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What to Do in Houston

America's fourth-largest city, Houston is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping, and nightlife. Take a stroll through the historic Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District – which includes the largest Fine Arts Museum in the Southwest, or head down to Space Center Houston, home to NASA's Mission Control. Later, grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants, or hang out on Washington Ave. There's always something to do in this Southern hospitality meets urban chic city. Regardless of what your interests are, Houston has attractions for everyone.

Many attractions beyond Houston’s outer loop, Beltway 8, are just a few minutes from downtown. Some of these include Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and Aquarium Pyramid at Moody Gardens.

Just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk features a variety of restaurants, retail shops, and weekly festivals, all overlooking Galveston Bay.

At Space Center Houston, the visitors center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, visitors can get a full intergalactic experience, including a variety of permanent exhibits, theaters, and other attractions.

Located off of US 290 in Northwest Houston, Traders Village is the largest and most visited flea marketplace in the region with more than 100 acres of open-air shopping and special events nearly every weekend. Bargain hunters will find everything from crafts and collectibles to jewelry, furniture, and electronics. Roughly 1000 merchants are on hand at the market at any given time.

For more information, visit www.visithoustontexas.com.

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