See and Do in Houston

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see and do in houstonSports fanatics, theatre buffs, nature enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs will all find countless things to see and do on their weekends in Houston. 
Though Houston’s relative youth as a city doesn’t lend itself to grand, historic facades or memorials to past achievements, it does mean that an impressive collection of modern and entertaining sightseeing is the order of the day.

Below is a list of top attractions for expats living in Houston to enjoy:

Space Center Houston

An 'out-of-this-world' journey into the past, present and future of the US space programme. Exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities allow visitors to gain some insight into NASA’s missions into the Milky Way, and what happens behind the scenes.

Downtown Aquarium

A six-acre aquatic wonderland, it features over 200 different species of aquatic life from around the world, and a number of unique and well-maintained environments. It also has gators, red-bellied piranhas, nurse sharks, stingrays and more. There’s a full-service restaurant on site, as well as a bar and shopping area.

Discovery Green

This 12-acre park in the centre of downtown Houston is a public space with oodles of potential. There’s a one-acre lake, a children’s playground, a public library, an amphitheatre, dog runs and art exhibits. Not to mention, there’s little better than relaxing on the open lawn or strolling along the paths and trails. Stop at The Grove, the park’s rooftop restaurant, for a cocktail while the sun sets.

Houston Zoo

This 55-acre, lush zoological garden within Hermann Park is a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with the natural world. Thousands of animals and special exhibits await those interested in mammals, reptiles, birds and more. The zoo hosts overnight events where kids and parents can interact with the zoo's animal ambassadors and enjoy a guided night hike.

Bayou Bend

Ima Hogg was a prolific philanthropist who devoted her life to the city’s cultural and civic institutions. Bayou Bend is her former home, and the resting place of an astounding collection of art dating from colonial times to the mid-19th century. Alongside the impressive interior of the mansion, the 14 acres of meticulously manicured gardens are also worth a wander.

The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

An outstanding museum which has a stunning collection of mineral specimens, dinosaur fossils, space station models, a planetarium, an IMAX movie theatre and a great six-story butterfly centre. The museum provides a great day out for visitors of all ages, and parents will be as enthralled by the exhibits as their little ones.

Kemah Boardwalk

Houston's largest amusement park overlooks Galveston Bay, just south of the city. The 42-acre megaplex offers a whole host of thrilling rides for the kids, as well as some of Houston's top dining and shopping experiences for their parents. On weekends there are also a number of musical events and festivals that take place at the Kemah Boardwalk.

Splash Town Water Park

Located in North Houston, this is the city's most popular water park. The 53-acre plot is full of slides, chutes and thrilling water rides. This is a popular attraction among Houstonians of all ages. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafés on site for when thrill-seekers get peckish. For those that want to make a weekend of it, it is even possible to rent a cabana for the family. 

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