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Places to Visit When You’re in Houston

by Sophia Jennifer

Houston is the epitome of a modern-day city combining all aspects of life in one city. Being the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is filled with spectacular sites ranging from the space center to the livestock show and rodeo. Here are places to visit when you’re in Houston.

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Sports is one of the most efficient ways of bringing people together and meeting new people, so if you’re an avid sports fan, then there is no better place to be than Houston. Houston has multiple sports teams in the county’s top national leagues, such as Houston Dynamos participating in major league soccer, Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association, Houston Texans in the National Football League, and the Houston Astros of major league baseball. The city also boasts of some of the most breathtaking sports venues globally, leaving you with an experience short of a pilgrimage. 

The Space Center

The official NASA visitor center for the Johnson space center is located in Houston. This vast complex consists of a space shuttle replica of the “independence,” and a shuttle carrier aircraft is mounted on top of it. This visitor center was created to allow people to learn and appreciate the country’s space program. While in the complex, you will be taken through a replica of the country’s first space station, Skylab, where you can touch a rock from the moon and learn about NASA’s upcoming space missions. The tour also involves meeting with the astronauts, seeing real rockets on display, and visiting the Johnson space center’s home of mission control.

The Museum District

In downtown Houston, you’ll find the museum district. The museum district comprises 19 museums, out of which 11 are accessible to the public. These museums offer you a deep insight into Houston’s history and the world. The leading museums in the district include the museum of natural science, the Children’s Museum of Houston, the Holocaust Museum, the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, to state a few without belittling the significance of the unnamed museums. These museums are mostly within walking distance of each other, making it easier for you to make a day of ensuring you visit all of them within the district.

The Houston Zoo

Sitting on 55 acres of land, the Houston Zoo is truly a sight to behold. With over 6000 indigenous and exotic animals, the zoo also houses a children’s zoo and an educational center. Viewing the animals isn’t the only activity available; you can also participate in feeding them, such as the giraffes. The zoo offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see marine life up close, such as the sea lions.

The Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo

The Houston livestock show and rodeo is an annual event that takes place either in February or March. The Houston livestock show and rodeo is a 19-day event that brings people from all over the country and the world to Houston to be part of this legendary event. The event is not only about the livestock show and the rodeo; it is filled with a diverse set of activities that you can enjoy. On the grounds, you will be able to find games, a wide range of food stands offering foods from every culture, carnival rides, and don’t forget the rodeo show where cowboys from all over get to showcase their skills and talents. While at this event, you will be able to see some of the world’s finest farm animals on display. This event also attracts major performing artists that will ensure you have the experience to last for a lifetime.

Galveston

Though an hour’s drive from Houston, Galveston is truly an experience you would hate missing. The Galveston beaches offer you the peace of mind that you won’t be afforded in the city. The most outstanding part of the beach is the pleasure pier which offers you a sight you can only imagine. The miles of endless shallow and turquoise water make the trip to Galveston completely worth it. Other activities on offer include visiting the Texas seaport museum or the strand historic district and not forgetting the ocean star offshore drilling rig and museum.

Houston is a massive city with different activities that can make your visit worthwhile, but remember that safety should be your priority. If you want to take a look around Houston neighborhoods, you can check out luxury apartments in downtown Houston, like the Catalyst. If it’s your first time in Houston, hiring a guide or finding someone you trust to show you around the town is highly recommended. Stay safe!!!

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