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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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2815 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098, USA
With its emphasis on Texas artists and artists who are inspired by Texas, the Moody Gallery brings a true sense of place to visitors. Photographs, sculptures, and installations from some of the region's best talent fill the halls of this small...
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3601, 3601, 2009 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
Built in 1939, this is Houston's oldest continually operating movie theater, showing lots of independent and foreign films, as well as monthly midnight showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Room. Try to get tickets for a showing in the...
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3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Rothko Chapel is a must-see for anyone visiting Houston. Founded by philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Rothko Chapel is a tranquil and beautiful sanctuary for people of every belief, dedicated in 1971. Open every day.
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510 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Sundance movie theaters turn any film into an experience—usually a fine one. This particular complex features eight refurbished screens, comfortable (and reserved) seating, and perhaps the best part—beer and wine you can bring into the theater,...
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6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, USA
At Miller Outdoor Theatre, you can attend fantastic performances nearly every week during its eight-month season. All shows are totally free to the public, and events include dance and music festivals, classic movies, student showcases, and the...
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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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4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024, USA
Soothing sounds of birds chirping and water trickling fill your ears as you enter Houston's Arboretum and Nature Center, with sun beams shining down on you through the greenhouse ceiling. Located on the edge of Memorial Park, this 155 acre...
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6101 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057, USA
Pull on your cowboy boots and get ready to learn to two-step with a real live cowboy or cowgirl at this hopping joint that plays a blend of country sounds and dance music. Sunday nights offer free dance lessons and a free fajita buffet, and there...
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18-3600 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019, USA
Over the 4th of July, as part of the Freedom Over Texas festivities taking place on Buffalo Bayou right next to downtown Houston, I was able to catch the women's final of the annual Bud Light Texas Sand Volleyball Open Championship. The photo...
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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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1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
This museum, perhaps rather surprisingly, has one of the country's best collections of surrealist art. It's infamous (for all the right reasons) in Houston, and a must-see!
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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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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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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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2311 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
Houston is full of interesting little museums highlighting a variety of topics and specialties. One of these is the Maritime Museum. Located far from the Port of Houston, the museum showcases shipping technology and model ships and highlights key...
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1324 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
If you enjoy words, art, books, or crafts—and who doesn't like at least one of those?—you should check out the Museum of Printing History in Houston, which explores printed and written communication. As a journalist, I appreciate the old-school...
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6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77265, USA
A house museum in the larger collection of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, this display resides in the former home of Ima Hogg, a Houstonian who was a philanthropist and civic leader. It is largely decorative art and paintings, but the grounds...