If you're interested in medicine or just want to marvel at something while you're in town, check out the country's largest medical center, which has been nicknamed Medical City by some. Tens of thousands of people work at certain of its institutions *alone*. It's on the MetroRail so not hard to get to if you have access to the line from where you are, and it's massive--keep walking in any direction and find some of the country's best research hospitals. Seeing it from a distance, one could even mistake it for the city center (assuming you ignore the tall buildings downtown).
Nearby is Reliant Stadium, of course.
For good eats, try Trevisio (at the top of a parking garage) if you want to spend some money or Miller's on Fannin for good burgers.
Houston has one of the largest Medical Centers in the USA. If you are going to visit the Medical Center it can get very confusing as to where things are located and you may want to search by name or profession to use your time more wisely. I suggest visiting houstonmedclinics and preforming some searching prior so you have a good idea of what Houston Doctors have to offer in contrast to many other areas. I found this to be a great and simple resource when visiting the medical center and Houston in general when searching and exploring Houston's vast medical resources. You can't go wrong with visiting the Houston medical center just make sure you know what you want to look for.
The Texas Medical Center is a vast and ever-expanding complex that is host to dozens of hospitals and universities. The Texas Medical Center also known as TMC or The Houston Med Center is located about 3 miles outside of Downtown Houston. Hospitals and institutions located in the Houston Med Center are:
Baylor College of Medicine
Ben Taub General Hospital
Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases
Hospice at the Texas Medical Center
Houston Academy of Medicine
Houston Academy of Medicine Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library
Houston Community College System, Health Science Programs
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Institute for Religion and Health
John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science
LifeGift Organ Donation Center
Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital
Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital
Memorial Hermann Hospital
The Methodist Hospital
Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Prairie View A&M University, College of Nursing
Quentin Mease Community Hospital
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children Houston
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Texas Medical Center Hospital Laundry Cooperative Association
Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences
TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research)
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
While many might find hospitals to be places to avoid there are many reasons to visit the Houston Med Center. For starters it is a city unto itself. Metro’s Light Rail system connects this “city” to Downtown Houston and provides a link to Herman Park, The Houston Museum District, The Houston Zoo, and The Reliant Center.
Houston is famous for it modern Medical Center. People come here from all over the world.
In existence for more than 50 years, the medical center now has 42 member institutions. All 42 institutions are not for profit. They a;re dedicated to the highest standards of patient care, research and education.
There are 13 renowned hospitals, two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools, plus schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy and virtually all health related careers.
This purpose-built cluster of world class hospitals, such as St. Lukes and Anderson Oncology, is one of the greatest assets of Houston.