Things to do in Houston
With all of the great things to do in Houston, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From sampling the local cuisine to arts and culture, to premier sporting events and shopping there is truly something for everyone.
Whether you are on a family vacation or a quick weekend getaway, The St. Regis Houston is in the premier location for all the things to see and do around Houston.
Top Five Houston Family Attractions
- Splashtown Water Park
Cool off and spend a day with your family at one of Houston's most popular water parks. Splashtown offers a wide variety of rides for everyone in the family.
- Schlitterbahn - Galveston
As the #1 Indoor Waterpark in America, Schlitterbahn is perfect for families of all sizes. This water park allows you to bring your own lunch for free (no glass or alcohol) and has a variety of rides for kids of all ages.
- Children's Museum of Houston
One of the most popular museums for children in the country, the Children's Museum of Houston serves more than 600,000 parents, educators, child-care, workers and children from birth to 12 years of age on-site annually.
- Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo features over 4,500 permanent wildlife residents, 55 acres of lush zoological gardens and special exhibits throughout the year. Whether you have just an hour of all day, the Houston Zoo has a special interactive map so that you can plan your visit. View information on zoo hours, admission prices and directions.
- Sam Houston Boat Tours
Sam Houston Boat Tours were named for the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later statehood. This free 90 minute round trip tour along the Houston Ship Channel offer visitors passing views of international cargo vessels, and operations at the port's Turning Basin Terminal.
Top Five Houston Sporting Venues
- Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park is located in the heart of downtown Houston, Minute Maid Park combines the feel of an classic old-time park with the amenities of modern ones. After you take a guided tour of the park enjoy a baseball game with the Houston Astros.
- NRG Park
Home to some of Houston's most exciting sporting events that include professional football games, Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show, concerts, racing events and various other trade shows and entertainment events.
- Houston Motorsports Park
Houston Motorsports Park offers both a 3/8 mile speedway and 1/8 mile dragstrip. Both are considered to be among the elite in their class in America. Inspired by Texas Motor Speedway, this is the perfect place to satisfy your need for speed.
- Sam Houston Race Park
Located just 15 minutes from downtown, Sam Houston Race Park is home to one of Houston's premier racing, dining and entertainment destinations. Featuring live entertainment and 10 races a night you are sure to enjoy a thrilling evening everytime you visit.
- Houston Toyota Center
Home to the NBA's Houston Rockets and the AHL Houston Aeros the Toyota Center has quickly established itself as being on of the up and coming venues in all of Houston.
Top Five Houston Shopping Destinations
- Houston Galleria Mall
Dramatic architecture, an extraordinary mix of stores and unique style of entertainment have made The Galleria Houston's #1 shopping and tourist destination.
- Harwin Street - "The Bargain Mile"
One of Houston's best kept secrets, Harwin Street is a maze of warehouse-looking buildings in the southwest part of the city. Known as Harwin to the locals, this is the place where many high end botiques come to get a bargain.
- Historic Houston Heights Shopping District
Located in one of Houston's most charming and historic neighborhoods, The Heights, this unique shopping district is home to antiques, home decor, art galleries and vintage clothing.
- Katy Mills
Featuring hundreds of the best names in retail Katy Mills is the one-stop shop for bargain hunters. With stores like Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center, Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Nike and Polo.
- Rice Village
Rice Village Houston is considered one of Houston's premier shopping destinations. After enjoying a recent expansion, Rice Village now covers 16 blocks and features over 300 stores ranging from nationwide retailers to small eclectic shops and boutiques.
Top Five Houston Attractions for the History Enthusiast
- Houston Museum of Fine Art
In the heart of Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, is a dynamic cultural complex featuring two museum buildings, two art schools, two decorative arts centers and a sculptural garden.
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
Being one of the most heavily attended museums in the country the Houston Museum of Natural Science features over a dozen permanent exhibits focusing on astronomy, space exploration, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals and seashells.
- Space Center Houston - The Official Visitor center of Johnson Space Center
Get a behind the scenes tour of NASA's Johnson Space Center. You will get to see the historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the Current Mission Control center. Be sure to visit the all new Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park to complete your tour.
- John C. Freeman Weather Museum
The country's first museum dedicated to weather, the John C. Freeman Weather Museum opened in 2006 with a goal to teach people about weather, its history and public safety.
- Battleship Texas
The Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. in 1948. Located just minutes from downtown Houston and a short distance to the beachs of Galveston Island, the state park is an ideal place to experience living history.