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Nobody really thinks of Houston as a traveler's destination, but it's a city that's actually very cool if you take the time to get to know it (and it even topped Forbes' list of America's Coolest Cities in 2012). As the US's fourth largest city, Houston is vibrant, dynamic and full of opportunity and diversity.
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440 Wilchester Blvd, Houston, TX 77079, USA
Birders will be charmed by this small sanctuary just off the West Sam Houston Parkway. Birding field trips and classes run year-round and you can spot a wide variety of birds in the area, from the hawks who fly through from Canada in fall on the...
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5216 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA
The philosophy behind Cloud 10 Creamery is to keep customers, well, floating on cloud 10. And the small-batch, handcrafted ice cream delivers on this promise. The ice creams and sorbets are created just a half-gallon at a time, and they come in...
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2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003, USA
This Tex-Mex restaurant claims to have launched the national fajita craze in 1973, when "Mama Ninfa first stuffed chargrilled sliced beef into a handmade flour tortilla." It must have been love at first sight for Houstonians, because this place...
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2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Waterwall Park is known for a giant, semi-circular fountain that sits at the base of the iconic Williams Tower (formerly the Transco Tower). There is a long open field in front of the fountain surrounded by live oaks—perfect for bringing...
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5015 Westheimer Rd #1260, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Inside Houston's biggest shopping destination, the Galleria mall, you'll find an ice skating rink set beneath an impressive glass atrium. It's open seven days a week, year-round, and it's a great place to blow off some steam (and maybe even...
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1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004, USA
Your kids will love the Children's Museum of Houston, and you'll enjoy visiting the Museum District. It's a beautiful part of town, and you should definitely drive through the area even if you can't make time to visit any museums.
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1423 Branard St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
This shaded park near the University of St. Thomas is right next to The Menil Collection. The park is very shaded and nestled between streets lined with classic 1920s bungalow houses. This place really captures Houston!
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1835 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Chocoholics beware: this place is ridiculously decadent. There are three distinct sections of treats between the Willy Wonka-purple walls—candy, ice cream, and baked desserts—all house-made, all chocolatey. You're bound to need...
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1830 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098, USA
Divino on West Alabama serves some great Italian food in a congenial atmosphere, and their staff is very knowledgeable about wine, with a selection to match!
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1963 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
Here, your kids can paint pre-made clay creations, which will then be fired and ready for pickup in about a week. A great, creative way to make your own souvenir of Houston.
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2752 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77027, USA
This farmers market on Eastside St is open year-round, rain-or-shine from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. You'll find the usual spread of local produce, artisan goods, plants and flowers, and several stands...
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1712 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098, USA
If you want to have a quintessentially Houston experience, check out the Montrose neighborhood. A great spot to hit is Agora—a cafe that serves small bites, good coffee, and some beer and wine. You pay at the counter.