The Houston Museum of Natural Science
This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX theater and a six-story butterfly center in which these beautiful creatures land delicately on outstretched arms.
Cockrell Butterfly Center
The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology provide entertainment and education for the whole family. Walk through a living butterfly habitat, marvel at spectacular live and preserved specimens of some of the world’s largest and weirdest arthropods, and enjoy interactive games and quizzes.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Miller Outdoor Theatre offers the most diverse season of professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue, and it's all FREE! Classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and much, much more are included in this year's outstanding line-up. Relax in the covered seating area or enjoy a preperformance picnic on the hillside. All performances at Miller are family-friendly!
Take an early morning, or beautiful sunny afternoon stroll at Hermann Park, one of the most visited public parks in the City of Houston. Situated between Fannin Street and Cambridge Street, it is within walking distance from the Texas Medical Center, Rice University and the Museum District. Also within a short few miles of the Third Ward, the historic Astrodome and NRG Stadium (home for the Houston Texans!).
The Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), is another great feature located in the Museum District, and is one of the largest museums in the United States. The permanent collection of the museum spans more than 6,000 years of history with approximately 64,000 works from six continents.
Want the perfect staycation getaway or just need a day to relax? Visit ZaSpa at Hotel ZaZa. Visit the website and you'll understand why.
Love animals but don't want the commitment of parenting (owning) one? Visit the Houston Zoo. Get yourself a Summer All Day Pass to visit the residents (animals) everyday! Then you won't feel bad about leaving them at home alone. They all have their very own keepers.
Rodeo Houston or Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Buy yourself a plaid shirt, jeans, get a pair of boots and plan for what's known to be the city's largest "signature event". Go here for rodeo details: www.rodeohouston.com. Hey y'all, it's fun. Cowboy hat optional.
The Houston Museum District, or solely referred to as Museum District, is an association of 19 museums, galleries, cultural centers and community organizations dedicated to promoting art, science, history and culture. All of the museums offer free times or days and 11 of the museums are free all the time.
Bordered by major highways 288, United States 59/I-69; next door to Hermann Park, Rice University, and Texas Medical Center, this vibrant area has been compared to Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia, Saint Germain in Paris, and to the French Quarter of New Orleans. Houston's Museum District is walkable and bikeable. Sidewalks are wide and well-maintained, and attractions and restaurants are situated near each other.
The beginnings of the Museum District are found in 1977, when it became apparent that some action needed to be taken to provide easier access to the museums of the area. This call for community improvement evolved into the non-profit Montrose Project by the mid-1980s but changed into the Museum District Development Association of Houston (MDDAH) shortly thereafter. Based on the works of this organization, the Museum District was formally recognized by the City of Houston in 1989. The founding organization was dissolved in 1994, but the Museum District is now under the auspices of the Houston Museum District Association, founded in 1997. The Museum District attracts visitors, students and volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities to learn about and celebrate art, history, culture, and nature around the world.
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