Experience H-Town Like a Pro

Rich in culture and history, Houston is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. and is filled to the brim with award-winning restaurants, an enticing Museum District, and a unique blend of nightlife. Spend a day in the stars at the famous Space Center Houston or take a leisurely stroll with friends through historic Houston Heights. And if you’re wanting to explore downtown, the METRORail system offers convenient and accessible service within the heart of the city.

Experience H-Town Like a Pro

Houston’s diverse mix of cultures, languages, and communities makes it both a culinary destination and an exploratory playground for M’s looking to discover something new.

Take your pick from one of many world-class museums or catch a ballgame at historic Minute Maid Park. And If you’re itching for a beach day, pack up your friends and make the drive to Galveston Island. We’ve curated an eclectic mix of attractions and activities to whet the intellectual appetite of even the most curious of M’s.

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Downtown Aquarium

Houston’s Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks — Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to more than 300 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic and geographic exhibits, shopping, and a variety of amusements, the Downtown Aquarium has it all! Visit Website →

Houston Zoo

Visit the Houston Zoo to discover playful bears and majestic giraffes, adventure through the African forest, and get eye-to-eye with curious gorillas and chimpanzees. Find your new favorite animal among the more than 6,000 animals who call the Houston Zoo home. Visit Website →

Kemah Boardwalk

Overlooking Galveston Bay, the Kemah Boardwalk features themed restaurants, retail shops, and amusements for the whole family. The 35-acre, carnival-like atmosphere features a 36-foot carousel, a 65-foot Ferris wheel, and rides like the Aviator and the Boardwalk Tower. Don’t miss the arcade and midway games. And for thrill seekers, there’s the Boardwalk Beast, an adrenaline rush of a boat ride that takes passengers four miles into Galveston Bay at speeds up to 40 mph. Visit Website →

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens, consisting of the Aquarium, Rainforest, and Discovery pyramids, is an educational attraction focusing on nature. Visit Website →

Pleasure Pier

Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops. Visit Website →

Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark

Schlitterbahn’s summer season offers more than 32 amazing rides and attractions, including a large wave pool, uphill water coasters, thrilling speed slides, kid’s water playgrounds, whitewater rapids, relaxing hot tubs, family raft rides, and the Boogie Bahn surf ride. Visit Website →

Houston Astros Baseball

Head to the historic Minute Maid Park, home of the 2020 AL West champions, and catch a game as the Astros face off against the Kansas City Royals. Visit Website →

Houston CityPass

See the best of Houston with one easy-to-use mobile ticket. Good for 30 days, Houston’s CityPass includes admission to:

  • Space Center Houston
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Houston Zoo or Museum of Fine Arts
  • Kemah Boardwalk or Children’s Museum of Houston

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Bars, Nightclubs, and Comedy Venues

Station Theater

Station Theater is a long-form improv and sketch comedy theater company. The group became Station Theater in fall 2012, with a renewed focus on the aspects of the local comedy and arts scenes that are uniquely Houston. Station’s primary form is improv, which involves a troupe of comedians creating a half-hour of completely improvised original scenes that have never been performed or rehearsed before. The group also does sketch and stand-up comedy. Visit Website →

Music Box Theater

Looking for a little live music or comedy in Houston? The new Music Box Theater is offering just that every weekend at its Colquitt location. The site that originally housed Radio Music Theatre’s sketch comedy shows is open once again, with a five-person resident performing company that’s sure to keep you entertained with everything from original comedy shows to tribute musical sets. Visit Website →

The Secret Group

The Secret Group Comedy & Music Venue is a bar and multipurpose venue located in downtown’s EaDo neighborhood. The venue is the brainchild of four local stand-up comics who created a place to meet others and perform. The bar has an atmosphere that is reminiscent of a speakeasy with dark walls, intimate tables, and chairs setting and a sectioned stage area. There, guests can enjoy stand-up comics or lounge while music plays in the background of the bar and back show rooms or the attached Black Box theater. Visit Website →

Houston Improv

Houston Improv offers an intimate, dinner theater-style backdrop for some of the most popular comics on today’s circuit. Located inside the Marq’e Entertainment Center on Katy Freeway, Houston Improv brings in acts such as Carlos Mencia, Tommy Davidson, and the comics of Chelsea Lately. Visit Website →


Like the name suggests, this laugh shack pits two teams of improv professionals against each other in a battle of wits and comedy. One team wins, the other loses, but everyone comes out a winner after a fun night at ComedySportz. Visit Website →

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium offers guests 85 beers on tap, representing faraway regions and local craft brew. Local Houston options like St. Arnold, Karbach, and Buffalo Bayou are all represented, as are several legendary craft offerings from Stone, Dogfish Head, and Avery breweries. Flying Saucer also has a full liquor menu and a modest, but thoughtful, selection of wines. Visit Website →

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

Pete’s Dueling Pianos brings high energy nightly celebrations and unparalleled entertainment. Each night, four of the best entertainers around take the stage in two-person rotations to perform hits from every era imaginable on two baby grand pianos. Also, all four players join on stage multiple times throughout the evening to bring partygoers songs filled with more instruments and more liveliness. Visit Website →

Reserve 101

Set on the bustling corner of Caroline and Dallas, Reserve 101 secured its spot as Downtown’s go-to hotspot for whiskey lovers when it opened in early 2008. Boasting more than 220 varieties of whiskey, the no-frills lounge also stocks a wide assortment of beer and a Reserve 101 Signature Cocktail menu. Inside, the dimly lit space is cozy with a few linger-worthy sofas on the first floor and a loft area, where patrons can take advantage of prime-people watching opportunities from the balcony. Visit Website →

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing Company is Texas’ oldest craft brewery. Their main beer hall, a German-inspired gathering place, holds up to 300 and their English-style Investors Pub is a more intimate room with space for 100. Visit Website →

Karbach Brewery

Tours at Karbach Brewing Co. are entertaining and informative. Their tour staff will lead you through the areas of production to explain the company history, the brewing process, and the brewing philosophy at Karbach. Questions are welcomed, and guides will be available to answer remaining questions at the conclusion of the tour. Visit Website →

8th Wonder Brewing

Located in EaDo and named after the city’s iconic Astrodome, 8th Wonder Brewery produces seasonal selections and limited-edition offerings. The brewery began offering tours in May 2013. Practicing their craft in a dome-like warehouse on the edge of downtown and in the shadow of the major sports stadiums, these brewers say they are making Houston’s “craft beer for the home team.” The brews themselves are unique, ranging from the Rocket Fuel (Vietnamese coffee-infused Porter) to the MCA Rauch, a classic Bamburg Rauch beer. Visit Website →

Houston Winery

Houston Winery is a microwinery making fine Texas wines in the heart of Houston. Visit Website →

Houston Cider Company

Located in the Greater Heights, Houston Cider Company is within walking and biking distance of all of the Heights communities. The cidery is Houston’s first of its kind and serves minimally processed ciders. The ciders are made locally, but the process starts in Oregon and Washington, where the cider-makers source their apple juice. Serving up cosmo cider, cherry cider, and their popular dry cider, the spot has inside and outdoor seating. Visit Website →

Gulf Coast Distillers

Nearly a century ago, Carlos de Aldecoa Bueno’s grandfather started a coffee business in Spain, expanding his enterprise to the fertile soils of Veracruz, Mexico. In 1998, The de Aldecoa family bought the then-memorable Uncle Ben’s Rice manufacturing facility on Clinton Drive. Now the facility has been turned into a world-class coffee plant and distillery, expanding the beverage imperium with the creation of Gulf Coast Distillers. Visit Website →

Yellow Rose Distilling

As Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery, Yellow Rose specializes in handmade, blended, and bottled premium whiskey. Visit Website →

Interactive Fun

Beer Can House

John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, started his project now known as the Beer Can House in 1968 when he began inlaying thousands of marbles, rocks, and metal pieces into concrete and redwood to form unique landscaping features. When the entire front and back yard were completely covered because he “got sick of mowing the grass,” he turned to the house itself and began adding aluminum siding — aluminum beer can siding, that is. Over the next 18 years the house disappeared under a cover of flattened beer cans for both practical and decorative reasons. Garlands made of cut beer cans hanging from the roof edges not only made the house sing in the wind, but also lowered the family’s energy bills. Ripley’s Believe It or Not estimated that more than 50,000 cans adorn this monument to recycling. Visit Website →

George Ranch Historical Park

The George Ranch Historical Park opened in 1988 as an educational partnership between The George Foundation and the Fort Bend History Association. The Park features four historic home sites: the 1830s Jones Stock Farm, 1860s Ryon Prairie Home, 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion, and 1930s George Ranch Home and Cattle Complex. Visit Website →

Hermann Park

Hermann Park was recently named one of America’s great public spaces by the American Planning Association, and the Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens was honored with the Landmark Award from Keep Houston Beautiful (Mayor’s Proud Partner Awards). Hermann Park is a wonderful place to spend a day. Whether you wish to ride the train along the Hermann Park Railroad, pedal around in a pedal boat on McGovern Lake, jog along the trails, or enjoy a peaceful moment in the Japanese Garden, Hermann Park offers countless opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Visit Website →

Raptor Center

The Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center (HAREC) at Sims Bayou is a picturesque 1.1-acre sanctuary located in historic Park Place on the original channel of Sims Bayou. The center is home to Houston Audubon’s education department, including their raptor ambassadors and other education animals. Visit Website →

Space Center Houston

The cornerstone of the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation’s education mission is Space Center Houston, a leading science and space exploration learning center. It is one of Houston’s top attractions, the area’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and a Smithsonian Affiliate. Visit Website →

The Health Museum

In the heart of Houston, The Health Museum inspires passion and curiosity in health, the medical sciences, and the human body. With more than 2.5 million visitors, The Health Museum is the most interactive and popular science learning center of its kind and a favorite among Houstonians. Visit Website →

The Orange Show Monument

The Orange Show Monument is a folk-art environment — a monumental work of handmade architecture — located in Houston’s East End. The outdoor, 3,000-square-foot environment is maze-like in design and includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, a museum, a gift shop, and several upper decks. It is constructed of concrete, brick, steel, and found objects, including gears, tiles, wagon wheels, mannequins, tractor seats, and statuettes. Each piece of the Orange Show Monument was hand-placed and hand-painted by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker. Visit Website →

Traders Village

Traders Village is Houston’s largest, most visited flea marketplace with more than 100 acres of open-air shopping, festivals, and special events every weekend. The outdoor market, which covers more than 105 acres, hosts an average of 1,000 merchants and about 1 million bargain-seekers each year. The mom-and-pop environment lets customers peruse the wares of 800 dealers while also enjoying two special-event venues and an RV park. Special attractions include rides for kids, numerous food stands and restaurants, as well as special events. Many well-known performers, such as Johnny Dee & The Rocket 88s regularly perform at Traders Village. Visit Website →

Houston Arboretum

Located on the western edge of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the opportunity to experience the natural world. This 155-acre nonprofit urban nature sanctuary provides education about the natural environment to people of all ages. It plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival. The Houston Arboretum is a private nonprofit educational facility that operates city land. Visit Website →

Franklin Drive Thru Safari

Bring the entire family to Franklin Drive Through Safari where you can play, feed, and interact with exotic animals from around the world. Visit Website →

Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast

Long ago, pirates roamed the seas of the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and many made their way to the Gulf of Mexico, and eventually to the shores of Louisiana and Texas. One of the most famous pirates to sail the Gulf also made Galveston his home for a period of time. Jean Lafitte, a Frenchman of questionable values, took New Orleans by storm, helped defend the nation under Andrew Jackson’s command in the Battle of New Orleans, then sailed away from the shores of Louisiana, settling on a magical island, Galveston. Come learn the legends, myths, and stories of the last of the Buccaneers. Visit Website →

Escape Hunt Houston

Each brilliantly imaginative game takes place in a themed room designed with incredible attention to detail so you can really lose yourself in the experience. Are you ready to Escape Hunt? Visit Website →

Waugh Drive Bat Colony

One of Houston’s best-kept secrets is its bat population. The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony consists of Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge nightly to stretch their wings and feed on area insects. Unlike many other Texas bat colonies that migrate south during the winter months, the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony remains in Houston throughout the year. This may be the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats that resides in Texas all year. The huge majority of bats at other bridges and caves migrate to Mexico for the winter. Visit Website →

Brazos Bend State Park & George Observatory

Looking for a “wild” experience? You will find it at Brazos Bend State Park, just 45 miles from downtown Houston! Visit Website →

Huntsville State Park

Lose yourself among the majestic trees and natural beauty of the East Texas Pineywoods. Rent a canoe, explore the trails, or just relax by the lake. Huntsville State Park is a short drive north of Houston, in the Sam Houston National Forest. Visit Website →

Museums & Historical Sites

Art Car Museum

The aesthetic of the Art Car Museum draws from a fusion of the traditions of fine, folk, and public art. The Museum features the most imaginative, elaborate, and artfully constructed art cars, lowriders, and mobile contraptions, as well as revolving exhibitions of art by local, national, and international artists of all media. Often considered the “Art Car Capital,” Houston has the largest number of art cars of any city. Art cars are fine art essentially free of the conventions and contradictions of the marketplace and the art world. The Museum’s distinctive scrap metal and chrome exterior was created by car artist David Best and provides an imaginative indication of the extraordinary constructions to be found inside. Visit Website →

Asia Society Texas Center

Asia Society Texas Center engages the diversity of Houston through enriching programs and events within the pillars of arts and culture, business and policy, exhibitions, and education and community outreach. As one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse cities, Houston is home to a rapidly growing Asian American population. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, Asia Society educates the greater community on relevant ideas and issues of our time, preparing future generations for stronger East-West understanding and interaction. Visit Website →

Bishop’s Palace

Built of stone and steel for the railroad magnate Walter Gresham and his family, this famous house was designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier Victorian-era architect. The Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded Age extravagance. Visit Website →

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Come and visit the historical Buffalo Soldier National Museum and learn more about African American history. The goal of the Buffalo Soldier Museum is to interpret, articulate, collect, display, and preserve historical artifacts, documents, videos, prints, and other historical memorabilia that details the history of the brave men and women who overcame extreme adversity while gallantly fighting the great American wars. Visit Website →

Children’s Museum Houston

You’re invited to experience a block-long “street” piled high with hands-on, minds-on activities that change each week. Experience a whole town where kids call the shots, run the stores, run the government, solve mysteries, and decide which grown-ups get paid allowance. Enlist as a S.E.C.R.E.T. undercover spy agent and crawl through laser tunnels, crack codes, and thwart evil villains who are trying to take over the Children’s Museum! Build robots, climb a three-story tower, and tackle a one-of-a-kind suspended challenge course. Visit Website →

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national, and regional art of the last 40 years. Founded in 1948, the Museum prides itself on presenting new art and documenting its role in modern life through exhibitions, lectures, original publications, and a variety of educational programs and events. The Museum Shop at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston offers a diverse selection of books, periodicals, and exhibition catalogs related to contemporary art, as well as a wide array of unusual gifts, including artist- and designer-made jewelry and educational toys and games for children. Visit Website →

Czech Center Museum Houston

The Czech Center was created to celebrate, share, and promote the rich cultural abundance of a major Slavic ethnic group and their history. With a worldwide membership composed of members with multiple heritages, its museum and cultural center are considered essential resources for learning about one of our nation’s diverse cultures and interwoven histories with others. The goal of the Center is to continue to offer presentations of non-biased, non-political, and non-religious events, resulting in a blend of harmonious experiences for people of all ethnicities interested in the culture of a group of Slavs that settled in the central region of Europe and in particular their connection with the Austro-Hungarian Empire, out of which multiple nations have derived. Visit Website →


DiverseWorks commissions and presents new visual, performing, and literary art. DiverseWorks values the artistic process and encourages artists to test new ideas in the public arena. By investigating the social cultural and artistic issues of our time, DiverseWorks builds, educates, and sustains audiences for contemporary art. Visit Website →

Holocaust Museum Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and millions of other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy to tens of thousands of people worldwide each year. The changing exhibit galleries house special exhibitions complementing and further exploring the issues presented in their Permanent Exhibit entitled, “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers.” The changing exhibitions are designed to be intellectually and aesthetically challenging and to encourage visitors to study the Holocaust, contemporary genocides, and related topics in greater detail and from a variety of perspectives. Visit Website →

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a nonprofit arts organization founded to advance education about the process product and history of craft. HCCC’s emphasis is on objects of art made primarily from craft materials: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or found/recycled materials. Since opening in September 2001, HCCC has emerged as an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest — one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level. HCCC provides exhibition retail and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators, and the community at large. In addition, HCCC reaches thousands of children a year through educational and outreach programming. Visit Website →

Houston Center for Photography

The Houston Center for Photography exhibition gallery — free to the public — features some of the finest works of contemporary photography. HCP also offers more than 300 photography classes and workshops year-round. Visit Website →

Houston Museum of African American Culture

The Houston Museum of African American Culture explores stories inspired by themes of opportunity, empowerment, creativity, and innovation and cultural interrelationships through the lens of the African American experience. The Museum seeks to engage visitors of every race and background through discovery-driven learning and to preserve African American history. Visit Website →

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and more than a dozen permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space, science, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife, and more. Visit Website →

Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center is one of the only institutions in Houston that is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by regional artists. Lawndale includes four museum-quality galleries, three artist studios, and an outdoor sculpture garden that facilitate its role as a vital cultural resource for Houston. Visit Website →

Lone Star Flight Museum

The Lone Star Flight Museum is an aerospace museum that displays more than 24 historically significant aircraft and many artifacts related to the history of flight. The museum’s collection is rare because most of the aircraft are flyable. Located at Ellington Airport, the museum is housed on about 100,000 square feet of property, including its own airport ramp. Visit Website →

Moody Center for the Arts

The Moody Center for the Arts encourages creative thinking and original expression, enriches curricular innovation, and promotes cross-campus and community collaboration through transformative encounters with the arts. Visit Website →

Moody Mansion

Guests at Moody Mansion can take a guided tour of the opulent home, which showcases in detail how one of the most powerful families in Texas lived at the turn of the century. From the ornate ballroom to the sweeping veranda where the Moody children and grandchildren once played, the tour is a tribute to a bygone era. Visit Website →

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is among the 10 largest art museums in the United States, with an encyclopedic collection of more than 65,000 works of art. Visit Website →

National Museum of Funeral History

The National Museum of Funeral History is an educational experience like no other and offers something for everyone. Discover America’s largest collection of authentic, historical funeral service items. Learn about caskets and coffins, hearses through history, plus the funerals of presidents, popes, celebrities, and more while you witness the cultural heritage of the funeral service industry and its time-honored tradition of compassion. Visit Website →

Printing Museum

The Printing Museum explores the intersections of the history, art, and technology of printing and demonstrates its enduring impact through exhibitions, interactive tours, and creative workshops. With more than 10,000 items in its permanent collection — including one of the earliest printed documents, fine-art facsimiles such as the Gutenberg Bible, and contemporary limited-edition works on paper — the Museum is an engaging place for kids and adults alike. Visit Website →

Rothko Chapel

The mission of the Rothko Chapel is to inspire people to action through art and contemplation to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity and to provide a forum to explore matters of worldwide concern. The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of American painter Mark Rothko, the Chapel welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year people of every faith and from all parts of the world. Visit Website →

The Jung Center

The Jung Center offers more than 200 classes each year on topics ranging from relationships to ethics, religious studies to expressive arts, writing to meditation. Visit Website →

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection opened in 1987 to preserve and exhibit the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the 20th century, the Menil Collection houses approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. Masterpieces from antiquity, the Byzantine and medieval worlds, the tribal cultures of Africa Oceania, the American Pacific Northwest, and the 20th century are particularly well represented. Among the highlights of the museum are its Surrealist holdings widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost collections of its kind. The Menil Collection displays selections from its permanent collection and regularly offers special exhibitions and programs to the public. Visit Website →

San Jacinto Monument & Museum of History

The San Jacinto Museum of History, within the base of the San Jacinto Monument, holds one of the largest collections of Texas art, artifacts, and history. The museum was established both to honor those who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836 and to revisualize the history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest. It was created as a steward of history — to promote friendship between Texas, Mexico, Spain, France, and Latin America. Visit Website →

Galveston Railroad Museum

The Galveston Railroad Museum opened to the public in 1983, at the site of the 1932 Santa Fe depot and railyard. The museum grew rapidly, collecting dining car china, a model railroad layout, and acting as the terminal for the Texas Limited excursion train. After the Texas Limited ceased operations in 1996, the museum acquired its passenger cars and two locomotives. At present, the Railroad Museum has 40 pieces of rolling stock, the largest collection of dining car china in the Southwest, and two incredible model railroad layouts. The museum also owns a mile of track and runs caboose rides on Saturdays. Visit Website →

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library

The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and burial site of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and wife Barbara Bush. Visit Website →

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston’s historic River Oaks neighborhood. Visit Website →

Galveston Naval Museum

Visit the Galveston Naval Museum and immerse yourself in its National Heritage. Take your time exploring these historic WWII vessels on a self-guided tour or with one of the museum’s tour guides. Capture the experience as a predator patrolling underwater in the Pacific or as the protector of Allied forces in the North Atlantic. Gain a unique memory of being on the USS Cavalla, a World War II submarine that sank a Japanese aircraft carrier involved in the Pearl Harbor attacks, or the USS Stewart, the only Edsall-class destroyer escort preserved in the United States. Visit Website →

Texas Seaport Museum & 1877 Tall Ship Elissa

Share the adventure of the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship ELISSA. Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark, which has also been designated one of America’s Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Walk ELISSA’s decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world’s oceans. In the adjacent museum and theater, witness the story of ELISSA’s dramatic rescue from the scrap yard and her meticulous restoration. Visit Website →

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Less than an hour from downtown Houston, the world’s petroleum capital, the Offshore Energy Center operates its facility, the Ocean Star. This unique museum and learning center is located on Galveston’s Pier 19, at Harborside Drive and 20th Street, just one block off The Strand. Take a leisurely, self-guided tour through the retired Ocean Star jack-up rig, which now serves as a museum and educational facility. From geological exploration, to drilling, to oil and gas production, you will see offshore drilling equipment, exhibits, and videos on three levels of this refurbished offshore drilling rig. Visit Website →

Show Venues

Alley Theatre

The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading nonprofit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company. The Alley produces up to 16 plays each year in its newly renovated Theatre, ranging from the best current work, to reinvigorated classic plays, to new plays by contemporary writers. The Alley is home to a resident company of actors. In addition, the Alley engages theatre artists of every discipline — actors, designers, composers, playwrights — who work on individual productions throughout each season as visiting artists. Visit Website →

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art, $100 million theater complex anchoring Houston’s Theater District. Designed by American architect Robert Stern, the Hobby Center features two distinguished theaters: Fayez Sarofim Hall, a 2,650-seat theatre that is home to Theatre Under the Stars and Broadway in Houston, and Selim K. Zilkha Hall, a 500-seat proscenium theater known nationwide for its warm acoustics and home to the Uniquely Houston Series. Visit Website →

Wortham Theater Center

The Wortham Center has two theaters, the Alice and George Brown Theater and the Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater. At 2,405 seats, the Brown is the larger theater with a 17,000-square-foot stage used primarily for major performances by its resident companies, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. Despite its size, no seat is more than 138 feet from the stage. The 1,100-seat Cullen Theater hosts smaller opera and ballet productions and serves other arts groups, such as Da Camera of Houston, Mercury, and Society for the Performing Arts. Visit Website →

Jones Hall

Since the 1966 opening of Jones Hall, millions of arts patrons have enjoyed countless stage and musical performances at the venue. Jones Hall is home to the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts. More than 400,000 visitors attend some 250 events annually. Visit Website →

Special Events

Houston Restaurant Weeks

Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank. It’s a month-long dining extravaganza featuring specially priced lunches, brunches, and dinners at restaurants from The Woodlands to Galveston, Texas. Visit Website →