Ever since the Apollo flights, Houston has been synonymous with space travel. Space Center Houston, of NASA's Johnson Space Center, allows visitors to study and understand the making of space history. Enter the five-story plaza which features a full-size shuttle mock-up, complete with a flight deck. By far, the most popular highlight for adults is the tram tour that takes you to various buildings throughout the Space Center. You will be able to have a seat in the viewing room of the original Mission Control room and stroll past full-size mock-ups of the original Apollo rockets. When you need a break from all the activity, the Zero-G diner is on hand to fix you right up.
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is one of Houston's grandest venues for entertainment. This magnificent building houses two main theaters: Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall. Sarofim Hall, the bigger of the two, seats 2650 people and hosts major productions like touring Broadway shows. Zilkha Hall seats 500, and is home to the Uniquely Houston program, which showcases small to mid-level performing arts groups.
Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade brings out the scenic best in Houston. Take a stroll along its path, alternately called the Buffalo Bayou Walk, and you will reach the scenic waterfront park by the same name. Along the walk you will be dazzled by a myriad of attractions set off against the lush, verdant greens that abound here. Go canoeing in the bayou, explore the connecting bridge or go biking along one of its prolific trails, either way, you're sure to have a gala time here! One of Theater District's many jewels, this outdoor space is often a multi-dimensional event spot. Cultural, local and community events are held here by the dozen. It is also the starting point for many a boat cruise and rides among other events. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Market Square Park is a brimming center located at Downtown Houston's Historic District. A prominent landmark, the park served as an open air local market. The park comprises a bow-shaped dog run, a brightly lit walkway path and plenty of open space to relax. Visit the Houston's Niko Niko's to delight yourself with the outdoor seating, a performance plaza, and a Greek and American favorites. Do visit the Lauren's Garden, a memorial built to commemorate Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas - a passenger on United Flight 93. Occasional live entertainment, events and community activities makes this place a vibrant gathering spot for locals.
Looking for a place to take the kids for a full day of indoor air-conditioned entertainment? Then look no further. You will not find such a diverse range of activities in one location anywhere else in the city. The massive complex contains carnival rides, movie theaters, a miniature golf course, a bowling alley, a roller skating rink and tons of modern arcade games. A variety of food is available at several concession stands, and parking is abundant. Adventure Bay Water Park is right next door if you would like to split your day between two fun-filled places.
A fascinating museum filled with interesting displays that educate children, the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land is divided into five significant sections. Their Salt Water Aquarium is home to several colorful sea creatures, while the Dig Pit allows children to participate in their very own excavation. Learning takes a dramatic turn at Digital Dome Theater, where you can learn about black holes and the universe in an exciting environment. Skeletons of pre-historic creatures and well-preserved fossils form yet another section of the museum. A gallery featuring artworks created by school students can also be found here, in addition a Microscope Lab that's perfect for budding scientists to explore.