Tucked away in the 20-acre Sam Houston Park downtown, you will find an impressive bit of Texas history. Visit the Heritage Society Museum & Tour, which features historical records, then take the outdoor tour of noble buildings restored to their original glory. Pathways lead to an assortment of prestigious homes in Greek and Victorian styles. The 1868 Victorian-style Pilot House also happens to be the site of the city's first indoor kitchen. All the homes on the tour are unique in structure and furnishings. There is also a quaint church built in 1891 by German farmers.
Pack your lawn chairs and your cooler, and prepare to have a relaxing good time at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Visitors sit on the hillside or under the polygon canopy to enjoy the weekly shows that start in the spring and run through the fall. Sponsored by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, free admission guarantees you can enjoy a lovely evening without hurting your entertainment fund. From folk music to grand opera, serious Shakespeare to outrageous comedy, concerts to full Broadway musicals, this outdoor theater appeals to all ages. Special children's programs are even available on occasion.
The selection of exhibits at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts covers both modern and ancient art and represents the talent of artists from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. You will find Frederic Remington's fine Western art mingling with medieval pieces and the work of early European masters. Paintings are abundant, but the lovely sculpture garden here is also worth viewing. Both the Glassell School of Art and the Hirsch Library for Art History call this museum home. Film buffs love the museum for its weekly showings of classic and foreign films. A gift shop and restaurant are both on hand to satisfy your hunger after a day of exploring.
Alkek Velodrome is the only facility for high speed cycling training in the entire state of Texas. Although many of the open hours are taken up with professional training sessions, the velodrome also offers hours for public usage. Sessions for skaters are also available, which makes this attraction popular with both serious skaters and cyclists.
Memorial Park is a popular Houston attraction complete with a beautiful three-mile (4.8 kilometers) playground. There are walking paths, picnic sites, baseball fields, pine trees, gardens, and ponds in the sprawling park. Here, you can appreciate nature's beauty and make the most of the sunny weather. The locals love to jog here, but you can also rent a bike and hit the trail. There is also a public golf course with a clubhouse and restaurant, a tennis club, and a workout facility nestled on the grounds.
If there is a theater in Houston that everyone knows, this is it. Located downtown in the Theater District, it stands tall and proud, rather like a contemporary castle, and casts an enchanting spell. This Tony Award winning theater knows how to put on an impressive performance. It consists of two stages. The Hubbard Stage is the largest, with 824 seats, and the Neuhaus Stage hosts smaller performances, seating 310. The season is planned well in advance, so call ahead for information and buy your tickets early or you might find yourself missing the show. Parking garages are available for a small fee.
The Hamman Hall was built in 1958 and is housed in the Rice University in Houston, Texas. This mid-sized venue hosts fabulous performances, musical concerts and art shows. It is also available on rent for various occasions and is a beautiful venue to visit.
The Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium is a famous landmark located within the Texas Southern University at Houston. The atmosphere at this historic auditorium is fantastic and it can seat upto 1800 people. Equipped with good facilities for screen play and theater work, this auditorium also features projection screens, spacious dressing rooms and a large staging area. A beautiful venue to enjoy a good event or play, during a trip to Houston.
Bible Days Revival Church on Quitman Street was founded by Apostle E.W. Wilcots. The main aim of the Church community is to spread the word of Christ through the Holy Bible. Regular worship services help foster faith and strengthen belief in God. Besides worship, the church also holds Sunday school and worship to teach the young the importance of the Word.
Duncan Recital Hall is located in the Alice Pratt Brown Hall at The Shepherd School Of Music. Its elegant design is inspired by the Stude Concert Hall and features great acoustics and intimate lighting. This facility is used by the school for classical concerts, recitals, lectures and presentations, as well as by several local and touring performing arts organizations.