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What to do between ship arrival and train departure.
Submitted by Sharon from California on 03-01-2014
Question:

We, 4 adults & 2 children, will have about 7-8 hours between disembarking our ship and boarding the train in Houston. Is there a hotel that will take us for half a day? Any easy sightseeing adventures? All suggestions welcome. Thank you.

Answer:

Hi Sharon,

I'm not sure of any hotels that will only let you pay for 1/2 a day - you would need to pay for the full day. 

 

Yes, Houston has some great sightseeing! The Houston Museum District has 20 museums, most in walking distance of each other.  Check out the new Palentology Hall or the Original Magna Carta exhibit at the Museum of Natural Science or let the kids explore at the Children's Museum of Houston.  Both museums are part of the Houston CityPASS, which also includes the Houston Zoo, Downtown Aquarium and Space Center Houston.

 

Hope this helps,

Veronica

Comments:

posted on:
03/05/2014
3:28 PM
by: Veronica from Houston

sure- the Embassy Suites Downtown is about 6 blocks away from the light rail and the Doubletree is about 5 blocks away and Hilton Americas is 8 blocks. - Veronica

 

posted on:
03/05/2014
10:16 AM
by: Sharon from California

Hi Veronica,
Thank you for your sightseeing information. Can you tell me which hotels, preferably in the Hilton family, are closest to the Amtrak station?
Thank you again,
Sharon

 
Bus Fares
Submitted by Harry from UK on 03-01-2014
Question:

Do senior visitors qualify to get senior fares if over 65

Answer:

Hi Harry,

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

 

Hotels in Houston
Submitted by Carol Doody from Edmonton, Alberta on 02-28-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, I need a suggestion for a hotel that is centrally located to the airport, pier, shopping and eating. I have 2 clients travelling to Houston to board a Princess ship and would like to see a bit of the city. Thank you for your help. Carold

Answer:

Hi Carol,

I suggest staying in Downtown Houston while they are in town.  

I recommend Hotel Icon, Magnolia Hotel, or the Sam Houston Hotel as they are great hotels along the metro rail.  The metro rail connects downtown to the Midtown, Museum District and the Houston Zoo to name a few.  As far as shopping and eating, Market Square Park has great options and is located in Downtown.

If they have even more time and want to see some Houston attractions, I recommend they check out the Houston CityPASS to save up to 46% on the top attractions.

Best,

Veronica

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Convention
Submitted by Sarah from Smithfield, VA on 02-28-2014
Question:

I am interested in bringing my family to the Delta Sigma Theta convention next year. I wanted to come a few days before the convention. DO you know the dates so that I may book my hotel accomadations?

Answer:

Hi Sarah,

The convention dates are 7/24/15 - 7/30/15 in Houston.

While you're here, be sure to look into a Houston CityPASS to get into the top attractions at 46% savings! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Best,

Veronica

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

Comments:

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

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