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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 

Short-term mobile plan
Submitted by tricia from Singapore on 02-13-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, we will be visiting Houston for 2 to 6 weeks. How can we get a mobile data plan? Can we buy the SIM card from IAH? Many thanks!

Answer:

Hi Tricia,

There are Best Buy kiosks in just about every terminal at IAH.  They have SIM cards, but I'm not sure if they will all be compatible with your phone.  I think some of the newer iPhones, you'll need to go to an AT&T or Verizon store to get a SIM card. 

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Best,

Veronica

What to do
Submitted by Mariela from Mexico on 02-11-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, it's the first time I'm visiting Houston, and I'm only going for valentine's weekend with my boyfriend. we want to know what things we can do, we dont have much money so we can spend a little bit but we also want to do things for free. Also we want to know what or where we can go in Valentine's day at night. Thank you :)

Answer:

Hi Mariela,

Welcome to Houston!

I have just the thing - check out our Valentine's Day activities in our itinerary section for some great ideas.

Also, here is a list of free things to do around Houston.

Have fun!

Veronica 

 

Black out dates
Submitted by Alex from Houston 77036 on 02-11-2014
Question:

Where can I find a list of the black out dates?

Answer:

Hi Alex,

Not sure I know what you mean, can you be more specific?

Best,

Veronica

Comments:

posted on:
02/12/2014
9:55 AM
by: Veronica from Houston


Hi Alex,



If you're looking to stay downtown, the bigger conventions will book up hotel inventory.  Those conventions are the International Quilt Fest (October 25-27, 2014) and Offshore Technology Conference (May 5 - 8, 2014).  Here is a list of our annual events and our calendar of events to help you get an idea of what's going on in Houston: http://www.visithoustontexas.com/travel-tools/events/annual-events/



Veronica


 

posted on:
02/12/2014
9:47 AM
by: Alex from Houston 77036

These are dates that hotels are normally booked up due to major events that occur in the Houston area.

 
what to do on a weekend
Submitted by Uli from Hotel on 02-11-2014
Question:

Hello, I am travelling to Houston and have the weekend Feb, 15th and 16th still free. As I never been to Houston before I was wondering if you could give me any advice about the "must have seens" or "must have dones" in Houston. Outside prefered, Baseball, Football, Rodeo....? Thanks in advance

Answer:

Hi Uli,

I can give you a little perspective. Unfortunately baseball and football are out of season and the Houston Rockets basketball team is on the road while you're here, so no Houston games. I would suggest you take a look at this guy's itinerary of Houston for some ideas of things to see. A few other thoughts:

Corvette Expo
Houston Roller Derby

 
If you're an art lover, check out this page, and if you really get into beer, we've got this.

Let me know if there are other things you're looking for.

Veronica

Discount baby and home shoppin
Submitted by TJ from Mexico on 02-10-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, Next month my girlfriend and I will be visiting Houston from Mexico and as we'll soon be moving apartments and have a baby on the way we hope to do some discount shopping (in Mexico things are usually much more expensive). Do you have some suggestions were to go for some good 'baby' and 'home' shopping, against reseonable prices? Also, would you know of any hotels to stay at, near to these shops? Thanks for your help!

Answer:

Hi TJ,

The easiest, concentrated place to explore for discounted items is one of our great outlet centers. There is Katy Mills just west of the city and Premium Outlets Northwest of town. Both are great, with a different selection of stores.

I would say that Katy Mills probably has more hotels immediately around it, but there are hotels somewhat close to both. Do understand that there aren't a lot of attractions or other "things to do" immediately around these areas, so if you choose to stay close you'll probably be focusing on the shopping itself.

Veronica

Comments:

posted on:
02/17/2014
7:52 AM
by: Veronica from Houston


Hi TJ,



The best way to get out to Katy Mills Mall is cab.  



Take a look at Metro's Bus Schedule - they have a trip planner tool on their website to help you find the correct bus based on where you're coming from, date, and time.  Check it out here: http://tripplanner.ridemetro.org/



Best,



Veronica


 

posted on:
02/15/2014
9:54 PM
by: TJ from Mexico

Thanks Veronica,
Katy mills mall looks good. To get to that area from the airport is only by cab? How is public transport to get there and how is it in general?
Thanks again!
TJ

 
Houston vs. Austin
Submitted by debbie from michigan on 02-10-2014
Question:

Hello! I am moving to Texas with my fiance (who is originally from Houston) and we are debating between Austin and Houston. We are in our mid 30s with a baby on the way. Any suggestions?!

Answer:

Hi Debbie,

You're asking the person representing the great city of Houston where you should move to? Of course Houston! Seriously, all of the major Texas cities have their own specific attributes, good and bad. But I would say Houston is a wonderful place to raise a family and have a good work/life balance. If you're interested in learning more about relocating here, I suggest you get the Greater Houston Parntership's Relocation Guide, which is full of great info on neighborhoods, schools and more.

Veronica

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