Must-see & do Attractions in Houston
Houston is full of fun things to see and do, but if you don’t have time to do everything on your list, consider this list of the top must see attractions.
1. NASA’s Space Center & Houston’s Official Sightseeing Tour: Houston City Tours provides guided city tours to all major attractions. See the historical and cultural delights of Houston on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by Double-Decker bus.
From an excellent vantage point on the top deck of the bus, listen to fascinating live commentary as you cruise past important landmarks Rejoin the tour at a time to suit your schedule at any conveniently located stops along the route.
Uncover the mysteries of outer space on an exhilarating visit to Space Center Houston, the official visitors center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Ride a tram on an orientation tour of the Space Center; see enthralling exhibitions of full-size rockets and rock samples; and marvel at the real Apollo 17 space shuttle, which returned from the moon in 1972 also enjoy Independence Plaza.
2. Houston Mural Tour – Downtown Houston’s Most Photogenic Tour: RYDE is the best way to travel in Downtown Houston. Our micro-transit short distant ride service offers FREE point-to-point rides any where in Downtown, Midtown and EADO and our tours are the best way to see and learn about this amazing city!
3. Houston Helicopter Sunset Tour: National Helicopter Solutions is a veteran-owned and family-operated company and was created as a direct response to the growing wild hog problem in Texas.
A veteran of ten years, former US Army Sergeant – Thaddeus (Joe) Walz, utilized his G.I. benefits to secure his commercial helicopter pilot’s license. In September 0f 2013, Joe left his military service behind and brought his family back home to Texas. And along with his best friend and cousin, Norbert (James) Walz – incorporated their company and began flight operations in December of that same year.
After that initial hunting season, Joe and James turned their attention to the other helicopter operations they had in mind. These include tours over the city of Houston, aerial photography, engagement proposals, wedding departures, quinceaneras, birthdays parties, wildlife management and surveys, cattle herding, and utility / pipeline inspections – just to name a few!
Today – we find ourselves even busier than ever! So much so – that we moved our Houston operations to the luxurious, West Houston Airport. We are currently operating with a Robinson R-44 Raven II helicopter. It is equipped with air-conditioning and heat, and may carry up to three passengers.
We promise to deliver professional, safe, and exciting helicopter travel in the skies over the the city of Houston and “Greater” Texas. Yes! and Louisiana, too. And we thank you for your consideration.
4. Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission: This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX theater and a six-story butterfly center in which these beautiful creatures land delicately on outstretched arms.
5. Cockrell Butterfly Center: The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology provide entertainment and education for the whole family. Walk through a living butterfly habitat, marvel at spectacular live and preserved specimens of some of the world’s largest and weirdest arthropods, and enjoy interactive games and quizzes.
Strollers are not allowed in the Butterfly Center, but there is stroller parking available nearby.
6. Toyota Center: Since opening in October 2003, Toyota Center has set a new standard for sports and entertainment, becoming one of the premier live entertainment venues in the nation. Laid over the span of six city blocks, Toyota Center is home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Toyota Center also plays host to the nation’s top concerts and touring shows.
Winner of the Allen Award for Civic Enhancement by Central Houston in 2003, “Rookie of the Year” by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2004 and a finalist for Pollstar Magazine’s “Best New Concert Venue” award, Toyota Center welcomed more than 1.5 million fans during its first year alone. Toyota Center hosted the Latin Grammys in 2008, as well as two NBA All-Star Games in 2006 and 2013. In 2010, Toyota Center became the first professional sports facility in Texas to earn the Silver Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Toyota Center is highlighted by large open windows and some of the most comfortable seats of any arena anywhere. The arena’s playing surface is set nearly 32-feet below street level giving Toyota Center the largest lower level of any arena in the nation. Coupled with the exclusive Lexus Lounge, trendy Golden Nugget Club, Red and White Bistro’s superior food and service, Toyota Center offers something for everyone making it the hottest spot for sports and entertainment in Houston.