Houston, TX

Travel Guide
Houston featuring a park
Through booms and busts in the oil industry, this Texas city has built and maintained great cultural attractions and diverse culinary experiences.

Houston’s beautiful Downtown District features walkable streets and towering high-rises. Several buildings have free observation decks. Bring kids to the Downtown Aquarium to meet fascinating marine animals. At Discovery Green have a quiet lunch break on the large lawn, ice skate in winter or attend an exciting special event. Find some of Houston’s 10,000 restaurants and clubs and bars around Market Square and throughout the city. Sample Texas Barbecue and ethnic foods from 70 countries.

For spectator sports, watch the Astros play baseball in Minute Maid Park and the Rockets play basketball at the Toyota Center. Get some exercise starting at the Water Works and heading west along the meandering 52-mile (84-kilometer) Buffalo Bayou through Buffalo Bayou Park.

Use the METRORail to travel south of Midtown to the Museum District. Spend several days in the widely varied attractions, including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Children’s Museum of Houston, Museum of Fine Arts and Holocaust Museum Houston. The Contemporary Arts Museum, the Menil Collection and the Art Car Museum have interesting collections and free entry.

Nearby, walk around the campus of Rice University to see its historic brick buildings, beautiful tree-covered spaces, groomed quads and Rice Stadium, a great college football arena, where President John Kennedy made his speech urging Americans to send a man to the moon. In the large Hermann Park, visit the Houston Zoo and Cockrell Butterfly Center, both with fascinating creatures.

Continue south to enjoy NFL and pre-game tailgating at NRG Stadium. For sports events you won’t typically find outside Texas, visit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the same area.

Space Center Houston is one of the area’s top attractions, about a 40-minute drive southeast of Downtown Houston. Step inside the Starship Gallery to see the Skylab Trainer Module, where astronauts trained for space missions. Travel another 40 minutes to the coastline at Galveston. Watch for dolphins leaping through the waves as you ride the free car ferry to Goat Island.

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Where to stay in Houston

Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX, 77002
The price is $89 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$89
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,446 reviews)
"I just love this place. It's such a classic, and I stay here every time I have to come to downtown Houston. The bed was a little hard, but that is pretty common. The restaurant/bar is accessible from the lobby or the street. It has excellent fare, and the bartender is most engaging."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
Blossom Hotel Houston
Blossom Hotel Houston
4 out of 5
7118 Bertner Ave, Houston, TX, 77030
The price is $161 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$161
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Popular attractions Toyota Center and Houston Zoo are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (458 reviews)
"This is our second time to stay here and we LOVE this hotel! We stay any time we want to go to the Houston Zoo (we have a 1.5 year old). It is so beautiful, especially decorated for Christmas. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Blossom Hotel Houston
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
4 out of 5
12801 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX, 77040
The price is $119 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$119
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,006 reviews)
"It is an excellent hotel, very comfortable, quiet, with a good view, excellent service, restaurants with exquisite dishes."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX, 77002
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,446 reviews)
"I just love this place. It's such a classic, and I stay here every time I have to come to downtown Houston. The bed was a little hard, but that is pretty common. The restaurant/bar is accessible from the lobby or the street. It has excellent fare, and the bartender is most engaging."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
4 out of 5
12801 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX, 77040
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,006 reviews)
"It is an excellent hotel, very comfortable, quiet, with a good view, excellent service, restaurants with exquisite dishes."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
Holiday Inn Houston S - Nrg Area - Medical Center, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Houston S - Nrg Area - Medical Center, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
8111 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX, 77054
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,159 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Holiday Inn Houston S - Nrg Area - Medical Center, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Houston

Rent a car in Houston if you would prefer to, but do be aware that unlike in some other big American cities, driving is not your only transportation option. The METRORail and the METRO bus network will get you around the most visited areas of the city. A car will certainly come in handy, however, if you plan to do daytrips outside of Houston or spend a lot of time in the outskirts of the city. Visit the The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County website. Browse Houston rental cars.

Best time to visit

Houston’s summer weather can get a bit too hot for comfort between May and September with temperatures soaring to 90 F (32 C) or more. This means early spring and late fall are the best times to visit. The weather will be very pleasant at these times of year, and still warmer than some other cities’ summers. Pack light dresses or T-shirts and shorts, but bring an extra layer for the evenings.

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