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Houston City Tour and Admission to Downtown Aquarium
"This bus tour is a wonderful way to start your Houston vacation. This lightly narrated 90-minute tour showcases Houston's famous land marks historic Houston areas and breath taking views. Explore the great city of Houston and see what the largest city in Texas has to offer.This guided tour drives through Houston's beautiful market square and many more downtown locations including Buf Allen Parkway and Houston's upscale midtown residential area. You will enjoy the breath-taking billion dollar Downtown Houston Skyline and museum district.Once the city tour is complete you will be dropped off at the Houston Aquarium which you are welcome to explore and enjoy. This package includes one admission ticket for the Houston Aquarium and one ticket for the Houston City Tour.""""Take a 90-minute panoramic guided tour on board a double decker buss. The city tour includes Downtown Historic district Toyota Center
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Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
"The tour will start with complimentary pickup from your centrally located Houston accommodation where all will receive a free gift before proceeding downtown for a 1-hour mobile view of Discovery Green Park GRB convention center The Toyota center Minute Maid Park Market square Buffalo Bayou Eleanor Tinsley park
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Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
"The tour will start with complimentary pickup from your centrally located Houston accommodation where all will receive a free gift before proceeding downtown for a 1-hour mobile view of Discovery Green Park GRB convention center The Toyota center Minute Maid Park Market square Buffalo Bayou Eleanor Tinsley park
From $142.00

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Spanish Moss

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 family. It is a flowering plant that absorbs nutrients and water from the air and rain (called epiphyte plant). Being not a parasite, it does not harm the trees it grows on.

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XenoHumph
Apr 04, 2011

Houston is NOT stereotypical "South" or "Texas"

As I've mentioned before, I think it is often forgotten by others that Houston is a large, diverse, and international port city much like Los Angeles, Miami, New York, or Seattle.

What many also don't know is that the performing arts programs in Houston are nationally recognized to those in the business, and definitely top notch. Only New York's Broadway district is larger than Houston's Theater District. The Museum District is also very good and considered to be one of the top three centers of cultural activity in the country.

Rice University, often considered to be in the new class of Ivy Leagues, is located in Houston. Many Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners choose to teach in Houston when they could have gone elsewhere.

Along with Rice, Houston houses the nation's largest medical center district, many technology companies, and NASA. Just among these, Houston is home to a large number of scientists, physicians, researchers, and engineers.

Additionally, Houston is home to the third largest number of working artists in the nation.

Houston was also named as one of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly cites by PETA, and is the only city in Texas on the list.

The city also has one of the country's largest gay populations.

... So much for stereotypes or the idea that Austin is the state's most progressive city!

So please, whatever you do, don't call us "rednecks" or "hicks" because we are far from it. Of course there are a few areas where you might find people more fitting of these stereotypes (such as Channelview, Pasadena, and some areas on the northern outskirts) but these are hardly representative of the city as a whole (though from Hollywood and the media you might think otherwise). We live in the nation's fourth largest city, and we love our arts, our sciences, and our diversity.

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jjp76
Nov 02, 2003

Southern Crawfish Boil

Back in 2001, when we visited Houston, my uncle bought 50 pounds of crawfish and boiled them with sausage, potatoes, onions and spices. When they were finished, we stood around a heaping pile of food and just chowed down!

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Sam Houston Park

The Heritage Society is the Houston's only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. Nestled in 10 acres of green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston, The Heritage Society boasts 9 historic...
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Rothko Chapel

Rothko Chapel is a tranquil sanctuary open to all faiths nestled in the heart of Houston. The walls of the chapel display many of Mark Rothko's abstract and minimalist paintings. However the interior...
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Museum District

Now for me, this is the number one attraction in Houston. Over 20 (I think the Houston Bicycle Museum makes 21) museums in a relatively small area. You can park your car and walk to many of the...
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Menil Collection

The Menil Collection refers to the collection itself and the museum (which is actually four buildings). The Menil Collection’s founders, John and Dominique de Menil acquired this vast collection...
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Holocaust Museum

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". The Holocaust Museum in Houston is the 4th largest in the country. This is NOT a museum to enjoy; it is a museum to pause and reflect,...
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Museum of Fine Arts

Across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the Cullen Sculpture Garden which is associated with the MoFA. Inside are several interesting statues in a garden setting. The sculptures...
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