Houston Space Center
Reach for the stars with a visit to the Space Center Houston. Rated as the No. 1 attraction for international visitors, the Space Center is the Official Visitor Center for the NASA Johnson Space Center. The museum is host to the largest collection of space artifacts in the southwest with more than 400 items, including moon rocks, spacecrafts, spacesuits and more. The Smithsonian Affiliate museum also features one-of-a-kind exhibits for a limited time, like Journey to Space, an immersive exhibit where you can experience life in space. The seven-part experience shows visitors what it would be like to travel deep into space and call the out regions of the universe home. Ticket ranges for adults and children are $25-$30, with free admission for children ages 3 and younger. Visit the Space Center Houston website for hours of operation, information about VIP tours and promotional ticket pricing.
Ten minutes from Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center and across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center is Discovery Green, Houston’s 11-acre public urban park. In addition to recreational lawns and a picturesque lake, the outdoor park offers performance stages for entertainment, dog runs, and a playground. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy a calendar of free events, including movies, youth writing workshops, instructor-led fitness classes like yoga, Zumba and kids exercise, and live music concerts by local Texas and Gulf Coast musicians. In the summer, one of the more unique Houston concert series at the park features silent movies with a live orchestra playing the soundtrack during the film.
As long as the Texas weather permits, Flea by Night takes place every third Saturday of every month at Discovery Green. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can join locals as they browse through vintage clothing, art designed and created by Houston’s finest artists, antique furniture and repurposed collectibles. When hunger strikes, you won’t have to leave the park to get a fulfilling snack or meal. You can enjoy an urban dining experience at one of two restaurants—The Grove and The Lake House. Both offer a delicious Sunday Brunch and are open Monday through Saturday for snacks, lunch, and dinner.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science located in Hermann Park and the Houston Museum District is on a mission to delight visitors with exhibits that examine a wide variety of topics. Discover a world of knowledge about astronomy, Native American culture, gems, minerals, Texas wildlife and more. The museum also features the Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre. Founded in 1909, the museum is one of Houston’s most popular attractions.
The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the GIANT Screen Theatre and Planetarium offering their last shows at 4 p.m. Adult tickets (ages 12 and up) are $25, Child tickets (ages 3-11) are $16, and children ages 2 and under are free. There are a variety of discounted tickets for college students, seniors, military and groups of 10 or more. Plus, on Thursdays, the permanent exhibits are free to explore from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. All special exhibitions require an additional fee.