Does just the term "tourist attraction". cause feelings of anxiety? While there certainly are some attractions that you are better off driving on by, there are plenty of good ones too. Our Houston 10Best list can help you sort the worthwhile from the worthless, ensuring only good memories are created this trip.

Museum District


Centrally located, Hermann Park boasts lots of attractions, including the zoo, an outdoor theater, a Japanese garden and a golf course. Visitors can enjoy a picnic under the pines, ride the miniature train, rent paddle boats, or simply stroll...  Read More

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center


Adjacent to Memorial Park, the arboretum encompasses 155 acres of natural forest inside Loop 610 and showcases more than 450 native plants. It's a source of recreation for residents and a preserve for local wildlife, wisely protected by the...  Read More

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center


This 275-acre park wraps around portions of Cypress and Spring Creeks and seeks to preserve the terrain as it existed in the days of Native Americans and early settlers. The park includes forest, beach, bog, and meadow ecosystems, and specimens...  Read More

Minute Maid Park


Helping to revitalize the eastern part of downtown Houston, this engaging ballfield premiered in 2000 and has proven to be a fan favorite. The home of Astros baseball was constructed on parking lots near the old train station and even...  Read More

Tranquility Park


Created to commemorate the first moon landing, this downtown park takes its name from the Sea of Tranquility, where Neil Armstrong landed on July 20, 1969. Aspects of the mission are reflected in the park, whose sculpted terrain was designed to...  Read More

Port of Houston and Ship Channel


One of the nation's busiest commercial ports, this area sees tons of traffic each day. Within its turning basin, tankers and other large ships shift position before heading back to the Gulf. For folks who want to check out the maritime activity,...  Read More

San Jacinto Battleground


This state historical park commemorates the place where Texas gained independence from Mexico in 1836 when Gen. Sam Houston defeated Gen. Santa Ana. The memorial column that distinguishes the site stands 15 feet taller than the Washington...  Read More

Cullen Park


Not to be confused with Cullen Sculpture Gardens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Cullen Park – at 10,500 acres – is one of the nation's largest municipal parks. It's a prime destination for folks interested in outdoor pursuits, and at any given...  Read More

Burke Baker Planetarium


There's something mesmerizing about sitting in a darkened planetarium, gazing at the domed ceiling, and watching the spectacle unfold above you. Burke Baker grants just such an experience, courtesy of feature presentations that riff on space...  Read More

Buffalo Bayou Park


A 124-acre greenway that stretches from Downtown to the River Oaks neighborhood, Buffalo Bayou offers great views of the city skyline. Within the park, paved trails welcome runners and bikers, and a disc golf course, boat launch, and children's...  Read More