Rice University


While some locals roll their eyes at the reputation of elite Rice University as ‘the Harvard of Texas,’ as more than one Texan told us, ‘It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true.’ The 6700-student campus does have a certain genteel, collegiate charm.

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1. Hermann Park

0.92 MILES

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…

2. Houston Zoo

0.98 MILES

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…

3. Houston Museum of Natural Science

0.99 MILES

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…

4. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston


One of Houston's epicenters of what's cool, new and cutting edge. Immerse yourself in ongoing special exhibitions at a museum whose strength is its lack…

5. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1.02 MILES

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

7. McGovern Centennial Gardens

1.05 MILES

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

8. Health Museum

1.17 MILES

Future surgeons will like checking out the huge organs on display in this very interactive museum. Other exhibits explain DNA and more.