The Toyota Center, located in downtown Houston, is the home of the NBA's Houston Rockets basketball team (the greatest sports team in the world, by the way!), the Houston Comets women's basketball team, and the Houston Aeros ice hockey team. It also hosts many concerts and events all throughout the year. Completed in 2003, it is a state of the art event facility, and has a seating capacity of just under 19,000. A great place to watch any event, but especially a Rockets game!!! :)
Irish Pub in the Village
Being one of the most frequented bars located in the Rice Village, Brian O'Neill's is also one of the most popular Irish pubs in Houston. And as Irish pubs go, they have a huge selection of international and domestic beers on tap, or bottled. Their menu is also not bad, with a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads, even some decent plate entrees. There are quite a few tables and couches inside for sitting, but more standing room than anything here. They have an outside patio area which provides more tables and chairs, and also spillover room for standing when it get too crowded inside, which often happens, especially on the weekends. Crowds can vary, usually a twenty to early thirtysomething crowd, but you will find people of all ages here on many nights. On the weekends there is often a live band playing inside, but, as I have experienced on many occasions myself, this is often more of a nuisance than anything else. Generally people do not come here to listen to live music, and with the band taking up quite a bit of room inside, it tends to be a little annoying. Many people just hang out outside though if a band is playing. But despite this, any day of the week is a good time to go here! No dress code, casual
The BEST Middle Eastern
This reasonably price Middle Eastern deli is owned by an Armenian family from Lebanon. They offer excellent chicken or beef shawarma sandwiches, as well as a stock of delicacies from around the world. Chicken Shaworma sandwich
Look out for great temporary exhibitions
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon.
I went specifically to see the Dead Sea Scrolls which was a temporary exhibition between October 2004 and January 2005. It was excellent - really well presented!
At the same time there was also an exhitbition on Tibetan Treasures. I didn't see this exhibition however I heard it was equally as good.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is at the edge of Hermann Park and within the Museum district of Houston. If you're in Houston for business or pleasure - this is one of the areas to get to first.
Check out the website link as well - excellent!
Prices: $6 for adult general admission
Special exhibitions may be extra.
Galveston Island is about 50 minutes from Houston and on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The Island has a very different feel to Houston - it's relaxed and quite easy going.
There are two main areas - the East Beach area and the West Beach area. I've not explored either so I can't really go on about the virtue of either.
The coastline is very pretty during the day and the evening. It can be quite stormy at times as well - avoid the area is there is a Hurricane coming this way! Galveston Island was virtually distroyed by a Hurricane at the beginning of the 20th century. Sea defences have protected the area since it was rebuilt.