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Things to do in Houston, TX

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The Houston CityPASS allows access to the city's major attractions.

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Room rates are generally higher during conventions and events like the rodeo.

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The high-end restaurants tend to get crowded on weekends so book well in advance.

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A number of local papers publish an updated list of entertainment related events.

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Harwin Drive is a strip of stores selling clothing, accessories and imported goods at bargain prices.

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Houston is known for...

Six of Houston's most unique features and characteristics.

1. Diversity:

The city of Houston is known for being one of the most diverse places to live in Texas.

2. Space and Science:

Since “Houston” was the first spoken word from the moon, the city of Houston has become known for its space and science contributions, and is the home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Rated as a global city, Houston has a variety of industries housed in the 4th largest city in the nation (according to 2010 Census). Energy, aeronautics, transportation, manufacturing, and with a leading health care sector, Houston’s resources for space and science provide tourists and residents an abundance of employment opportunities and educational assets.

3. Shopping:

One could spend days discovering “mom & pop” boutiques and nationally recognized retail outlets in Houston. Home to Texas’s largest mall, The Galleria, which stretches 2.5 million square feet of pure shopping gratification, the shopping in Houston offers folks an assortment of trendy prospects. Wear comfortable shoes and head west to Katy to experience why the suburb has been dubbed the leading outdoor retail outlet spot, hosting over 200 specialty stores within a 1.3 square mile hike.

4. Sports:

Grab your favorite sports team hat and head to Houston for professional football, baseball, basketball and soccer games. Home to Reliant Astrodome, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, and BBVA Compass Stadium, sports enthusiasts flock to see the Astros, Texans, Dynamos and Rockets play their best game. If college sports are your thing, Houston has five prominent teams to watch! There are many minor leagues playing around town, including three women’s leagues. The city hosts a variety of annual sports themed events, including a running marathon, a PGA golf tournament and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

5. Theatre and Arts:

The heart of downtown Houston beats continuously, housing a 17-block area chock-full of performing arts organizations, galleries, plazas and movie theaters. The city of Houston has a rich and culturally diverse community, offering a plethora of live performances and art museums. The Houston Ballet, The Alley Theatre, and The Houston Grand Opera are internationally recognized for their artistic contributions. The city has also become one of Broadway’s leading stops for touring companies and a hub for legendary concerts. The Museum District, located just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown, offers visual art lovers an inspiring discovery of exhibits, collections and workshops.

6. Restaurants:

Houston has become home to award winning restaurants and what The New York Post has called (2010), “one of the most satisfying food scenes in the country.” The diversity of Houston is demonstrated on every plate, offering tantalizing Tex-Mex to down home BBQ. Houston restaurants continue to serve visitors authentic recipes from a wide variety of countries and cultures. From fine dining to laid-back bar & grills, Houston’s culinary teams are taking big steps in the right direction.

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