Things to do in Houston

About Houston

Since Houston's founding by two entrepreneurs, the Allen brothers, it has become recognized as one of the best cities in the world to live, work and play. What do you need to know about Houston as you're making the decision of where to study?

  • We're the fourth largest city in the United States. Houston is diverse, too. The demographics here are already where the U.S. demographics are projected for 2060.
  • In comparison to the U.S. population, Houston seems a little younger, with about 45 percent of residents between the ages of 25 and 54. The rest (37 percent) is under 25 or 55 and older (18 percent).
  • We have the fourth largest Hispanic population in the country, and we're the U.S. gateway to Latin America.
  • Houston is the headquarters for 18 Fortune 500 companies and is the energy capital of the world.
  • We're the #1 U.S. port city and #2 in the nation for consulates. We're also #5 in the country for financial services.
  • From December 2007 to December 2008, the Houston metro area had the fastest job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate in January 2009 was 6.5 percent, compared to figures in the double-digits elsewhere (Michigan - 12.5 percent, Oregon - 12.1 percent, South Carolina - 11. 4 percent, California - 11. 2 percent, North Carolina - 10.4 percent).

The rest of the world is taking notice of Houston, with Forbes naming it #2 on its list of the Best Cities for Jobs, #9 on the list of Best Bargain Cities, and #1 on the list of Best Cities for Young Professionals.

From the Midwest to the Pacific, job seekers are heading to Texas, especially Houston, to ride out the economic downturn. The declines here have been nothing compared to other states, according to author Joel Kotkin, who analyzed U.S. Labor Department statistics for the Forbes "Best Cities for Jobs" report.

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MUSEUMS

Art Car Museum

Where:
140 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

Phone: 713-861-5526

Link: www.artcarmuseum.com

Price: Free

Contemporary Arts Museum

Where:
5216 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-284-8250

Link: www.camh.org

Price: Free

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Where:

4816 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004

When:
Mon to Sat - 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm
Sun - 12pm, 2pm & 4pm

Phone: 713-942-8920

Link: www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Home of the Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center,Lillie and Roy Cullen Gallery of Earth Science, and Wortham IMAX Theatre.

Where:
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-639-4629

Link: www.hmns.org

Price: Prices vary. Purchase exhibit tickets online

Czech Cultural Center Houston

Where:
4920 San Jacinto at Wichita
Houston, TX 77004

Phone: 713-528-2060

John C. Freeman Weather Museum

Where:
5104 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004

Phone: 713-529-3076

The Heritage Society

Where:
1100 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-655-1912

Price: Free

Holocaust Museum Houston

Where:
5401 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004

Phone: (713) 942-8000

Price: Free

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Where:
4848 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-529-4848

Link: http://www.crafthouston.org/

Price: Free

The Jung Center of Houston

Where:
5200 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-524-8096

Link: www.junghouston.org

Price: Free

Lawndale Art Center

Where:
4912 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-528-5858

Link: www.lawndaleartcenter.org

The Menil Collection

Where:
1515 Sul Ross St
Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-525-9400

Link: http://www.menil.org/

Museum of Fine Arts

Where:
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-639-7300

Link: www.mfah.org

 

Museum of Printing History

Where:
1324 West Clay Street
Houston, TX 77019

Phone: 713-522-4652

Link: www.printingmuseum.org

National Museum of Funeral History

Where:
415 Barren Spring Drive
Houston, TX 77090

When:
Mon to Fri - 10am - 4pm
Sat/Sun - 12pm - 4pm

Phone: 281-876-3063

Link: www.nmfh.org

Rothko Chapel

Where:
3900 Yupon
Houston, TX 77006

When: 10am - 6pm daily

Phone: 713-524-9839

Link: www.rothkochapel.org

Price: Free

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PARKS & GREEN SPACES

Baldwin Park

1701 Elgin St
Houston, TX 77004

Buffalo Bayou

18-3600 Allen Parkway/Memorial Drive
Houston, TX

Discovery Green

1701 Elgin St
Houston, TX 77010

Phone: 713-400-7336
Link: http://www.discoverygreen.com

 

Emancipation Park

3018 Dowling
Houston, TX 77004

George Bush Park

16756 Westheimer Parkway
Houston, TX 77082

Link: www.co.harris.tx.us

George Ranch Historical Park

10215 FM 762 Rd
Richmond, TX 77469

Link: www.georgeranch.org

Hermann Park

6001 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Lake Houston Wilderness Park

22031 Baptist Encampment Road
Houston, TX 77357

Little Thicket Park

1831 West 23rd Street
Houston, TX 77008

Market Square Park

301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002

Memorial Park

6501 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Sam Houston Park

1000 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002

Sesquicentennial Park

400 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77007

Terry Hershey Park

415 Barren Spring Drive
Houston, TX 77079

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PERFORMING ARTS

Alley Theatre

Where:
Hubbard Stage
615 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-220-5700

Link: www.alleytheatre.org

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Where:

Hermann Park
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 281-373-3386

Link: http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

 

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Where:
Sarofim Hall
800 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-315-2400

Link: www.tuts.com

 

Houston Ballet

Where:
501 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-227-2787 or 800-828-2787

Link: www.houstonballet.org

 

Houston Chamber Choir

Where:
1117 Texas Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-224-5566

Link: www.houstonchamberchoir.org

Call or visit them online for current performances.

Houston Grand Opera

Where:
510 Preston Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-546-0200

Link: www.houstongrandopera.org

Call or visit them online for current performances.

Houston Symphony Chorus

Where:
615 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-444-9221

Link: www.choral.org

 

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SHOPPING

Katy Mills Outlet

5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy, TX 77494

Phone: 281-644-5050

Houston Premium Outlets

29300 Hempstead Road
Cypress, TX 77433

Phone: 281-304-5820

Rice Village

2400 University Drive
Houston, TX 77005

Rice Village is one of the city's oldest, best-loved shopping areas.

River Oaks Shopping Center

1964 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019

Phone: 713-528-4192

River Oaks Shopping Center is located in a prestigious area of town with many upscale stores.

The Galleria

5015 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056

Phone: 713-966-3543

Link: www.galleriahouston.com

One of Houston's premier shopping locations. Stores include Fendi, Sephora, Gucci, Armani Exchange, Versace, Banana Republic, and Abercrombie and Fitch.

Houston Pavilions

1201 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 832-320-1200

The Park Shops

1200 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77010

Phone: 713-759-1442

This three story mall is located in downtown's Houston Center.

Uptown Park Shopping Center

Loop 610 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

Phone: 713-297-6282

Uptown Park is Houston's elegant European-style shopping center.

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

Downtown Aquarium and Restaurant

Where:
410 Bagby Street (@ Memorial Drive)
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-223-3474

Link: www.aquariumrestaurants.com

 

Houston Zoo

Where:
6200 Golf Course Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-533-6500

Link: www.houstonzoo.org

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Where:
2000 Lyons Avenue
Houston, TX 77020

Toursand Tastings:
Saturdays - 11am
Weekdays - 3pm

Phone: 713-686-9494 or 800-801-6402

Link: www.saintarnold.com

Sam Houston Race Park

Where:
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
Houston, TX 77064

Live Thoroughbred Racing:

Gates open at 5:30 pm; races begin at 7 pm

Phone: 713-227-2787 or 800-828-2787

Link: www.shrp.com

 

NASA/Space Center Houston

Where:
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058

Phone: 281-244-2100

Link: www.spacecenter.org