Attractions

Houston has a ridiculously large community of museums and art spaces, with something to please just about everyone. There are also amusement parks (sorry, not AstroWorld; it shut down in 2005!), aquaria and zoos (yes, more than one!), arboretums, beautiful city parks for walking, hiking, and biking, shopping malls, and even a world-class skateboarding park!

Please note that due to COVID-19 shelter in place restrictions, we have not been able to verify which attractions will be open during our event, or if there will be operational limitations due to COVID-19 precautions.

Some attractions currently show as closed on their websites, with pending reopening announcements once the shelter in place orders have been lifted.

Keep in mind that typical Houston July weather will make walking from the hotel impractical for many of the attractions listed below.

If you have a car with you, be aware that parking can be very difficult in the Montrose sections and several other neighborhoods.

Note that driving, using public transit, taxi, Uber, or Lyft may be more appropriate methods of accessing many of these neighborhood locations.

Is there a favorite attraction we may have missed? Please email newsletter@houprom.com, or use our Contact Form.

NameTypeNotesWebsite
14 PewsArtsSmall church converted into a microtheatre showing thought provoking and educational films.https://14pews.org
1940 Air Terminal MuseumMuseumArt Deco, served as Municipal Airport Terminal 1940-1955https://www.1940airterminal.org/
Art Car MuseumMuseumArt cars. See the website to see what this means.http://artcarmuseum.com/
Asia Society Texas CenterMuseumAsian/Texan History.https://asiasociety.org/texas
Bayou Bend Collection and GardensMuseumAmerican decorative arts and paintings, displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975).https://www.mfah.org/visit/bayou-bend-collection-and-gardens
Beer Can HouseAttractionsYes, it's a house made of beer cans.https://www.orangeshow.org/beer-can-house
Blaffer Art MuseumWebsite/TourWebsite of Blaffer Art Museum.http://blafferartmuseum.org/
Buffalo Bayou CisternArticleHistory of the Buffalo Bayou Cistern.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/houston-opens-its-huge-underground-cathedral-visitors-180959204/
Buffalo Bayou CisternWebsite/TourOfficial website and tour booking for the Cistern..https://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern/
Buffalo Bayou Park ToursAttractionsBoat and walking tours of Buffalo Bayou.https://buffalobayou.org/events-tours/
Buffalo Soldier National MuseumMuseumBlack soldier units history.https://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com
Children's Museum HoustonMuseumChildren's museum.https://www.cmhouston.org
Contemporary Arts Museum HoustonMuseumContemporary art.https://camh.org
Czech Center MuseuMuseumSlavic history.https://www.czechcenter.org
Discovery GreenParks12-acre downtown green spacehttps://www.discoverygreen.com/discovery-green-park-map
DiverseWorksMuseumNew visual performing and literary art.https://www.diverseworks.org
Downtown Houston Interactive MapMapAllows filtering by category.https://www.downtownhouston.org/map/
Eater Guide to Eating with a View in HoustonArticleWhere to eat with a view in Houston.https://houston.eater.com/maps/where-to-eat-and-drink-with-a-downtown-view
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall ParkParksPark featuring a gigantic water sculpture.https://www.uptown-houston.com/news/page/water-wall-park
Glenwood CemeteryParksVisit the graves of notable residents.https://glenwoodcemetery.org/explore/notable-interred/
Health MuseumMuseumInteractive museum for medicine and health.https://www.thehealthmuseum.org/
Hear Our HoustonAudio TourMain website for downloadable free audio tours.http://www.hearourhouston.com/
Historic Market Square ParkParksHouston's original market square, now a park. (Watch out for gargoyles!)https://marketsquarepark.com/visit/
Holocaust MuseumMuseumHolocaust Museum.https://hmh.org
Houston Aquarium & Animal AdventureAttractionsAquarium, reptiles, zip-lining, aviary, shark-feeding, and mermaids!https://houstonaquariumtx.com/
Houston Arboretum & Nature CenterAttractions155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary.https://houstonarboretum.org/
Houston Center for Contemporary CraftMuseumProcess and history of craft.https://crafthouston.org
Houston Center for PhotographyMuseumContemporary photography.https://hcponline.org/
Houston Downtown TunnelsArticleArticle on Houston downtown tunnel system.https://www.houstononthecheap.com/downtown-houston-tunnels
Houston Downtown Tunnels MapMapStatic map of downtown tunnel system.https://www.downtownhouston.org/media/uploads/attachments/2016-07-28/2016-AB-MAP-Buildings.pdf
Houston Museum DistrictWebsiteHouston Museum District website (19 museums!).http://houmuse.org/
Houston Museum of African American CultureMuseumAfrican American culture.https://hmaac.org/
Houston Museum of Natural ScienceMuseumScience, planetarium, giant screen theatre, butterfly center.https://www.hmns.org
Houston ZooParksLions and tigers and bears, oh my!https://www.houstonzoo.org
James Turrell Twilight Epiphany SkyspaceArtsAcoustically sensitive art/performce/meditation space.https://moody.rice.edu/james-turrell-twilight-epiphany-skyspace
Jung CenterMuseumRotating exhibits and events regarding psychology, spirituality, philosophy.https://junghouston.org/
Kemah BoardwalkAttractionsAmusement park in same vicinity as Space Center Houston (7 miles away)https://www.kemahboardwalk.com/
Lawndale Art CenterMuseumRegional focus on contemporary art.https://lawndaleartcenter.org
Lee and Joe Jamail SkateparkParks30,000 square foot skatepark designed by Grindline.https://northhoustonsportcomplex.com/skatepark/
Lyric Market Light ShowArtsArticle about the Lyric Market's evening light shows.https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Meet-downtown-s-Lyric-Market-parking-garage-soon-13107626.php
Midtown Arts and Theatre Center (MATCH)ArtsPerforming arts center.https://matchouston.org/
Miller Outdoor TheatreAttractionsOpen air theatre, rotating series of events.https://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
Minute Maid Park TourAttractionsTour the home of the Houston Astros.https://www.mlb.com/astros/ballpark/tours
Moody Center for the ArtsMuseumArt with a focus on creative thinking and original expression.https://moody.rice.edu/
Moody Gardens (Galveston Island)AttractionsAquarium, Waterpark, Rainforest, 3D Theatre, Paddlewheel Boat, and Discovery Museum.https://www.moodygardens.com
Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonMuseumHuge art museum spanning multiple periods and areas.https://www.mfah.org/
National Museum of Funerary HistoryMuseumWe couldn't make this up if we tried. (Insert your own death jokes here.)https://www.nmfh.org/
Orange Show Center for Visionary ArtAttractionsFolk art/performance art/architecture/park.https://www.orangeshow.org/
Project Row HousesArtsA series of row houses converted to art galleries.https://projectrowhouses.org/
Rothko ChapelArtsMeditative space featuring Rothko art.http://www.rothkochapel.org/
Sam Houston Boat TourAttractions90-minute free boat tour of Houston's port.https://porthouston.com/sam-houston-boat-tour/
Schlitterbahn Waterpark (Galveston)AttractionsA German-named mega-waterpark in Texas owned and run by Cedar Fair. Home to the world's tallest water coaster, MASSIV.https://www.schlitterbahn.com/galveston
Smither ParkParksIt's a park! It's Art! It's BOTH!https://www.orangeshow.org/smither-park
Space Center HoustonAttractionsThe official NASA Johnson Space Center tour.https://spacecenter.org/
Terry Hershey ParkParksImmense park with hiking and bike trails.https://www.pct3.com/parks/terry-hershey-park
The Escape Game, HoustonAttractionsEscape room.https://theescapegame.com/houston/
The GalleriaAttractionsShop 'til you drop. Some scenes from "Logan's Run" were filmed here.https://www.simon.com/mall/the-galleria
The Gender Book ProjectAudio TourDownloadable free audio tour.http://www.hearourhouston.com/tour/the-gender-book-mile-the-gender-book-project/
The Menil CollectionMuseumPrivate art collection, well known for its Surrealist collection.https://www.menil.org/
Transgender History ArchiveAudio TourDownloadable free audio tour.http://www.hearourhouston.com/tour/transgender-center-koomah/
UH Public ArtAudio TourDownloadable free audio tour.http://www.hearourhouston.com/tour/universiry-of-houston-public-art-collection-mike-guidry/
UH Public Art/Blaffer Art MuseumMuseumArticle on UH public art and Blaffer Museum.http://houstonhistorymagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Blaffer.pdf
Urban Harvest Farmer's Market (Saturdays)AttractionsWeekly Saturday farmer's markethttps://www.urbanharvest.org/farmers-market/

Last update to this page: 9/7/2020