As the nation's fourth largest city, Houston has plenty to see and do. Although it is not commonly thought of as a 'tourist destination,' Bayou City visitors can certainly stay busy and find plenty of fun things to do during their stay. Here are a few suggestions for things to do while visiting Houston.
The first three weeks of March in Houston mean the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This one-of-a-kind event features the second largest fair in North America, daily professional rodeo competitions, and some of the biggest names in music performing daily during the three week stretch.
After playing an important role in the Space Race of the 1960s, Space Center Houston has become a popular tourist attraction. Even today, when it remains crucial to the NASA Space Program, Space Center Houston is better known as an entertaining and educational attraction that draws thousands of visitors annually.
In football crazy Houston, the Texans are at the top of the heap. As one of the NFL's newer franchises, the Texans play in one of the most fan-friendly stadiums in the league, state-of-the-art Reliant Stadium.
Get in Touch With Your Wild Side
Located next to Hermann Park near Houston's famed Medical District, the Houston Zoo has been giving Houston area residents and visitors close-up views of exotic wildlife since 1922.
Go on an Outdoor Adventure
Although it is practically located within eyesight of Houston's towering skyline, Brazos Bend State Park is an entirely different world than the concrete jungle located a few miles away. Situated along the banks of the Brazos River, Brazos Bend State Park features an impressive array of wildlife, including numerous alligators in the river and the lakes within the park's boundaries.
Run A Marathon
What started as a humble race with just over 100 runners has blossomed into the largest single sporting event in Houston. This year's Houston Marathon features nearly 18,000 participants, making it one of the largest running events in the country. Running the Houston Marathon has become an annual tradition for some, while others see it as something they need to do at least once to remove it from their "bucket list."
Houston has a lot to offer. Among its many amenities, Houston has some of the best museums in the United States. And, these museums range the full gamut of interests, from history to science, military to art, there is a museum to encapsulate virtually every aspect of American life.
Located just a short distance outside of Houston, the San Jacinto Battlefield is one of Texas’ most significant, yet least recognizable historic sites. The Battle of San Jacinto, which took place on April 21, 1836, won Texas its independence from Mexico. The Texan Army, commanded by Gen. Sam Houston, captured General Santa Anna – Mexico’s dictator and leader of the Mexican troops, assuring Texas would become its own nation, independent from Mexican rule.