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What to do in Houston, Texas

As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas – and Houston is no exception!

A sprawling city of just over 2.1m people from every background and walk of life, Houston is Texas’ biggest settlement and home to some of the finest museums and entertainment in the United States – as well as the Space Centre. So, if you want big city fun with a Southern flavour, there’s no better place to hang your ten gallon hat!

Anyone who enjoys travel will have at one time wondered what it’d be like to take the ultimate journey of all into space. Well, we can’t guarantee that, but a visit to the Space Centre Houston at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre will help you understand what it might be like to go into space. Featuring a multitude of attractions such as a launch simulator and actual artefacts of space exploration like moon rocks and flight hardware, it truly is a place to inform and inspire in equal measure.

Outside of space flight, Houston has a huge reputation for museums and the performing arts. With dedicated districts devoted to each, over seven million people visit Houston each year to be astounded by the city’s cultural riches.

Located in Neartown, the Museum District incorporates 19 museums covering countless fascinating subjects. With all museums offering free opening hours and 12 being free all the time, the district is a fabulous way to educate and inspire whether you’re a solo traveller or a family.

Highlights are, of course, subjective but many visitors are particularly impressed by the huge Museum of Fine Arts, the eclectic Houston Museum of Natural Science and the highly interactive Children’s Museum of Houston. The district is also home to the sombre Holocaust Museum, Houston and the superb Houston Zoo.

The Theatre District in Downtown is home to Houston’s nine most prestigious performing arts institutions spread across five impressive venues. Houston’s standing in the arts world is evidenced by the fact that it is one of only a handful of American cities that is home to professional, resident companies in all four major disciplines – Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Alley Theatre Company.

If high culture isn’t for you, there’s plenty more to see and do in Houston. From endless premium-brand shopping at the huge uptown Galleria mall to wet and wild fun at the SplashTown Waterpark, Space City is a town built for fun.


Guide to Exploring Houston


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Hotel Derek Houston Galleria

Hotel Derek Houston Galleria

2525 West Loop S, Houston
3.8
of 5, from 575 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Derek keeps you "In the Loop" with its prominent 610 Westheimer location, with hundreds of shops, dining and entertainment options all within walking distance.

£85
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston

720 Fannin Street, Houston
4.0
of 5, from 1,387 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston is a full-service hotel designed for business travelers, in downtown Houston. A short walk from the Houston Pavilions, the Theater District, nightlife, and museums. The new sports arenas, convention center, and shops at Houston Center also are nearby, as are underground tunnels and light rail.

SureStay Plus Hotel Houston Medical Center by Best Western

SureStay Plus Hotel Houston Medical Center by Best Western

6700 S Main Street, Houston
3.3
of 5, from 99 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Houston, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Houston Maritime Museum, Houston Zoo, and Houston Natural Science Museum. Children's Museum of Houston and NRG Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£54
Omni Houston Hotel Westside

Omni Houston Hotel Westside

13210 Katy Fwy, Houston
4.1
of 5, from 523 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Just off I-10, this contemporary hotel with an atrium lobby is located in the West Houston Energy Corridor, home to numerous oil and gas companies. Two major malls also minutes away.

£54
La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Bush IAH South

La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Bush IAH South

15510 JFK Blvd, Houston
4.1
of 5, from 318 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Houston Grand Prix and within 9 mi (15 km) of Houston Police Department Museum and Greenspoint Mall. Golf Club of Houston and Humble Civic Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£57
Ramada Houston Intercontinental Airport East

Ramada Houston Intercontinental Airport East

6115 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble
3.3
of 5, from 407 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Humble Civic Center and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Humble Museum. Cypresswood Golf Club and Humble Golf Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£82
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

2222 West Loop South, Houston
4.4
of 5, from 570 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Williams Tower and The Galleria. Memorial Park is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

£54
Red Roof Inn Houston - IAH Airport

Red Roof Inn Houston - IAH Airport

15675 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Houston
3.2
of 5, from 322 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Houston Grand Prix, Houston Police Department Museum, and Greenspoint Mall. Golf Club of Houston and Humble Civic Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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