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About Houston, Texas

Houston, TX, USA - Texas

General Information

Arts/Theater

Located in downtown Houston youíll find one of the largest theater districts in the nation. Houston is also one of few U.S. cities to offer world‑class resident companies in all of the major performing arts: symphony, opera, drama and ballet. Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company in the world which has won Grammy, Tony & Emmy awards, and Broadway productions visit Houston with Broadway Across America.

Museums

The Houston Museum District is the 4th largest in the country with 18 museums within walking distance, 11 of which are free to the public. Donít miss the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the third most visited in the USA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, largest art museum in the Southwestern U.S.; the Children's Museum of Houston, ranked the No. 1 in the country by MSN.com; and the Menil Collection with the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the Western Hemisphere.

Sport/Leisure

Houston has a professional, major league team in practically every sport: Football (Texans), Basketball (Rockets), Baseball (Astros), Soccer (Dynamo), and Hockey (Aeros). As a costal destination, Houston offers beach and boating activities nearby. Golf year round at the more than 165 golf courses in Houston, and enjoy dog racing at Gulf Greyhound Park or thoroughbred horse racing at Sam Houston Race Park.

Shopping

Shop your favorite couture designers at The Galleria, or find designer labels at outlet prices at Houston Premium Outlets or Katy Mills. International shoppers enjoy a refund of a percentage of the sales tax with the program TaxFree Shopping.

Gastronomy and Nightlife

8,000 restaurant choices, including ethnic cuisine representing over 35 countries/ regions and the traditional Texan BBQ and Tex Mex abound in Houston. Local bars and nightclubs reflect the city's multifaceted personality, with options ranging from casual to glamorous. Houston bars are open until 2 a.m.

CityPass

Visit Houstonís top six attractions for half the price including the NASA Space Center Houston, the Downtown Aquarium, Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, George Ranch Historical Park and Museum of Fine Arts.

Special Events

Some of the most anticipated annual events include the Houston Marathon (Jan), Rodeo Houston (March), Bayou City Arts Festival (March/ Oct), Offshore Technology Conference (May), Art Car Parade (May), Pride Houston Parade (June), RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival (Oct), Intl. Quilt Festival (Nov), and the Nutcracker Market (Nov).