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Sports fanatics, theatre buffs, nature enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs will all find countless things to see and do on their weekends in Houston.
Though Houston’s relative youth as a city doesn’t lend itself to grand, historic facades or memorials to past achievements, it does mean that an impressive collection of modern and entertaining sightseeing is the order of the day.
Attractions in Houston
Space Center Houston
An 'out-of-this-world' journey into the past, present and future of the US space programme. Exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities allow visitors to gain some insight into NASA’s missions and what happens behind the scenes.
A six-acre aquatic wonderland, the Downtown Aquarium features over 200 different species of aquatic life from around the world, and a number of unique and well-maintained environments. It also has alligators, red-bellied piranhas, sharks, stingrays and more. There’s a full-service restaurant on site.
This 12-acre park in the centre of downtown Houston is a public space with oodles of potential. There’s a one-acre lake, a children’s playground, a public library, an amphitheatre, dog runs and art exhibits. Not to mention, there’s little better than relaxing on the open lawn or strolling along the paths and trails. Stop at The Grove, the park’s rooftop restaurant, for a cocktail while the sun sets.
This 55-acre lush zoological garden within Hermann Park is a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with the natural world. Thousands of animals and special exhibits await those interested in mammals, reptiles, birds and more. The zoo hosts overnight events where kids and parents can interact with the zoo's animal ambassadors and enjoy a guided night hike.
Ima Hogg was a prolific philanthropist who devoted her life to the city’s cultural and civic institutions. Bayou Bend is her former home and the resting place of an astounding collection of art dating from colonial times to the mid-19th century. Alongside the impressive interior of the mansion, the 14 acres of meticulously manicured gardens are also worth a wander.
The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences
An outstanding museum which has a stunning collection of mineral specimens, dinosaur fossils, a planetarium, an observatory, an IMAX movie theatre and a three-storey butterfly centre. The museum provides a great day out for visitors of all ages, and parents will be as enthralled by the exhibits as their little ones.
This boardwalk overlooks Galveston Bay and is full of entertainment options. The 60-acre megaplex offers a whole host of thrilling rides for the kids, as well as some of Houston's top dining and shopping experiences for their parents.
►For more about activities in the city, see Lifestyle in Houston
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