See and Do in Houston

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Space Center Houston Houston is less than 200 years old, an infant in comparison to the ancient alleyways of Rome and the age-old arrondissements of Paris. Yet, there’s hardly time for residents to sit idle and wait for the metropolis to evolve. As the largest city in a state that they say means “friend”, there are around five million people in a 10-county area waiting to make an expat's acquaintance, and to show them what Houston has to see and do.

Whether someone is a sports fanatic, a theatre buff, a nature enthusiast or a culinary connoisseur, there are countless ways to spend a weekend in the Bayou City; and just when you think you’ve found your favourite activity or most cherished venue, new, innovative endeavours pop up on a daily basis.
Though Houston’s relative youth as a city doesn’t lend itself to grand, historic facades or achievements of the past memorialised in the present, 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 program. 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 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, smack 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 acquaint oneself with the natural world. Thousands of animals and special exhibits await those interested in mammals, reptiles, birds and more. There’s even a new 4-D viewing experience, a technology that uses mist, bubbles and lights to bring movies to life.

Bayou Bend

Ima Hogg, a prolific Houstonian philanthropist, 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-nineteenth 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 as has a stunning collection of mineral specimens, dinosaur fossils, space station models, a plantetarium, 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 find they are as enthralled by the exhibits as their little ones are.

Kemnah Boardwalk

Houston's largest amusement park, it 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 Kemnah 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 cafes 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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