Top five attractions in Houston

Houston Natural history Museum ©eschipul/Fickr

Houston Natural history Museum ©eschipul/Fickr

When it comes about traveling in the US, you rarely meet someone who’d rather go to Houston, Texas, than visit some considerably more popular cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Washington DC. And yet, Houston is one of the largest cities in the United States – a modern, thriving city with a strong economy and numerous attractions. While many of you will probably think of the NASA Space Center each time Houston is mentioned, you should know that Houston is among the few cities in the world to have their own Museum District. With this being said, let’s take a look at some popular sights and see what are the top five attractions in Houston:

NASA Space Center

So what exactly happens at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston that makes it such a popular attraction? Well, this is where the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has located its Mission Control Center.

Mission Control Center ©deltaMike/Flickr

Mission Control Center ©deltaMike/Flickr

You have probably heard of several of the agencies programs – sophisticated space shuttles sent to explore our solar system – but this particular center is concerned with human missions and consists of a big room  crammed with scientists, big screens and state-of-the-art equipment. Visitors can go to special designated areas and visit various exhibits or try the 0-gravity  facility.

The Museum District

Welcome to museum-land, where art and science buffs can spend entire days just visiting dozens of miles of galleries. There is a Children’s Museum, a huge Fine Arts Museum, as well as a Holocaust Museum. The most special museum, however, is the Health Museum, a tribute to Houston’s contributions to the health sector.

Houston Natural history Museum ©eschipul/Fickr

Houston Natural history Museum ©eschipul/Fickr

Bayou Place

Everything seems to be conveniently located and thoroughly organized in Houston, including entertainment. Occupying a whole block in the center of Houston’s Theater District, Bayou takes the classical American combination between dining and entertainment to a whole new dimension. There are several big restaurants in here, as well as numerous cinema halls.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo deserves its place among the top five attractions is Houston. The zoo is one of the biggest in the country, and contains hundreds of species of animals, from all over the world. This is a premiere family attraction, with some very educative and interactive exhibits – visitors can feed the giraffes, sit in a glass-only, underwater tunnel, or meet playful primates like chimps and lemurs.

Houston Zoo by p_a_h/Flickr

Houston Zoo ©p_a_h/Flickr

 

San Jacinto Battleground

If there is one historic event that has influenced the fate and face of Houston, that is certainly the battle at San Jacinto. In 1836, this places near Houston became the ground of a decisive battle, which allowed Texas to overrule Mexican dominance and become independent. In honor of General Houston, the victorious commander of the Texan army, a new town, bearing his name, was founded.

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