The Definitive Guide to Houston

The Top 5 Things to Love About Houston

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On this day of love, we celebrate not only the special people in our lives, but also the beautiful city in which we make some of our best memories. Houston is a stunning place—a sprawling giant with distinct and memorable corners. It is Space City, where we celebrate the next frontier. It is Bayou City, which sometimes floods but always comes back stronger than ever. It is Clutch City. It is Astros City. It is the city we call home, and the city we’re so proud to welcome you to.

There are so many reasons to love Houston—here are our favorite few:


Magical Arts & Culture

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Culture abounds here in Houston. There’s always a new show to see, a beautiful art wall to photograph, or an exciting exhibition to explore.

Called “Houston’s cultural heart,” the Museum District boasts a staggering 19 museums, including a fabulous Museum of Natural Science, complete with a planetarium, butterfly center, and a giant screen theater; the Museum of Fine Arts, which holds a vast, 65,000-piece collection, spanning from Egyptian antiquities to modern art; and the Houston Zoo, a 55-acre park home to over 6,000 permanent residents, from jaguars to elephants. Nearby Hermann Park attracts locals and visitors alike with its pedal boats, miniature railway, and Japanese garden.

Meanwhile, the 17-block Theater District, which houses the city’s nine professional performing arts organizations, offers everything from Broadway shows at Theatre Under the Stars to World Premieres from the Houston Ballet.

 

Award-Winning Dining & Drinks

Boeuf of all Boeufs
Julie Soefer Photography

The Houston restaurant scene is on fire. Home to three James Beard Award winners in the past four years, there’s no denying that creativity and excellence abound. Beard winners Chris Shepherd (2014), Justin Yu (2016), and Hugo Ortega (2017) are all making magic in the kitchen, each debuting wildly successful new concepts in 2017, with more exciting plans on the horizon.

Houston is also home to a strong farm-to-table movement—fresh ingredients from local urban farms star on the plates of fine restaurants. The craft beer scene is also noteworthy. Not only is Downtown home to the first craft brewery in Texas, St. Arnold Brewing, the greater Houston area boasts nearly 50 craft breweries. One thing’s for sure: When you’re in Houston, you’re eating (and drinking) well.

 

The One and Only Astros

Astros World Series
Photo by Marcus Wright on Unsplash

It’s no coincidence that Astros pitchers and catchers (including offseason trade acquisition Gerrit Cole) report for their first Spring Training workout today. The best team in baseball looks even better this year, and you can count on Minute Maid Park being packed for every home game as the ‘Stros defend their world title. And why not? From reigning MVP Jose Altuve to the gregarious George Springer and bearded ace Dallas Keuchel, this is a lovable bunch.

Oh, and we’ll never get tired of reliving the thrill of our Astros’ World Series win over the Dodgers last fall—mere months after Hurricane Harvey devastated so much of our town, baseball gave us something to smile about.

 

Out-of-This-World Attractions

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Photo by Melissa Newkirk on Unsplash

The fourth largest city in America has no shortage of incredible sights and events to thrill locals and guests. Coming up soon, there’s the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest livestock show and richest regular-season rodeo in the world. This year, Garth Brooks opens and closes the series of nightly stadium concerts—it doesn’t get much better than that.

The Downtown Aquarium is a dazzling day out for children and adults alike, and of course, you can’t skip a trip to Minute Maid Park, the Museum District, or the sparkling Galleria. Perhaps most renowned, NASA’s Space Center Houston is an absolute must-see. There are sightseeing tours to take you through Johnson Space Center, where you’ll see Mission Control and learn how scientists and astronauts plan their legendary explorations into outer space.

 

Incomparable Diversity

Houston Art Car Parade
©MorrisMalakoff

Notice something about the food? About the art, the fashion, and the theatre?

Houston is the most diverse city in the country, and we love to celebrate that distinction. From the annual Houston Art Car Parade to Pride Week to a host of film festivals celebrating artists of every background, we know a thing or two about how celebrating our differences reveals our similarities. We’re a city without a majority, we think that’s our greatest strength. It’s what pushes us forward. It’s what teaches us to open our hearts and look out for our own. It’s what makes us #HoustonStrong. Houston is the future—come and see how good it can be.

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