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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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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest events in Houston, spread throughout a month. Can you imagine a whole month of nightly cow ropin', bull ridin', and boot scootin' with some of the most famous country music stars...and tickets are hard to come by often. Only in Texas can these shows sell out for an entire month.

If you plan to go, take the whole day to explore everything that the Rodeo has. When you enter they give you almost a whole book with all the activities that are offered. The shopping is great. It is inside the huge building across from the actual stadium. From the shopping to carnival to the concert. You'll never get bored. And your feet will hurt if you do it all.

Grab a beer, corn dog, bbq, and more. And have a great Texas time!

Parking
Ok, parking sucks. You can pay $30 and get a parking pass and walk about a block. If you drive to Reliant Stadium without a parking pass you'll be walking anywhere from 3-5 blocks to get there after paying $12. They do offer a shuttle, though. The best way to do it is find a Park-N-Ride around where you're staying. The ticket is around $5 for both ways. You do have to wait in a line to get on a bus after the concert but it's much cheaper and you'll probably appreciate not having to drive since you'll probably be really tired!

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msbrandysue
Apr 04, 2011

English Cowgirl does the Rodeo

WOW. This is where you find the real wrangler clad men of the West. Tight butts, boots and spurs, nerves of steel and the smell of horse and human sweat filled the arena as I walked in. It started with the most amazing woman roman riding on a beautiful white horse (she had so much control) and ended up with bull riding (why would a grown man want to sit on bull I asked myself? You know the bull will win....)

The Houston Rodeo has to be on a things to do list if you come to Texas in March. Held over 2 weeks, in March in 2009, think big country fair during the day, cowboy filled rodeo in the evening followed by a concert (great diversity - Brad Paisley to ZZ Top) to a great club at the end of the night.

It's FUN, FUN, FUN.

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alg70
Jul 14, 2009

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

A HUGE event in Houston that goes on for a few weeks. Usually mid feb-mid march. Defenitely something to see especially if you've never been to one of these events. Bull riding,cattle roping,horse show,food,music and fun for the whole family. I had no idea the money to be made on roping a calf in 7 seconds. We had box seats (from the company) and a great view of the event. The kids went to see the Livestock show earlier in the day, the pictures are from that event. I wish I had brought the camera when we went to see the Rodeo. Overall it was a fun event to see- and if you are looking for a good "Texan" vacation experience this is a great event to find it at!

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AVG2319
May 27, 2007

The Rodeo to end all Rodeos

The Houston Stock Show and Livestock Exposition began in January of 1931 and the first show was held in April of 1932 at the Democratic Convention Hall. The first downtown parade took place in 1938 and the first entertainer, Gene Autry, takes the stage in 1942. The first scholarship associated with the Rodeo is a $2,000 award that goes to local product Ben Dickerson. In 1961, the official name of the show is changed to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Astrodome became the home of the HLSR is 1966 and attendance tops 40,000 for one of the shows. 1970’s performance featuring Elvis Presley draws a record 43,614 spectators, a number that would stand for eight years. In 1992, the four scholarship awards grew from $8,000 to $10,000 and in 1994, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was broadcast for the first time on pay-per-view. In 1996, the HLSR celebrated 30 years in the Astrodome by inviting George Strait to perform. Strait’s performance drew a record-breaking 62,936 spectators and his 2002 performance sold out in less than two hours when 68,266 spectators filed in. In 2003, the 71 st HLSR moved into Reliant Stadium and Reliant Center, a new stadium built for the NFL team. The attendance record was broken again on March 17, 2004, when 70,668 people paid to watch rodeo action followed by a concert by country music star Kenny Chesney.

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cealonzo
Feb 26, 2005
 
 
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Go see a rodeo!

The city of Houston hosts one of the biggest rodeos of North America, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each year every March. It is a huge event and is located at Reliant Park, the monster-size stadiums of Houston (see my Houston "Sports Travel" for a picture of the stadiums and location info). Go to http://www.hlsr.com/ for the official website.

I, however, prefer to go to a more "human-size" event, like the many local county fairs that always offer rodeo entertainment. I recommand the Huntsville Prorodeo, a great rodeo to go to, whether you have never seen one before like me, or if you are a big fan of it. I enjoyed it particularly because it is relatively small in size and local. The people were extremely nice, friendly and helpful. This rodeo is also one of professionals which is a high point for a rodeo fan. Plus, the county fair around it is always fun, for both adults and kids. I strongly recommand it, it is worth the drive from Houston!! It takes place last weekend of March in Huntsville, a town 65 miles (104 km) North of Houston. Please, go see my Huntsville (Texas) page for more pictures and info!
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XenoHumph
Oct 13, 2003

Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo

The beginning of March marks the start of the Houston Rodeo now held in Reliant Stadium. If you happen to be visiting I highly recommend you attend. The rodeo offers people a chance to see real Bull riding, barrel racing, Bronc riding, Steer wrestling and calf roping. You can also take in a concert or two since the rodeo usually books such headlining acts as Garth Brooks and Duran Duran. You gotta love the diversity!

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krackhorre
Jul 23, 2003

Rodeo Houston

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is Houston's version of Mardi Gras,
the Super Bowl, and the running of the bulls in Spain, all in one. ...

Rodeo Houston goes on from late Feb. to early March for about 3 weeks. It is the world's largest Rodeo and it draws around 70,000 people every night for those 3 weeks. Each night has rodeo events followed by a concert by a different singer every night: from George Strait to Destiny's Child to Lynard Skynard. It's the best time to visit H-Town.

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texas_bravo
May 06, 2003

Houston Livestock & Rodeo

The world's largest rodeo and a yearly Houston tradition (for 40 years). In 2003 it was held February 20-March 16. Each night features a different music artist. The rodeo show also includes roping events, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback, bull and saddle bronc riding. In between events, the clowns will do something or they will get some audience participation. Outside they have other events such as livestock competitions, other shows, carnival, lots of food, etc. If you want to see real cowboys, this is the event for you. And if you're like me and you're not very interested in cowboys, I still like the music concert (I saw Duran Duran a few years ago) and carnival.

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CLillard
Apr 18, 2003
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Rodeo Houston (in February)

If you're in Houston in February, you HAVE to go! Not just a livestock show, there are also music concerts in the Astrodome. Go see the bull riding/barrel racing/etc., especially if you've never seen this type if thing before. Think of it as a giant county fair with cowboys.

fredaustin
Aug 26, 2002

Reliant Stadium

This is a huge stadium... we saw the rodeo there and were impressed by the size. It holds over 68,000 people. Sitting next to the Astrodome which was quite the dome in its day.

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Mar 08, 2003

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