Johnson Space Center
The Johnson Space Center is about 27miles south of Houston just off of Interstate Highway 45. This is not a museum...this is the real thing. Currently, you can see testing done on Space Lab or Shuttle modules.
When you enter the center, expect to pay $4 for parking. You will then enter an area that is a bit of a theme park...adults $16.95. You can see a film presentation or play many games simulating space travel.
You can then take one of two tours on a trolley system which takes you to the astronaut testing area or to the space lab area.
GOING TO NEED A CAR FOR TRANSPORTATION
Houston is way too BIG. Everything is so spread out... commute anywhere will take some time due to construction and also because we have more trucks than you can shake a stick at. :) hehehe. sorry, bad joke.
Bottom line, highly recommend renting a car in order to travel around the city.
Best Greek Food In Town!
This small, yet recently expanded restaurant in the Montrose District is by far the most famous Greek restaurant in town. You'll find people from all walks of life eating here, makes for a great atmosphere. Walk in, wait in line (a guarantee because it is always packed), and order what you like. Then if you are lucky, you can find a table and wait for your meal. Excellent gyros, excellent salads, excellent everything! They have a great vegetarian menu as well. And try some tea or coffee with your meal. It will be crowded, but it's worth it! The top Greek restaurant in Houston, hands down!!! Love the Mousaka! Beef w/ eggplant & potatoes. Excellent!!!
Shop Till You Drop!!!!!
Shop Till You Drop!!!!!
Elegent designer boutiques, funky little shope, flea markets, giant department stores, malls and diccount centers - whatever your style of shopping , Houston has it. The Uptown Area, at the corner of Westheimer Road and Post Oak Blvd, draws visitors from around the world to The Gallera and surrounding shops, including Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Emporio Arnani, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., FAO Schwartz and dozens of other famous retailing names. Twenty five minutes west of the city, Katy Mills is a big new destination for shoppers, with 200 retail and manufacturer outlets, plus restaurants and entertainment. Rice Village, near Rice University, is an eclectric retail neighborhood with charming sidewalks bistros and 325 stores ranging from retailers like Banana Republic and Eddie Bauer to artisan's galleries. The Highland Village Shopping Center, just a few blocks from the Galleria, features many top-quality shops, from Williams-Sonoma to Pottery Barn. Foley's Downtown is Houston's oldest and largest department store, and The Park Shops nearby in Houston Center include many trend-setting stores. Antique seekers roam quaint shops in The Houston Heights. Many shoppers schedule a jaunt to Old Town Spring, 20 minutes from downtown, where 180 shops, restaurants, galleries and museums occupy a 10-square block area. True bargan hunters will enjoy browsing at Traders Village, where 800 merchants sell their wares, or exploring the area's discount malls. including the Conroe Outlet Center.
The buildings Downtown are great to look at and there is also a park area with a small lake, church and examples of different styles of historic buildings from the Houston area. It's a very walkable area and well worth an afternoon. Given time you can visit: Sam Houston Park; Bayou Place; The Theatre District; The Aquarium; Tranquility Park; Sesquicentennial Park and Jones Plaza.