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How to Spend 1 Day in Houston

How to Spend 1 Day in Houston

Houston, one of the largest and most diverse cities in the US, is a culinary and cultural capital that has it all—a modern downtown, world-class museum district, internationally renowned medical center, and an exciting up-and-coming dining scene. Here’s how to spend one day in this Texas metropolis.

Morning: City Sightseeing

Houston is big—Texas big—so get your bearings with a city sightseeing tour to some of Houston’s top attractions. Go for the value of a small-group tour or the flexibility of a private tour. If you’d rather explore on your own, climb aboard the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus to tour the city at your own pace. No matter which option you choose, you’ll get to see places such as Minute Maid Park, City Hall, Houston Astrodome, Houston Medical Center, Market Square, and Hermann Park. 

Afternoon: Museum District

Houston is home to some of the nation’s best museums, all located in a compact museum district. Explore one or two of these collections this afternoon. Learn more about the natural world at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, or travel the world through the free exhibits at the Menil Collection. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Museum of Fine Arts, while kids love the Children’s Museum of Houston. Most are located near sprawling Hermann Park, one of the city’s most popular outdoor green spaces and a great place to get some fresh air in the heart of the city.

Night: Neighborhood Dining

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite from all that sightseeing, spend your evening eating your way through Houston’s stellar food landscape. Several neighborhoods offer food tours, including hip Heights, the downtown Warehouse District, Sugar Land, and quirky Montrose. You’ll get to sample dishes from favorite local spots serving a range of international and fusion cuisine.

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Houston CityPASS

Houston CityPASS

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Maximize your time in the spectacular city of Houston with an indispensable Houston Mobile Ticket. Your mobile ticket includes free admission to five of the city’s premier attractions, including the Downtown Aquarium, the Space Center Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Enjoy free entry to two additional attractions of your choice and choose from a variety including the Museum of Fine Arts, home to more than 60,000 artworks, or the Houston Zoo; Kemah Boardwalk All-Day Ride Pass or the Children's Museum of Houston.
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  • 30 days
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Houston's Official Hop on-Hop off Tour

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Houston's Official Hop on-Hop off Tour

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See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on this 75-minute loop, hop-on sightseeing tour.  Enjoy unobstructed views and listen to fascinating audio commentary as you cruise past important landmarks like the historic City Hall and Houston Zoo. See popular attractions like Market Square, Downtown Aquarium and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, hopping off to explore further whenever an attraction captures your attention. Rejoin the tour at a time to suit your schedule at any conveniently located stops along the route.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

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Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see the largest dinosaur hall in North America, check out the extensive collection of rare gems, and stop into your choice of permanent exhibits.
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  • 3 hours
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Private 4hr Sightseeing Tour

Private 4hr Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Houston on a private, half-day sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to this huge Texas city. Learn about Houston's history as you see Minute Maid Park, Market Square, Midtown, City Hall, Houston Astrodome, the George Bush Monument, Toyota Center, NRG Stadium, the Texas Medical Center, and more. Includes a narrated train ride through Hermann Park that provides a close look at the landscape and cultural institutions like the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum of Natural Science.  If you prefer, skip the train ride for a stop at a pastry shop the glamorous Uptown neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
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Downtown Houston Food Tour

Downtown Houston Food Tour

There’s plenty for foodies to get excited about in Houston, with some excellent restaurants, tasty street food, and cuisine from all around the globe. On this walking tour, explore the north Downtown area of Houston and discover the culinary highlights of the warehouse district, Market Square Park, and Main Street. Stop along the way to sample a selection of local favorites, regional specialties, and artisan foods, including Tex-Mex, Greek, and Spanish dishes.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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The Heights Food Tour

The Heights Food Tour

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Houston Heights is an up–and–coming neighborhood that visitors often miss. Discover the area’s history and culture on a food tour that stops at a variety of mom–and–pop shops, eateries, and markets loved by locals. Your guide, who eliminates the hassle of planning and navigating on your own, gives you inside tips and recommendations for the rest of your visit.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Montrose Dine Around

Montrose Dine Around

Montrose is one of Houston’s most atmospheric neighborhoods and home to a diverse selection of restaurants, serving cuisine from all around the globe. On this tour, tuck into a delicious 3-course dinner with each course served at a different restaurant. Each destination is a popular local establishment and dishes might include Mexican, Italian, and local Houstonian specialties, ensuring a rich and varied dining experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Flavors of Sugar Land Walking Food Tour

Flavors of Sugar Land Walking Food Tour

The southwest Houston neighborhood of Sugar Land has some delicious spots to discover. This walking tour takes you to three or four of the top restaurants in the area for a taste at each of them. Wear your comfy shoes and stretchy pants! Between meals, walk through the pretty neighborhood, learning interesting facts about Sugar Land from your guide.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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