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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“The Galleria Mall showcases all of your favorite brands. From A-Z you’ll find it all. Shop the latest trends in clothing and accessories, get updated the hottest tech on the market, discover new brand. With over 21,100 reviews, the Galleria Mall is the entertainment and shopping center piece of the Houston area, embodying the vibrant soul of Houston.”
  • 377 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is my favorite museum in Houston. You will find in their 2 buildings and one sculpture garden, more than 10.500 pieces from ancient Rome and Babilonia, India, Korea, China, and European classical art, to contemporary American painters and photographers.”
  • 213 locals recommend
Park
“Nice park downtown. Sometimes they host special activities like movie nights or ice skating in the wintertime.”
  • 225 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This museum has it all – a dinosaur hall, planetarium, IMAX theater, and butterfly exhibit. I’ve always enjoyed the gemstone collection. Parking can be a nightmare since the zoo is close-by. I’d Uber there instead.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Zoo
“We have an amazing zoo here in Houston and if you are coming with family I recommend checking it out. There is also a little place to rent paddle boats for pretty cheap right outside the zoo. ”
  • 138 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“NRG is where the Texans play. There are tons of concerts and events year-round. The venue is also where the rodeo is held every year. You can walk a few blocks down and catch the train over to NRG or take an $8-10 Uber ride. ”
  • 147 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Menil Collection—so named because the works once belonged to philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil—is perhaps the most famous museum in Houston. ”
  • 197 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
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“Minute Maid Park, previously known as The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field, is a ballpark in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States, that opened in 2000 as the home stadium for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). The ballpark is Houston's first retractable-roofed stadium, and features a natural grass playing field. The ballpark was built as a replacement of the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium ever built, which opened in 1965. ”
  • 110 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Beautiful sight, great dinner spot, fun and enjoyable for the whole family!”
  • 91 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“For Basketball lovers. This center also hosts many other types of events during the year, such as concerts and conferences.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Train
“Fabulous park in the Museum District with a beautiful Japanese Garden. Love this place! ”
  • 137 locals recommend
Park
“You can explore the water in a kayak or on a pontoon boat, walk the Kinder Footpaths, take kids to the Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area, and ride bikes on the Sandy Reed Memorial Trail.”
  • 154 locals recommend
Science Museum
“"Space Center Houston is a leading science and space learning center, the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum." It is a great place to visit for everyone, while it is a museum with lots of information to read. They also have a great tour to see historic spaces, as well as some rockets, and the space shuttle. Even for non tech interested people its a great way to spend some hours.”
  • 86 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Great food, shopping and lots of games and rides as well! Fun day to spend on a pier with family and friends for a good day of fun!”
  • 110 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“Great park with running trail, mountain bike trails, tennis courts, sand volleyball, and many more outdoor activities. ”
  • 120 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Wide range of shops and eateries. Good one a nice day as everything is outside.”
  • 118 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Aquarium
“Beautiful sight, great dinner spot, fun and enjoyable for the whole family!”
  • 91 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Wide range of shops and eateries. Good one a nice day as everything is outside.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Great chicken and waffles. Local favorite, historic place. There will be a line, but it’s worth the wait! (Ignore these pics because they’re horrible)”
  • 125 locals recommend
Bar
“A unique indoor/outdoor hangout. There's a local pizza place on one side and a bar with boardgames on the other.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Brewery
“Fun brewery large covered beer garden and counter service food. Check out cathedral dining room”
  • 78 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“The Original Ninfa's on Navigation is a popular Mexican restaurant located at 2704 Navigation Boulevard in Houston, Texas. The restaurant serves both Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine. The Original Ninfa's was started by Ninfa Rodríguez Laurenzo, a Mexican-American woman, in a tortilla factory. Ninfa Laurenzo became a full-time restaurateur and the tortilla factory closed. Mama Ninfa is widely credited with popularizing the fajita among Houstonians.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“You cannot beat this restaurant. Their brussel sprouts are a must, and everything on the menu is exquisite. 5pm happy hour has lines waiting for the door to open.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Restaurant
“quoted from Southern Living Magazine: Intervention **IS** required. LOL That's because I'd most certainly be addicted to the chocolate oatmeal chili cookies sold at "Bake Lab," the innovative, irresistible bakery tucked into Pondicheri, Anita Jaisinghani's sleek, urban Indian restaurant that recently earned a James Beard nomination for "Best New Restaurant." ”
  • 26 locals recommend

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