Must-see attractions in Houston

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    Rothko Chapel

    Commissioned by Dominique and John de Menil (also founders of the Menil Collection) in 1964 to create a nondenominational chapel, American abstract…

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    Hermann Park

    This 445-acre park is home to playgrounds, a lake with paddleboats, a picturesque Japanese Garden, the Hermann Park Miniature Train and the Houston Zoo…

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    Menil Collection

    The Menil Collection is considered one of the most important privately assembled art collections of the twentieth century and is a Houston highlight…

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    Buffalo Bayou Park

    This sinuous 160-acre city park follows Buffalo Bayou west from downtown, with easy pedestrian access and plentiful parking en route. Sweeping views…

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    Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Don’t even dream you’ll see the whole of this colossal and absolutely stellar museum – the most popular in Texas – in a single visit. The permanent…

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    This nationally renowned palace of art starts its displays with ‘Splendors of the Ancient World’, and has a fine collection of pre-Columbian golden…

  • Holocaust Museum Houston

    A superbly curated and presented museum offers an in-depth education on the context, history and aftermath of not only the holocaust itself but of Nazi…

  • McGovern Centennial Gardens

    These recently opened gardens have a spiral climbing hill that affords views of the construction cranes poking up through the skyline. It also has…

  • Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curates the impressive historical decorative arts collection (1600s to 1850s) displayed here. The 1928 home once belonged…

  • National Museum of Funeral History

    'Any day above ground is a good one.' That's the trademark of the National Museum of Funeral History. If you've ever wanted to see a coffin collection…

  • Art Car Museum

    You never know which wildly decorated autos you’ll see in this small indoor museum, which honors the annual, not-to-be-missed Houston Art Car Parade…

  • Discovery Green

    Your place to frolic downtown. This 12-acre park has a lake, playground, fountains to splash in, outdoor art, restaurants and a performance space. The…

  • Houston Zoo

    Gorillas, elephants and moon jellyfish are a few of the 6000 residents of the 55-acre Houston Zoo. Activities include wildlife talks catering to different…

  • Children's Museum of Houston

    An activity-filled museum, where little ones can learn how stuff works, create inventions, play games or draw in an open-air art studio. Admission is free…

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    Lone Star Flight Museum

    Rehoused in a superb new facility 17 miles southeast of Houston, after its previous Galveston home was battered by Hurricane Ike in 2008, the Lone Star…

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    Market Square Park

    You can get a real feel for old Houston from the 19th-century buildings that line two sides of the square, the historical center of downtown. A few…

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    Allen's Landing Park

    Named after Houston's founders, Allen's Landing marks the spot on Buffalo Bayou where Houston's settlement began. So far the original wharf has been…

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    Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park

    Use your phone to follow a free tour around the 10 historic structures that have been moved to this park. Among them is the Yates House (1870), home to a…

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    Cy Twombly Gallery

    Created in 1995 by abstract artist Cy Twombly (1928–2011), in conjunction with architect Renzo Piano, this annex of the Menil Collection contains some of…