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Transportation
Submitted by Davy from UK on 02-28-2014
Question:

My wife and I will be in Houston in April as we are both seniors can we both ask for discounted fares on the Metrorail and bus?

Answer:

Hi Davy,

Yes, seniors get a discount on Metro.  When you get in town, stop by the RideStore (1900 Main and St. Joseph Parkway) and bring your government-issued ID with date of birth.  Store hours are 8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

  • Seniors, 65-69, and Medicare receive get a 50 percent discount.
  • Seniors 70+ ride free.

You can also print out and mail a form to Metro.  Find the link here.

Best,

Veronica

 

Behind the scenes entertainment for 20-year-old visitor
Submitted by Ray Scott from Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 on 02-26-2014
Question:

Where can I take this bright young lady that's off the beaten path? What manufacturing companies offer tours? Is there a sky scraper who's building maintenance manager can give a behind-the-scenes tour? How about a steel mill where great cauldrons glow red with hot heat and sparks fly? I'm a major donor to the Houston Zoo, and we will have a behind-the-scenes golf cart tour with a Zoo staff member. And I'm sceduling the free Houston Ship Channel cruise. What intriguing spots do you know? Surprise me! -Ray Scott, Executive Director, His Love Counseling Services P.S. This is a reward for this cheerleader for turning her life aroun after she totaled her car in about the tenth grade. I counseled her by email after I held a seminar in Nort Carolina and she had been assigned to take me from room to room in this building that was so large that it was a maze. From that day together, she allowed me to speak into her life and I've been her life coach even until this day. She has done wonderful since providence brought us together, and now she is coming to her 1st visit to Houston.

Answer:

Hi Ray,

Those are very specific places you're looking to go! I don't know if I have an answer for all, but I can provide you some off the beaten path ideas. 

The Houston Zoo's  Methai the elephant (or one of her friends) will be happy to whip you up a one-of-a-kind mixed-media (sometimes she likes to dip her brush in the sand) piece. You can even pick the paint colors. Buy a painting outright for $250 or watch the process, live, for $500, during an Animal Painting Experience.

Hidden beneath the chemistry building on Rice University’s campus, Valhalla, the under-the-radar bar, offers up seriously cheap beer ($.95 Lone Star!), thanks to its all-volunteer staff and not-for-profit biz plan. No need to worry, the basement pub is open to regulars, and in-the-know folks, Monday through Saturday nights.

Venture behind downtown’s Wortham Theatre—where Preston Street crosses Buffalo Bayou—and look for the non-descript red button, inset in the staircase, that leads down to the water. Go ahead. For once, you're getting permission to press the red button.

Explore Houston from below—on a kayaking adventure along Buffalo Bayou.  Beginning at the Shepherd Street Bridge, paddlers travel to Allen’s Landing and eventually wrap up near the Theater District. Along the way, spot blue herons, loggerhead turtles and an occasional alligator sunning itself along bayou banks. 

Here is a link to our itineraries for more ideas.

Have fun!

Veronica

 

Activities for Seniors
Submitted by Jennifer Evans from Humble, TX on 02-26-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica I need something to do for my elderly parents who are visiting from Milwaukee, WI. I need something in the evening after 5 pm for the tonight and tomorrow.

Answer:

Hi Jennifer,

What type of activities do your parents like to do? Be sure to check out the museum district - we have 20 museums to choose from, so you definitely have options!

Also,  if your parents like performing arts, the new comedy Fool is playing at the Alley Theatre.

Best,

Veronica

Hotel locations
Submitted by Angeline from Grand Prairie on 02-20-2014
Question:

I plan on visiting with my family the week of March 11th. Can you tell me if Houston ISD will be on spring break as well. Also I am interested in getting a Houston city pass. What area would I need to be in to be central to those attractions?

Answer:

Hi Angeline,

HISD Spring Break is 3/17 - 3/21/14.

The Houston CityPASS is a great idea while you're in town.  I suggest you all stay downtown while you're here.  That way you'll be close to the Downtown Aquarium and can just take the light rail over to the Museum District or the Houston Zoo. The only attraction where you'll really need a car is Space Center Houston.

As far as places to stay downtown, I recommend Hotel Icon, Magnolia Hotel or the Sam Houston Hotel - all three of these hotels are located right off the light rail too!

Have fun!

Veronica

Public transportation
Submitted by Henry Gilmore from 1200 Louisiana Street on 02-20-2014
Question:

Is there public transportation from IAH to Downtown Houston?

Answer:

Hi Henry,

Yes, Metro runs a bus out of Terminal C every 40 minutes.  It is bus #102 and drops you off at Main and St. Joseph.

Best,

Veronica

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posted on:
02/24/2014
8:46 AM
by: Veronica from Houston

The Hyatt Regency is about 3 blocks west and 7 blocks north of the bus stop.  You could walk it if you like, or catch a cab if you have luggage.

 

posted on:
02/21/2014
10:36 AM
by: Henry Gilmore from 1200 Louisiana Street

Thanks for you quick reply. Does the bus route go anywhere near the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisiana Street. Thanks

 
SUNDAY
Submitted by AMNA from HOUSTON on 02-19-2014
Question:

I LIKE OUTDOORS AND LOOKING AT BIG PARKS AND WATER. WHATS THERE TO DO THIS SUNDAY.. CAN YOU TELL ME SOME GOOD WATERSIGHTS AND JUST GOOD SIGHTS TO LOOK AT

Answer:

Hi Amna,

Be sure to check out our outdoor itineraries to find the best outdoor spots and activities in Houston!  Also, we compiled a great list of activities to do on the water here.   Definitely look into Sylvan Beach Park if you're interested in the water!

We're constantly updating our calendar of events. There aren't too many outdoor activities on the calendar right now, but be sure to check back often as new events are added everyday. 

Best,

Veronica

bookstores
Submitted by Marco from São Paulo, Brazil on 02-19-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, could you send a list of booksellers, specially of second-hand books in Houston? Best Marco

Answer:

Hi Marco,

Sure thing - definitely check out Brazos Bookstore and River Oaks Bookstore.  There are also bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Half Price Books all over town. 

Hope this helps,

Veronica

events feb 15, 2014
Submitted by Maggie M. Compton from medical center on 02-15-2014
Question:

What is happening in the medical center on fannin today?

Answer:

Hi Maggie,

Sorry I missed this on Saturday! 

Here is a link to our Events Calendar so you can be up to date on everything happening in Houston.  Be sure to check back often as events are added daily.

Best,

Veronica

From IAH to NASA
Submitted by Claus Pettersson from Denmark on 02-15-2014
Question:

Dear Veronica - we are a family of 4 that have a 10 h layover in IAH on a Saturday (from 13 to 23 oclock). Would it be possible to visit the NASA Space center during this layover? What would be the best way to travel T/R to IAH in regards to traficjam etc? All the best Claus

Answer:

Hello, Claus. 

Thanks for your question. NASA Space Center is a good distance from IAH, roughly 1 hour and a $100 taxi ride. Unfortunately, there aren't any other options for public transportation from the airport to NASA. 

If cost isn't an issue, hours of operation Saturday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here is more information on Space Center Houston

If you would like some other options for other activities, Houston has plenty to offer including one of the most extensive museum districts in the country. You would need a taxi to downtown which would cost about $50, but much of the 18 museums are within walking distance including the Houston Museum of Fine ArtsThe Houston ZooThe Menil CollectionRothko ChapelThe Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Contemporary Arts Museum and more. 

There may be some tour options from the airport. Check out this list to see if there might be anything you're interested in.

I hope that helps!

Best, 

Veronica 

 

Best time to visit Houston
Submitted by Chris Pflum from Las Vegas on 02-13-2014
Question:

I would like to photograph the spring flowers and parks before the weather gets hot. What would be the best dates to do these things?

Answer:

Hi Chris,

Spring is a great time to be in Houston!  Flowers start as early as late February and will bloom into May.  April is typically the prime month for Blue Bonnets and The Azalea Trail is the first weekend in March this year.

Here is more information on Houston weather.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Best,

Veronica 

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