Beeline to Houston’s buzzy, newly resurrected Central Business District. It’s home to pro sports teams like theAstros and Rockets, as well as year-round resident companies in all the major performing arts.And thanks to recent efforts to develop the area’s culinary and nightlife scene, downtown enjoys a following that extends beyond the 9 to 5 hours. Head over to the Market Square Park area, where classic bars like La Carafe mix with newcomers like the OKRA Charity Saloon. Catch a show or enjoy a night out at GreenStreet, a four-block, mixed-use entertainment complex. While you’re in the area, swing by the 12-acre Discovery Green for live music, fitness classes and (in the winter) ice-skating on Kinder Lake.

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