Discover Houston, TX

America’s fourth-largest city is destination filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. While visiting Houston, you can spend the day exploring the Museum District or head down to Space Center Houston. Houston is a mecca of award-winning restaurants and unending entertainment. There’s always something to do in this Southern hospitality meets urban chic city.

Houston has nationally recognized diningshopping, entertainment and nightlife with world-class attractions and events.  Best of all, many things that are budget-friendly or free. In fact, there’s so many things to do in Houston, you may want to schedule an extra day or two to your trip!

Explore Houston for Free

Explore Houston’s hotspots, while saving big. Many of Houston’s most memorable attractions are free. While there, be sure to check out Houston’s free daily events.

Miller Outdoor Theatre is one of the best reasons to visit Houston. The theatre will be open in March during our meeting, and you may be able to catch a welcome performance, such as classical music, ballet, dance, film, Shakespeare and more. The theater also allows patrons to BYOB (no glass containers, please) and visitors can also bring their own food.

Discovery Green

Downtown’s 12-acre Discovery Green park is a 12-acre area where there is always something going on. Local musicians perform on live stage, there are monthly markets from local craftsmen, enjoy ice skating on Kinder Lake during winter.

Art Car Museum

Visit the Art Car Museum  which is one of the most unique things you’ve ever imagined.  It’s the only place you’ll find the antennae and wing-cloaked Roachster or a Honda motorcycle transformed into a shiny red rolling stiletto art car.

Houston Galleria

While visiting the fabulous Houston Galleria, make sure you visit the Galleria-area Water Wall. The 64-foot-tall fountain (built to look like a “horseshoe of running water) sits among 186 oak trees at the base of the 64-story Williams Tower.

Wortham Theater

Press the red button to get a first-hand experience when you venture behind downtown’s Wortham Theater-where you will find the non-descript red button which is inset in the staircase that leads down to the water.

Many Houstonians are completely unaware that the red button exists. Camouflaged inside a brick pillar at the bridge on Preston Street, this button controls something very intriguing – a bubble of compressed air which shoots through the calm waters of Buffalo Bayou. The button provides a flow of oxygen into the Bayou. Once you discover the fun behind “The Big Bubble”, you can’t resist pushing the button over and over because, well, it’s awesome!

Downtown Houston Area

Other Things to Do and See in the Downtown Houston Area

Allen’s Landing on Buffalo Bayou

Often described as “Houston’s heart,” Allen’s Landing is the spot where in 1836 that August C. and John K. Allen stepped ashore and claimed Houston as their own.

Art Blocks

A public art initiative by the Downtown District, Art Blocks, strives to enliven Downtown Houston’s Main Street Square with a series of site-specific semi-permanent and temporary art installations, public programming and other experiences.

BBVA Compass Stadium

Completed in 2012, BBVA Compass Stadium is host to Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash soccer games, Texas Southern football games and other special events.

Bayou Place

A dining and entertainment hub in the heart of the Theater District. Angelika Film Center, Verizon Wireless Theater and Hard Rock Cafe call it home as well as an assortment of bars and restaurants.

Bisong Art Gallery

Bisong Art Gallery specializes in providing collectors, consultants, art lovers, interior designers and corporations the opportunity to view and purchase original artwork.

City Hall/Hermann Square

Surrounded on three sides by great towers of glass, steel, and stone Houston’s City Hall building has all the aspirations of grandeur that its neighbors have, but it simply lacks the height.

Downtown Aquarium

Houston’s Downtown Aquarium & Restaurant offers family fun, dining, spectacular land and sea creatures and gorgeous views of the downtown Houston. You’ll find a 500,000-gallon underwater adventure complex with more than 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe.

George Bush Monument

Located in Sesquicentennial Park, the garden features an eight-foot bronze sculpture of former president George H. Bush.


Four city blocks in the heart of downtown have been transformed into a premiere entertainment, dining, retail and urban office hub. The multi-use project opened in October 2008.

Heritage Society Museum

Nestled in 10 acres of beautiful green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston, The Heritage Society boasts 10 historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905. Each historic structure is authentically restored to reflect its original magnificence.

Main Street Square

Main Street Square is built between two light rail stations in the 900 and 1100 blocks of Main Street. Trains zip through the center of the fountain in a light rail configuration like none other in the US.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing Company, located just on the north side of downtown, is Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery. They brew ten different beers. Five are made year-round and five are seasonal.

The Shops at Houston Center

The Shops at Houston Center offer a great line-up of fast casual restaurants, stores, and services within walking distance for the Downtowner on-the-go. Dining Options Include: Brooklyn Meatball Company, Bullritos, Chick-fil-A, Doozo’s Dumplings & Noodles, Freshii, Great American Cookies, Great Wraps, Luisa’s Pasta, Mediterranean Grill, Murphy’s Deli, Otto’s Barbecue & Hamburgers Pho.