Reliant Stadium is Houston's premiere location for watching live sporting events and concerts. It is home to the National Football League's Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and various other show's and events throughout the year. The stadium , which was completed in 2002, is 1 of 4 facilities located within Reliant Park. It was the first stadium in the National Football League to have a retractable roof, and with a seating capacity of almost 70,000, it dwarfs it's predecessor, the Houston Astrodome, which is located right next door. In February of 2004, it was host to Super Bowl XXXVIII, and the infamous Janet Jackson halftime "wardrobe malfunction". It is an excellent place to watch a live event, whether the roof is open or not!
Looking For Country Nightlife? Heres A Place
This is one of those streotypical Texas bars/nightclubs that people outside of Texas think is all Texas has to offer in regards to nightlife. It is actually run by the Goode family, which also has several restaurants here in town. Live country music bands play here frequently, and the decor is Texan through & through: lots of pictures of cowboys and western items such as cattle skulls and lassos. You'll find a mostly "Texan" crowd here, jeans, cowboy boots, and cowboy hats are quite frequent. But you will also see others dressed in a more trendy style. Beer is big here, as you would expect. A long list of domestic and imported beers are available, but if you are in the mood for a mixed drink, they have a huge bar that is fully stocked! They also have a menu of mostly Texas food specialties: Chicken Fried Steak, Chili, and sausage among others. The small patio outside has tables to sit down at and relax. All & all, a good country bar, and a good place to go if you are looking for that Texan feel. Typically there is a cover charge of $3 on the weekend nights. No real dress code, although you will find most people in jeans and cowboy boots.
Los Gallitos, or the rooster, is one of my uncle's favorite Mexican restaurants in Texas, so he was glad to take us here when we requested some good Mexican food. My father had the chicken and steak fajitas and I had a burrito combo meal. I don't remember what my uncle had, but our total bill was just $37 including 2 beers and a lemonade...not bad considering we all left the place stuffed. The decor here is entirely comprised of roosters of various shapes and sizes. The restaurant is clean and modern.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Found my way to the Museum District in Downtown Houston. Very nicely organized, and appeared traffic congested, but somehow found easy parking off Hermann Drive and wandered through the Houston Garden Center into Houston Museum of Natural Science. Large building with lots of exhibits ... Imax, The Cockrell Butterfly Center, Live Insect Zoo, Burke Baker Planetarium (and rides), George Observatory, Paleontology, Gems & Minerals, Energy, Texas Wildlife, Malacology, African Wildlife, The Americas, Chemistry, Discovery Place, Earth Forum, Space Science, The Pendulum, and Egypt. Special Exhibit on Gold ith an Imax to accompany it. So I selected that admission. $12 - Gold Exhibit, All Exhibits, and the Imax screening of "Gold Rush". Wandered around the Exhibits ... very nicely done. Really enjoyed "Egypt", Paleontology, and Gems & Minerals in the regular exhibit halls. I'll review about the Gold Exhibit in the next post. I really enjoyed the giant Pendulum they have extending several floors and acting like a 24 hour clock knocking over pegs to mark time. Unfortunately didn't have the amount of time I really need to go through the whole museum. I would place this Museum amongst one of the better Natural Science Museums I've been to.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Galleria is Houstons...
The Galleria is Houstons largest malls and one of those places you can shop til' ya drop...!!! Divided into three parts, the Galleria is home to a variety of stores and restaurants.. In the center of it all is a wonderful ice-skating rink.
The picture here shows Galleria 1 which has the ice-skating rink in it.