Houston and Galveston

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  • 1. Space Center Houston

    Museum/Gallery

    Remember Apollo 13's "Houston, we have a problem?" This is the "Houston" that Jim Lovell and his crew were talking to—and the home of the Mission...Read More

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  • 2. The Menil Collection

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    This is one of the city's premier cultural treasures. Italian architect Renzo Piano designed the spacious building, with its airy galleries...Read More

  • 3. Art Car Museum

    Heights | Museum/Gallery

    If you can't visit Houston during the annual Art Car Parade (though do try to if you can), the next best thing is a visit to this funky museum...Read More

  • 4. Astrodome

    Sports Venue

    The Astrodome , the world's first domed stadium, was hailed as an engineering marvel when it opened. Sadly, the dome's former tenants—the Astros...Read More

  • 5. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

    River Oaks | Garden/Arboretum

    This estate houses the MFAH's decorative arts collections and lets you step back in time to witness the elegant lifestyle of the first half...Read More

  • 6. Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Frescoes from a 13th-century votive chapel have been preserved in this jewel in the Menil complex, located one block from the Rothko Chapel...Read More

  • 7. City Hall

    Downtown | Government Building

    Northwest of Tranquility Park, this 1939 modernist structure of Texas limestone was designed by Joseph Finger, Houston's premier architect of...Read More

  • 8. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in an aluminum-sheathed trapezoid, this non-collecting institution hosts traveling avant-garde art shows. Once recent exhibition was...Read More

  • 9. Discovery Green

    Downtown | Park/Playground

    Houston's newest park opened in April 2008, across from the George R. Brown Convention Center. The 12-acre greenspace features Wi-Fi access...Read More

  • 10. Downtown Aquarium

    Downtown | Zoo/Aquarium

    Well, it's another Landry's property with a themed restaurant... but, like Kemah, this one's a lot of fun for the kids. There's a giant Ferris...Read More

  • 11. Fannin Flower District

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Got a date? On your way to visit a friend at the hospital? Or perhaps for some reason you need fresh tulips at 3 am? The 24-hour Fannin Flower...Read More

  • 12. George R. Brown Convention Center

    Downtown | Convention Center

    This massive convention center on the east side of downtown, one of the 10 largest in the nation, is named for Houston entrepreneur, civic leader...Read More

  • 13. Hermann Park

    Park/Playground

    There's plenty to see and do on this 545-acre oak-shaded urban oasis. Kids love riding the miniature train (just $2.25 a pop) that winds through...Read More

  • 14. Holocaust Museum Houston

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    This memorial and education center to those who died and survived the "Final Solution" is housed in a stark, cylindrical edifice. Devastating...Read More

  • 15. Houston Children's Museum

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Houston Children's Museum . Located in the Museum District, just a short stroll from Hermann Park, the Children's Museum of Houston offers fun...Read More

  • 16. Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    You've got to hand it to this Houston museum for expanding the definition of traditional science programming with recent blockbuster shows on...Read More

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  • 17. Houston Zoological Gardens

    Museum District | Garden/Arboretum

    This small but pleasant zoo is home to 4,500 animals, housed in carefully designed ecosystems along shaded trails. Be sure to visit the boardwalks...Read More

  • 18. JPMorgan Chase Tower

    Downtown | Building/Architectural Site

    Get a quick overview of Houston by taking in the entire urban panorama from the 60th-floor observation deck of Texas's tallest building (weekdays...Read More

  • 19. Kemah Boardwalk

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    OK, we'll cut to the chase—the Kemah Boardwalk is a commercial, touristy development run by Landry's Restaurants (the folks who brought you...Read More

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  • 20. Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden

    Museum/Gallery

    the displays 19th- and 20th-century sculptures by Rodin, Matisse, Giacometti, and Stella in an outdoor space designed by Isamu Noguchi. ...Read More

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