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Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Website with information and links to local attractions, restaurants, shopping, transportation, and everything you could ever want to know about Houston. Great resource for visitors.

Places to Go, Sites to See

Houston Museum District
With more than seven million annual visits, the Houston Museum District is one of the top cultural districts in the country. Eighteen institutions make up the Houston Museum District, and 11 are free all the time.

Discovery Green
Discovery Green, a 12-acre park located in downtown Houston, opened on April 13, 2008. With its proximity to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center, Discovery Green is an ideal location for the city's newest attraction. Admission is FREE. Visitors to the park can enjoy many natural, recreational, art, dining and eco-friendly features including one-acre lake, children's playground, interactive water features, amphitheater stage and slope, dog runs for large and small breeds, public art works , HPL Express, spacious green lawns, great restaurants - The Grove and The Lake House.

Space Center Houston
The official visitor’s center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston is the only place on earth where guests can embark on an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space. Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions and theaters. In addition, the venue presents an array of traveling exhibits and events created exclusively by Space Center Houston's creative exhibit team.

Houston Zoo
Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Houston Zoo is home to more than 4,500 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. From its humble beginnings, the Houston Zoo has grown to become the seventh most visited zoo in the nation and is widely respected for its conservation and education programs.

Shopping

The Galleria
With its stunning architecture, exceptional store mix and distinctive style of entertainment, The Galleria has established itself as the #1 shopping and tourist destination in Houston with over 24 million annual visitors. Set beneath spectacular glass atriums, The Galleria features more than 375 fine stores and restaurants, an impressive ice rink and two Westin hotels. This world-class shopping complex showcases the best names in retailing including Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Gucci, two Macy's stores, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren Collection, Louis Vuitton and Houston's only Nordstrom.

Rice Village
Rice Village, near Rice University, is an eclectic mix of national brand names and unique, one-of-a-kind boutiques – with more than 300 shops in the immediate 16-block area. The Village, as it is known by locals, has been one of Houston's oldest and best-loved shopping destinations since the 1930s. Rice Village is also home to some of the best and most varied places to eat in Houston, featuring Italian, French, Indian, Mediterranean, Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants.

Highland Village
Here can be found the very finest in fashions, shoes and leather goods, unique gifts and collectibles, salons, children's clothing, furniture, home accessories and cookware, eyewear, lingerie, jewelry, and financial services.  Also home to several of Houston's most distinctive dining establishments.

Dining

Houston Restuarant Information
With 8,000 restaurants representing cuisine from more than 35 countries and American regions, Houston's restaurant scene is ethnically diverse as its 4+ million residents. It's not surprising that visitors leave the city with mouthfuls of good things to say about dining in Houston.