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10 Locations Houston is Famous For

10-Locations-Houston-is-Famous-ForHouston is a unique and vibrant city, with plenty to see and do. Whether you are a long time resident or a visitor, you will never get bored in Houston if you know all the best places to visit. The next time you are in the Houston area, make sure to spend some time at these ten famous locations to get a feel for this world-class city.

1. Montrose

Known as “the heart of Houston,” Montrose is one of the most diverse, densely populated areas in the city. A largely bohemian community, Montrose plays host to artists, musicians, poets and hipsters. There are also a number of museums in the area, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. If you are looking for a wide mix of culture in Houston, make sure to stop in Montrose.

2. Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

This is one of the largest skate parks in Texas, and presents visitors with the chance to see some of the most talented skaters in the United States. The park opened in 2008, and is designed for use by all levels of skaters. Safety gear is required for anyone wanting to actively use the park. For a taste of extreme sports, Houston style, check out the Less and Joe Jamail Skatepark.

3. Bayou Place

As one of the prime locations in the Houston area, Bayou Place has gone through a number of transformations over the years. It started out its life as the Albert Thomas convention center in the 1960s, before closing in the late 80s. It was 1997 when the entertainment complex finally reopened, breathing new life into the area and playing host to facilities like the Hard Rock Café and the Bayou Music center. Now a vibrant part of Houston life, Bayou Place is a big draw for both locals and tourists.

4. The Galleria

As the largest shopping complex in the entire state of Texas, The Galleria brings millions of tourists to the city of Houston each year. The center draws big names, such as Gucci, Apple and Tiffany & Co, all of whom are vying for constantly passing trade. The center is huge, so expect to spend the best part of a day finding your way around.

5. Kemah Boardwalk

Ideal for families, Kemah Boardwalk offers attractions to suit every age. For the adults there are restaurants, bars, and nighttime walks along the marina. To keep the kids entertained, there are amusement rides and waterparks throughout the day. At “Stingray Reef,” you also have the chance to get up close and personal with stingrays, including the opportunity to feed these magnificent creatures of the sea.

6. Houston Zoo

Don’t leave Houston without visiting the city zoo. You can purchase access to exclusive tours, where you get the chance to meet rhinos, elephants, and find out about the great work the zoo does to preserve the endangered species of the world. The zoo staff are always on hand to educate visitors, making a day at the Houston Zoo a learning experience that you will never forget.

7. Mahatma Gandhi District

An area that is largely populated by Indian and Pakistani residents and business owners, the Mahatma Gandhi District is home to some of the finest restaurants in the city. As well as the authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine on offer, you will find a large number of stores and markets selling jewelry and traditional dress. This is a chance to experience two of Asia’s most prominent cultures, right in the heart of Houston.

8. Johnson Space Center

You’ll certainly regret your choices if you visit the city without stopping by the most famous space center in the world. Everyone knows that Houston is the control center for all United States shuttle missions, making it one of the most iconic locations in the entire world. The visitors’ center is an educational experience you won’t want to miss, and an opportunity to learn about future missions, along with NASA’s plans to usher mankind to the next space frontier.

9. Sam Houston Race Park

Take in a day at the races by visiting the world famous Sam Houston Race Park. If you want to place a bet, you must be at least twenty-one. However, for a family day out, kids under the age of twelve are admitted for free. The park is also available for exclusive events, and can accommodate an amazing 30,000 people. For a truly memorable experience of everything that is Houston, schedule a visit to the Sam Houston Race Park as soon as you can.

10. Theater District

The Houston Theatre District is a huge cultural hub in the city. The Houston Ballet, Symphony, and Uniquely Houston are just some of the popular theatre experiences. The area also plays host to a number of musical experiences, high-quality restaurants and bars.


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