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City Guide : HoustonLocated at the south of the United States, Houston is the largest city in the State of Texas, and the fourth largest city in the United States of America by its area. Founded in 1830s, it is home to Texas Medical Center and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In addition to its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, the city has many museums and lush green landscape
Tourist AttractionsHouston is world renowned for its high-quality museums. In addition, it is known as the space city by being home to NASA and it has a high-rise skyline.
Located close to the City Hall, the Museum District is a beautiful part of the city which should be visited. This area is the collection of tree-lined paths, magnificent gardens, fountains and many of the best museums in Houston.
Rothko Chapel located in the Museum District is an architectural highlight of 20th century art. The fourteen paintings produced by Mark Rothko for the chapel create a meditative atmosphere.
The Downtown Aquarium includes exhibits of the striking sea life. This underwater world teeming with a great deal of exotic species is the place for unprecedented experiences.
Standing as the site where Houston was founded in 1836, Buffalo Bayou is a 52 mile-slow moving waterway and a significant recreation area. It is home to a diverse collection of fauna and flora, hiking and bike trails, with many parks located along its banks. Sam Houston Park, Hidalgo Park, Buffalo Bayou Art Park and Spotts Park are a few parks located here.
Culture & EntertainmentHouston is home to many culturally and historically significant museums. The city is one of the best known destinations in the country for its ballet, opera and theater companies.
The Museum District hosts many popular collections and cultural institutions. Millions of visitors flock to this area every year. The Museum of Fine Arts, Holocaust Museum Houston, Menil Collection and Houston Museum of Natural Science are just a few examples.
The Theater District located in the Downtown area is home to the major performing arts centers of the city. Alley Theater, Bayou Place, Wortham Theater Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts are a few performing venues available.
The Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony Orchestra and Houston Grand Opera are among the major performing arts venues of Houston.
Located in the Downtown area Theater District, Bayou Place is the main entertainment venue hosting, live music, cinemas and other forms entertainments.
Food & DrinkHouston is known as one of the best culinary areas in the United States. The city cuisine comprises almost all of the world cuisines. Vegetarian, sea food, Japanese, fast-food, coffeehouses, Mediterranean, barbecue and many more types of food are available. Barbecue food is especially a significant part of the city cuisine.
While the Theater District is filled with restaurants offering a variety tof continental cuisines, the downtown Entertainment District boasts many trendy restaurants.
ShoppingHouston is a shopper’s paradise offering designer boutiques, flea markets, large malls, department stores, and underground pedestrian tunnels.
The Galleria area is home to the biggest shop concentration in Houston. Here, you will find everything. Highland Village Shopping Center located in the east part of the Galleria is an amazing shopping area. Rice Village is the place for designer boutiques, craft galleries and traditional shops. The Central Market is the best place for a great range of food. A large wine list and vegetables are waiting the visitors.
In 10 Steps “New” Houston
NASA SPACE MUSEUM: You too can be an astronaut at the Space Museum, where the National Aeronautics and Space Administration offers visitors a wide choice of activities and hands-on experiences. Be sure to visit the museum with your kids and examine the rockets, check out the simulations, see all the work stations and experience weightlessness just like a real astronaut!
FINE ARTS MUSEUM
Founded in 1900, Cullen Sculpture Garden is Texas’s first art museum and one of America’s biggest national museums. It dazzles the eye with Cullen Garden of Sculpture, historic mansions on its grounds and its extensive collection of Renaissance and Baroque art.
HOUSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
One of the city’s most popular venues, this is also one of the best conceived and most advanced children’s museums in the world with a vast range of activities. Your kids will love this museum, which provides education for children of every nationality in science, culture, geography and creativity, as well as offering activities and play areas.
THE MENIL COLLECTION
You’ll find one of the most significant art collections in the U.S. in this modern art museum owned by the Menils, a prominent Houston family. Works of modern artists like Picasso, Ernst, Matisse, Magritte and many others can be seen in this collection, which also includes ethnic art and antiques.
ART CAR MUSEUM
As its name indicates, this museum invites ‘Art Car’ buffs to see for themselves how classic cars are transformed into works of art. A collection of ‘mad’ classics from priceless American cars encrusted with knives and forks to pink Cadillacs of every hue. And the Art Car festivals and exhibitions are a year-round tradition.
BAYOU BEND COLLECTION AND GARDENS
Once the home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg, Bayou Bend, on the grounds of the Fine Arts Museum, is home now to the city’s most valuable collection of American decorative arts. Built in the 1920’s, this historic mansion has 28 rooms, each reflecting the decor of a different period.
Houston’s Chinatown is little known. And yet it is home to the largest Asian population outside L.A. But Houston’s Chinatown boasts another superlative: America’s biggest Asian Shopping Center. Hong Kong City is a behemoth of a mall where you can find absolutely everything from Asia. Don’t miss this exotic experience
THE PROJECT ROW HOUSES
Once slated for demolition, the Project Row Houses were restored with the help of local firms and transformed into an artistic and cultural community. One of the finest examples of Houston’s changing face, these 22 restored free-standing homes and their residents are making a significant contribution to the stage arts.
One of the city’s most genteel districts, Houston Heights is a perfect picture of 19th and 20th century America. Its layout unchanged since the 19th century, Heights teems with former financial district, shops, cafes and antique dealers, all restored to their original appearance. And the historic Houston Heights Town Hall and Fire Station and fine old homes are the icing on the cake.
One of several parks in the heart of Houston, Discovery Green is an ideal place to take the kids for a day of fun activities. The park’s most prominent work of art is University of Texas Art Professor Margo Sawyer’s installation, Synchronicity of Color, with its cubes of different colors.
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