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Submitted by Rachel from New Orleans on 10-06-2013

I will be visiting Houston for a conference at the University of Houston. I will not have a car and want to stay in a hotel nearby the campus or easily accessible (and the one on campus is booked). Any suggestions?


Hi Rachel,

I assume the conference is at the University of Houston main campus?  There aren't too many hotels within walking distance of the University that I would recommend (other than the Hilton on campus). I suggest you check out hotels in Downtown or Hotel ZaZa.  Neither of those hotels are walkable to U of H, but you could take a short taxi ride down to your conference.

Hope this helps,


Submitted by heather from montreal on 10-06-2013

will be in Houston dec 26-28 before going on a cruise from Houston port. landing at Houston international. Is there a great place to shop (outlets or large mall) somewhere on the way between airport and cruiseport? with a hotel closeby, of course! thanks


Hi Heather,

There is an outlet mall in Houston, but is the opposite way of the cruise terminal.  Depending on what time you're arriving, you can stop there on your way from the airport and drive into town after you're finished shopping.  You'll definitely need to rent a car because there is no public transportation between IAH and the Houston Premium Outlets

Regarding where to stay, I suggest you stay in the Galleria shopping area.  There is actually a hotel connected to the Galleria shopping mall (the Westin Galleria) which makes it very easy for you all to shop and dine without driving around. 

The Port of Houston, where the cruise terminal is located, is about a 45 minute drive across town.  So, plan ahead so you have plenty of time to park and load onto the ship.

Hope this helps!


Submitted by Claudia Ospina from Katy on 10-06-2013

Are the museums and the zoo open this week?


Hi Claudia,

Yes, they are open this week.  

If this question is in regards to the government shutdown, not to worry.   None of the museums in the Houston Museum District are federally funded so you will have no problems.  This also goes for the Houston Zoo which is also located in the museum district and our city and county parks.

Hope this helps,


Submitted by Cathy from michigan on 10-04-2013

We are going to be visting Houston Oct 8-10. Is there anywhere we can go within 50 miles or so driving distance to tour a ranch, or see a rodeo? Or anything similar?


Hi Cathy,

There is a rodeo this weekend in nearby Fort Bend County but not next weekend when you're coming in unfortunately! My best suggestion for you is the George Ranch Historical Park. They have roundup demonstrations and other ranch experiences. That's the closest thing to what you're looking for. If you want to go horseback riding, check out Cypress Trails Equestrian Center.

Hope this helps!


Shutdown afects Houston tourists
Submitted by Andrea from Mexico on 10-02-2013

Do you know how the shutdown will affect tourism in Houston? I mean, which museums and park will be closed? Does the transport will be affected? Where can I find more information about this issue? I will travel to Houston in two weeks and I wanted to visit the main attractions in town, but I do not know which wil be closed. Please could you help me to find it out. Thanks in advance, Warm regards,


Good news!   None of the museums in the Houston Museum District are federally funded so you will have no problems.  This also goes for the Houston Zoo which is also located in the museum district and our city and county parks.


Have a great trip!


Texas Rangers
Submitted by lin from huntsville, alabama on 10-02-2013

My 16 year old is interested in learning all he can about the Rangers. Is there a collection of memorabilia, a display, etc. that we could visit during our visit to Houston & San Antonio in mid October.??

Some areas of interest that tie back to Texas history would be (click on the links for details):

Submitted by Ramy from Cairo, Egypt on 10-01-2013

I want a hotel to be close to Baker Hughes education center with comfortable staying in.


I see the Baker Hughes Education Center as being located at 2520 West W Thorne Drive, Houston, TX ‎.  This area is in north Houston.

  Click here for a list of hotels in that area.

Submitted by Patsy Winn from Garden Villas Elem on 09-30-2013

I would like to do a Christmas program that reflect the many different cultures of Houston. Can you give me resourses on how to find the different cultural representations of Houston.


Hi Patsy,

That's a great question but unfortunately not one I'm well-equipped to answer. Houston has strong populations from a number of ethnicities such as Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese and more. But, to my knowledge, there is no central database for finding the holiday traditions of each of these. You would probably need to contact individual cultural groups for each. You might try Asia Society Texas Center as a start.


First trip to Houston
Submitted by Nadine from DC on 09-30-2013

My husband and I are traveling to Houston in October for a wedding. This will be our first trip to Houston. We will arrive one day earlier to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Can you help me plan a romantic date night in Houston?


Hi Nadine,

How exciting - congratulations!

Yes, you should check out our itineraries section - we have the perfect Romantic Weekend Itinerary that you can take some ideas from. 

Have fun!


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Submitted by Janie from seattle on 09-29-2013

Can you rent a car at the Houston port where the Princess ship comes in. Need it on Nov.5th

Princess Cruises' new service is scheduled to begin on November 5, 2013 out of the Bayport Cruise Terminal.

The address is 4700 Cruise Road Pasadena, Texas 77586.

You cannot rent a car at the port. The closest rental car facility within 5 miles is Enterprise Rent-a-Car:

1815 Bayport Blvd.
Seabrook, TX 77586
*Saturday hours of operation: 9am - 12pm.

If you are flying into Hobby or Bush Intercontinental Airports you can rent a car at either airport, but I would call early to reserve your car.

Houston Hobby Airport to the Bayport Cruise Terminal is ranges from $50-$75 (approximately 30 min / 20-25 miles depending on route.

If you are flying into IAH the cost will range from $110 - $125 (approximately 1 hr / 45-50 miles depending on route)

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