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Extended Trip in Houston? What to See, Eat and Do

Houston is a great city named after General Sam Houston, who won the battle of San Jacinto in 1836. This victory gave Texas its independence from Mexico. The city of Houston, which began as a city with 6,642 acres, is now a sprawling city of over 600 square miles. Houston is also the fourth most populous city in North America, with about 2.3 million residents.

This great city has so many attractions — like museums, the NASA Space Center and great family entertainment — that many people who are new to the area don't know what to do in Houston. That's why we’ve created this guide to Houston for first-time visitors. If you’re planning to come to this great city for an extended trip, here are some of the best things to do in Houston, TX.

1. Space Center Houston

The space center is one of the most popular attractions in the city. It has over 400 artifacts and an abundance of exhibits relating to the nation's amazing space flight programs. It’s possible to spend the whole day here visiting space consoles, watching movies and seeing the Johnson Space Center, where the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon was monitored.

2. Museum of Natural Science

A special grasshopper clock with legs that harmonize with each passing second will welcome you to this impressive museum. The Museum of Natural Science has a great collection of artifacts, including large skeleton mounts of dinosaur bones, mineral specimens and rocks from outer space. This ancient museum, which was established in 1909, has become one of the most famous in North America because of its special exhibits.

3. Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo has a popular African forest where you can see zebras, giraffes and other animals found on safari in East Africa. If you'd love to feed giraffes, ostriches and zebras with snacks made from lettuce, you should be there at mealtime between 11 am and 2 pm in the afternoon.

4. Downtown Aquarium

This site is a unique, six-acre entertainment complex constructed from the former Central Waterworks Building and the city's premier fire station. It houses an aquarium with more than 200 species of exotic aquatic creatures, and it's a great place for family entertainment. The kids will love the Shark Voyage, Frog Hopper and other fun rides. Adults will also enjoy visiting the shopping center, aquatic exhibits and the ballroom.

5. Food Halls

Finn Hall is a 20,000-square-foot food hall located in downtown Houston. It houses 10 restaurants and two bars. Food is prepared by local vendors who offer a wide variety of food choices. You can find local American cuisine as well as Asian and Spanish dishes in this food hall.

6. Museum of Fine Arts

Houston's fine art museum has about 64,000 artifacts collected from six continents and representing more than 6,000 years of history. It is home to a variety of Roman Empire-period paintings and sculptures, including Monet's Water Lilies, Memling's portrait and Gleizes' La Femme. To ensure that you have a good overview of what's in the museum, you can participate in the famous 45-minute guided tour.

Where Will You Stay When You Visit Houston?

While this city has hundreds of hotels, you should consider living in the corporate housing apartments we offer at Hilled Land Furnished Apartments if you’re going to be in Houston for an extended stay. Reach out to us by completing our contact form or by calling 800-314-7018 to speak to us today.