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Houston's museums cover the gamut from space travel to modern art, while Hermann Park and the Galleria provide less cerebral distractions.

  • Johnson Space Center. Exhibits cover the history of NASA expeditions and visitors can touch a moon rock.
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston. At over 300,000 square feet, Houston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest art museums in the country. Among its seven buildings is the only Mies van der Rohe designed museum in the United States.
  • Menil Collection. Architect Renzo Piano's first American commission was the building to house the collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Especially notable for its early modernist art it also includes works ranging from South Pacific carvings to Byzantine frescoes.
  • Hermann Park. Near Rice University and the Museum District, this park is one of Houston's most popular and is also home to the Houston Zoo, a Japanese Garden, and the Museum of Natural Science.
  • The Galleria. At 3 million square feet, with 375 stores, a hotel, and an ice-skating rink, the Galleria is a destination in its own right. It's also the largest mall in Texas and the 8th largest in the country.
  • 13 Celsius

    One of the best of a new crop of wine bars around town that includes Max's Wine Dive and So Vino, this place has the best name of the bunch (13 Cel... More
  • Art Car Parade

    What exactly is an art car?It's a fair question, more easily answered by showing rather than telling, and that's not the only reason the Art Car Pa... More
  • Asia Society, Texas

    This culture and education center is housed in a striking building by Yoshio Taniguchi. He only used the finest materials—Jura limestone from Germa... More
  • Aurora Picture Show

    Worship film? This micro-cinema, housed in a little white 1924 church, gives literal meaning to the phrase and passion. Congregations of moviegoer... More
  • Bar Annie

    Ideal for a quick dinner, creative cocktails, and some of Houston’s best people-watching, this stylish bar is part of the multi-concept RDG + Bar A... More
  • Belvedere, Houston

    Colorful lighting and retro furniture creates a swanky vibe in this Uptown night spot. A long bar stretches almost the entire length of the main ro... More
  • Candylicious and The Chocolate Bar

    Willie Wonka has apparently found a new home in Houston at this eye-popping, all-American candy store. Everywhere you look in this chockablock room... More
  • Cezanne's

    Found, unexpectedly, in a rambling ivy-covered brick building that houses a homey-looking branch of the Houston Public Library, the Kraftsmen Baker... More
  • Continental Club, Houston

    The Houston outpost of the Austin music-and-dance club had a rocking opening in 2000, and the tin-ceilinged joint hasn't quieted down since. Expect... More
  • Downing Street Pub

    With its dark wood tables, large leather sofas and 400-square-foot humidor, Downing Street Pub certainly exudes masculinity. That's not to say wome... More
  • Found for the Home

    Crystal chandeliers hang from ceiling grids of hog panel (heavy metal agricultural fencing); statuesque 19th-century gilded candlesticks are cluste... More
  • Frosch

    Since 1972, this Houston-based travel agency has been helping travelers plan luxury trips and vacations across the world. FROSCH's travel consultan... More
  • Galleria

    Following its 2003 expansion, The Galleria became the fourth largest mall in the nation with 2.4 million square feet of retail space. Beneath the u... More
  • Gallery Preview Nights

    Museums aren't Houston's only art venue. The city's gallery scene is one of the hottest in the country, with Thursday and Friday preview parties, o... More
  • Hamilton Shirts

    Established in 1883, when two brothers opened a dry-goods store downtown and began outfitting Houston's emerging upper class of cattlemen and cotto... More

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