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Things to do in Houston

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.

Nationally and internationally recognized, the Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company in the world to win a Tony, two Grammy and two Emmy Awards. Committed to commissioning and producing new works, the company has performed more than 40 premieres and six American premieres since 1973.

This limestone warehouse, a mid-century beauty that was once a steel-fan factory, blasted back to life in 1980 as a dance club, with owners promoting it as "the most technologically advanced and mind-blowing in the Southwest." One look at the gyrating bodies of the 20- and 30-somethings on Rich's

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 Annie restaurant owned by celebrated chef Robert Del Grande.

Rising improbably from a 22-acre plain in a far-flung and otherwise bleak Houston suburb on the flat Gulf Coast landscape, this is the first traditional temple of its kind in North America, constructed according to ancient Hindu tenets of divine architecture.

Built in 1958, Mies van der Rohe's glass-and-steel pavilion, a renowned example of the International Style pioneered by the architect, changed the look of American museums—and the ways in which art is exhibited.

Found, unexpectedly, in a rambling ivy-covered brick building that houses a homey-looking branch of the Houston Public Library, the Kraftsmen Bakery, and the Black Labrador pub, Cezanne's is the city's most endearing jazz establishment.

More than 20 years of experience have provided Mark Hoyer with the know-how to guide travelers through the most beautiful places in the world.

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 Parade, which takes place every year on the second Saturday in May, is a must-see.

Located just beyond Houston's Museum District on Montrose, the Peel Gallery Shop is both an exhibition space and retail store.

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 to see local and touring bands that are as good as those that play the Austin location, which enjoys a coast-to-coast reputation.

A Certified Travel Counselor, Laura Woo has nearly 30 years of experience in the travel industry. The China native lived in Hong Kong before coming to the United States and has traveled extensively both in the Far East and Europe.

With the city skyline in the background, Houston’s skateboarders show off their skills inside this 30,000-square-foot complex. Designed by Grindline Skateparks, the state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in the region.

Opened in 1975, Moody Gallery displays work by contemporary American artists with an emphasis on artists living and working in Texas, as well as those with a strong connection to Texas.