Visit downtown and the medical...
Visit downtown and the medical center and the AstroDome area and Astro World.The Port of Houston area.The San Jacinto Momument\Battleship of Texas is down 225 East about 15 miles or so from downtown.The Johston Space Center in Clear Lake is not far either about 12 miles or so east down hwy 45. The hurricanes and Tropical storms.Especially the thrilling Hurricane Carla back in '61.Watching the Astros in the AstroDome.
The usual thing travelers miss...
The usual thing travelers miss when visiting Houston is their freeway exit, generally because neither the road layout or the signage is always logical, or, in the case of signs, present at all. This is best avoided by traveling to Houston only on business, taking cabs irrespective of cost, and putting the fares on your expense account.
Fantastic seafood and service
I wanted the Texas redfish, but it hadn't arrived yet. So I had the Mississippi Catfish, blackened, with jambalaya, and veggies. Also had the keylime pie (wonderful - very different crust with little nuts in it). Service was exceptional. Wine was also good. Bread came piping hot. My server was a blonde girl named Amanda. The catfish. It was flaky, fresh and delicious.
Best Pizza In Town!
This small establishment is known throughout Houston as being one of the best places to get a pizza. They have 2 locations, but most people would agree that this one on Norfolk Street, the original, is the better of the 2. The restaurant itself is actually a 2 story house, with odd decorations and pictures on the walls. But as soon as you walk in and the smell of the freshly baked bread and garlic hits your nose, you'll know why you came here. There is seating inside, downstairs as well as up, and there are some tables outside on the decks both up and down. They have a wide variety of ingredients you can choose to put on your pie, including grilled chicken, vegetables, several diferent cheeses, and of course, pepperoni! The make a wonderful Margherita pizza here, among others. They also have great lasagna, fettucini alfredo, and many different salads and pastas. Also a good selection of beers, along with soft drinks. They do deliver to a very limited area around the Texas Medical Center and Rice University, but I would recommend going in for the full experience! Rosemary and Garlic Chicken Pizza. Excellent, and suprisingly, gives you great breath! (Sarcasm!)
Nice For a Rainy (or Extremely Hot) Day
The Muesum of Natural History in Houston isn't near as big as what you'd see in NYC or Washington DC, but provides a nice half-day activity nonetheless. It has a very in-depth display of minerals and gems and a good amount of dinosaur skeletons and fossils. There is also an IMAX theater and frequent special exhibitions that are very worthwhile (at an extra cost, of course).