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As a major cultural mecca for Texas, there is an endless supply of interesting, off-beat, and entertaining things to do in Houston. The beauty of Houston is its blend of real down-home Texas flavor and upscale urban sophistication.

Museums: Houston is home to over 150 museums and cultural institutions. History buffs, art lovers, and cultural connoisseurs will all appreciate Houston’s Museum District. Art lovers in particular shouldn’t miss these gems:
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Contemporary Arts Museum
  • The Rice Art Gallery
For history buffs and science nerds, our favorites include:
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • National Museum of Funeral History
And for animal lovers, there is always:
  • The Houston Zoo
  • Downtown Aquarium
 
Music, Theater, Dance: Houston’s own theater district boasts a variety of venues for the performing arts, including:
  • Jones Hall
  • The Hobby Center
  • Wortham Theater Center
  • The Alley Theater
  • The Miller Outdoor Theater
  • Houston Symphony
  • Houston Ballet
  • Houston Metropolitan Dance Center
 
Professional Sports: Houston is home to five professional sports teams: The Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Rockets (NBA), and Houston Dynamo (MLS). So whatever your sport, be it baseball, football, basketball, soccer, or hockey, you can catch a game, cheer on your team, and feel the rush of Houston sports.
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Sports & Exercise: Texans are known for big hair, big trucks, big boots and being, well, big. Football is a major part of the Texas lifestyle, so you’ll see a lot of men heading to the gym to bulk up. Even if you’re not intending to look like a linebacker and are just looking to work off yesterday’s barbeque sandwich, you can check out these top fitness centers. Houstonians also love to play golf, and in the warm weather you can play all year round at some of the best courses. But if you want to try a truly Texan sport, leave the driving range for the shooting range at the Arms Room.
 
Shopping: Houston is home to a number of chic boutiques, massive malls, antique shops, and outlets. If you’re looking for unconventional goods and services, vist Houston has a list of chic boutiques and funky antiques stores in the Houston area. For more traditional shopping, stop at the Houston Galleria and Willbrook Mall. And for great discounts on all your favorite brands, check out Houston’s Premium Outlets.
 
Nightlife: Houston nightlife is an eccentric combination of Sports bars, Honky Tonks, high-energy dance bars, and chilled-out lounges. Houstonians love to drink, dance, and party. In the heat of the Houston night, there is never a dull moment.
Sports Bars & Pubs:
  • Slainte Irish Pub: “Slainte” is Irish for “cheers.” A traditional Irish Pub serving Guinness in addition to a wide range of beers and fried food. Sports fans gather at Slainte to watch all manner of sports, from baseball, football, and basketball to soccer.
  • West Alabama Ice House: People come here to get away from the stuffiness of hoity-toity Houston. For a real salt-of-the-Earth vibe, try West Alabama Ice House, which impresses with its relaxed attitude and free hot dogs! Not to mention, it’s also a BYOB bar... For a good time at a low price, West Alabama Ice House can’t be beat.
  • Bubba’s Sports Bar & Grille: Good food, cold beers, happy hours and sports on the TV. Need we say more?
Western Bars & Honky-Tonks
  • Firehouse Saloon: A real Texas fixture, Firehouse is no martini bar. This live country music and dance hall is fixed on having fun and enjoying the rhythm of the upright bass.
  • The Armadillo Palace: Decorated outside with a large silver plated armadillo, there’s no chance you’ll miss this joint. It features live music almost every night and plates of Texas comfort food.
  • Wild West: A true Texas dance hall with line dancin’, two steppin’ and a solid oak dance floor made especially for cowboy boots.
Night Clubs:
  • Club Tropicana: A Latin-inspired dance club with salsa, merengue, and Bachata tracks. Friday and Saturday nights feature live music.
  • Venue: One of Houston’s hottest nightclubs, with dancing, live DJs, and drinks all night.