Built back in 1950, Rice Stadium is the grandfather of major sports venues in Houston. The stadium seats over 76,000 people, and is the biggest open-air stadium in the city. It has seen many events over it's 50 years, including of course Rice University football games, many pro football games including the Super Bowl VIII in 1974, boxing matches, music concerts, and endless others. Sadly over the past few years with the construction of bigger and better stadiums with retractable roofs, Rice Stadium sees more vacant days than ever before. But it is still one of the greatest places to watch a football game in the state of Texas, and offers some spectacular views of the city when atop it.
Belvedere is the newest addition to Houston, and has been the talk of the town 3 months before the opening last week. Plush colofull furniture, the "in" crowd, patio, and right next to Chammps!
Should be decent for about a month Dress nice
One of the best steak places in town, however like the BBQ situation it's hard to pick your favorite. I like Taste of Texas partly because it's what I was raised on, great steaks, baked potatoes and huge salad bar. Please no vegetarians!
Good Wine list. 22 oz Porterhouse, one of the best steak cooked by mankind. It will leave begging to come back in 5 days once you've digested the whole thing.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is very good
I enjoy this museum, and recommend it to new people to town. The Cullen Hall exhibit has the world's largest collection of display-quality gems/minerals. Spectacular (and as an avid mineral collector, I appreciate this). It has some of the nicest specimens I've seen -- lots of Elbaite (Tourmaline -- also called Rainbow or Watermelon Tourmeline), apophyllites from India, including the largest sky-blue Cavansite specimen I've seen, calcites, copper, gold, etc.
They added two huge vault doors, and opened the ?(forgot his name) and Sue Smith Gem Vault. Gems from all over, many from Minais Gerais, Brazil. There's 1,500+ carat Star Rose Quartz from Madagascar. The star-like reflectance is chayotancy. Several gems here exhibit that, there's an opal from Australia that has all the colors of the rainbow.
The Weiss Energy Hall has a lot of excellent exhibits on energy, including a holographic geologist, and a geovater where you "travel" down a borehole 7000 feet, frac the well, and ride the gusher back to the top of the well. I thought it would be hokey, but it was pretty well done. Great for kids. There's two IMAX screens, with three+ shows rotating daily. The Cockrell Butterfly exhibit is very good, and so is the Burke Baker Planetarium.
Recently, there was a very good new dinosaur exhibit, with new specimens from the U.S., China, and S. America, and Body Worlds 3.
Body Worlds 3 ran through or Sept., and is exhibits in which the artist/creator has taken cadavers and sliced off skin or muscles or bone, etc. and then immersed the corpse in plasticene so you can see amazing details. There are diseased as well as normal organs -- smoker's lung, emphysema lung, enlarged heart, tumors, etc. Most of the corpses are male, there are a few animals, and there are two women, one a young gymnast showing the musculature and facial structures. One is of a man on a horse, and he holds the horse's brain in his left hand and his own brain (about twice as large) in his right hand. Very popular exhibit.
The Kemah Boardwalk on...
The Kemah Boardwalk on Galveston Bay has become one of the area's biggest attractions. Less than 40 minutes from south of downtown, the Boardwalk and surrounding aea have an entertaining mix of restaurants, shops, hotels and amusement rides. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or evening enjoying the waterfont sights and sounds, browsing in the shops, and satisfying your appetite for seafood.