Houston was built on the oil and rodeo business, it is a major port city and has a bustling economy. There are many mid- and high rise buildings in Houston and the city has been an architectural trend setter for many years. The city boasts with some of the highest skyscrapers in the world. Houston is the largest city in Texas and has a population of over 6 million people within its metropolitan area of 599.6 square miles.
Houston is home to the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions, and the district is called “Medical City” by the locals.
Where is Houston?
Houston is located in Texas on the gulf coastal plain, in temperate grassland and forest.
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Sight Seeing in Houston
The Houston Theater District, located downtown, is home to the famous Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Alley Theatre. All of these have resident performing companies servicing their audiences with performances all year round.
Skateboarding is big in the U.S. and if you like to watch these acrobatic maneuvers, then there is the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark, a public skatepark covering of 30,000 square foot in-ground facility and one of the biggest in Texas.
When they say “Houston, we have a problem” in the movies, they are referring to NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located. So, if you are into stellar constellations and the possibilities of life on another planet, go to the official visitors' center of NASA, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. The Houston Space Center has many presentations about the history of NASA's manned space flight program and you will also find interactive exhibits including moon rocks and a shuttle simulator for the not so feint at hart. Some other popular places are the Old Market Square, Market Street, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Holocaust Museum Houston, Downtown Aquarium and Sam Houston Race Park.
If you want to go to the Uptown district, a popular tourist attraction and venue for weddings and other celebrations is the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park .
Dining & Night Life in Houston
Tunnel systems and skywalks in the Downtown District houses numerous entertainment venues, making walking an excellent option for an evening out.
While Houston has never been widely known for its music scene, venues across Houston regularly host local and touring musical acts.
Houston is also known for places as the Richmond strip and the Bayou Place, an entertainment complex.
Shopping in Houston
When shopping in Houston, going to the Galleria is a necessity as it is Texas's largest shopping mall. Downtown shopping also has much to offer and...