Houston: Gem of the Lone Star State | My Family Travels

In the heart of the bustling Bayou city lies a vibrant community waiting to welcome all visitors with signature Texas charm. From food to festivities, Houston possesses a truly vast assortment of attractive and affordable choices for all. A favorite hotspot of locals, located at the corner of I-10 and the Sam Houston Tollway, is City  Centre Plaza – home of countless restaurants and a popular hangout for all ages. With various events such as movie  nights or live music underneath the stars in their grassy pavilion, City Centre is a relaxing and enjoyable experience with something for everyone.

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Also, for those interested in the aeronautics and space exploration, the NASA Johnson Space Center provides excellent insight into the monumental missions of the gemini and Apollo missions. You can visit the control room that guided mans first contact with the moon or enjoy the kid-friendly Angry Birds Space exhibition exclusively at Space Center Houston.

Shoppers have quite the options when visiting Houston, from the forementioned City Centre area, to Memorial City Mall and the renowned Galleria Mall. You can be one of the 26 million visitors to Galleria, which is the largest shopping center in all of Texas. Besides the truly incredible amounts of choices in stores, the malls can also provide cooler alternatives to the good ole Texas heat in ice skating rinks and movie theaters.

After long days of touring around the interesting city, Houston does not disappoint in terms of cuisine either. For the meat-lovers, there are the legendary steaks of Taste of Texas along I-10 or the all-you-can-eat Brazilian Churascuria, Fogo de Chao. For the more adventurous, there are food trucks such as H-town Streats, Nola’s, and the Good Dog Food truck, all sporting creative combinations that will astound your tastebuds. Burger enthusiasts will enjoy the custimizable options of The Counter or Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack, and Benjy’s and The Breakfest Club never dissapoints those searching for that elusive meal between breakfast and lunch.

The Museum of Natural Science in Houston continuously rotates its collections and exhibits of interesting topics. Personally I am fascinated constantly by their extensive research into the human body or the fundamentals of physics. The Children’s Museum is a perennial delight to youngsters of all age. With its abundance of interactive games and activities, it'll give you parents a well-deserved break from the young'uns. For the more musically inclined, the Houston Symphony hosts some truly astounding performances. The most recent concert I attended featured the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl projected onto a large projector while underneath the Houston Symphony performed the entire soundtrack to the movie for an incredibly immersive and innovative experience.

While Houston holds an inexhaustible amount of things to do, the truly defining trait of the southern city is the people. Nowhere else will you find a similar level of hospitality and genuine warmness in such a massive and busy city. So as you come on down and enjoy all the beautiful Lone Star State has to offer; I just wanted to leave you with a warning: Welcome Home.

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