a carefully choreographed display of colors as you watch the sky change through a viewing space. Reserve if you want to see the evening light show, but if you want to enjoy the rest of the night there before it closes you’ll probably have the place to yourself. A great place for wedding proposals too; Houston jewelry can be purchased before you visit and you can slip the ring on her finger as you see the last seconds of daylight fade.
- Cockrell Butterfly Center; 1 Hermann Circle Drive
Beautiful destination for all ages and a great place for children to learn about nature. The Cockrell Butterfly Center is a glass-enclosed butterfly habitat. The simulated rain forest conditions are home to thousands of these wondrous creatures and you can see the colors of wings flutter by as you watch the 50 foot waterfall splash into numerous exotic types of plants and flowers.
- JPMorgan Chase Tower; 600 Travis
The highest building in Houston and towering above the surrounding skyline at 75 floors high, the JP Morgan Chase Tower is the only place to see the whole of the city in one breathtaking shot.
Head to the observation deck on the 60th floor for all the vacation photos you need; it’s unusual for Houston to be not visible because of weather conditions so you will be able to pick out all your favorite other locations and attractions you’ve already been to. Entry is free and it’s open Monday to Friday.
- Houston Zoo; 6200 Hermann Park Drive
Explore your wild side with a visit to this huge zoo. There’s just about every animal you can think of living here; they have around 3000 permanent residents at any one time and ensure you pencil in enough time to see everything as you really need to spend a whole day here to really enjoy it all. It’s set in a park so when you want to take a break from watching the animals feeding and relaxing, you can watch the world go by in the natural surroundings of a fantastic green city space.