Recognized for the diversity of its citizens, Houston offers a rich tapestry of cultural art, food, and experiences. As one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the United States, the 713 (a nickname that references a local area code) offers a wide array of theater groups, art collections, and history museums, and of course, a smorgasbord of restaurants and eateries. You won't be short of options when you travel to Houston.
From livestock shows and classic car parades to art and food festivals, Houston hosts annual events and celebrations that suit almost any interest. Whether you want to spend time browsing stalls or eating your way through the aisles, the community calendar is almost certain to offer something fun during your stay. And if your plans don't match up with a festival, not to worry. Houston's mainstays include theaters and museums, plus beautiful parks any outdoor enthusiast will appreciate.
Houston's Theater District attracts touring Broadway shows, dance companies, concerts, and more. Not just a place to host on-the-road artists, this vibrant performing arts scene also boasts professional resident companies specializing in opera, ballet, music, and theater. Build time into your itinerary to catch a live show at one of Houston's many theaters and stages. If you can't get a ticket, you can always explore some of Houston's exemplary museums. One of Houston’s more popular institutions is the Space Center, which includes numerous space artifacts, the largest collection of moon rocks on display, and multiple exhibits. Discover the remarkable past and exciting future of America’s human spaceflight program during your visit to Space City.
No trip to the culinary capital of the South is complete without at least a few mouthwatering trips to local restaurants. From chef-recommended cuisine to hole-in-the-wall eateries, you'll find flavors to satisfy any palate. Explore Chinatown and the Mahatma Gandhi District to find Asian restaurants and bakeries, as well as specialized shopping. If you feel the need for a stroll after a deliciously decadent meal, turn to one of Houston's many parks. Houston dedicates a large portion of its square footage to parks and green spaces, perfect for walking, running, picnicking, and more outdoor fun. Spend the afternoon at Buffalo Bayou Park, where you can enjoy 160 acres of greenspace built along 10 miles of waterway. If you’re looking for an immersive nature escape, then Terry Hershey Park has over 500 acres of hiking paths and bike trails to explore. For those who want to get out and get moving, Houston offers plenty of engaging outdoor activities.
Whether you're headed to Houston (Hobby) for the arts and entertainment or to enjoy balmy southern temperatures, you'll be glad you traveled to this gem in the Lone Star State. Southwest® is proud to serve William P. Hobby Airport. And when you book with Southwest, know that you can book with confidence. Discover more about what makes the Southwest® Experience so unique and reserve your upcoming flight to Houston (Hobby).
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Things to do in Houston.
- Discovery Green
- Hermann Park
- Memorial Park
- Houston Theater District
- Museum District
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Space Center Houston
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston