Houston is home to a respected and energetic arts community, celebrated restaurants, world-renowned theater groups and the brains behind U.S. space exploration.  Nearly 21,000 concerts, plays, exhibitions and other arts programs are presented in Houston annually, affording residents and visitors alike access to a wide variety of talent. This city is a mecca of diversity, giving breath to one of the most vivid cultural scenes in the country. See what makes Houston the Cultural and Culinary Capital of the South US by experiencing some of our great city as outlined below. Houston is a CityPASS City, which allows visitors to purchase a ticket booklet for Houston’s top 5 attractions at 51% discount!

Top Activities

George Ranch : At the George Ranch Historical Park, more than 200 costumed interpreters bring to life all that is Texas, complete with children’s activities, arts and crafts, an antique tractor show and cowboy and cattle demonstrations. Oct. 28-29, 2006.

The Children’s Museum : Fewer than ten institutions in America are focused on quality health education for the general public and school groups. The Museum’s history is traced back to 1962.

Museum of Fine Arts : The encyclopedic collection of the MFAH numbers more than 51,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present.

Houston Zoo : The Zoo’s Natural Encounters exhibit features meerkats, otters, vampire bats and other small mammals.

Houston Museum of Natural Science : The museum’s Paleontology Hall features more than 450 fossils and fossil replicas, providing a vivid glimpse into the incredible 3.5-billion-year story of life on Earth.

Ideas for First Time Visitors:

  • Space Center Houston
  • Houston Museum District
  • Buffalo Bayou Park
  • Houston Galleria
  • Water Wall

Ideas for Repeat Visitors:

  • Montrose Neighborhood
  • Julia Ideson Library Building
  • James Turrell Skyspace
  • Menil Collection
  • Galveston Island

Special Events

Party on the Plaza: Los Skarnales w/ Muddy Belle

Avenida Houston presents Party on the Plaza with Los Skarnales with Muddy Belle!

Every Wednesday from 7-9 pm in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center, enjoy free live music from some of the area’s best bands!

With over 20 years of Punk-Ska-Pachuco-Boogie-Beat, the legacy continues stronger than ever. Los Skarnales will make you dance the night away, and the Houston favorite, Muddy Belle, blends rock and roll with blues, soul, funk and jazz.

Rain: Madgalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern

In December, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, co-present Rain: Madgalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern, the inaugural art installation in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a 1926 underground city reservoir recently restored and opened to the public by BBP. The installation features 2iPM009—an abstract video piece by Venezuelan artist Madgalena Fernández—projected onto the 221 concrete columns of the vast underground space. Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern opens on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a structure reminiscent of the ancient Roman cisterns in Istanbul, is a cavernous, 87,500-square-foot-space featuring more than 200 slender, 25-foot high concrete columns. BBP re-discovered the Cistern in 2010 when it was developing the $58-million Buffalo Bayou Park project, a 160-acre site west of downtown Houston. Recognizing the historical and architectural significance of the highly unusual space, BBP took a bold step to repurpose the Cistern into a magnificent public space that would house an ambitious program of changing art installations.

Ron Mueck

On Sunday, February 26, Ron Mueck, an exhibition showcasing 13 major works by contemporary sculptor Ron Mueck, opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Known for his hauntingly realistic figures, Mueck examines the human condition through the medium of sculpture, creating works with astonishing verisimilitude and emotional resonance.

Assembled from private and public collections around the world, Ron Mueck presents some of the artist’s most iconic works, ranging from the selfquestioning boy in Crouching Boy in Mirror (1999–2002) to the aging partners of Couple under an Umbrella (2013). The exhibition will be on view through August 13, 2017.

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Distance from Major Airports

  • Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – 20 miles
  • Hobby Airport (HOU) to Galveston – 40 miles