How do you get the most out of your time in Houston? Why not ask a Houstonian what to see and do? There is always something happening in Houston to suit everybody's tastes, the most difficult part is finding everything as sadly some of the best local attractions and popular activities aren't highly publicized to visitors.
To help you find some of Houston's best kept secrets we've asked our team of Houston natives to recommend their favorite places to visit in Houston.
Top Hidden Houston Attractions
Here's a list of the suggestions from the HoustonCarRental.net team:
Houston Space Center
Iím sure that everyone heard at least once about NASA. At the Houston Space Center you can admire things like lunar vehicle, Mercury 9 capsule, Gemini 5, Saturn 5 and Apollo 17. For those passionate about astronomy and space itís a great opportunity to learn more. Thereís also a theatre where different documentaries are projected. You can even visit a small museum which houses lunar rocks and other items from outer space. A playground for kids is also available. Ticket price for an adult is somewhere around £20, but if there might be other experiences and events which require extra money if you want to participate.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
This hidden attraction is specially designed for men. By visiting the Saint Arnold Brewing Company you have the chance of tasting the beer from the oldest craft brewery in Texas. The company was inaugurated in 1994 by two students who just graduated the Rice University. The official tours are organized Mondays and Saturdays. Due to the large number of people who come to visit this place it is recommended to go there before 3:00 PM. The tour usually starts at 3:30 PM. The price for an adult is £8 and the kids must be accompanied at least one of their parents.
The Downtown Aquarium represents the perfect opportunity to relax with your family. A large number of exhibitions can be admired, including a swamp where you can check out huge alligators and giant turtles. Perhaps the most important attraction of this aquarium is represented by the white tigers. An underwater tunnel is also accessible and it offers an impressive view upon sharks and tropical fish. But this is not all. A giant Ferris wheel and an aquatic amusement park are at your disposal. There are a few places where you can eat or have refreshing drinks. £10 is the price for an adult, but you only have access to the Aquarium exhibitions. In order to gain access to the amusement park you need to pay another £5.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Hidden deep inside the Hermann Park, this outdoor theatre spreads on an area of almost 8 acres (30,000 square meters). It has been opened in 1932 and since then it managed to offer people impressive experiences. The theatre is running approximately 8 months per year, but its functionality depends on the weather. Miller Outdoor Theatre is free for everyone but every donation is welcomed. At this theatre you can admire jazz concerts, classical music concerts and even rock concerts, but also Shakespeare plays. The theatre has 1,700 seats but you can also sit down on the grass to view the show.
The Waterfall Monument is located in Gerald D. Hines Waterfall Park, but not many people know about its presence. Viewed from above, the monument has the shape of a ĎUí. This waterfall is functional since 1985 when Phillip Johnson, John Bruges and Gerald D. Hines designed it. The waterfall measures 64 feet (20 meters) in height. A volume of 78,000 gallons (295,000 liters) of water pour through the waterfall every three hours. If you go there between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM you have all the chances of seeing this waterfall at work.