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Adventure Activities in Houston -- Try if You Dare

While Houston, Texas, may not be the city that comes to mind when someone says...Read More

Houston with Kids: A Perfect Family Day

Houston, Texas, the fourth most populous city in the United States, is a sprawling...Read More
If you're a first-time visitor, Houston travel can be an eye-opening experience. Most outsiders know Houston—the fourth most populous city in the U.S.—as the Space City, with NASA’s Johnson Space Center bringing a major aeronautics component to the city’s economy since it opened in 1961. Locals know “H-town” as the Bayou City: over 2,500 miles of waterways wind their way through the metroplex, which lies in a floodplain merely 43 feet above sea level. Buffalo Bayou runs through the heart of the city, recently revitalized, with hike-and-bike trails, distinct lighting and occasional musical performances along the Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade. Outdoor enthusiasts have much to appreciate in this ecologically diverse city, with coastal prairies to the west, piney woods and the Big Thicket in the northeast, and estuary and bays to the south. The historic San Jacinto River runs along the city’s eastern edge before it merges into the Houston Ship Channel and then empties into Galveston Bay. Houston ...See More Wilderness created a ‘passport’ where kids or adults alike can mark off attractions visited in each of nine ecoregions in and around the city. Whether you plan to take advantage of the city's perks while on business, or are just taking your family on a Houston vacation, this city has it all. In addition to outdoor recreation, Houston has thriving culinary and art scenes. Few know that Houston’s Theater District has the second most theater seats in the U.S., after NYC, with year-round resident opera, ballet, symphony, and theater companies. The city is also home to the world’s first domed sports stadium, the Astrodome. The “eighth wonder of the world” lies vacant, but keep an eye on it, as some entrepreneurs plan to create Astrodome Film Studio to attract major motion pictures. The Houston Metroplex was built with little planning and no zoning, but after surpassing L.A. for high smog in 1999, the city turned a corner and embraced a “go green” image, creating parks, planting trees, renovating buildings for energy savings and developing a light rail system. These implementations have made Houston travel ideal if you want a fun-filled metropolis, but without all the pollution. Threads of this government-embraced ‘green scene’ appear throughout the city. Unique-to-Houston events include the Art Car parade, the Houston International Festival, and the Livestock Show and Rodeo—the world’s largest. See to get great deals in the site’s “100 Ways to Save” section—free tickets, gift cards for staying at certain hotels, and substantial savings at primo restaurants. See Less
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