Houston Travel Guide

  • San Jacinto State Monument
    San Jacinto State Monument
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Houston Things to Do

  • NASA Johnson Space Center

    Got my family in no charge with military ID but I would have gladly paid after what I saw inside. Seeing where the astronauts train was awsome, but not as awesome as going to the viewing area where the families used to sit inside the old mission control was the best!

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  • Williams Water Wall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Normally, we park at the Galleria, but on weekends the free parking lot is just so crowded that it takes 20-30 mins to spot a parking place....add wastage of gas to it! If you dont mind walking a few blocks, park at the shopping lot near Galleria....this is where Wallgreens is located. The time you spend in walking to the water wall will be less...

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  • San Jacinto State Park

    The main reason we came to this park was to see the view from the top of the monument. But when we got there, the monument was closed for remodeling. The base of the Monument houses the San Jacinto Museum of History. We didn't see that either. All we could do was take photos of the outside.

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Houston Restaurants

  • Doneraki Restaurant and Cantina

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We ordered carry out on a Saturday evening for our first experience with this restaurant. We put in our order asking that it be ready in 30 minutes, it was early in the evening, figured it would give them plenty of time and give us a second to run a errand. They said they would have it ready in 15... ok fine they can't accommodate our timing...

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  • Pappacito's Cantina

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is one of my favorite Mexican (tex-mex) restaurants - and if you go, make sure you are hungry! The portions are HUGE! It's also a great place to take kids, as it's very noisy and always crowded. They have great margaritas, and the beef fajitas are the BEST! Enchiladas and fajitas ROCK!! In my humble opinion, they also have the best chips and...

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  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seafood! Good fresh seafood, all kinds of seafood. If you like seafood and New Orleans style cooking you will love this restaurant. Start with a dozen fresh oysters and move on to crawfish étouffée and dirty rice. Excellent!

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Houston Nightlife

  • Night Clubs

    This is a good club with a decent management. Best in the city for cheap lap dances- try IVY, Roxy or Angel. All of the girls were absolutely beautiful and very friendly. Hands down, the best strip club in the country. Feel completely free to disregard this review and never go there... more girls for me as I will definitely be going back! Collared...

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  • DOWNTOWN

    This bar is the oldest in the city, in a building over 130 year old. Over the decades it has been an Indian trading post, a steam bakery and a Pony Express stop The walls there have not been festooned with art as much as they have simply accreted tangible history. The jukebox is one of the best in town, and the beer is always ice-cold. Wine & beer...

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  • Live Music

    A hole in the wall bar, that is housed in some old house. The men's room is partly a converted shower. This is the first place that I take friend who come to visit from out of state. The clientel is mostly anglo, but the owners and staff are african-american and they love watching us whities dance. This place reminds me of the club from "Animal...

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Houston Transportation

  • Public Transportation

    Metro Solutions is much more than simply a rail transit plan. The bus system component of the plan provides for a massive expansion and upgrade of Metro's bus services. With about 44 new bus routes to provide transit access to currently underserved portions of Metro's service area additional park & ride lots, all-day P&R service, and introduction...

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  • By Car

    At Houston's George Bush International Airport (IAH), I was impressed about how organized the rental car agencies are. Unlike in other airports, these agencies are all huddled in just one general area. After arrival, just board a bus that brings you directly to the building dedicated for car rentals. The automated system makes you skip the long...

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  • Airports / Flights

    Hobby Airport is the smaller or the two Houston airports. In 1937, as Houston began its ascent to become the energy capital of the world, the city acquired the site of its first major airport, William P. Hobby Airport. It is 7 miles South of Houston. Exit Airport Blvd on Freeway I-45 South. Since I was flying to Houston on Southwest, and flying...

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Houston Shopping

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  • The Galleria

    The Galleria is an upscale mixed-use urban development centrally located in the up town district of Houston, Texas, one of the largest business districts in the country, just outside the city's I-610 inner beltway. It is sited at one of the busiest road intersections in the country, Post Oak Boulevard at Westheimer Road. The Galleria, sometimes...

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  • Katy Mills / Other Malls

    This is the biggest sports store I've ever seen. It has any and everything for the person who LOVES the outdoors! If and when I ever go camping I will be stocking up here! While you shop send the kids to the center of the store for the aquarium and fake rock climbing. All the store clerks are very kind and love to entertain the children. Any...

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  • Retail / Speciality Shops

    Great place if you are a space junkie! This place has evrything you can think of from ties and baby clothes to toys and mission patches. I have to add the fact that the prices are a little cheaper than what you would find at Space Traders at JSC!

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Houston Local Customs

  • Southern Influence

    Throughout the South of the USA, especially close to the Gulf of Mexico, you will notice that most trees have grey moss hanging down from their branches. It is called Spanish Moss, and is very common in Houston where it thrives in the humid climate. Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is actually not a moss at all but belongs to the Bromeliads...

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  • Driving / Roads

    Having lived in houston most of my life, you are not going to be shot if you cut someone off or honk. I honk at people all the time, no one has ever waved a gun at me. this is apparently a common misconception I have been reading on these pages. At most you will get the middle finger and see the person yelling in their car, but who cares?

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  • Texas Influence

    Held annually over a 3 week period in February and March, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world's largest rodeo. For over 60 years the rodeo has been held here, and recently began being held in Reliant Stadium after a run of almost 40 years in the Astrodome. Each year over 1 million people attend the rodeo, as well as the Livestock show...

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Houston Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to Avoid / Crime

    I and my family are moving to Houston Texas this summer and I would like honestly to know what areas as African American people we should avoid? I am from Indiana and while it is a diverse state and people are pretty open minded, there are some definite areas to avoid for African Americans due to racism and such. I'm certain Texas is the same and...

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  • Driving / Traffic

    Driving during the early morning in Houston, you might encounter heavy fog. I uploaded a video here on how foggy it was and at times, I could not even see the markings on the freeway signs. In California, I have also driven in very bad foggy situations where you can't even see the car in front of you! But, I noticed that the GPS helped me a lot...

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  • Weather Wise

    I took some pictures last summer in the MIDDLE OF JULY...and it shows you the size of the hail. Now, you have to know, in July and August the weather does not get below 90 degrees even at NIGHT. So, to see hail like this was simply amazing. It really made me nervous for my car...not to imagine if you have a rental car. And, this storm....probably...

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Houston Tourist Traps

  • Too Expensive

    The exhibition of fish was great, but very short. Lots of video to fill up the empty spots. Best indoor feature is the hands on tank that allows kids to touch. Best read the signs though because the help rarely speaks. I definitely would not let them touch the baby sharks though.... the 'guide' was otherwise occupied. The shark train is fine and...

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  • Galleria

    it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.......it is a monster of a mall though.....and it does have an ice rink but not a good one......the ice rink in the memorial city mall is much bigger and nicer.....and I like the memorial city mall much more......

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  • IAH to NASA/Space Center on a layover

    You know, I've lived in Houston since 1962. I think I know my way around. I don't often make the downtown to IAH trip, but I have many times for work, and never made it in 30 minutes (perhaps you drive way faster than 75?). I wouldn't recommend that to someone not familiar with the road system, especially if they're on a layover. I've had it take...

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Houston What to Pack

  • Weather Related Clothing

    It's hot. It rains. That's just Houston. There are two seasons: Summer and Spring. Spring is about January-April. After April, until December, it's hot. Make sure you bring plenty of sun screen. Let me repeat: It rains. Sometimes all day. Sometimes 5 minutes a day for 3 months. When it rains all day it floods-and fast. Be careful! I carry a small...

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  • It's a Jungle Out There...

    It's hot. It rains. That's just Houston. There are two seasons: Summer and Spring. Spring is about January-April. After April, until December, it's hot. Make sure you bring plenty of sun screen. Let me repeat: It rains. Sometimes all day. Sometimes 5 minutes a day for 3 months. When it rains all day it floods-and fast. Be careful! I carry a small...

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  • So You're Traveling To Houston?!

    If you are coming any time between April & October, chances are the temperature will be either warm, or extremely hot! Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable in most places around town to wear a short-sleeved shirt, short pants, and either sneakers or flip-flops, unless of course you are going to be going to a special event that requires a certain...

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Houston Off The Beaten Path

  • Unique / Unusual / One-Of-A-Kind

    Just southwest of Houston is the George Ranch in Richmond, TX. I've never been but am including this tip because many travelers want to see an "old west" or "cowboy" side of Houston -- which nowadays, is hard to come by unless it's Rodeo time. According to the web site, the ranch offers vistors: - The struggles of early pioneers to Texas at the...

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  • Day Trip

    A beautiful piece of Texan land preserved with typical bayous (river or wet land in Southern US english) and forests, nested in a bend of the river Brazos. Ideal location to observe alligators (best season is spring) and birds. This is a birder's paradise as this area attracts birds all-year long, including many migratory birds. You can see an...

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  • Galveston / Galveston Bay

    Drive down 288 until you can't go anymore, through Freeport,TX there is a lovely spot of raw ocean beach. The road ends and while you drive out onto the sand it almost looks like you are driving straight into the ocean for a moment. Park and have fun away from all the tourists! Our kids have a blast here-hardly anyone around and who knew you could...

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Houston Sports & Outdoors

  • Houston Astros

    Minute Maid Park is a state-of-the-art ballpark, formerly known as Enron Field, which opened in 2000. It changed its name for obvious reasons - Enron went bust - and is now sponsored by the Minute Maid orange juice company. I come from England and we have no stadium for any sport in the same class as this. Its design is beautiful, the seating is...

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  • Participation Sports

    There is a huge potential for riding your bicycle in the Houston area. First, the weather allows biking all year long. And yes, even in the hot humid summer days, it might be the best outdoor sport because the speed makes you feel a nice breeze! Second, Houston has lots of empty spaces not yet developed, especially in the suburbs. In Houston try...

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  • The Texans

    The Superbowl was actually a great event. The new stadium (which we are all paying for) proved to be a worthy venue for such a world class party. Comfortable walking shoes as parking near the stadium is as rare as an honest opinion on the president.

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Houston Favorites

  • Driving / Traffic

    Not just in Houston either. If you have to get anywhere during the rushhour time and have to get on the tollway and travel, allow for extra time. I went through 3 tolls on the way to the airport and probably added a good 25-30 minutes onto my drive just sitting in line waiting at the toll booths.

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  • Information / Sources

    Before Europeans came to what is now the Houston area (the first explorator of the region being the spaniard Cabeza de la Vaca in 1528), indians called Karankawas roamed the Gulf Coast area. The last Karankawas were killed in 1858. Karankawas were nomadic hunter-gatherers, living mainly on fish. More on Karankawas can be found in the Handbook of...

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  • NASA Space Center Houston

    When visiting Houston, you absolutely must go to NASA. My fondest memory of Houston is being eight years old and walking into the Astrodome for the first time with my parents and four older brothers to watch the Astros play the Expos.

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  • alza's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Magna Carta hits Space City! The famous parchment recently left its home in the Hereford Chapel near the Welsh border to fly across the Atlantic to Houston, Texas. A historic flight for Hereford Cathedral, for the document curators and for the old parchment! The old doc is now ensconced in the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, where it will be displayed for six months (until 17 August, 2014.)
    The Magna Carta was sealed on June 15, 1215, by King John in Runnymede, a water meadow in Surrey, England. It was designed to prevent civil war by granting certain freedoms, including three that are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution : (1) taxes cannot be arbitrary; (2) freemen cannot be imprisoned without being judged by peers or the law; (3) justice cannot be denied or delayed.
    Magna Carta had never before left England's shores. Plans are to whisk it back to Albion for a celebration of its 800th anniversary. hmns.org/index.php?option=co...

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Mar 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      That was a good buy! :-)

    • alza's Profile Photo
      Mar 3, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      yes :-) Above, I should have written "where the "chained" were mentioned..."

 
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