Houston is a vibrant international city that heartily enjoys its tradition of being a place of firsts. General Sam Houston, the city’s heroic namesake, was the first president of the Republic of Texas. Houston, the city, was the first word spoken from the surface of the moon and the first to build an air-conditioned sports stadium. Houston surgeons have performed numerous firsts in heart surgery, and the city is leading the medical community in making cancer history.
Known around the world for NASA Space Center in the Clear Lake area and Texas Medical Center, Houston is also the proud home of a dizzying array of performing arts groups, professional sports teams, shopping destinations and great restaurants.
Relaxing is easy, with great golf courses, beautiful parks, sumptuous spas, inspiring museums and spectacular shopping. For family fun, there are amusement parks, a world-class zoo, the aquarium, the Children’s Museum and many festivals and special events throughout the year.
Nearby Galveston, the gem of the Gulf Coast, combines fishing and beach play with charming architecture, great eating and a good dose of history. Kemah’s Boardwalk delights young and old with restaurants and carnival rides all with a view of the bay. Katy’s claim to fame includes some of the country’s best outlet shopping and natural wonders to savor the quiet outdoors.