Shopping & Activities

Houston is a wonderful multicultural city with so much waiting for you to experience. We have gathered some of our favorite options for you to choose from during your visit.

Please note: Some of these activities may be affected by rules and regulations regarding the coronavirus pandemic and helping people stay safe from COVID-19. 

Top Houston Shopping & Activity Destinations

Shopping Centers

The Galleria

The Galleria is Texas’ largest shopping center and includes more than 400 stores — with 70 of those stores exclusive to Houston. In addition, the Galleria includes:

  • More than 60 restaurants
  • An ice rink
  • Children’s play areas
  • Banks
  • Salons

Learn more about The Galleria at its English-only website, or get directions.

Rice Village

Rice Village is located near the Texas Medical Center campus and is a walkable outdoor luxury shopping district. This district was established in 1938 and has been part of Houston’s retail landscape for decades. With nearly 50 shops and restaurants to choose from, Rice Village offers an unmatched boutique experience.

Learn more about Rice Village at its English-only website, or get directions.

Highland Village

Highland Village is just minutes away from the Houston Methodist Hospital campus and includes a wide range of upscale retailers and restaurants in an enjoyable walkable neighborhood setting. Highland Village features front-door and valet parking options and an on-site trolley service for visitors.

Learn more about Highland Village at its English-only website, or get directions.

River Oaks Shopping Center

Luxury, high-end retailers and fine-dining restaurants are available at River Oaks District. Located just a few miles from Houston Methodist Hospital, this outdoor center includes the latest fashions in an open-air shopping environment.

Learn more about River Oaks Shopping Center at its English-only website, or get directions.


Whether you are interested in science, history or the arts, Houston’s Museum District has something to offer. The Museum District is home to 19 fascinating destinations, each one offering a unique perspective on its area of cultural focus — and all within blocks of one another. The following museums are part of the Museum District:

  • Asia Society Texas Center
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
  • Children’s Museum Houston
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
  • Czech Center Museum Houston
  • DiverseWorks
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Houston Center for Photography
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Houston Zoo
  • Lawndale Art Center
  • Moody Center for the Arts
  • Rothko Chapel
  • The Health Museum
  • The Menil Collection
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • The Jung Center

Learn more about the Museum District and its individual museums at its English-only website, or get directions.

Theaters and Cinemas

Theater District

Houston hosts nine world-renowned performing-arts organizations, and many smaller companies perform throughout the four theaters that make up the Theater District. These venues offer entertainment, class and sophistication with performances you will remember for a lifetime.

Learn more about the Theater District at its English-only webpage, or get directions.

Bayou Place

Just a few blocks away from the Theater District is Bayou Place, which includes an AMC cinema with spacious seating that specializes in artisan films. Bayou Place also includes live music at Revention Music Center as well as several popular dining options.

Learn more about Bayou Place at its English-only website, or get directions.


Houston features several professional and collegiate teams in a range of sports. When you crave high-energy competition, Houston’s sports teams deliver.

Our professional sports teams include:

Our college and university teams include:

Get tickets at Ticketmaster’s English-only U.S. site to see these teams in action.

Parks and Playgrounds

Houston’s beautiful parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities are great options to stay active and enjoy what our city has to offer. There are several parks near our hospital, as well as playgrounds for families with younger children who need to relax and have some fun.

Learn more about Houston’s parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities on the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s website.