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things to do
Submitted by susie johnson from cypress on 08-03-2014
Question:

We have a friend who comes every few months for treatment at MDA. He feels well enough to get out and do some things between tests. We've done the zoo and HM of NS. Any suggestions for 3-4 hr. not far from the med center? Several things we looked at are not opened Mon. and Tue. and those are the days he has the most free time while here.

Answer:

Hi Susie,

Sure! It sounds like you like museums, so check out this round up of museums.  But, definitely check to see what is open during the week (especially on Mondays).  For example, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is closed on Mondays.

If you're comfortable leaving the Medical Center area, I recommend the Downtown Aquarium, which is about 10 minutes away.  Also, Space Center Houston is a fun attraction and about 30 minutes away from MD Anderson.  I highly recommend the Level 9 Tram Tour (it's seated, so that will hopefully save some energy).  The Tram Tour is about 4 hours, so you might want to save this outing for a good day. 

Other activities close by: Lucky Strike Bowling, The Theater District, Astros Game, Dynamo Game, Houston City Tours, Sundance Cinema

Hope this helps,

Veronica

vacation package
Submitted by sola from Nigeria on 07-28-2014
Question:

I will like to know how is the 3days package cost for my 2daughters age 7 & 9 and I. Also will like to know the cancellation policy for vacation package. I was in san antonio last june and will like to visit houston with my two girls. Also will like to know if there s apartment for rent. Thank you

Answer:

Hi Sola,

Here are some recommendations for tour companies that can arrange a trip and tour for you:

Texana Tours
(281) 772-9526 
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Houston Historical Tours

Houston,
(713) 392-0867 
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Also, these hotels offer extended stays:

 

Residence Inn Downtown (http://www.visithoustontexas.com/listings/Residence-Inn-Houston-Downtown-Convention-Center/19737/0/)

Wyndham Houston Medical Center (http://www.visithoustontexas.com/listings/Wyndham-Houston-Medical-Center-Hotel-Suites/19501/0/)

Hyatt House Galleria (http://www.visithoustontexas.com/listings/Hyatt-House-Houston-Galleria/19665/540/)


 

I hope this helps!

Veronica

Bachelorette Party
Submitted by Erin from Katy and Houston on 07-26-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica! I am my cousin's maid of honor and I am having some trouble planning her bachelorette. I am from NY and her and her friends (the other bridesmaids are from Houston). I am attempting to plan dinner followed by drinks Friday August 29th, and for Saturday August 30th I wanted to do some form of entertainment in the evening accompanied with dinner or with a dinner at a location near by. Please help :(

Answer:
Hi!

Don't fret! We actually have a new site called www.IDoHOU.com, filled with wedding resources for Houston brides. Included on that site is a section on Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Resources. For additional ideas for restaurants and things to do, check out our Venues section. There you'll find additional places to eat, museums to roam including Happy Hour Thursdays at the Museum of Fine Arts and other unique sites.

I hope that helps get you started!

Best,
Veronica
parking at city hall
Submitted by Violet Chen from Richmond on 07-25-2014
Question:

Where do I park to go to Visitors Center in Houston City Hall?

Answer:

Hi Violet,

There is free parking just outside of City Hall on Walker Street for up to one hour! If you anticipate being longer than that, you can park in the Theater District parking lot, entrance on Rusk at Smith.

Veronica

Fun in the Sun
Submitted by Melissa from Houston -Southeast on 07-25-2014
Question:

I am 20 and I want to enjoy the summer before my third year of college starts back up in the fall. I want to get out and have fun. Help....

Answer:

Hi Melissa,

What all do you enjoy doing?

We have a great itinerary section that include a range of activities in Houston - definitely start there.  I'd also check out the Events Calendar to see what's happening before you head back to school.

If you're looking specifically for outdoor activities, I love strolling through Bayou Bend Gardens! The house tour is pretty great as well.  The Arboretum is a beautiful spot nestled in the middle of the city that you have to check out!  Have you ever tried kayaking down Buffalo Bayou? If not, it's worth a try! Here are some places you can get in.

Hope this helps - let me know if you have more questions.

Best,

Veronica

city pass
Submitted by Dave from New Jesrey on 07-25-2014
Question:

A colleague is moving to Houston next month and we wanted to buy her and her family Houston City Passes as a going away gift. The 9-day limit on using the pass however, is game stopper as this would not be for vacation, but for getting to know her new home. Are there cultural/attraction passes that have a longer life?

Answer:

Hi Dave,

I totally understand your hesitancy given the 9-day restriction, however they aren't all so far apart that she couldn't keep it relaxed and spread across the week.

That said, check out the Houston Coupons & Discounts page for offers on great attractions like Splashtown, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston City Tours, Space Center and more. At most of the attractions, including Space Center, you can buy packages without buying CityPasses. Check out these unique offerings for some fun "behind the scenes" tours.

I hope that helps! Make sure she is also aware of our Visitors Guide to help get them familiar with Houston!

Best,
Veronica

 

entertainment
Submitted by Todd Robinson from Michigan on 07-24-2014
Question:

looking at having an event in Houston in Sept and I need to find Chinese cultural entertainment (e.g. dragon dancers) -- can you recommend whre I can go to find such talent?

Answer:

I think I can recommend someone for you Todd!

The folks at J&D Entertainment offer a wide variety of entertainment options. I'm pretty sure they can work with you on this! You might also try Dance of Asian America, a local group that preserves the traditions of Asian dance.

Veronica

Short stop at Houston
Submitted by CAROLINA from COLOMBIA on 07-23-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica. My boy friend and I will stop at Houston on our way to Alaska. We will arrive at G.Bush International Airport at 05:21 and leaving from that same airport at 15:18. Is it worth the effort to travel to Galveston Island? If not, what would be the absolute MUST SEE places we should visit in such short time. Thanks for any help we can get, Carolina and Javier.

Answer:

Hi Carolina,

Galveston is about 1.5 hours away from the airport.  It's a lot of driving, plus the time it takes to rent a car, but it's definitely up to you! 

If you are interested in sticking to Houston, I'd suggest the Museum District (HMNS and MFAH are great choices).  The Downtown Aquarium is always a fun spot, the Houston Zoo or Space Center top the list. 

Hope this helps,

Veronica

como llego
Submitted by aaron from nw houston on 07-21-2014
Question:

Hola Vero, como puedo viajar en bus desde greenspoint, aqui afuera pasa un bus metro numero 56, quiero llegar al 45 sur a la altura del 8, osea por la gulf frwy y sam houston frwy. Entre semana de dia gracias atte aaron d monterrey

Answer:

Aaron,

En la página de METRO (ridemetro.org) puedes planear tu viaje. En este enlace hicimos un viaje similar (http://tripplanner.ridemetro.org/hiwire) para que te des una idea. Por supuesto que puedes modificar la ruta y obtener mejores resultados.

Si prefieres ayuda por teléfono, el número a llamar es 713-635-4000.

Saludos,

Veronica

What to do on Sunday night?
Submitted by Carlos Gonzalez from Houston on 07-21-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, My girlfriend is only available on Sundays and Mondays. What do you recommend to do on a Sunday night? Is there some place to go dancing on SUnday night? Thank you very much

Answer:

Hi Carlos,

Of course! I suggest you look into Sambuca for good food and good jazz.  Wild West actually has dance instructors there Sunday afternoons if you're looking for a lesson.  Or if you're looking for more of a club environment, check out Grooves.

Hope this helps,

Veronica

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