Direct Energy loves all our customers across our wide service area, so we decided to take a gander at many of the places you live! With each stop in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll highlight some of best things to do and see in many of the major locales we provide service. It’s a way for us to get to know your city and inform anyone else who may be interested in visiting.
More than just the title of a book, it’s a common feeling among Houstonians both native and new. While many outsiders think of Houston as a cow town full of cattle, oil rigs, and tumbleweeds, the real Houston destroys that stereotype. From renowned theatres and museums, multiple professional sports teams, and entertaining nightlife – with an outstanding food scene to match – Houston is a melting pot of people, food, and events.
Like most big cities with thriving culture, It’s hard to select only three attractions. Nonetheless, here is my list of the top three attractions in and around Houston.
Technically, Space Center Houston is located about 30 miles outside of Houston proper, but it is still a “must see.” What makes it one of the best attractions is that it is the official visitors center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It is a kid-friendly location that features numerous exhibits, attractions and theaters all space and science related.
Currently, visitors can explore a replica of the space shuttle Independence and its NASA 747 carrier aircraft. These replicas provide a behind-the-scenes look at what the inside of a space shuttle looks like and what it would be like to live in one.
Also, visitors can ride a tram around NASA, the Historic Mission Control Center as well as the current Mission Control Center. Additionally, there are many other exhibits to enjoy such as a hands-on exhibit where guests can try to land a shuttle or feel what it’s like when a space shuttle blasts off into space. Space Center Houston is one of a kind!
Houston is full of culture, including 19 museums within four walkable zones ranging from topics such as health, children, art, and animals. If you don’t have time to visit all of them, the two I especially recommend are the Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts.
The Museum of Natural Science offers a wide array of exhibits and attractions. Take in the stars at the Planetarium, catch a movie on their Giant Screen Theatre, or walk through butterflies at the Cockerell Butterfly Center. The museum also hosts some outstanding exhibits both permanent and temporary, such as a hall packed with massive dinosaur skeletons, a vault filled with unique gems and minerals, and hands-on chemistry exhibits. There is truly something for everyone!
Over at the Museum of Fine Arts, you can explore one of the largest art museums in the U.S., with over 63,000 works of art in more than 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. The displayed art spans over approximately 6,000 years and comes from about six continents. For anyone interested in art, this is truly a “can’t miss” attraction.
3) Houston Parks
Many people may be surprised to hear that Houston is a city full of parks and green spaces – 370 parks of them to be exact. Let me highlight three of the best. Buffalo Bayou Park is a unique way to see Houston. This 2.3-mile stretch of green space runs along the Buffalo Bayou, a 52-mile slow-moving waterway running through Houston also known as Houston’s founding site. Buffalo Bayou Park has hiking and biking trails, public art, a skate park, and places to launch a canoe or kayak into the bayou. There’s even a huge bat colony of 250,000 bats living under the Waugh Drive Bridge – which you should definitely visit around dusk to watch them emerge from under the bridge.
We also recommend you visit Discovery Green. Tucked within the huge buildings of downtown Houston, it holds events all year-round. From concerts, yoga, and movies in the park, to simply enjoying the ample green spaces, there’s plenty to do.
Last but certainly not least, Hermann Park is probably my favorite. This park offers so many different things to do that it can easily take up a full day to visit. Visitors can catch a show at the Miller Outdoor Theater, roll down its famous grassy hill, have a picnic by the reflection pond, walk around the Japanese Gardens, ride the train, or rent a paddle boat and paddle around one of ponds. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors!
Next up in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series: Dallas, TX.