A Guide to Sightseeing in Houston, Texas
Make the Best of Your Visit to Space City
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Houston, the most populous city in Texas, is the home of many landmarks and special sights you won't want to miss. On any trip to Houston––or any vacation in general––it's important to get out and see the city. The beautiful city of Houston has a lot of interesting attractions worth visiting, with some at no cost. Get ready for a southern adventure like no other!
If you’re feeling educational...
Visit a museum or two during your stay. Houston has a lively district which includes 20 museums dedicated to art, science, history, and culture. Eleven of the museums in the district are free admission. Some of the most popular museums include Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is the home of the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and countless other exhibits about astronomy, space, science, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, and Texas wildlife. They often have traveling exhibitions that visit for an abbreviated time. Two visiting exhibits this year include "Amber Secrets: Feathers From the Age of Dinosaurs," and "Cabinet of Curiosities."
The Museum of Fine Arts contains over 63,000 works of art. It is one of the largest art museums in America, with 300,000 square feet of space devoted to art. The museum contains two major museum buildings, two art facilities, two house museums, and 18 acres of public gardens.
If you enjoy a good craft beer...
Karbach and Saint Arnold beers can be consumed pretty much whenever and wherever in Houston, but their brewery tours are what make them so unique. Karbach Brewing Company is a German-style brewery, with tours, a gift shop, and a restaurant. Despite it being a brewery, it’s actually a very family-friendly environment. They have brewery tours every day, and the restaurant is open from 11am–9pm on most days. On the tours, you get complimentary tastings (with glasses to keep!) to make your visit even more exciting.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in Houston. They brew many different beers, some being year-round, seasonal, or single batch brews. Like Karbach, their tours include sample tastings with a souvenir glass.
If you’re feeling adventurous...
Galveston Island is about 50 miles southeast of Houston, but it's the closest island for beach fun! Galveston Island has tons to do besides visiting the beach, like exploring the Pleasure Pier. Opened in 2012, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a waterfront boardwalk with amusement rides, games, and food for all ages. Alternatively, west of Galveston is the Kemah Boardwalk, a 60-acre theme park in Kemah, Texas. The park has 15 rides, 12 restaurants, shops, and more. If you choose to visit both parks, you might want to get the Weekend Adventure Pass, where you can ride unlimitedly at Pleasure Pier, play at the Kemah Boardwalk, and stop by the Downtown Aquarium.