Houston InformationThe gulf coastal plain metropolis was established in 1836 along the banks of the Buffalo Bayou and named for General Sam Houston. Boasting the largest population in the state, the multicultural destination earned the nickname “Space City” when in 1967 it became home to the world famous NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Houston has a long list of attractions that are regularly visited by locals and guests alike.
Houston Theater District
Situated in the downtown region, the 17-block area features nine performing arts organizations and six performance venues. Whether looking for live classical or contemporary entertainment, Alley Theatre, the Bayou Music Center and Jones Hall host a variety of options. The multi-level Bayou Place also stands nearby with a list of bars, restaurants cinemas and live music opportunities. Other venues include the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and the Galleria, which is billed as the largest mall in the state.
The Museum District receives millions of visitors every year. The wide selection of facilities here include the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, the Holocaust Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts and the Station Museum of Contemporary Art.
Guests have the chance to explore the “Old South” when visiting the Bayou Bend estate, which is located in Memorial Park. In 1927, Miss Ima Hogg and her brothers claimed the site and constructed a plantation that is synonymous with southern charm. Designed to represent an 18th-century Georgian manor house, the mansion now welcomes guests to see an amazing collection of American arts that span more than 200 years. Paranormal enthusiasts find numerous opportunities to contact spirits in locations known for tragedy. The Spaghetti Warehouse, the Rice Hotel, the Glenwood Cemetery and the Battleship Texas are reportedly some of the most haunted locations in the city.
The downtown area is also popular with professional sports fans and serves as home to Minute Maid Park. The venue features a retractable-roof for night games and central air-conditioning for day games when the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team play. Fans cheer for the Houston Dynamo professional soccer team at the newly-constructed BBVA Compass Stadium. Basketball fans watch the action court-side at the Toyota Center. The venue also offers a regular schedule of musical concerts. NRG Stadium plays home to the Texans football league. The modern facility also has a retractable roof, air-conditioning and a natural grass field.