Houston makes a great place to visit for a weekend getaway, with direct flights from all over North America. Combine a trip to Houston with a visit to nearby Galveston, less than an hour away, for a mix of big city and island life. For a complete look at things to do, see our list of top attractions in Houston. There are many tourist attractions in Houston, Texas, which can thrill, delight, educate, or promote relaxation. Houston is the fourth largest city in the US, so activities can be found both for day and night. It's unlikely you'll find yourself bored visiting this city.
One of the main tourist attractions in Houston, Texas is the Houston Space Center, which through a variety of exhibits chronicles the history of the NASA Space Program. If you are interested in the stars and our space travels thus far, this is a perfect place to visit. There are theaters, tours, a gallery of astronauts, and terrific kid's activities. You'll find interest and adventure for the whole family at this museum. The Space Center is open seven days a week, and may have extended hours during the summer months. It may even have longer hours on holidays, but always check before you go to be sure all the exhibits are open.
If you are looking for culture, dining, shopping, unique attractions, and fun experiences, you'll find no shortage of things to do in Houston. This is the fourth largest city in the United States and home to the famous Space Center Houston, renowned chefs, inspiring museums, and beautiful green spaces, complete with a bayou running through the heart of the city. Depending on your travel dates, you may even be able to take in a sports game or enjoy Houston's signature event, the Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Though the famous Astroworld is now closed, there are numerous amusement parks to visit in and around the Houston area. One of the most famous of these is Schlitterbahn, in Galveston. Schlitterbahn is a veritable oasis of water rides, pools, slides and activities. It provides a great way to escape the heat in the summer months, and is open year round with indoor facilities during the cooler months. Alternately, visit the Funplex, one of most diverse tourist attractions in Houston, offering mall shopping, movie theaters, and amusement park rides.