The Definitive Guide to Houston

18 Must-Visit Houston Destinations for 2018

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Houston may be renowned for its booming industry, but we’re here to let you in on a secret: It’s one of the best places in the nation to have a good time. Home to world-class dining, art, and attractions — not to mention NASA — Houston offers top opportunities for unforgettable experiences.

This 2018, consider us your personal concierges. In honor of the new year, we’ve amassed a list of 18 Houston must-do’s. Make your New Year’s Resolution to experience Houston now. It’s sure to be your best year yet.

1. Enjoy World-Class Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Photo by Two Cats Communications

Exhibitions range from Oscar de la Renta to the Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India at this stunning museum, spanning multiple buildings and encompassing fine art, decorative arts, sculptures, and more.

1001 Bissonnet  |  (713) 639-7300  |


2. Indulge at Xochi, Houston’s #1 Restaurant

Xochi Houston
Photo by Julie Soefer Photography

Brought to you by 2017 James Beard Award Winner chef Hugo Ortega, this downtown destination serves stunning Oaxacan cuisine.

1777 Walker Street, Suite A  |  (713) 400-3330  |


3. Root for the Rockets at the Toyota Center

Recently acquired by Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta, you don’t want to miss a chance to cheer on James Harden and discover why they call us Clutch City.  


4. Check out NASA’s Out-of-This-World Mission Control

They call us Space City for a reason. Visit Smithsonian Affiliate Space Center Houston for an insider’s look into space travel, including Historic Mission Control and a tram tour that takes you on the grounds of Johnson Space Center.

1601 NASA Parkway  | (281) 244-2100  |


5. Shop at the Renowned Galleria, and Snap a Photo at the Famous Waterwall

With over 400 luxury stores and fine restaurants to choose from, the Galleria is a shopping must. Afterwards, stroll down to the famous Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park to snap a photo at the iconic 64-foot Houston sculpture.

5805 Westheimer Road  |

2800 Post Oak Boulevard  |


6. Have a Boot-Scootin’ Good Time at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

It’s the largest livestock show and rodeo in the world, with star-studded concerts and fantastic programs benefiting youth.

NRG Stadium  |  (832) 667-1000  |


7. Visit the Nationally-Acclaimed Houston Zoo

One of the most-visited zoos in the nation, it boasts over 6,000 permanent residents, including a new lion named Hasani.

6200 Hermann Park Drive  |  (713) 533-6500  |


8. Cheer on the 2017 World Series Champions at Minute Maid Park

Minute Maid Park
Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan, Houston Astros

The ‘Stros earned history last year, and they’re out to do it again. Starting in March, grab a pint and settle in at Minute Maid Park — it’s sure to be a home run.

501 Crawford Street  |  (713) 259-8000  |


9. Dine at Houston’s Most Unique Restaurant: One Fifth from Chef Chris Shepherd

From 2014 James Beard Winner chef Chris Shepherd, One Fifth debuts a new concept in the fall of each year. Indulge in unbeatable Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine at One Fifth Romance Languages now, and in September, come back for a whole new menu and look at One Fifth Mediterranean. Read about Shepherd’s other big plans for this year.

1658 Westheimer Road  |  (713) 955-1024 |


10. Go Under the Sea at the Houston Aquarium

This underwater adventure boasts over 200 species of aquatic life, plus touch pools, shark tanks, and a full-service restaurant.

410 Bagby Street  |  (713) 223-3474  |


11. Have a Night Out on the Town in the Theatre District

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Photo by Two Cats Communication

Houston’s Theatre District is home to nine professional performing arts organizations within 17 blocks, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.


12. Enjoy a Free Show at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Situated on 7.5 acres of land, this storied theatre offers always-free performances 8 months of the year in an unbeatable al fresco environment.

6000 Hermann Park Drive  |  (832) 487-7102  |


13. Explore Historical Bayou Bend, Home of Houston Philanthropist Ima Hogg

Home to the MFAH’s museum of American decorative arts and paintings, the 14-acre property offers one of the finest showcases of its kind in the world, in addition to organically-maintained gardens in the historic River Oaks neighborhood.

6003 Memorial Drive  |  (713) 639-7750  |


14. Shop the Best of West Houston at CITYCENTRE

Image courtesy of CITYCENTRE Houston

One of Houston’s premier dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations, this center is home to Kendra Scott, Elaine Turner, Eddie V’s, Seasons 52, and more.

800 Town and Country Boulevard  |  (713) 629-5200  |


15. Be Amazed at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

This always free, not-for-profit institution is a gem of the Museum District. Discover fascinating contemporary art, plus a unique gift shop.

5216 Montrose Boulevard  |  (713) 284-8250  |


16. Take a Trendy Shopping Trip to 19th Street in the Historic Heights

Historic Heights 19th Street

Since 1890, this strip of Houston soil has been home to fascinating boutiques and restaurants. Today, you’ll find the coolest, locally-owned storefronts in town — a true Houston gem.

19th Street between Shepherd and Yale  |


17. Shop, Dine, and See a Show at Downtown’s GreenStreet

Hotel Alessandra at GreenStreet - Dallas Street
Image courtesy of Hotel Alessandra

From the House of Blues to III Forks Steakhouse, there’s never a dull moment in this walkable, mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Houston.

1201 Fannin Street  |


18. Explore Discovery Green, Downtown’s Beautiful Park

This nearly 12-acre urban park graces downtown with lush green space, plus a lake, special events, art, fabulous restaurants, and more.

1500 McKinney  |

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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