Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hipmunk City Love: Sites You Won't Want to Miss in Houston

There’s something for everyone in Houston. If you’re planning a trip during your school vacation, you’ll want to get as much out of the city as you can. Pick any of these six spots to make your Houston vacation memorable.

The Downtown Tunnels

Several of Houston’s downtown businesses are connected by a six-mile maze of tunnels. The tunnels themselves have dozens of shops and restaurants. You can even grab a map and take a tour of the cheerful, attractive tunnels. Hilton Americas - Houston is located near the tunnels, and is also convenient to the Houston museum district, George R. Brown Convention Center, and the Toyota Center. This AAA Four-Diamond hotel provides plenty of comfort.

Space Center Houston

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You can’t come to Houston and not visit the Space Center. It is, after all, the pride of Houston. Space Center Houston is more than a museum. Along with artifacts from space explorations, there are many scheduled exhibits, and interactive adventures. One of the best events is Lunch with an Astronaut. You’ll find real astronauts with real stories sitting at the dining tables with visitors just waiting to share their stories.

Discovery Green

Discovery Green has often been called Houston’s Central Park, with its own style and flavor. There are tons of free events throughout the year, including movie screenings, concerts, ice skating, and festivals. One of the park’s best features are the Listening Vessels. These huge, concave sculptures allow you to hear nearly everything going on in the park, depending on where you’re standing. For a great view of Discovery Green, stay at Downtown Convention Center, which features cozy one-bedroom apartments available for up to four people at a cost-effective nightly rate.

The Houston Museum District

Take a world tour without ever leaving the city. The Museum District features 19 museums where visitors can discover an enriching, cultural experience. Artistic, scientific, and educational resources are all included in the District, which is comprised in a 1.5 mile radius of the Mecom Fountain. Stop by and check out the wide range of exhibits, collections, workshops, and live performances.

Market Square Park

Market Square Park packs a lot of fun into a small space. Discover plenty of live entertainment, great dining, a full schedule of events, and even an adjacent dog park. Take a stroll around the park and check out all the sights, including photography, gardens, historic remnants, and a beautiful mosaic fountain. Hyatt Regency Houston is located nearby, and provides luxurious guest rooms, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.

The Galleria

The Galleria features 400 stores spread out over several levels, and provides you a day full of window shopping. Check out exclusive stores such as Gucci, Apple, and Tiffany & Co. Choose from dozens of restaurants when you’re ready to eat, and check out the ice skating rink. The Galleria provides a great refuge from Houston’s summer heat, and an extravaganza at every holiday.
These six spots are the perfect choices to add to your Houston itinerary. Be sure to check for upcoming events and book tickets in advance.