Houston, a city in the state of Texas of the United States of America, is the most populous city in the state and the fourth most populous city in the country. It is also considered to be the largest city in southern United States. Houston is home to many diverse museums and a bustling art scene as well as some exciting shopping. More recently, the city has become popular among food lovers.
Houston is a hot and humid city. The season varies from really hot summers to mild winters. Summer months are particularly hot when humidity is very high. It is recommended to visit Houston in the months of October to April to avoid these hot summer months.
Two major airports and two smaller regional airports serve the city of Houston. The larger major airport is the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). It is located 23 miles from the city’s downtown area and serves over 20 domestic and international airlines. The smaller major airport is the William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), which serves flights operated by Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue. Meanwhile, the smaller regional airports are the Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR) and the Ellington Field (EFD). The Sugar Land Regional Airport mainly serves private aircrafts while the Ellington Field is used for general aviation, non-passenger commercial traffic and government aviation.
What to See & Do
When planning your trip to Houston in Texas, here are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions to add to your travel itinerary:
Space Center Houston – The official visitor center for the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, which is the center for human spaceflight activities for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It is home to space and hardware artifacts such as the Apollo 17 command module, Gemini 5 capsule, Mercury 9 capsule, Independence Space Shuttle mockup and more.
Downtown Aquarium – A public aquarium and restaurant housed in two of the city’s landmark – Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. The aquarium is home to over 200 aquatic animal species living in 500,000 US gallons of aquariums.
Houston Museum of Natural Science – Located on the northern border of Houston’s Hermann Park, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is a science museum, which consists of natural science exhibits, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, the Burke Baker Planetarium as well as the Wortham Giant Screen Theater. It is considered as one of the most popular museums in the United States.
Houston Zoo – A 55-acre zoological park, Houston Zoo is located within the city’s Hermann Park. It is home to over 6,000 animals across 900 species. The Houston Zoo is open 364 days a year, closed only on December 25th. It is open from 9 in the morning to 7 in the evening. An entrance fee to the zoo is collected when you enter. It is best to visit the zoo’s official website for up to date information on ticket prices and opening hours.
Memorial Park – A municipal park located in Houston, it is considered to be one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It is approximately 6 square kilometers in land area. The Houston Memorial Park includes an 18-hole golf course, various sports facilities for activities such as tennis, swimming, skating as well as a running course that is popular among local joggers.
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