4 Things not to miss in Houston
Houston is one of the biggest and most diverse cities in America with a range of ways to have fun. Here are some things you definitely shouldn’t miss while you’re in the heart of Texas:
Outlet Shopping at Houston Premium Outlets®
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Just 35 minutes from downtown Houston and 30 minutes from Intercontinental Airport (IAB), all you need to know about Houston Premium Outlets can be found here.
See a Baseball game at Minute Maid Park
There’s nothing more American than going to the ballgame. If you’re in Houston during April-September you should not miss seeing this slice of American sports culture. In the heart of downtown Houston is Minute Maid Baseball Park, home to the Houston Astros (Astros is a nod to Houston being the base for NASA’s space program).
A typical baseball season consists of a whopping 162 games for each team – that’s multiple games a week. Weekday games at Minute Maid usually start around 7pm and weekend games at 1pm. Games typically run for 2.5-3 hours and include plenty of entertainment for spectators. Check the Astros schedule here.
Aside from the pre-game ceremony, fireworks and general fanfare, don’t miss the food! Minute Maid Park has more than 40 restaurants and food outlets, enjoy everything from Texas hot dogs to fried chicken & waffle cones with baked potato (yes, you read that correctly).
Tickets range from just $8 to $300 depending on where you want to sit. You can find all information about buying tickets at the Astros website.
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts
In the heart of Houston is one of the largest art museums in the US. The Museum of Fine Arts is home to a collection of more than 60,000 pieces, covering art from six continents across a 6,000 year history. From ancient artefacts to 21st century photography and design, MFA is a rich collection of world art and a must-see while you’re in Houston. Among the museum’s permanent collection are renowned artworks, including one of Monet’s Water Lilies, Gleizes’s La Femme, Renoir’s Nature morte au bouquet, Memling’s Portrait of an Old Woman and others.
The MFA is open every day of the week except Monday. General admission is $17 and kids under 12 can visit for free. On Thursdays admission for all is free. For all information on exhibitions and visiting see the Museum of Fine Art website.
Explore the cosmos at the Space Center Houston
You can’t talk about Houston without mentioning the Space Center Houston (as in “Houston, we have a problem”). Home to NASA’s astronaut training and Mission Control Center, visitors can get a first-hand look at current NASA operations as well as make their way through the monumental moments in space aviation history. With more than 400 space-related items to see, you’ll want to set aside the better part of a day for this one.
The most popular way to travel through the Space Center is via the NASA Tram Tour that will take you to key attractions, including the astronaut training facility and the Mission Control Center (the HQ of Apollo and lunar landing missions). Can we live on Mars? Find out at the Mission Mars exhibition. Or visit the Rocket Park and see a real life Saturn V Rocket. There’s a lot to see, so be sure to visit the Space Center website to plan your visit.