This week thousands will be traveling to Houston for Superbowl Sunday, but there is so much more to Houston than football. Our family loves art and museums, and Houston has a lot to offer visitors. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in the Bayou City!

Visit the Houston Museum District

Southwest of downtown you will find Houston’s museum district, which is an association of 20 museums, galleries and cultural centers. Some of the highlights include the Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and The Houston Museum of Contemporary Art.  Its tree-lined streets are easily walkable, with restaurants, cafés and several parks.

Our favorite museum in Houston is the Museum of Natural Science. It features an IMAX, a planetarium, a butterfly hall and a fantastic array of exhibits. Right now their exhibits include: Mummies of the World, Amber Secrets: Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs, and Trains over Texas. Our boys loved looking at the Mummies and learning about the process of mummification. Their favorite was the IMAX. We watched National Parks Adventure 3D, narrated by Robert Redford.  It is a visually stunning film showing the beauty of our national treasures while explaining the history of our national parks and the contributions of John Muir and President Roosevelt.

Where to eat: Little Bigs (4621 Montrose Blvd) for gourmet sliders of all kinds, delicious fries, craft beer and wine by the glass. (Check out our Houston Cheap Eats article for more details)

Visit the Theater District

Houston has a sizable theater district in the northwest area of downtown. The Alley Theater is a Tony-award winning indoor theater with on-site parking. A variety of classic and modern plays are always running on their two stages. You can also attend the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony. The Society for the Performing Arts brings notable musicians and speakers to Houston, like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Alton Brown. And to round it out, The Hobby Center brings touring Broadway shows and musicals to its two stages.

Our boys’ favorite place in the Theater District is the Downtown Aquarium.  It has indoor and outdoor aquariums, a train that circles the property and a ferris wheel.  It also happens to be one block from the Hard Rock Cafe, which our kids adore.

Where to eat: The Bombay Pizza Co. (914 Main St) has Indian-inspired and traditional pizza, plus delicious tandoori chicken wraps and curry. (Check out our Houston Cheap Eats article for more details)

Street Art

H-town has some great murals all over the city.  There is a collection of impressive works of art in EaDo at the corner of Leeland and St. Emanuel Street, including Gonzo247 (@Gonzo247), Alex Arzu (@alexarzu), Sylvia Blanco and “Icy And Sot” (@icyandsot). There is plenty of parking and it is a fun place to take those instagram pics.  If you’re in Houston in October, you can also attend the HUE Mural Festival, which celebrates street art and supports new works.

CityPass

You can save yourself time and money by buying a CityPass for Houston.  You get admission to 5 attractions in Houston for a discounted price: Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Museum of Natural Science and then for the remaining two, you can choose the Houston Zoo or Museum of Fine Arts, and the Kemah Boardwalk or Children’s Museum of Houston.  It’s valid for 9 days from the first day you use it, so you can buy it before your trip and head right to your first destination.  Follow this link to save up to 50% on Houston’s 5 best attractions with CityPASS.

We had a great time in Houston, y’all!  More to come in our next post…

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A Weekend in Houston