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Things to Do in Houston, TX: Arts, Culture, and Shopping

Nestled along the Texas Gulf Coast, Houston is a vibrant metropolis and cultural destination. From catching the Rockets hit the courts at the Houston Toyota Center to concerts at the House of Blues, this thriving capital city is brimming with awesome attractions, museums, parks, shops, and restaurants. Located in the downtown, our hotel puts you within easy reach of the happening nightlife in Midtown, a cool live music scene, and the Houston Theater District. See a show at the Hobby Center, play a round of golf at Hermann Park, relax at Discovery Green, or attend a conference at the George R Brown Convention Center. You won't have to go far to find the best activities and places to visit in downtown Houston - all just steps from the Holiday Inn Houston Downtown.
Houston Toyota Center, Texas

Houston Toyota Center

Catch the Houston Rockets take on their NBA rivals at this state-of-the-art sports and entertainment destination. Catch a basketball game or check out concerts from the hottest music superstars and shows like Cirque Du Soleil. This downtown Houston attraction is within walking distance of our hotel.
Houston Zoo at Texas

Houston Zoo

Located within Hermann Park in Houston, this 55-acre zoological park is home to more than 6,000 animals. Meet lions, tigers, elephants, leopards, and rhinos, or get up close with the animal encounters. Explore animal exhibits, like the African Forest and Kipp Aquarium, and let loose at the Wild! Nature Play Area.
Downtown Aquarium, Houston

Downtown Aquarium, Houston

Not your ordinary aquarium, dive into a thrilling destination showcasing a 500,000-gallon paradise. With over 200 species of aquatic life including sharks, rays, and shovel-nosed guitarfish, the aquarium features colorful marine exhibits, shops, rides, and an upscale restaurant with the aquarium as its backdrop.
Houston Museum Of Natural Science, Texas

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Located in the vibrant Houston Museum District, this expansive museum features permanent exhibits that examine space science, astronomy, paleontology, Native American culture, and geology. The museum also includes the Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.
Discovery Green at Houston

Discovery Green

Discover this 12-acre green oasis in downtown Houston featuring plenty of outdoor recreation for all ages. Downtown's backyard offers restaurants, a kids play area, jogging trails, a man-made lake, an amphitheater, and an event lawn for concerts, cultural festivals, and open-air movies on the big screen.
Houston House Of Blues

House of Blues

With its opulent, yet intimate setting, the House of Blues Houston is the perfect location to enjoy amazing acoustics for live musical performances or stand-up comedy shows. Located 4 blocks from the George R. Brown Convention Center, HOB promises an eclectic mix of entertainment paired with food and drinks. 
The Shops At Houston, Texas

The Shops at Houston

Enjoy three levels of shopping and dining in the heart of downtown Houston. The Shops at Houston Center features more than a dozen stores, including Jos. A. Bank, GNC, and Dress Barn, and a food court with great eateries like Leaf and Grain, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Snap Kitchen, and the only Chick-Fil-A in downtown.
George R. Brown Convention Center at Houston

George R. Brown Convention Center

With 1.8 million square feet of space, this massive convention center and event venue attracts visitors from around the country to attend conferences, expos, trade shows, meetings and a wide range events. Located just across from Discovery Green, the GBCC offers impressive views and innovative design.
Minute Maid Park

Minute Maid Park

Located in Downtown Houston at Union Station, Minute Maid Park is the third ballpark the Astros have called home. The Park exudes a classic charm with red brick masonry and natural grass, and a retractable roof. Other must-see attractions at this classic ballpark include the Phillips 66 Homerun Alley and a bar and grill opened in honor of Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio.
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