The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tourist Attractions

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6. Market Square Park
300 Travis

We like Market Square Park because it has lots packed into a small space; park just one time and enjoy a variety of activities. There's the park, an adjacent dog park, on-site restaurants, a full schedule of events and the entire thing is ringed by some of the oldest buildings in Houston ... which just happen to house some fun, funky bars and eateries.


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5. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway
713-681-8433

Like its neighbor, Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is an unexpected green space. Surrounded by busy freeways and bustling shopping centers, the Center offers educational activities year round (learn how to grow an orchid or how to spot a migrating bird), there are even some semi-chic evening events (wine tastings on the trails). But most people just enjoy wandering through the Center's abundant and lush lawns and woods.

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4. The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross
713-525-9400

If visitors have just one hour to spend, we recommend the Menil Collection. Inside and out, it's an oasis. The museum itself is a work of art and its expansive lawn is surrounded by low-slung bungalows and huge, old trees. Two things set The Menil Collection apart -- price (always free) and personality (always low-key).


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Rice University

6100 Main St., Houston, TX

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Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX

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The Menil Collection

1515 Sul Ross, Houston, TX

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Schultzy
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SusanWagner
SusanWagner

well Houston USED to have a decent theme park in AstroWorld, but now not even that.. it's a shame that visitors to the 4th largest city in the country are stuck with such limited choices as "attractions" - the old shut-down Astrodome?.. come on!.. Downtown tunnels?!  puh-lease!!.. "The Galleria", srsly?!..  Museums? yah, that sounds like great fun for teenagers!..  This list is proof that while politicians kept going on about wanting Houston to be a "World Class" city, all they did was line their own pockets and those of their cronies and friends with money that could have gone into something worth taking the "entire" family to, and not a bunch of stale Museums, or restaurants and a giant mall all selling over-priced food and merchandise..  Thanks Houston - for making Dallas and Austin the de-facto places to vacation in Texas..

T.j. Dubz
T.j. Dubz

It appears we need some more tourist attractions.

davidross47
davidross47

Re Space Center Houston:  When I first came to Houston (1969 as a visitor), you could walk around the Space Center and see a functioning space program - for free.  Now, it is an expensive theme park, with a tenuous relationship to NASA.  I might include this Gulf Freeway ordeal on my top ten list, but Number One?  The Menil Gallery!

Lea Brice Hougland
Lea Brice Hougland

Erik Andrew Hougland Just in time for your dad and Aunt Pam to visit. :)

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