The city of Houston is the fourth largest city in America and filled to the brim with an array of exciting attractions and things to do. Since the city is so expansive and there are so many places to go and see, we suggest spending at least three days exploring the “Space City.” To help you plan out the best attractions and places to eat, we are happy to show you the sites, tell you how to drive there and let you see firsthand the great places to visit in Houston.
Start off your visit through Houston by visiting one of its most popular attractions, the Downtown Aquarium. This state-of-the-art aquarium is unlike any other you’ve seen before. Featuring over 400 species of marine life living in over 500,000 gallons of salt water, this aquarium allows its guest to see and touch several sea animals. The Downtown Aquarium also is home to several rides including a train ride through an aquatic “Shark Tunnel,” as well as a Ferris wheel. You can also grab a bite to eat here while fish and stingrays swim past your table at the six-acre entertaining and dining area. You can start your first day of visiting Houston here.
After a fun-filled morning at the Aquarium, take a short ten minute drive along the Gulf Freeway to the Southwest Freeway and drive on down to the Museum of Fine Arts. A local and tourist favorite, this large museum shows art in true Texan style: larger than life. With two expansive exhibit structures, two art schools and a sculpture garden, this museum is home to 63,000 pieces of artwork and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
After the Museum of Fine Arts, head back the eleven minute drive to downtown Houston to taste a dinner of the best Texas steaks around. Vic & Anthony’s is known throughout Houston as one of the best restaurants in the state with exemplary service, handsome old fashioned dining areas and immaculate food.
Day two of your short Houston trip is centralized in one area which features some of the best museums in the city. After eating a hearty breakfast take a drive over to the Health Museum located on Hermann Drive. At the Health Museum adults and children alike can be entertained by learning all about the human body. Some exhibits include the Amazing Body Pavilion, an exhibit where guests actually walk through a larger-than-life, but to-scale human body and a machine where visitors can see their own bodily organs in real time. This museum is all about health and the human body, making it a fun and educational adventure to begin your day.
Following the Health Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) should be the next place on your list of where to go. Only five minutes distance away from the Health Museum, you can practice the healthy living you just learned about by walking there. Once you’ve reached the HMNS you can learn all about natural history on all four majestic floors of natural history treasury. If you are feeling hungry, before heading to the Houston Zoo, grab a quick bite at the nearby eatery or wait to eat in the zoo lunchroom.
You can either walk through the lovely Hermann Park to the Houston Zoo or take a short drive to its location just across the park from the HMNS. Home to over 6,000 animals including rarities such as a baby chimpanzee and red pandas, this zoo is a truly unique stop on your visit to Houston. You can talk with keepers and watch as they feed live bats and give the elephants a bath, or visit the 140 species of reptiles found here. After spending a late afternoon here, head to some of the best local food in town.
An eight minute drive along Rice Stadium will take you to Local Foods. This food retreat makes some of the best sandwiches in Houston all created with locally produced ingredients. You can get the true taste of Houston here with some truly unique and local grown foods. Also, most foods at this eatery are healthy and organic, meaning that you won’t feel guilty for eating here after visiting the Health Museum.
Start off your last day in Houston with a late brunch at the world famous Farrago World Cuisine. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, this restaurant serves an array of delicious fusion food in a never ending brunch with bottomless mimosas. Then make the 15 minute drive to the largest mall in Texas.
The Galleria Mall is home to the only Prada, Microsoft and Tesla Motors stores in the United States and features over 3 million feet of shopping space. Here you can shop till you drop along all four floors of shopping bliss. After spending a late morning here, head to The Space City’s most famous attraction, the Space Center Houston.
The visitor’s center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center allows children and adults the ability to explore space in ways never imagined. Here you can see real space equipment, moon rocks and even look-on as NASA employees train for future space missions. One of the most visited places in Houston, you won’t want to miss the Space Center Houston.
Round out the evening on Kemah Boardwalk, only a 17 minute drive from the Space Center. Here you can find an array of seafood restaurants and shopping as well as speed boat tours, a rollercoaster and live entertainment. For your last night in the beautiful city of Houston, don’t miss the Kemah Boardwalk.
Houston is a large city full of amazing sites and great food. That is why for short visits, such as three days, we’ve created the list above of great attractions and where to get some truly amazing food. We love the city of Houston and hope that you can experience it firsthand.