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HoustonUnited States of America

An icon of America's Deep South, the city of Houston combines modern theme parks and galleries with a rich local tradition to create a distinctive Texan flavour.

Born on the Buffalo Bayou in 1837, the city of Houston is named after the great Texan freedom fighter Sam Houston who led a courageous surprise attack to win independence from Mexico. This battle is commemorated at the battleground in San Jacinto, about 80 kilometres out of the city, by the towering San Jacinto Monument, a great place to learn about local history.

Climb to the top and you’ll get a breath-taking panorama across Galveston Bay towards the renowned Battleship Texas and the modern pyramids of Moody Gardens. The man-made golden beaches and theme parks of Kemah Boardwalk are near here too, perfect for an afternoon’s entertainment. If it’s hot, you can also take a short drive north of Downtown and cool off in the popular Splashtown water park.

Try out the local seafood, which is caught fresh daily in the Gulf and sold throughout the city and surrounding area. One taste of the intense, punchy flavours of Cajun Shrimp and you’ll be hooked for life!

Houston is a staple of modern science fiction and real-life space travel thanks to the world-famous Space Centre Houston, less than an hour’s drive from the city by car. You can’t help but get excited when visiting this incredible building, which has housed the dreams of a Nation for decades.

Back in the city centre, there is a wealth of things to do. Art buffs will be in heaven as Houston is a hub of modern and classical art. Visit the extraordinary Menil Collection or the immense Houston Museum of Fine Arts, housed across several buildings, to see many of the famous masterpieces from the last 100 years.

You may be surprised to find beautiful meadows and landscaped gardens right in the centre of the Metropolis, with numerous parks including the sporty Memorial Park, the theatres and flea markets of Discovery Green and the wilderness of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Centre. To get even closer to some of the wildlife, head to Hermann Park which houses Houston Zoo or take a trip to the Downtown Aquarium.

Hire a car during your stay to get the most out of the area. There is a metro within the city, but some of the attractions are a bit of a drive away.

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Top hotels in Houston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
4 out of 5
2222 West Loop South, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$232 per night

Located in The Galleria, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Westheimer Rd and within 3 miles (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Memorial Park is 2.6 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,883 reviews)

"Beautiful property and excellent staff. Our stay was great and will be back"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jun. 2020

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza
4 out of 5
6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$160 per night

Located in Greenway Plaza-Upper Kirby, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Houston Museum District and Rice University ...

4.2/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

"I like everything except the fact that there were no microwaves in the rooms"…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$364 per night

Located in Downtown Houston, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green. Toyota Center and Minute Maid ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (884 reviews)

"It was very clean and beautiful pool view. Loved the pool but needed to be clean. Overall my husband and i had a great time."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jun. 2020

Marriott Marquis Houston

Popular places to visit in Houston

Space Center Houston
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Space Center Houston

4.5/5(36 reviews)

The Johnson Space Centre played a key role in twentieth century history and has become synonymous with the dream of space exploration.

Kemah Boardwalk
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Kemah Boardwalk

4/5(7 reviews)

A modern development with an old-fashioned feel, the Kemah Boardwalk combines shopping, dining and heaps of Fairground fun.

Houston Zoo
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Houston Zoo

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Home to more than 6,000 creatures from around the world, the Houston Zoo is the perfect place to get to know the animals and learn about their daily life.

Top activities in Houston

Space Center Houston NASA Visit with Hop-on-Hop-off Tour
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Space Center Houston NASA Visit with Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

80% of travellers recommend
NZ$133
Per adult
Houston CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Houston Attractions
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Houston CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Houston Attractions

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$103
Per adult
Houston: Small Group Underground Tunnels Tour
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Houston: Small Group Underground Tunnels Tour

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$55
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off The Official Houston's City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off The Official Houston's City Tour

NZ$39
Per adult
Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
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Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$44
Per adult
Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour
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Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour

NZ$154
Per adult

Reviews of Houston

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

great city with much to see and do. space centre the best and could have spent extra day there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Feb. 2020

We were only there one night, got in quite late, went next door to the DoubleTree for a drink and a bite to eat, was perfect way to end the night and our short stay in HOUSTON.

3/5 - Okay

SR

3 Feb. 2020

Unless you have a specific reason to be in Houston, divert and go to Austin or Dallas instead!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jan. 2020

NASA Space Centre really interesting and well worth the visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan. 2020

Great city to take a young family. Very easy to get around and considering Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S., it never appears to be crowded or congested. People in Houston are very friendly and accommodating too.

3/5 - Okay

Traveller

18 Jan. 2020

Houston is not much chop. Driving is dangerous, terrible drivers. Space centre was outstanding!

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