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Things to do in Houston

Allow plenty of time as Houston is packed with fun things to do, many of them in Downtown and the Museum District such as the ultra-modern Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the thought-provoking Holocaust Museum Houston. Away from the centre is the must-see Space Center Houston and for a bit of nostalgia The 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Many visitor attractions are open every day but if they close it will be on a Monday.

Port of Houston, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. The 1940 Air Terminal Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston. Courtesy of The 1940 Air Terminal Museum

    The 1940 Air Terminal Museum near Hobby Airport is a rare example of the classic Art-Deco airport architecture that served Houston during the golden age of flight. Exhibitions feature uniforms, memorabilia, radios, weather charts and maps from the period.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$5; children US$2

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

    Address

    8325, Travelair Road, Houston 77061

    Telephone

    +1 713 454 1940

    Transport

    Bus 88 from Downtown to Hobby Airport

    Website

    The 1940 Air Terminal Museum

  2. 2. National Museum of Funeral History - Museums and Galleries

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    National Museum of Funeral History, Houston. Courtesy of National Museum of Funeral History

    The funeral memorabilia in the National Museum of Funeral History on Barren Springs Drive covers the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes fantasy coffins in the shape of animals and cars, a funeral sleigh, a solid glass coffin and John F Kennedy's Eternal Flame.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$10; concessions US$9; 3-12yrs US$7

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat & Sun 12pm-4pm

    Address

    415, Barren Springs Drive, Houston 77090

    Telephone

    +1 281 876 3063

    Transport

    Bus 86 to Kuykendahl Park & Ride

    Website

    National Museum of Funeral History

  3. 3. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - Museums and Galleries

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    Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in the Museum District has no permanent collection, but focuses on temporary exhibits of Americana and international artists using various media. It is located in a funky, ribbed, stainless steel parallelogram building, designed by Gunnar Birkerts in the 1970s.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 10am-5pm (until 9pm Thu); Sun 12pm-5pm

    Address

    5216, Montrose Boulevard, Houston 77006-6598

    Telephone

    +1 713 284 8250

    Transport

    Metrorail to Museum District

    Website

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

  4. 4. Art Car Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Art Car Museum, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The Art Car Museum in Central Houston, known as Garage Mahal, exhibits contemporary art with an emphasis on elaborately decorated cars. Exhibitions explore the cultural, political and economic dimensions of art. The museum has a distinctive scrap-metal and chrome exterior.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Wed-Sun 11am-6pm

    Address

    140, Heights Boulevard, Houston 77007

    Telephone

    +1 713 861 5526

    Transport

    Bus 50 to Heights and Washington

    Website

    Art Car Museum

  5. 5. Holocaust Museum Houston - Museums and Galleries

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    Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The Holocaust Museum Houston in the Museum District houses a moving collection of memorabilia and oral memories of holocaust survivors who have lived in the Houston area. There are also changing exhibitions featuring art work and experiences of survivors.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm

    Address

    5401, Caroline Street, Houston 77004

    Telephone

    +1 713 942 8000

    Transport

    MetroRail to the Museum District

    Website

    Holocaust Museum Houston

Attractions

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  1. 6. Houston Zoo - Attractions

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    Houston Zoo, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Popular Houston Zoo in the Museum District travels through the natural habitats of hundreds of species. Visitors can observe primates from tree houses and boardwalks, get up close to animals and see big cats from the safety of viewing platforms.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$10; concessions & 2-11s US$6

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-6pm (until 7pm during Daylight Saving Time)

    Address

    6200, Golf Course Drive, Houston 77030

    Telephone

    +1 713 533 6500

    Transport

    MetroRail to Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo

    Website

    Houston Zoo Website

  2. 7. Sam Houston Park - Attractions

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    Sam Houston Park, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The Heritage Society at Downtown's Sam Houston Park has a collection of mainly 19th-century restored houses and a church with Houston's futuristic skyline as a backdrop. Regular guided tours bring the lives of the former occupants to life.Show this on map

    Cost

    Tours US$8; concessions US$6; under 18s free; Museum Gallery free

    Opening hours

    Museum Tue-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

    Address

    1100, Bagby Street, Houston 77002

    Telephone

    +1 713 655 1912

    Transport

    MetroRail to Main Street Square

    Website

    Sam Houston Park

  3. 8. San Jacinto Museum of History - Attractions

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    San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The San Jacinto Museum of History, east of Houston, is sited at the base of the impressive 174-metre monument to the battle where Texas won independence from Mexico in 1836. The World War II Battleship Texas is also located here.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$12; concessions US$10.50; children US$8

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-6pm; Battleship Texas daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    One Monument Circle, La Porte, Houston 77571-9585

    Telephone

    +1 281 479 2421

    Transport

    Taxi or hire car

    Website

    San Jacinto Museum of History

  4. 9. Downtown Aquarium - Attractions

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    Downtown Aquarium, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    An entertainment complex, the Downtown Aquarium in Downtown Houston features various ecosystems such as a Louisiana swamp, a sunken galleon and a rainforest. Journey through the centre of the shark tank from the safety of the Shark Voyage train.Show this on map

    Cost

    Aquarium Adventure Exhibit US$9.25; concessions US$8.25; 2-12yrs US$6.25

    Opening hours

    Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat 10am-11pm

    Address

    410, Bagby Street, Houston 77002

    Telephone

    +1 713 223 3474

    Transport

    Bus 6 to Bagby and Capitol

    Website

    Downtown Aquarium

  5. 10. Space Center Houston - Attractions

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    Space Center Houston, Houston. Courtesy Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Space Center Houston in Clear Lake is an incredible journey through America's epic space programme. Visitors can feel what it's like to walk on the moon, experience the various gravitational pulls of some of the other planets and view mission control.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$19.95; concessions US$18.95; 4-11yrs US$15.95

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm (until 6pm Sat & Sun)

    Address

    1601, NASA Parkway, Houston 77058

    Telephone

    +1 281 244 2100

    Transport

    Bus 246 Bay Area to Space Center Houston

    Website

    Space Center Houston

Special things to do

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  1. 11. Sam Houston Boat Tour - Special things to do

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    Port of Houston, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    From the M/V Sam Houston Boat Tour, visitors can cruise the Houston Ship Channel. The trip passes towering international cargo vessels and the Port of Houston's Turning Basin Terminal, one of the world's busiest ports. Reservations and ID are required.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tours Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am and 2.30pm; Thu & Sun 2.30pm only

    Address

    7300, Clinton Drive, Gate 8, Houston 77029

    Telephone

    +1 713 670 2416

    Transport

    Bus 30 Port of Houston Branch to Gate 8 or Bus 48 to McCarty and Clinton

    Website

    Sam Houston Boat Tour

  2. 12. Kemah Boardwalk - Special things to do

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    Kemah Boardwalk, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Twenty miles from Downtown, the Kemah Boardwalk overlooking Galveston Bay is a popular place for taking some sea air. Visitors can eat out, go shopping, get a good view from the Boardwalk Tower's observation deck and enjoy thrilling funfair rides.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$18.99; children (under 1 metre tall) US$16.99

    Opening hours

    Funfair rides Mon-Thu 12pm-9pm; Fri & Sat 10.30am-11pm; Sun 10.30am-10pm

    Address

    215, Kipp Avenue, Houston 77565

    Telephone

    +1 281 334 9880

    Transport

    Taxi or hire car

    Website

    Kemah Boardwalk

  3. 13. Discover Houston Tours - Special things to do

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    Houston Tunnel System, Houston. Courtesy of Discover Houston Tours

    The Discover Houston Tours' two-hour Tunnel Walk and Rail Tours take visitors from City Hall to the Tunnel System. This unique air-conditioned seven-mile system connects 77 buildings 20 feet below ground. Ride up to the highest sky lobby in Texas.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$30

    Opening hours

    Tours Mon-Fri 10am-1pm

    Address

    Visitor Center inside City Hall (tour meeting point), 901 Bagby Street, Houston 77002

    Telephone

    +1 713 222 9255

    Transport

    MetroRail to Main Street Square

    Website

    Discover Houston Tours Website

  4. 14. George Ranch Historical Park - Special things to do

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    George Ranch Historical Park, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The George Ranch Historical Park, located southwest of Houston, offers the chance to experience life on a working ranch. Visitors can take the tractor-drawn wagon to the restored ranch houses dating from the 1820s-1930s and see the cowboys at work.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$9; concessions US$8; 5-15s US$5

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 9am-5pm

    Address

    10215, FM 762, Richmond 77469

    Telephone

    +1 281 343 0218

    Transport

    Taxi or car hire

    Website

    George Ranch Historical Park

  5. 15. Kayaking the Buffalo Bayou - Special things to do

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    Kayaking the Buffalo Bayou, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Buffalo Bay winds through much of Houston and its lush, green areas. One way of exploring it is by renting a kayak or by joining the regular 30-minute organised kayak trips that travel the Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$60

    Opening hours

    Various

    Address

    Vine Street Studios, Suite 200, 1113 Vine Street, Houston 77002

    Telephone

    +1 713 752 0314

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Buffalo Bayou Partnership

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